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With generous support from the A. G. Leventis Foundation and as part of Protovoulia 1821–2021 (‘Initiative 1821–2021’), the School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to host a major conference on ‘The Greek Revolution of 1821: Contexts, Scottish Connections, the Classical Tradition’.

The revolution of the Greek-speaking, Orthodox Christian subjects of the Ottoman empire in 1821 was accompanied by declarations of national independence inspired by the recent revolutions in the Americas and France. The Greek Revolution was the first of its kind to be successful on European soil, and led to international recognition for Greece as an independent, sovereign state in 1830. In this way, the story of Greece as a modern nation-state begins, and also a new chapter in the history of our continent, as the era of multi-national empires slowly gave way, over the next two centuries, to an era dominated by the self-determination of nation-states.

This year marks the bicentenary of the start of that revolution and events are taking place around the world and in the UK to commemorate this turning-point in a history that can be traced back through three and a half millennia.

Our conference, held under the auspices of the A. G. Leventis Visiting Professorship in Greek, and forming part of Edinburgh’s biennial series of international conferences on Hellenic studies, brings together scholars from around the world and a range of academic disciplines to re-assess the nature and significance of the Greek Revolution from the perspective of the twenty-first century and of a city that geographically lies at the opposite end of Europe from Greece, namely Edinburgh, the ‘Athens of the North’.

The conference is arranged around two main themes: Contexts and Scottish Connections & the Classical Tradition and organised by the 12th A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek, Professor Roderick Beaton FBA, with local assistance from Professor Niels Gaul.

Further details and a copy of the provisional programme can be viewed at:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/classics/about/leventis/leventis-2021/conf

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