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Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded by means of an endowment made "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies.

Mission: A fitting metaphor for the mission of the Center (and the basis of our logo) is the lighthouse of Alexandria, the Pharos, as envisioned in the dream of Alexander the Great. The story of this vision, as retold in Plutarch's Life of Alexander, was meant to become a permanent "charter myth" that captured the ideal of Alexandria-in-Egypt as the ultimate Greek city and - more basically - the ideal of Hellenic Civilization as a universalized concept of humanism, transcending distinctions between Europe and non-Europe. The Center tries to honor these ideals by bringing together a variety of research and teaching interests centering on Hellenic civilization in the widest sense of the term "Hellenic." This concept encompasses the evolution of the Greek language and its culture as a central point of contact for all the different civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. Interaction with foreign cultures, including the diffusion of Roman influence, is an integral part of this concept.

Minoan Purple Dye Workshops Excavated on Greek Island - Archaeology Magazine
11/09/2019
Minoan Purple Dye Workshops Excavated on Greek Island - Archaeology Magazine

Minoan Purple Dye Workshops Excavated on Greek Island - Archaeology Magazine

ATHENS, GREECE—The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports announced the discovery of a large quantity of Hexaplex trunculus shells, which were used in the production of valuable purple dye, at a Minoan settlement dating to between 1800 and 1500 B.C. on the now uninhabited Greek island of Chryssi. On...

"But what about the sons of Hēraklēs? I ask such a question in view of the mythological fact that this hero, in the co...
11/09/2019
Thinking comparatively about Greek mythology XVI, with a focus on Dorians led by kingly ‘sons’ of Hēraklēs the kingmaker

"But what about the sons of Hēraklēs? I ask such a question in view of the mythological fact that this hero, in the course of his countless adventures, fathers countless children, left and right. And the answer to my question is quite clear: in myths about the male descendants of Hēraklēs—and the lineages of such descendants are known generically as Hērakleidai (Heracleidae), meaning ‘sons of Hēraklēs’—we see that such ‘sons’ are consistently destined to become kings, not just kingmakers."

2019.11.08 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In the logic of ancient Greek myths centering on the hero Hēraklēs, as we have seen cumulatively in the series of essays bearing the title “Thinking comparativel…

CHS 2019 Fall Fellows | Rachele Pierini
11/06/2019
CHS 2019 Fall Fellows | Rachele Pierini

CHS 2019 Fall Fellows | Rachele Pierini

CHS 2019-2020 Fellow Rachele Pierini shares a preview of her work and research during her fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC.

Introducing Euripides Trojan Women
11/04/2019
Introducing Euripides Trojan Women

Introducing Euripides Trojan Women

We are pleased to share in the Text Library a revised version of E.P. Coleridge’s translation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women that tracks Core Vocab words from The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours in …

"While analyzing comparatively the myths about Hēraklēs as a leader of people in general and of military expeditions i...
11/04/2019
Thinking comparatively about Greek mythology XV, with a focus on Hēraklēs of Tiryns as military leader of the Mycenaean Empire

"While analyzing comparatively the myths about Hēraklēs as a leader of people in general and of military expeditions in particular, I have outlined in the essay TC XII, 2019.10.11, the special relevance of Tiryns, a strategically vital stronghold of the Mycenaean Empire, as the designated place where this Strong Man is stationed in the course of performing his services for Eurystheus, king of Mycenae and over-king of the people of the Mycenaean Empire."

2019.10.31 | By Gregory Nagy §0. While analyzing comparatively the myths about Hēraklēs as a leader of people in general and of military expeditions in particular, I have outlined in the essay T…

The Epic Cycle, by Lanah Koelle
11/04/2019
The Epic Cycle, by Lanah Koelle

The Epic Cycle, by Lanah Koelle

Rage fuels the taut tendons Pulsing contempt As he slays each pathetic competitor. Past the dragging herd— Ankles streaked with oil, raw knees, Thighs like giant oars spearing the air— He sails for…

Book Club | November 2019: Euripides Trojan Women
11/01/2019
Book Club | November 2019: Euripides Trojan Women

Book Club | November 2019: Euripides Trojan Women

“The maidens I brought up to see chosen for some marriage high, for strangers have I reared them, and seen them snatched away. Nevermore can I hope to be seen by them, nor shall my eyes behol…

'Pythia' helps find missing parts of Ancient Greek inscriptions | Kathimerini
11/01/2019
'Pythia' helps find missing parts of Ancient Greek inscriptions | Kathimerini

'Pythia' helps find missing parts of Ancient Greek inscriptions | Kathimerini

Researchers at Oxford University and DeepMind Technologies, a UK-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) company owned by Alphabet Inc. - a conglomerate best known as the parent company of Google - have created “Pythia,” an ancient text restoration system that outperforms experts in guessing the miss...

2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou
11/01/2019
2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou

2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou

“But above all, I appreciated the support, encouragement, intellectual openness and constructive criticism of the multi-cultural and multi-lingual academic community of Harvard University.…

Ritual Sacrifice and Lycanthropy: Pausanias for Werewolf Week
10/30/2019
Ritual Sacrifice and Lycanthropy: Pausanias for Werewolf Week

Ritual Sacrifice and Lycanthropy: Pausanias for Werewolf Week

In the second century CE, Pausanias composed ten books on the sights and wonders of ancient Greece. His text provides some of the only accounts of architecture, art and culture that have been lost …

2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou
10/29/2019
2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou

2019-2020 CHS-CCS Fellows | Victoria Ferentinou

“But above all, I appreciated the support, encouragement, intellectual openness and constructive criticism of the multi-cultural and multi-lingual academic community of Harvard University.…

Éditions Les Belles Lettres
10/29/2019

Éditions Les Belles Lettres

🌊EN LIBRAIRIE
Autonome, inventif, persévérant, la tradition classique fait d’Ulysse un idéal d’humanité tourné tout entier vers l’accomplissement de sa mission et la perfection de soi. Mais cette lecture laisse dans l’ombre toute la « matière anthropologique » que l’𝑂𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑠𝑒́𝑒 transforme en récit épique, à savoir l’attachement ambivalent de l’homme au plaisir.

Culturellement exceptionnelle, l’𝑂𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑠𝑒́𝑒 contredit l’idée profondément ancrée dans la pensée occidentale selon laquelle le plaisir serait assimilé au seul souci de soi.

Anthropologiquement fécond, cet essai interroge le sens de l’efficacité dans un univers changeant et imprévisible. Il met en lumière différents aspects de la pensée classique délaissés par la tradition des Humanités, comme le lien entre intelligence et plaisir, le rapport à l’altérité, ou encore le désir de chacun de nous de ponctuer son existence de mots, de récits et de fiction.

✍️Préfacé par Alain Supiot.

📙 François Dingremont, 𝐿'𝑂𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑠𝑒́𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑠 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑟𝑠, Les Belles Lettres / Essais, écouter un extrait ou feuilleter au format : https://www.lesbelleslettres.com/livre/4072-l-odyssee-des-plaisirs

10/28/2019
Anthropological Writing as Activism

Anthropological Writing as Activism

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Michael Herzfeld and Manuela Pellegrino discussed their recent fieldwork in Greece and Italy, and reflected on the challenges of...

Spin Doctor
10/28/2019
Spin Doctor

Spin Doctor

“Why Does Hippocrates, Centuries After His Medicine Has Been Debunked, Still Hold Such Fascination?”

Traces of History and Archeology and Art
10/28/2019

Traces of History and Archeology and Art

lion gate at mycenae

"But this text, which retells within a narrower narrative framework the story being retold within the wider narrative fr...
10/25/2019
Thinking comparatively about Greek mythology XIV, with a focus on the role of Hēraklēs as a leader of fighting men

"But this text, which retells within a narrower narrative framework the story being retold within the wider narrative framework of the picture, is about the role of Starkaðr as a helper of the ‘oppressed’—the Latin word here, oppressi, corresponds closely to what we mean when we say the oppressed. And I find it most significant here that such a role is not strictly militaristic, even though the overall context is indeed a state of war, as we see from the picture showing Starkaðr in the act of leading a mass of armed fighting men."

2019.10.25 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In my essay for 2019.10.18, I argued that the role of Hēraklēs as a leader of fighting men is interchangeable in Greek myth with his wider role as a leader of …

American School of Classical Studies at Athens
10/25/2019

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Regular Members spent the morning in the Acropolis Museum - Μουσείο Ακρόπολης galleries with Olga Palagia discussing the Parthenon pediments and metopes.

IN PHOTOS: Lost artworks at Herculaneum uncovered by new technique
10/25/2019
IN PHOTOS: Lost artworks at Herculaneum uncovered by new technique

IN PHOTOS: Lost artworks at Herculaneum uncovered by new technique

One of the best preserved Roman houses at Herculaneum, near Pompeii, reopened on Wednesday after more than 30 years, its exquisite paintings brought back to life thanks to a revolutionary new technique.

CHS Celebrates Open Access Week
10/24/2019
CHS Celebrates Open Access Week

CHS Celebrates Open Access Week

The CHS holds open access at the core of its mission and is committed to it in multiple ways.

Scylax
10/24/2019
Scylax

Scylax

“There is a river, Indus, second of all rivers in the production of crocodiles. Darius, desiring to know where this Indus empties into the sea, sent ships manned by Scylax, a man of Caryanda,…

Podcasting, Performance, and Pedagogy
10/23/2019
Podcasting, Performance, and Pedagogy

Podcasting, Performance, and Pedagogy

Another great post from the wonderful Deborah Beck “Imitation is innate to humans from childhood and they differ from other living creatures in this, that they are the most prone to imitation and t…

October 24 at 11:00 a.m. ESTWatch it on YouTube!
10/23/2019
Online Open House | A Land Called Crete, with Andrew Koh

October 24 at 11:00 a.m. EST
Watch it on YouTube!

We are excited to welcome Andrew Koh, of the MIT Center for Materials Research and the Harvard Semitic Museum, for a Center for Hellenic Studies Online Open House discussion entitled ‘A Land Called…

A Typology of Fear for a Spooky Time of Year
10/21/2019
A Typology of Fear for a Spooky Time of Year

A Typology of Fear for a Spooky Time of Year

Here are some passages to go with Seneca’s ruminations on the fear of death.) Stobaeus 2.7.10c [=Diogenes Laertius 7.113] “Hesitation is fear of future action. Agony is fear of failure and ot…

"I will spell out a disagreement I have with the views of Martin P. Nilsson about the relationship of Hēraklēs with Eu...
10/19/2019
Thinking comparatively about Greek mythology XIII, with a focus on the role of Hēraklēs as kingmaker

"I will spell out a disagreement I have with the views of Martin P. Nilsson about the relationship of Hēraklēs with Eurystheus, over-king of the Mycenaean Empire. In terms of my argument, as we will see, the relationship of Hēraklēs with Eurystheus in Greek myths can best be understood by comparing it to the relationship of the Germanic hero Starkaðr/Starcatherus with kings of Sweden or Denmark in Scandinavian myths."

2019.10.18 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In my essay for 2019.10.11, “Hēraklēs at his station in Mycenaean Tiryns,” I focused on references in Greek myth to the stationing of Hēraklēs at the Cyclopean s…

HAA-CHS January 2020 Trip to Greece
10/18/2019
HAA-CHS January 2020 Trip to Greece

HAA-CHS January 2020 Trip to Greece

Join Keith Stone and an intergenerational group of alums, current students, CHS fellows, and HeroesX participants January 10–19, 2020, on a Harvard Alumni Association – Center for Hellenic Studies …

October 24 at 11:00 a.m. EDT!
10/17/2019
Online Open House | A Land Called Crete, with Andrew Koh

October 24 at 11:00 a.m. EDT!

We are excited to welcome Andrew Koh, of the MIT Center for Materials Research and the Harvard Semitic Museum, for a Center for Hellenic Studies Online Open House discussion entitled ‘A Land Called…

Archaeological Institute of America
10/17/2019

Archaeological Institute of America

This year’s International Archaeology Day (IAD) is almost here! View the IAD Calendar to look for celebrations taking place near you: archaeological.org/programs/public/archaeologyday/events. #IAD2019 October 19th #archaeology #pubarch

You can also participate in this year’s online IAD activity - #ArchaeoMadness: Famous Archaeologists Edition archaeological.org/programs/public/archaeologyday/archaeomadness.

Application deadline: October 27
10/16/2019
Programs - Fellowships - Hellenic Studies in Greece and Cyprus

Application deadline: October 27

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) offers two fellowships to postdoctoral researchers based in Greece and Cyprus. The program aims to support researchers whose work requires continued access to material on site (e.g. archives, artifacts, archaeological sites), and to encourage research of the hig...

Board Letter to the Paideia Institute
10/15/2019
Board Letter to the Paideia Institute

Board Letter to the Paideia Institute

On October 13, 2019, the SCS Board of Directors approved the following letter addressed to the Board of Directors of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.

Greece High Definition
10/12/2019

Greece High Definition

The Korai of the Acropolis | Acropolis Museum. Early sculpture, with Ionian cloak. Found early February 1886, northwest of Erechtheion.

"I am hardly the only person today who has entertained the thought that the very sight of these walls represents, at lea...
10/11/2019
Thinking comparatively about Greek mythology XII, Hēraklēs at his station in Mycenaean Tiryns

"I am hardly the only person today who has entertained the thought that the very sight of these walls represents, at least on the surface, perhaps the most spectacular survival of material culture stemming from the prehistoric Greek world."

§0. The glory days of Tiryns, a major center of the Mycenaean Empire and situated strategically as the primary control-point of access to Mycenae from the sea, came to an end around 1200 BCE. But t…

A piece of the Parthenon in Washington, DC
10/11/2019
A piece of the Parthenon in Washington, DC

A piece of the Parthenon in Washington, DC

2019.10.04 | By Ted Widmer In 2013, I spent a happy week at the Center for Hellenic Studies, where I did research on the ways in which Americans read the Odyssey in the 19th century. In my resea…

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The Director of the Center is Gregory Nagy, who is concurrently the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature at the Harvard campus in Cambridge. He is resident at the Center in Washington, where Current Fellows, elected annually, pursue research in one of the world's premier research libraries. Conferences and programs are a regular part of the educational mission of the Center. New initiatives, such as the Virtual Center, will expand this mission far beyond the Center's campus in Washington. These initiatives include Web-based publications in conjunction with the Stoa Consortium; various on-line teaching, research, and discussion projects; an interactive multitext of Homer (modeled on the editorial research of the ancient Alexandrian scholars); and full-text online books.

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