Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

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The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Founded 1879
Type Charity (No. 245623)
  • Institute of Classical Studies
Key people
Professor Chris Carey (President)

The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, known as the Hellenic Society, was founded in 1879 to advance the study of Greek language, literature, history, art and archaeology in the Ancient, Byzantine and Modern periods. The first President was J. B. Lightfoot, the biblical scholar and Bishop of Durham.

It has done this ever since by various means, chief among them being the annual publication of the Journal of Hellenic Studies and, since the 1950s, its supplement, Archaeological Reports, which are both supplied free of charge to members and subscribers of the Society. Occasional monographs have also appeared in the series Supplementary Papers; this series has now been replaced by the Society's Occasional Publications.

Work of the Society[edit]

The Society is based, together with the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, in the premises of the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of London at the Senate House (University of London).

The Society maintains the Joint Library, in conjunction with the Roman Society, which is integrated into a Combined Library with that of the Institute of Classical Studies.

The Society arranges an annual lecture series in London, conferences, receptions and other meetings, and helps to arrange other lectures all around the UK in collaboration with the local branches of the Classical Association. The Society holds a list of lecturers on topics in Hellenic Studies, which is supplied to Classical Association branches, classical teacher groups, and other organisations to help them plan their own lecture programmes.

The Society aims to help those engaged in Hellenic Studies at all levels, and to this end it makes grants of various kinds to schools, universities and other institutions, undergraduates, graduate students and young researchers.


These are the officers of the Hellenic Society in 2013-2014:

President: Professor Chris Carey
Vice-Presidents: Professor P.E. Easterling, FBA; Mr B. Gilmore; Mr. George Lemos; Dr Pantelis Michelakis; Professor R. G. Osborne, FBA; Professor C. J. Rowe; Professor K.B. Saunders, MD, DSc, FRCP; Professor Malcolm Schofield, FBA; Professor B. A. Sparkes
Hon. Treasurer: Dr David Thomas
Hon. Secretary: Dr Margaret Mountford
Executive Secretary: Ms Richella Doyle
Membership Officer: Dr Daniel Stewart

Presidents of the Society[edit]

  • The Right Revd. J. B. Lightfoot 1879-1890
  • Professor Sir Richard Jebb 1890-1905
  • Professor Percy Gardner 1905-1910
  • Sir Arthur Evans 1910-1914
  • Walter Leaf 1914-1919
  • Sir Frederic Kenyon 1919-1924
  • Arthur Hamilton Smith 1924-1929
  • George Macmillan (Acting) 1928-1929
  • Professor Ernest Gardner 1929-1932
  • Professor R. M. Dawkins 1932-1935
  • Sir John Myres 1935-1938
  • Sir Richard Livingstone 1938-1941
  • Sir Arthur Pickard-Cambridge 1941-1945
  • Professor Gilbert Murray 1945-1948
  • Professor E. R. Dodds 1948-1951
  • Professor T. B. L. Webster 1951-1954
  • Professor D. Tarrant 1954-1956
  • Professor A. W. Gomme 1956-1959
  • Professor R. P. Winnington-Ingram 1959-1962
  • Professor A. Andrewes 1962-1965
  • Professor N. G. L. Hammond 1965-1968
  • Professor E. G. Turner 1968-1971
  • Sir Kenneth Dover 1971-1974
  • Professor R. Browning 1974-1977
  • Professor G. S. Kirk 1977-1980
  • Professor P. E. Corbett 1980-1983
  • Professor G. B. Kerferd 1983-1986
  • Sir David Hunt 1986-1990
  • Professor J. P. Barron 1990-1993
  • Professor E. W. Handley 1993-1996
  • Professor P. E. Easterling 1996-1999
  • Professor C. J. Rowe 1999-2002
  • Professor R. G. Osborne 2002-2006
  • Professor C. B. R. Pelling 2006-2008
  • Professor Malcolm Schofield 2008-2011
  • Professor Chris Carey 2011-

External links[edit]


  • George A. Macmillan, An Outline of the History of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 1879-1904, London. Online here.
  • P. T. Stevens, The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 1879-1979. A Historical Sketch, [London].