Greco Mania: An exploration of this cultural craze

Roger Vlitos, a previous tour guide on the Acropolis in Athens World and researcher in the British Museum, will be examining the causes and outcomes of the cultural craze ‘Greco Mania’ in a free public lecture at the University on 15 February.

What happened to looted art sent home to enhance the prestige of Venice?  Was the passion for Ancient Greece that drew visitors and collectors from across Europe a blessing or a curse?  Why did Lord Elgin lose his wife, diplomatic career and the tip of his nose?  Did his ideal of inspiring a taste for idealized beauty produce much more than expensive wallpaper? All these questions surround the cultural craze of ‘Greco Mania’ of which Mr Vlitos will be examining.

Roger Vlitos is a photographer and writer who has regularly lectured at the University on historical and artistic subjects. He has visited sites in Greece that inspired the “philhellenes” and photographed examples of Ancient Greek sculptures that survive in Venice, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Athens.

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP). Others in the series include:

22 February - Dr James Bilzon from the University of Bath’s Department for Health focuses on the use of physiological and biomechanical measurements to inform physical training regimes and athlete preparation.

29 February - Professor Ronald Hutton looks at the way in which historians can study the famine and disease suffered during the Tudor and Stuart period and their effects, and how they were perceived and experienced by people at the time.

7 March - University of Bath librarian Howard Nicholson considers how publicly funded libraries are adapting to changing needs and, where supported, are finding new ways to engage their communities.

14 March - Urban Peregrines - Bath’s very own Speed Hunters! Ed Drewitt, learning officer for the Bristol Dinosaur Project will reveal a different side to Peregrines- not only as majestic, aerial hunters but as opportunistic falcons living often nomadic lives.

21 March - Protecting Architectural World Heritage from Seismic Hazard- Some of the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering and recent research developments in the field of earthquake protection will be illustrated by way of examples of retrofit of heritage structures in Europe and Latin America.

The lecture is taking place in Lecture Theatre 8West 1.1 and starts at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

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