Roderick Beaton

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Roderick Macleod Beaton, FBA, FKC (born 1951) is a retired academic. He was Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King's College London from 1988 to 2018.

Education[edit]

Born in 1951, Beaton was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating with an English literature degree in 1973. He remained there to complete his doctoral studies;[1] his PhD was awarded in 1976 for his thesis "Myth and tradition in modern Greek folk poetry, a study of non-literate tradition, its technique and aims, in the context of lyric and ballad, rather than epic poetry."[2]

Career[edit]

Beaton spent three years as the Ouranis Foundation Fellow in Modern Greek at the University of Birmingham (197780)[1] before joining King's College London in 1981 as a lecturer. He was appointed Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King's College in 1988,[3] and was also head of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies from 1988 to 1994 and again from 1995 to 1998,[1] and director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies from 2012 to 2016. He also held a Major Leverhulme Fellowship from 2009 to 2012.[3] He retired from his chair at King's College in 2018.[1]

In 2013, Beaton was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[4] He was also elected a Fellow of King's College London in 2018.[1]

On 9 September, 2019 he was knighted[5] Commander of the Order of Honour by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos for his lifelong contribution to the promotion of medieval and modern Greek studies and culture.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (Penguin Books Ltd, 2019)
  • Byron's War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • The Making of Modern Greece: Nationalism, Romanticism, and the Uses of the Past (1797–1896) (Co-edited with D. Ricks), (Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, Ashgate, 2009)
  • George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel: A Biography (Yale University Press, 2003).
  • An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature (Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • The Medieval Greek Romance (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, no. 6, Cambridge University Press, 1989).
  • Folk Poetry of Modern Greece (Cambridge University Press, 1980).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Beaton, Prof. Roderick Macleod", Who's Who (online ed., Oxford University Press, December 2018). Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Myth and tradition in modern Greek folk poetry, a study of non-literate tradition, its technique and aims, in the context of lyric and ballad, rather than epic poetry", University of Cambridge Library. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Roderick Beaton", King's College London. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Professor Roderick Beaton FBA", British Academy. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Greek government honours Professor Roderick Beaton". www.kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)