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2014 Ancient Greece Seminar to Focus on the Odyssey

The seminar will be held on the Center for Hellenic Studies’ campus in Washington, DC.

For the ninth consecutive year, CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) will cosponsor a seminar on Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom. Focused on the Odyssey, the seminar will take place July 22–26, 2014, at the CHS campus in Washington, DC. (Past seminars in this series have covered the Iliad, Homeric hymns and the poetry of Hesiod, Herodotus’ Histories, lyric poetry, and Athenian drama.) Up to 20 full-time faculty members will be selected by competitive nomination for participation in the seminar. Nominations must be submitted by January 17, 2014.
The seminar will be led by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, who also is director of CHS, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College (TN) and director of fellowships and curricular development at CHS.
Designed for non-specialists, the seminar will provide participants the opportunity, through intensive reading and focused discussion, to expand their knowledge of the Odyssey, ancient Greek culture, and the conventions of Homeric poetry. The seminar also will explore effective ways to teach the Odyssey to undergraduates. According to Nagy, the seminars “…represent a creative balance between the research-oriented resources of the Center and the teaching-oriented nature of the participating faculty members from independent colleges and universities. And we all share in the firm belief that good teaching drives good research just as much as good research drives good teaching.”
The seminar is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For those selected to participate, there is no cost for materials, rooms, most meals, or the seminar itself. More information about the seminar as well as online application materials can be found at

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