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Announcement and call for papers:
The 35th International Byron Society Conference
6-13 September 2009, Greece
Conference theme: "Lord Byron and History"
The 35th International Byron Conference will be held September 6-12, 2009, at Athens University and in Messolonghi, with an overnight excursion on Saturday, September 12, to Nafplion with visits to Mycenae and Epidaurus, concluded by a return by bus to Athens and the airport on Sunday afternoon, 13 September 2009.

During the Opening Ceremony of the 35th International Byron Society Conference in Greece, September 6-13, 2009: on Sunday, September the 6th, The University of Athens, in the Great Hall, will award Professor Jerome McGann of the University of Virginia an Honorary Doctorate to recognize his long and distinguished scholarly career, particularly his contributions to Byron Studies.

The Academic Committee welcomes proposals of 150-250 words for 20-minute papers exploring some aspect of "Lord Byron and History." This broad theme can accommodate a range of approaches and topics. Some papers might consider Byron's own reading of historical texts, his representation of historical situations or figures. Others might look at Byron's place in various histories--literary, political, and cultural. Still others might examine Byron's own histories, whether actual or fictive, or the alternative histories in which he has figured. Proposals should be sent by email to Professor Peter Graham, pegraham@vt.edu , not later than 30 December 2008. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Jerome McGann of the University of Virginia.

During the Opening Ceremony of the Conference, in the Great Hall of Athens University on Sunday, September the 6th, the University of Athens will award Professor Jerome McGann of the University of Virginia an Honorary Doctorate to recognize his long and distinguished scholarly career, particurarly his contributions to Byron Studies.
Further details of the conference and registration are posted on the IBS website www.internationalbyronsociety.org .
Information about Messolonghi itself and the Messolonghi Byron Center can be found at www.messolonghibyronsociety.gr; University of Athens information is available at www.uoa.gr.

Preliminary and tentative details about the excursion to Nafplion:
Nafplion brings you face to face with the beginnings of modern Greece. For several years after the Greek war of Independence (1821-28), this was Greece's first capital. Although the palace of Greece's young King Otto--a mail-order monarch from Bavaria--burned down in the 19th century, you can see the former mosque off Plateia Sydagma (Constitution Sq.) where Greece's first parliament met. Another legacy of those years is the impressive number of commemorative statues of revolutionary heroes, most of them known to Lord Byron, in Nafplion's squares and parks. Nafplion is described as the most charming town in the Peloponnese, with stepped streets overhung with balconies dripping with bougainvillea and jasmine, handsome neoclassical buildings, and enticing shops, restaurants, cafes, and two fine museums. Nafplion also has two hilltop Venetian fortresses, a miniature castle (Bourtzi) on an island in the harbor, shady parks, and the best ice cream in the entire Peloponnese. The last night of the conference, which will feature a dramatic reading from Byron's works, will be spent at Nafplion.

Mycenae, meaning "Rich in Gold", was home of the mythical King Agamemnon. Mycenae was the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, while the myths related to its history have inspired poets and writers over many centuries, from the Homeric epics and the great tragedies of the Classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creation. Today, ancient Mycenae features an impressive array of archaeological excavations and artifacts.

Epidaurus, the most celebrated healing center of the ancient world, was the sanctuary of Asklepios. The status of Asklepios as the most important healer god of antiquity brought to the sanctuary great financial prosperity, and in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC enabled the implementation of an ambitious building program for the construction of monumental buildings for worship and secular buildings such as its magnificent theater. The theatre designed by Polykleitos the younger in the 4th century BC has the only circular orchestra-stage (20m or 66ft in diameter) to have survived from antiquity. The theatre is remarkable for its exceptional acoustics, which permit perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the orchestra-stage to all 15.000 spectators, regardless of their seating. The theatre's original 34 rows of limestone were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows, and still used today for the summer festival of ancient drama and receive thousands of visitors all year around.

With Byronic regards
Prof. M. Byron Raizis, President of the Hellenic Byron Society
Mrs. Rodanthe-Rosa Florou, President of the Messolonghi Byron Society