GEM – Ideology and Characterization in Themos Kornaros’ Fiction (1929-1957): from Individuality to Collectivity.

Ideology and Characterization in Themos Kornaros’ Fiction (1929-1957): from Individuality to Collectivity

Presented by Anastasia Tantarouda Papaspyrou

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 15th November 2017

 This paper aims to show that the turn of the Greek Left towards the nation from the early 1940s onwards is reflected in the narratives of the twentieth-century Greek author Themos Kornaros. I suggest that Kornaros’ narratives can be classified into two distinct phases based on the characters he shaped.

Therefore, my presentation will be divided in two parts based on these phases. The first phase, that covers the books published from 1929 to 1943, includes characters that are marginal and stand out for their individuality, since any form of social cohesion is absent. As I will show, the writer accentuates the individuality of the characters by emphasising on their low social status or on their distinctive natural characteristics.

However, from 1945 onwards he made a U-turn by creating characters that melt into the empathetic collectivity. These characters could be called ‘collective’ in the sense that their defining characteristic is their identification with society, not as an abstract notion, but equated to the Greek nation. The characters of the second phase (1945-1957) form an integral part of the Greek nation and they are linked to the Greek tradition and the Christian religion.


GEM – Ideology and Characterization in Themos Kornaros’ Fiction (1929-1957): from Individuality to Collectivity.

Issue 6, November 2017

The editors are pleased to present the sixth issue of Diogenes!

The present issue is a by-product of some of the papers presented at the PGR Colloquium on Multiculturalism from late Antiquity to Modernity organised at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in June 2017 by Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger.

The contents of this issue are as follows:

Danai Thomaidis, University of Venice, Greek icons in Venice and their impact on Venetian identity

Mara Psalti, University of Athens, Niccolò Timoni: An 18th century Chian littérateur and his contribution in early Modern Greek literary criticism

Juan García González, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, The Sertorian War as a bellum civile: an outlook from the 4th and 5th Centuries AD

James Baillie, University of Vienna, Tamar’s Lions: A Digital Approach to 12th Century Georgia

Curtis Lisle, University of Birmingham, Performing the City: Suggestions for an Archaeological Understanding of ‘The City’ and Urban Transformation in Pisidian Sagalassos


The general editor is Vassiliki Kaisidou.

The specialist editors for Issue 6 were Anastasia Tantarouda-Papaspyrou, Panagiota Vasilaki, Michael Burling, Laura-Marie Clark,  Alex Feldman, Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, Panagiota Mantouvalou,  Joseph Parsonage,  Flavia Vanni, Maria Vrij Lauren Wainwright.

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in submitting to Diogenes, please contact the editors at

Issue 6, November 2017

Head, John Miller Burnam Classical Library

Head (11775)

John Miller Burnam Classical Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries

Application deadline:

The University of Cincinnati Libraries (UCL) seeks a dynamic, strategic-thinking and collaborative leader to fill the position of Head of the John Miller Burnam Classical Library (Classics Library). The Head of the Classics Library provides leadership for the delivery of responsive, innovative and high-quality services to the internationally recognized Classics Department, researchers, faculty and students and continues to enhance the library’s reputation as a world-class, top-ranking research library for Classics scholars at UC and globally. The Head directs the work of the Classics Library and staff; cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff and library administration, as well as outside partners; works collaboratively with Classics faculty, librarians, and others to develop and coordinate both print and digital collections and services; serves as an advocate for library users; assists with the development of policies and procedures; actively participates in and supports UCL digital humanities and digital scholarship initiatives and participates in the success and development of other University of Cincinnati Libraries’ strategic initiatives; and, serves as a member of the Management Council of the UC Libraries.


Reports to and receives direction from the Associate Dean of Library Services. Receives guidance from and consults with the Head of Collections. Cultivates a strong, positive working relationship with the Classics Department and especially the library committee, to ensure needs are being met.


The John Miller Burnam Classical Library is named after a former faculty member of the Classics Department whose excellent private library was willed to the university and became the nucleus of the present library in 1921. The collection was greatly expanded through the personal efforts and generosity of a former chairman of the Department and his wife, William T. and Louise Taft Semple. Mrs. Semple later established a trust fund in honor of her father, Charles Phelps Taft that continues to be the primary support for the acquisition of library materials, thus making the library a major international resource for research in the area of Classical Studies.

Today, collection efforts focus comprehensively on all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Research materials, whether print, electronic or other formats, cover history, archaeology, language and literature, art, numismatics, science and technology, papyrology, epigraphy and patristics. Furthermore, the Classics Library provides extensive coverage in materials on Byzantine and Modern Greece and strong coverage on ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and paleography. Additionally, the library has a significant collection of 19th-century German dissertations and Programmschriften. The library holdings total over 269,000 items in the library facility. The Classics Library currently subscribes to approximately 2,000 serials and monographic series or sets. The library’s annual growth rate for print materials usually ranges between 4,000 and 5,000 items.   In addition, UC library users have access to considerable online resources.

Graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars, including the numerous Tytus Scholars, regard the Burnam Classical Library as an excellent research facility both because of the collection’s breadth, including many titles that are not widely found in other U.S. library collections, and the fact that materials on all subjects pertinent to Classics are available within this one library, making research as convenient as possible for scholars.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Head, John Miller Burnam Classical Library

Jackson Woo Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Classics, King’s College London

Jackson Woo Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Classics

King’s College London

Application deadline: 17th June 2016

The Department of Classics at King’s College London is pleased to announce the award of one new studentship for postgraduate research in the Department, tenable for three years, starting in October 2016.

The Jackson Woo Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Classics will be to the value of £15,000 per year, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants must first have applied, via the King’s online portal, to the MPhil/ PhD programme in Classics or in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Department of Classics), and be holding an offer (unconditional or conditional) of a place by the closing date below.

This studentship is only available to those commencing their studies in October 2016, and is not open to existing students. It is not open to students who are already in receipt of funding.

To apply for the Jackson Woo Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Classics, they should email an application separately to with ‘Jackson Woo Scholarship’ in the subject line. This application should comprise of a statement of no more than 500 words as to why they consider themselves particularly suitable for this award, and a separate 500-word outline of the research project they intend to undertake. No further references are required.

Jackson Woo Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Classics, King’s College London

Diogenes – Release of the 4th Issue

Issue 4 April 2016

Issue 4 (Whole)

Halil Deligöz: On the Quality of Economic Institutionalization in the Late Ottoman Period: The Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights

Sophie Rigby: To impress (upon) a people: ceramic tile decoration in the context of Orthodox Bulgaria

Deniz Sever: A Pilgrim’s Self-Identification: Sixth and Seventh Century Lead Pilgrim Flasks from the Holy Land

Elie de Rosen: Review – Heaven & Earth: cities and countryside in Byzantine Greece

Christina Hadjiafxenti: Review – The Byzantine documents of the Athonite monastery of Karakallou and selected Acts from the Ottoman period (1294-1835). Critical Edition and commentary of the Texts

Michael Strain: Review – Raconter Byzance: la littérature au XIIe siècle

Diogenes – Release of the 4th Issue

Registration – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham

Colloquium programme

‘Redefining the Margins: Seeing the Unseen in the Eastern Mediterranean’

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham

4th June 2016

Registration deadline: 30th May 2016

Attendance is free, but you must register by contacting Anna Kelley ack44[at]

Registration – The 17th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, Birmingham