Invitation: ‘Greek Revolution of 1821’ events at the University of Edinburgh this autumn

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to announce two public events this autumn which commemorate the Greek Revolution of 1821 and explore its Scottish connections. Both events mark the tenure of the 12th A. G. Leventis Visiting Professor of Greek in the University of Edinburgh, Professor Roderick Beaton FBA.

Exhibition ‘Edina/Athena – The Greek Revolution & the Athens of the North – 1821/2021’, 29 October 2021–29 January 2022
Venue: Exhibition gallery, University Library (ground floor), 30 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
Opening times: Mondays to Saturdays, 9.00–16.00. Last admission at 15.15.
Free admission.  Please note that the capacity of the gallery is limited to 25 people at any one time.  Masks to be worn.

Two hundred years ago, at a time when Edinburgh was popularly called ‘The Athens of the North’, Greece rose in revolution against the Ottoman Empire. These two contexts, at first glance quite distinct, were connected by visions of an idealised classical past and by international networks of support for Greek independence. The exhibition ‘Edina/Athena’, generously funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation as part of Initiative 1821–2021, sets these stories side-by-side for the first time.

In addition to showcasing Edinburgh-based collections (National Library of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, University of Edinburgh) the exhibition features loans from the Royal Collection Trust; the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, Athens; the British School at Athens; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the University of Aberdeen.

For further information, please visit

Conference ‘The Greek Revolution of 1821: Contexts, Scottish Connections, the Classical Tradition’, 18–20 November 2021
Venue: St Leonard’s Hall (Pollock Halls area), 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
Registration: The conference is held in a hybrid format: a small live audience can be accommodated in Edinburgh and a larger audience online.
To register to join the online audience (free of charge), please visit: 
If you are interested in the possibility of attending in person on 19 and/or 20 November, please e-mail the School’s Research Centres and Knowledge Exchange Events Administrator, Ms Elaine Philip at [email protected], and you will be advised further as soon as possible.  Masks to be worn.

The conference is arranged around two main themes: Contexts for the 1821 Revolution, and Scottish Connections & the Classical Tradition. It is jointly organised by this year’s A.G. Leventis Visiting Professor, Roderick Beaton, and Professor Niels Gaul of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Confirmed speakers include Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh), Iain Gordon Brown (NLS), Richard Clogg (Oxford), Tolga  Esmer (CEU Vienna), Lucien Frary (Rider University), Alasdair Grant (Edinburgh & Hamburg), Constanze Güthenke (Oxford), Yannis Hamilakis (Brown), Paschalis Kitromilides (Athens), Vassiliki Kolocotroni (Glasgow), Sanja Perović (KCL), Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St Andrews), Christine Philliou (Berkeley), Gonda Van Steen (KCL), Matteo Zaccarini (Bologna/Edinburgh) and Simon Zenios (UCLA).

For the provisional programme and further information, please visit


Any enquiries regarding the exhibition e.g. large groups wishing to visit should be addressed to the curator, Dr Alasdair Grant ([email protected]); any queries regarding the conference to Prof. Niels Gaul ([email protected]).