Honoring the Teacher

On the occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, the College held its annual “Honoring the Teacher” event on Tuesday, January 29th in the Theater of Latseio School in Kantza. The event pays homage to the School’s teachers and staff members who have recently retired.


Greeting speeches were given by Nikolaos Tsavliris, President of HAEF’s BoD, Richard Jackson, College President, and Apostolos Athanasopoulos, Co-Director of Athens College and Coordinator of the HAEF School Units.


Mr. Dimitris Siamopoulos, Director of Psychico College Elementary School, introduced the teachers who were being honored:  Mr. Konstantinos Kouklakis, Mr. Georgios Domestinis, Mr. Konstantinos Zikos, Mr. Dionysios Tselentis, and spoke briefly about the late Ilias Mpimpas, staff member of the Accounting Office, who was being honored posthumously.


In his farewell address, the former Co-Director of Athens College, Mr. Dionysios Tselentis, thanked the School and the Administration for the long-standing collaboration and trust they placed in him.

He was followed by academician and College alumnus, Dr. Miltiades Hatzopoulos, who gave a speech titled: “I am what I have read, I will be what I will write: A Testimony.”


Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos was born in Athens in 1944. He graduated from Athens College in 1962, read Economics for two years at the Law Faculty of the University of Paris, and graduated from the Classics Department of the Sorbonne in 1967 (with studies in Mycenaean Philology and Greek Society and Religion).  He obtained his PhD from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1971 (dissertation: Le culte des Dioscures et la double royauté à Sparte) and his Habilitation from the University of Paris in 1988.   


Academic career


He has worked as a high school teacher of French, Latin and Greek in France (1967-1970)

He served as a reserve officer in the French army (1970-1971)

He was editor and editor-in-chief at Ekdotike Athenon in Greece (1971-1979)

He served as a researcher and then director of the Institute for Greek & Roman Antiquity (K.E.R.A) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (N.H.R.F.)  (Researcher 1979-2010, Vice-President 2006-2009, President 2009-2010)

He has been invited to teach at Greek and foreign universities and at research centers in Europe and the US

He has participated in a number of international conferences and symposiums and has organized international conferences in Greece

He has supervised doctoral dissertations at Greek and foreign universities

He has represented Greece in international organizations




Bronze Medal of the Academy of Athens (1996)

Corresponding member of the Institut de France (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres) (1998) and then Foreign Fellow (1999)

Foreign fellow of the British Academy

Regular member of the Academy of Athens (2015)


Has published 18 volumes of monographs or projects in collaboration with another colleague, 65 shorter studies, and has edited four collective volumes.  His research interest lies in Macedonia and the adjacent areas of Epirus, Thessaly and Thrace, as well as Cyprus.  His latest monograph is titled “The Death of Philip II: a study of sources” (Athens 1981).

He has also authored three novels that have been published by Estia Publications.


The Athens College Ensemble, comprised of Conservatory music teachers, College students and alumni, took part in the artistic portion of the program. The evening ended with the customary dinner in the Latseio dining hall.