The Center for Hellenic Studies

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Black Classicists:
A Mural Mosaic

This installation celebrates the important role of African Americans in the field of Classics and provides an opportunity to reflect upon the purpose of higher education and its place in…

Proximity and Politics

Democracy has always been intensely physical. But in an age of social distancing and social media, does it remain important…

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Due to the pandemic, the Center will remain closed to the public for the duration of the spring semester. Tour the main building and the library virtually.

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Proximity and Politics

Democracy has always been intensely physical. But in an age of social distancing and social media, does it remain important to feel the power of the mass, democratic crowd as an expression of popular will? Join us for a conversation on the importance of physical proximity in democracy, ancient and modern. Read more

Seneca’s Thyestes

Join us on Wednesday for a live reading and discussion of Seneca's Thyestes (translation by Paul Murgatroyd), hosted by Joel Christensen (Brandeis University) with special guest Helen Slaney (La Trobe University). Directed by Paul O'Mahony, the featured actors include Tim Delap, Evelyn Miller, Paul O'Mahony, David Rubin, and Sara Valentine. Read more

A Young Woman’s Journey to Womanhood

We are excited to welcome Arti Mehta of Howard University for an Online Open House entitled “ A Young Woman’s Journey to Womanhood: Greek and Indic Models from Menander and Kālidāsa.” The event will take place on Friday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. EST Read more

The theo-eroticism of mythmaking about Aphrodite’s love for boys like Adonis in ancient Greek paintings

2021.01.09 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In a previous study, I used the term theo-eroticism as a way of describing a kind of sexuality that gets transformed into something sublime by way of blending eroticism with divinity. I was following terminology used by exegetes of the Bible in their interpretations of some intensely erotic situations pictured in the Song of Songs, and, although I experimented with applying the terms of… Read more

From the specific to the general and back, further variations on a theme of love-on-wings in Song 1 of Sappho and elsewhere

2020.12.25 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In Song 1 of Sappho, as our mind’s eye views the goddess Aphrodite at the moment when she starts driving her chariot drawn by birds called strouthoi and travels in a miraculous instant, with the speed of light, all the way down from the bright heavens above, down to the dark soil of our earthly human existence here below, how are we to imagine… Read more

Textiles and Cinders: Reconstructing the Process of Washing with Cinders in South and Central Italy in the 20th century CE* | Appendix to the…

2020.12.23 | By Rachele Pierini and Tom Palaima §0.1. How hard was it to whiten dirty clothes in the Bronze Age Aegean? This question arose during the November MASt seminar, while discussing Anne Chapin’s presentation about the visual impact of textile patterns in Aegean Bronze Age painting. Hedvig Landenius Enegren, one of the steady members […] The post Textiles and Cinders: Reconstructing the Process of Washing with Cinders in South… Read more

MASt @ CHS – Friday, November 6, 2020: Summaries of Presentations and Discussion

2020.12.23. | By Rachele Pierini and Tom Palaima §0.1. Rachele Pierini opened the November session of MASt@CHS, which was the sixth in the series and marked one year of MASt seminars—you can read here further details about the MASt project. Pierini also introduced the presenters for this meeting: Anne Chapin, who joined the team for […] The post MASt @ CHS – Friday, November 6, 2020: Summaries of Presentations and… Read more

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Fellowship Programs

The CHS offers fellowship research opportunities to postdoctoral researchers. The next application cycle will begin in Fall 2021.

Student Programs

The CHS offers a variety of programs for students in Washington, DC and in Nafplio, including internships, workshops and seminars, and study abroad.

Reading Greek Tragedy Online

In partnership with Out of Chaos Theatre, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Kosmos Society are presenting Reading Greek Tragedy Online, a series that brings together actors and researchers to perform and discuss scenes from Greek tragedy.

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