GEM Committee elections and New voices!

‘The fragmentary portrayal of social changes in Dimitris Hatzis “The End of Our Small Town” and “The Double Book”’

Presented by Estir Portokali (CBOMGS)

‘The rise and fall of Michael V’

Presented by Joseph Fookes(CBOMGS)

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 6th June 2018



The discourse of ethnicofrosyne [national-mindedness] in the women Christian-Orthodox periodicals during the Colonel’s dictatorship (1967-1974)

The discourse of ethnicofrosyne [national-mindedness] in the women Christian-Orthodox periodicals during the Colonel’s dictatorship (1967-1974)


Presented by Maria Mylona (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 14th March 2018

 Ethnicofrosyne is an only-Greek concept, often translated as ’national-mindedness’, which incorporates characteristics from various ideologies. It mainly represents the association of the good citizen or good patriot with their faith to a radical anticommunism and the expression of an extreme nationalism strongly related to orthodox values and the ancient glory of the nation – an amalgam of the ancient Greek and Byzantine legacy.  Ethnicofrosyne developed into a full-fledged ideology during the Dictatorship of the Colonels (1967-1974) which adopted many elements of ethnicofrosyne’s discourse, chiefly the loyalty to the patriarchal family and the national majesty as well as the adherence to Orthodoxy. This presentation will show the discourse of ethnicofrosyne based on the written press of Christian-Orthodox women’s organisations periodicals during the Dictatorship.


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.



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

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.