View of the British Museum from Great Russell Street.

Event information

27 Feb 2023


BP Lecture Theatre

Free, advance booking essential


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Explore the use (and abuse) of ancient Greek architecture in modern times with Thomas Kiely, AG Leventis Curator for ancient Cyprus, British Museum.

Led by experts in the field, these lunchtime lectures are designed to support students and teachers taking Classical Civilisation or Ancient History A-level and other equivalent qualifications.

In this lecture, Kiely will help you navigate the complex afterlife of the ancient world – and the ongoing relevance of studying classical Greece.

Since the European Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, the buildings of the Greek and Roman worlds have provided governments, institutions and elite families with models for new buildings, whether to show taste and education or to project power, prestige and superiority. Increasingly direct access to ancient buildings in Greece and Turkey during the 18th century led to a major change in building design, known as the Greek Revival, which culminated in the early decades of the 19th century with thousands of buildings, big and small, inspired by 'Arcadia' – a utopian vision of the classical Mediterranean past.

But how were these buildings designed and viewed in their own times, and how are we to understand them today? Join Kiely to explore these and other intriguing questions.

To attend this event

  • This event is for UK schools only.
  • Book now to attend with your school. To book by phone, call the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8181.
  • Students must be accompanied by a member of school staff. Home educated students are welcome with an attending adult but please note we are unable to accommodate younger siblings at this event.
  • This event is aimed at A-level students aged 16+. Year 11 pupils who are interested in extending their knowledge and considering studying the relevant subjects at A-level are also welcome.