Further details for each topic will be published on next update (website last updated 2nd November)

2018, October 9
Dr Michael Given (Glasgow University), "Fire, soil and water: people and environment in the forests of Cyprus"

The aftermath of a major forest fire brings a whole series of questions. How did it start? How could it have been prevented? What is it about our relationship with the environment that is making forest fires more frequent and more destructive? In spite of the destruction and loss, however, forest fires can reveal archaeological features that might help in answering some of these questions. Perhaps in the past there have been other ways of relating to the forests and the mountains that worked rather better than they seem to today. I will explore these issues by examining the archaeology, history and environment of the forests on the northern slopes of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. 

2018, November 13
Mark Baines (Glasgow School of Art), "Greek influences in Glasgow's architecture"

Mark Baines is Chairman of Alexander Thomson Society and lecturer in architecture in Glasgow School of Art. This will be our annual meeting with a Scottish theme. The talk focuses on the architecture of Alexander Thomson but he will draw other aspects into the talk which contextualises Glasgow and the ‘Greeks’.

2019, January 8
Vasilopitta evening at Elia Rstaurant, George Square, Glasgow

2019, January 14
Dr Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds), "Hunting Churchmen: pleasure and religious authority in Byzantium"    
This paper will discuss Byzantine churchmen and their hunting exploits, focusing on the 11th and 12th centuries. It will place legal and moral restrictions on hunting within a wider context of similar prohibited activities, such as fighting, and will analyse in more detail examples from history and hagiography, including stories of a bishop devoured by a bear and a patriarch who loved horses. More generally, this talk will consider how hunting practices fitted with Byzantine ideas on religious authority and what they can tell us about contemporary models of secular and religious masculinities. 

2019, February 12
Nikos Kyriacou, "Oral History project - Stories of Greek and Cypriot migration in Greater Glasgow"
Part of a project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund; in this talk by Nikos explores the oral history of Greek and Cypriot migrants to Glasgow from the 1940s through to the present day. At the talk Nikos will produce a photographic presentation and will distribute copies of the book produced about the project free of charge, although there will be a donation box for those who want to show their appreciation for the work. Any donations collected will be given to the operational costs of St Luke's Greek Orthodox Cathedral and also to Scottish Hellenic Society (Glasgow). 
2019, March 9
Tony Xenos and Chris Lebessis with culinary treats from ancient recipes

Our Masterchef Tony Xenos with his commis and olive expert Chris Lebessis will prepare and serve dinner like the ancients ate. There will be a short presentation, traditional music and a lot of talk. Sample honey and feta – health benefits will follow. Tickets for members - £10, for their guests £12 - include a glass of wine or soft drink and should be booked with Chris (clebessis@aol.com) or +44 7931 895 864 before 1st March.


Sea Bass with lentils, Roast Beef with veg and bulger

Grilled garlic focaccia, Asparagus Omelette

 Fried pancakes with honey and honey cheese pie

2019, April 9
Annual General Meeting