The famous English poet, Lord Byron, is set to be the centre of a talk which examines his bond with Greece in both his writing and general life, and the legacy he left on the country as a result.

The lecture is set to be held on 18 April, 7pm, at the Parliamentary Theatrette of NSW Parliament House.

The event is being organised by the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney in partnership with the Greek Festival of Sydney, falling almost exactly to the day of the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s death (19 April 1824).

The event will feature a talk be given by Professor Vrasidas Karalis (Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek and Chair of Modern Greek Department at the University of Sydney) and Professor Mark Byron (Discipline of English and Writing at the University of Sydney).

The two speakers will explore the overall life and work of Lord Byron, assessing the impact it had on Greek literature.

It will also raise the question of what it means for Byron to be considered a “Greek poet”, with the Englishman one of the most famous philhellenes in history. Byron was committed greatly to the cause of Greece’s fight for Independence, joining a rebel army, though he became violently ill and died in Messolonghi.