The Leventis Foundation

The A. G. Leventis Foundation has generously funded postgraduate studentships at Exeter for more than twenty years, enabling a sequence of promsising scholars to embark on academic careers. The current recipient is Laura Stops (2018-21), who is researching city walls and gates in the Roman West.

During 2010-18, the Foundation also established the Leventis Initiative on the impact of Greek on non-Greek culture in antiquity. This included financial support for a sequence of postdoctoral research associates and a full-time lecturer, Dr Dan King, whose position has now been made permanent by the University, thereby ensuring that the work of the Initiative will continue at Exeter. Dan King works on the reception of Greek culture, both in the Hellenistic world (Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt) and the post-Enlightenment Europe (especially Victorian Britain). From 2018 onwards, the Foundation is also funding a three-year postdoctoral research position in Hellenic Studies, currently held by Dr Maria Gerolemou, whose research focuses on ancient technology, especially on automatic theatre and technological animation. 

Former staff linked to the initiative include: Dr Myrto Hatzimichali (now Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge), whose research focuses on intellectual life and scholarship in first century BC Alexandria and its influence in the Mediterranean World; Dr Boris Chrubasik (now Assistant Professor of Greek History and Classics at the University of Toronto), who works on the history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the Achaemenid to the late Hellenistic period, with a particular focus on the history of power from both a central and a local perspective; Dr Gaelle Coqueugniot, who works on public centres, administration and archives in the Hellenistic world, especially in the Seleucid kingdom; and Dr Erica Rowan (Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at Royal Holloway), whose research examines diet and food pathways in the ancient Mediterranean, including the archaeological and archaebotanical remains from Herculaneum.

Conferences funded by the Leventis Initiative include:

Dialogues between Greece and the East, 9-12 September 2013. Proccedings published as Boris Chrubasik and Daniel King (eds.), Hellenism and the Local Communities of the Eastern Mediterranean, 400 BCE - 250 CE. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Greek Diet, Health, and Medicine in the Roman World: Integration and Analysis of the Archaeological and Literary Material, 9-11 September 2015.

Pain in the Ancient World, 4-6 April 2018. Co-organised with Prof. Han Baltussen (Adelaide University) and Dr Jacqueline Clarke (Adelaide University).