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Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

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.

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

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 Occasional monographs have also appeared in the series Supplementary Papers; this series has now been replaced by the Society's Occasional Publications.



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



  • 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].

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