Historical Paradox: the Religious Origins of the European Enlightenment with Maria D. Efthymiou, Events Series 2018


Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00pm


Vouleftiko Hall, Staikopoulou, 21 100, Nafplio, Greece


Historical paradox: the religious origins of the European Enlightenment


Maria D. Efthymiou, Associate Professor of History, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens



Collaboration with:

Municipality of Nafplio

Synopsis of the lecture:

This announcement argues that the 16th-century Religious Reformation movement – and, mainly, the Calvinist view of things – is at the heart of the thoughts and attitudes of the European Enlightenment of the 18th century. The huge participation of Calvinist groups in the 17th-century English Revolution and the dynamism of English thinkers at the end of the 17th century on the concerns about society and its operation prove the way in which thoughts matured and then flourished in the 18th-century America, France and England.

Short bio of the lecturer:

Maria Efthymiou was born in 1955 in Larissa. She studied History at the University of Athens and at the Sorbonne University, from which she also received her PhD in History. Since 1981 she has been teaching topics from the History of Hellenism during the Ottoman domination, as well as World History, at the Department of History and Archeology of the University of Athens. She has been taught seven foreign languages. In 2013 she received the Vassilis Xanthopoulos – Stefanos Pneumatikos Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching.

Events Series 2018 is implemented under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.