Mr. Charis Mettis, historian in the offices of His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, has produced significant books about the history of Hellenism in Great Britain and, more specificially, about the history of the modern Greek Orthodox community in London.
Mr. Mettis is the author of a comprehensive history, The Roots of Hellenism in Great Britain, which has been published in its fifth edition (Athens, 2003).
English translations of portions of the extensive work are available in a series of articles in the Orthodox Herald, the periodical of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, produced through the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios.
We know that, during antiquity, Greeks explored these islands, which today we call the British Isles. We also know that some of the early bishops of Canterbury were Greeks, or Greek-speaking Christians.
The comprehensive work by Mr. Mettis traces the roots of this history beginning with the seafaring explorer Pytheas in 325 BC, who sailed from the Greek colony of Marseilles and was the first to write about the British Isles.
The work spans the centuries with scholarly attention to, for example, St. Theodore in the 7th century AD, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury, the first one over the whole of the English church.
(He is identified even in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Micropaedia, 15th ed., vol. IX, p. 932, as
a Greek from Taursus.
Taursus was in Asia Minor.)
The comprehensive history extends to our own generations.
More work by Mr. Mettis concentrates in detail on the activities of prelates who were instrumental in the founding of the Greek Orthodox community in London at the turn of the 17th to 18th centuries, the beginning of the modern era. Both of these books are published in the Greek language in Athens 2003. Here are the titles in translation, which indicate the contents of each of these books:
Mr. Charis Mettis
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
5 Craven Hill
London W2 3EN
Phone: + 44 - (0)20 - 7723 - 4787.
Fax: + 44 - (0)20 - 7224 - 9301.
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