A Tribute to Dr. Argyros Protopapas (d. 13 September 2023)

The IABS is sad to announce the passing of an esteemed Greek Romanticist, gifted poet and beloved teacher, Dr. Argyros Protopapas (1952-2023).

Argyros was a member of the Messolonghi Byron Society and participated in many international Byron conferences over the years. An astute critic of Shelley, Argyros will be remembered for his erudition, humour, love for philosophy and passion for poetry. 

Dr Argyros Protopapas studied and taught English at the Universities of Athens and Southampton, UK. A published poet and once a candidate physician, Argyros did extensive research on the mutual effect of physical rhythms and mental functions in the process of poetry composition as reflected on Shelley’s poetic language, sponsored by the British Academy and the University of Southampton––initially jointly supported academically by the Royal South Hants Hospital. He published extensively on Shelley’s poetry, while his monograph Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetic Science: His Visionary Enterprise and the Crisis of Self-Consciousness (2012) earned critical acclaim. A former graduate of the School of Law and Economics at Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (1978), Argyros also worked for the Vice-Consulate of Greece in Southampton for several years and held national and EU posts in education.