Bristol Anglo-Hellenic Cultural Society

Celebrating modern and ancient Greek culture, people and language through monthly meetings.
Join us for interesting talks, food, drink and conversation.
New Members and Guests always welcome

News: Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Women in the Trojan War

There is a Bristol Classical Association webinar on Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

If you are interested please email Richard Cole (richard.cole@bristol.ac.uk) for the webinar registration link. There are no tickets, and the event is free to attend. All welcome, especially students.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7pm – Dr Emily Hauser (Exeter) – Webinar

In this talk, Emily will return to one of the oldest stories of Greek myth – the Trojan War – and ask what happens when we look at the story from the point of view of the women. What did Helen really look like? Did the Amazons really cut off one of their breasts to fight in battle at Troy? And who was the Amazon queen with whom Achilles fell in love – and, according to some sources, had a child? Bringing myth and history together, Emily will explore what historical fiction can do for us in re-imagining the stories and the voices of the women of ancient Greek myth.  Emily is an award-winning classicist, Lecturer at the University of Exeter, and the author of the acclaimed Golden Apple trilogy that retells the stories of the women of Greek myth. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and in The Guardian alongside Colm Tóibín and Natalie Haynes, and her debut novel For the Most Beautiful was listed among the ‘28 Best Books for Summer’ in The Telegraph.

Meetings cancelled
Due to concerns over the spread of Coronavirus and restrictions placed upon meetings at the university all meetings have been cancelled since March 18th

Cancellation of BAHCS Meeting on March 18th 2020

As you all are no doubt aware, coronavirus is spreading in the UK and a major pandemic is expected. As a result, Bristol University has brought forward the end of teaching for this current term to Wednesday 18th March i.e. the proposed day of our March meeting. It is switching its teaching to online methods from next term. Although the University is not officially closing, it has moved to prohibit large meetings from that date in accordance with government advice. As of Friday, the meeting limit for University events stood at 50 people. Although such a meeting size is unlikely to be exceeded by BAHCS and Bob Fowler is happy to address us, given the fluidity of the situation, and the very real possibility of members feeling it wise or being instructed to stay away from social gatherings, we have reluctantly decided postpone this meeting.

Likewise, we are sorry to advise you that, in view of the potential risk to all members, the April, May and June meetings cannot yet be confirmed. At present, it is not known what restrictions will apply to the use of University premises by BAHCS or whether our existing speakers will still be willing to travel long distances to talk to us and whether the government will further restrict the size of meetings or even ban them. We will notify you by email as soon as possible as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

For up-to-date information on future meetings please consult our web page: https://bristolanglohellenicsociety.wordpress.com.

Please stay in touch with the committee. We value your support and suggestions.

Best Wishes to you all at this difficult time

Dr V Frangeskou-Richardson, Dr J Phillips, Mr M Richardson.

Co-Presidents of The Bristol Anglo Hellenic Cultural Society

Next Meeting: to be confirmed
Prof Robert Fowler, University of Bristol
Lecture Theatre, Entrance at rear of 21 Woodland Rd, Bristol. BS8 1TB.
Meet from 7pm in Common Room outside the lecture theatre. We will start at 7.30pm with John’s Greek News

About Us

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Previous Talks

Read about some of our recent visiting speakers and their talks

Our Current Programme 2019 / 2020

Oct 23rd
Dr Elton Barker
Reader in Classical Studies, Open University
“I laugh at the maps drawn” (Herodotus) revealing the geographies of ancient authors
Nov 20th
Professor Eleanor Dickey
Dept of Classics, University of Reading
Life in an ancient Schoolroom
Jan 22nd
Dr Maria Relaki
PM Warren Fellow in Aegean Prehistory, University of Bristol
Material links in the craft practices of Bronze Age Crete
Feb 19th
Professor Jonathan Harris
Dept of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Anna Comnena and the Alexiad
Mar 18th
Professor Robert Fowler
University of Bristol
The Alf and Aglaia Hill Charity Lecture: Herculaneum and its Papyri
Apr 22nd
Professor Malcolm Heath
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds
Who wrote on Sublimity, when? And why did he mention Moses?
May 20th
Dr Maria Pavlou
Lecturer, Theological School of the Church of Cyprus
Socratic leisure vs Time is Money
June 17th
Professor Janet Soskice
Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge
The Incredible Lady Bible Hunters: the anglophone and philhellenic Agnes and Margaret Smith


Our meetings are held at:
Bristol University Arts Complex
Woodland Rd

Lecture Room 3
Entry via 21 Woodland Rd
7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the meetings and the Society please get in touch with us:

Email: bristolanglohellenic@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing new visitors. Please come and join us!

We gather together between 7.00 and 7.30pm with pre-talk drinks available.

John Phillips starts proceedings with his informative and amusing round up of news from Greece and Cyprus.

Our Speaker then gives their talk which is always interesting and well presented.

The talk finishes around 9.00pm and then you’re welcome to stay for some food and drink with an opportunity to chat further with the Speaker.

The meeting finishes around 10.00pm

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