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C.P. Cavafy:The Poetics of History and the Music of Poetry

11.15-11.30     Introduction: Roderick Beaton (King’s College London)
11.30-13.00     Cavafy, music & history
Chair: Martin Stokes (Department of Music, King’s College London)
Alexandros Charkiolakis (Director, Friends of Music Society, Athens), Other musical settings of Cavafy’s poetry­
Panos Vlagopoulos (Ionian University, Corfu), Sprechgesang and the hybrid: Mitropoulos reading Cavafy
Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London), C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933), music and history: the ‘musical ear’ of an ‘ultra-modern poet’ – some suggestions

13.00-14.00     Lunch break (sandwich lunch provided)
14.00-16.00     Cavafy, poetics & history
Chair: Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Afroditi Athanasopoulou (University of Cyprus), Observations on Cavafy’s historical method
Michalis Chryssanthopoulos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Cavafy’s Ulysses, Julian and Hamlet: history or literature, a critical dilemma
David Ricks (King’s College London), From Charing Cross to Alexandria: Cavafy’s Caesarion
Roderick Beaton (King’s College London), Cavafy’s Greek world

16.00-16.30     Break (tea and coffee provided)
16.30-18.00     Cavafy, history & art

Chair: Stefanos Geroulanos (Universities of Zurich & Ioannina)

Angelos Delivorrias (Benaki Museum, Athens & Academy of Athens), Cavafy and ancient Greek art
Andrew Burnett (British Museum & UCL), ‘Lasting monuments of historical facts’: why collect coins?
Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), Cavafy as a historian of the Hellenistic period
18.00-18.30     Break (tea and coffee provided)
18.30-19.30     The sound of poetry

Introduction: Dionysis Kapsalis (poet; Director, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation)

Poems by Cavafy read in the original Greek and in English translation

Dionysis Kapsalis (Greek)
Jeremy Irons (English)
19.30               Concluding remarks: John Kittmer (former UK Ambassador to Greece; King’s College London)

The event is under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos