Building research excellence in Classics

Since 1997 the A.G. Leventis Foundation has worked closely with the Department of Classics and Ancient History, helping to develop global understanding of the impact of Greek culture.

The A.G. Leventis Foundation is a long-standing supporter and partner of the University of Exeter, which first began 20 years ago following the Foundation’s gift to support the first postgraduate studentship within the Department of Classics and Ancient History; the A.G. Leventis Studentship. Supporting a student whose interest and research is in an aspect of Greek culture.

Since then the University of Exeter has received generous support totalling nearly £1 million to support the Leventis Initiative and Leventis Studentship programme in Classics, and more recently to support a new postdoctoral research post in the Department of Earth Sciences, the first gift beyond Classics at Exeter.

The on-going support of the Foundation has provided vital opportunities for young researchers to gain academic experience and to establish themselves within their field. Leventis-supported scholars have been keenly involved in bringing their ideas and discoveries to a wider audience. Taking their research beyond the academic environment of the seminar room and the lecture theatre, and engaging with the public.

We are very proud that all scholars have achieved excellent PhDs and secured academic appointments at universities across the world. So their passion for, and understanding of, Greek culture has truly been spread across the world.

In 2017 we produced a special commemorative book to mark 20 years of exceptional partnership with the A.G Leventis Foundation. You can read it here.

Words cannot describe how grateful I am, and have always been, for the support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation. It has allowed me to devote myself wholly to my doctoral research and given me so many great experiences, opportunities and personal relations, thank you.

Dr Christian Thrue Djurslev, A.G. Leventis Postgraduate Scholar, 2012-15

The support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation has given a powerful stimulus to the development of research and teaching in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter in the last twenty years.

The Leventis postgraduate studentship has been a catalyst for growth in doctoral research in the department since 1997. The award of funding for the Leventis Initiative on the impact of Greek culture has brought a series of gifted younger scholars and students to Exeter and enabled innovative research on the influence of Hellenism in antiquity and later periods.

Among other benefits, it has promoted work on the potential value of Greek ideas and practices for contemporary healthcare, nutrition, and psychological guidance. The supportive engagement and interest of the trustees of the Foundation in these developments has been much appreciated and has constituted a further stimulus.

Professor Christopher Gill, Leventis Grant Holder 2010-13, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought