Dr. Molly Greene, a specialist in Hellenic studies and associate chair of Princeton’s Department of History, will explore the impact of the four centuries of Ottoman rule in Greece at this year’s Kimon Friar Lecture.
The lecture, the 15th in the annual Kimon Friar Series, will be held at DEREE – The American College of Greece’s John S. Bailey Library, on Friday, April 30, at 7 pm (6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi).
In her first book, “A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Greene examined the transition from Venetian to Ottoman rule in Crete, challenging the assumption that a radical rupture occurred with the Ottoman conquest in 1669.
Greene, who holds a Ph.D. from Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, argued that the population of Crete had been drawn into the Ottoman world long before the conquest and that important continuities linked the Venetian and the Ottoman periods.
Greene, who lived in Greece for several years after completing her undergraduate degree, has taught numerous courses in Greek history, early modern commerce in the Mediterranean, Ottoman history, and Balkan nationalism.
Her second book, “Catholic Corsairs and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Mediterranean, 1450-1700,” is due out this summer.
The next project she is undertaking is a history of the Greeks and the Greek world under Ottoman rule.
The Kimon Friar Lecture Series is named in memory of the Greek-American poet and translator Kimon Friar. Born to an American father and Greek mother in the Ottoman Empire in 1911, Friar immigrated to the United States in 1915. He translated works of Nikos Kazantzakis, Odysseas Elytis, Dimitris Ritsos and other important Greek literary figures into English.
Friar, who passed away in 1993, bequeathed a large part of his archives to The American College of Greece. Another part of his archives is at Princeton University.
Greene will be introduced by Dr. Haris Vlavianos, a DEREE professor, poet and translator.