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Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies

Greek tradition and history in all its euphoric complexity
Exploring a wide variety of Greek expression, historical consciousness and artistic endeavour.

Our work focuses on one of the oldest and most vibrant societies of Europe. At the crossroads of cultures and peoples, modern Greece offers inspiring insights into how civilisations coexist and prosper through their historical interaction and mutual influence. 

Starting with epic poet Homer and his continuing impact on contemporary Greece, we offer a coherent sequence on Byzantium, early modern Greece, the Greek state, its social institutions, culture, literature, cinema and the arts and language. 

We provide beginner, intermediate and advanced modern Greek language learning opportunities and you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how modern Greek is used in politics, journalism, media, commerce and beyond.

Our study offering

Study one of the oldest languages and cultures in Australia’s largest department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies. Select from a range of language and culture units, undertake an intensive in-country experience and prepare for employment in education, translation and interpreting, media, government and the private sector.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Research

Our research

From late antiquity to Byzantium and modern Greece our department encourages an innovative reconsideration of the Greek tradition. We focus on the polytropic character of Greek culture, the confusing history, the obscure religion, the cheerful folk tradition, the euphoric music, the enchanting literature, the magnificent art, the prolific cinema, the ambiguous Diasporic identity and many other areas of research.

Our current research includes: 

  • the Communist Movement in Southern Greece
  • Greek and French nationalisms
  • the work of C P Cavafy
  • translating St Paul
  • the stories of Greek proxy brides in Australia
  • post-war Greek poetry and culture 
  • Greek modernism
  • the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos.

Exchange

Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Greece and its surrounding islands, where eligible students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies.

  • Athens University
  • University of Cyprus 

Our people

  • Michael John Jeffreys
  • Alfred L Vincent
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer Panayota Nazou

Events

Visit the School events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

When: 13 March, 5pm
Where: Foyer, Social Sciences Building A02

The School of Languages and Cultures invites all our new students to a special welcome evening.

Hear from staff and students about degree and career pathways, student experience, exchange and overseas study, Open Learning Environment (OLE) offerings, as well as scholarships and prizes.

Student registration is compulsory — RSVP by Friday, 8 March.

Register now 

Department Chair

Headshot of Vrasidas Karalis

School of Languages and Cultures

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