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Nagy-h24h-coverGregory Nagy
The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours

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The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours explores what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times. Readers will experience, in English translation, some of the most beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making spanning over a thousand years from the the eighth century BCE through the third century CE: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; songs of Sappho and Pindar; dialogues of Plato, and On Heroes by Philostratus.

Nagy has carefully selected and translated over 250 passages from these works with special attention to the subtleties of the original language. Throughout his analysis, Nagy models techniques for “reading out” of these works in an inductive way. This approach allows readers with little or even no experience in the subject matter to begin seeing this literature as an exquisite, perfected system of communication.

Based on the popular Harvard University course Nagy has taught and refined since the late 70′s, this volume presents the very latest research from a scholar who is equally committed to pursuing good teaching and good research.

2015-16 Fellowships | Apply by October 15

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), a research institution devoted to the study of all aspects of ancient Hellenic civilization, offers the following fellowship opportunities for the 2015-16 academic year. Researchers may apply for both programs using the same online application form (http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-forms/fellowship-application/).

CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies

Fellows are appointed for a term of up to eighteen weeks in the fall (Monday, August 24, 2015 to Monday, December 28, 2014) or the spring (Monday, January 25, 2016 to Monday, May 30, 2016). (The starting and ending date of the fellowship term may differ depending on a particular fellow’s circumstances and needs.)

Fellowships include a stipend, housing at the CHS, and subsidized health insurance. The stipend (maximum $17,000) is adjusted for individual circumstances, such as the amount of support from other sources. Additional support (up to $1,000) is available for professional travel and other research expenses. The CHS will also assist with the fellow’s travel expenses to and from Washington. All fellows, regardless of the term of their fellowship, receive an appointment for one year, beginning in July, which provides them with full access to the resources of the Harvard library system.
Read the complete program description here.

CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) offer two fellowships to scholars studying ancient Greece or societies that interacted with the ancient Greeks.

The term of the fellowship will be 37 weeks. The fellows will reside in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BRD) from mid-September to mid-December, followed by a term in the United States (US) through mid-May. Fellows may begin their residence at the CHS directly following the term at the DAI or opt for a flexible arrival date in January.

The fellows will receive an appointment for the academic year (September to May) with full access to the resources of the DAI libraries in Berlin and the Harvard University library system. The stipend consists of two different parts from the DAI and the CHS: 7,500€, distributed in monthly installments during their stay in the BRD, and a stipend of $17,000, paid in a lump sum at the beginning of their term in the US. Fellows will also receive health insurance, housing, travel to and from the DAI and CHS, and a fund for research expenses.

Read the complete program description here.

HeroesX: Epic and Lyric  |  Begins September 2

Registration is now open for the latest session of "The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours," a groundbreaking, open-access educational project from HarvardX that introduces participants to the literature and heroes of ancient Greece.

Based upon one of Harvard College’s longest running residential courses, “HeroesX,” for short, is now divided into five separate but integrated units, or learning “modules,” all running on the edX platform.

Directed by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, HeroesX invites learners to experience, in English translation, some of the most beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; songs of Sappho and Pindar; dialogues of Plato, and On Heroes by Philostratus.

Throughout the modules, Nagy models techniques for “reading out” of these ancient works, all while referencing popular and contemporary culture. Ultimately, even participants with little experience in the subject can gain an understanding of how classical literature serves as an exquisite system of communication, revealing what it means to be human today through the lens of the great Greek heroes of the past.

The first module begins on September 2. Registration via edX is free and open to all. The Harvard Extension School also offers a traditional for-credit version of the project.

 

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