CBOMGS seminar: Sir Steven Runciman and "the nicest Greek" he knew: the chronicle of his friendship with George Seferis

Arts building, Whitting Room
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 31st October 2013 (17:15-18:30)
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The Centre’s General Seminar normally meets in the Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building on Thursdays at 5.15pm, unless otherwise stated and is open to all interested in the related concerns of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

Postcard to George Seferis from Sir Steven Runciman

Katerina Krikos-Davis (Birmingham)

Drawing on mostly unpublished material, this paper will explore the friendship between the eminent Byzantinist Sir Steven Runciman and the Greek poet George Seferis. The two men first met in Athens in the early post-war years when Runciman was serving as the British Council Representative in Greece (1945-1947). Although not a lot can be gleaned about their relationship from the Greek Nobel laureate’s diaries, their correspondence (in Seferis’s Papers, now held at the Gennadius Library in Athens) and a few other writings tell a different story: they reveal not only mutual respect and admiration but also the warmth of a close and enduring friendship, which only ended with Seferis’s death in 1971.