Dr. Frankopan's second Thalia Potamianos lecture at Georgetown University

On March 16, Dr. Peter Frankopan presented his second Thalia Potamianos lecture, "Greece: Legacies," at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. More than 300 academics, politicians, journalists, and others were in attendance, and thousands more joined online to watch the engaging talk. Dr. Frankopan explored the role that Byzantium and the Greek language played globally in the Middle Ages and beyond. He also emphasized the significance of Byzantium, especially the capture of Constantinople by the Latin crusaders of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, in formulating the world theory of the Moscow, the Third Rome, and in relation to the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

"Greece: Futures," the third and final lecture of the series, will be held on May 10, 2022, at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City.


Dr. Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He is the award-winning author of The Silk Roads, a New York Times #1 Best Seller. Dr. Frankopan's lectures will examine the role that Greece and Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, he will discuss it from a global perspective, allowing for a better understanding of not only world history but Greece itself.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Frankopan.


Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar is selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public lectures, which will be delivered in Athens and the United States.

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous grant from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist.

Please click here to learn more about this lecture series.