The Center for Hellenic Studies

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2021-22 Fellows and Visiting Researchers

The CHS is pleased to announce the researchers who will receive support for the 2021-22 academic year.

Graduate Assistantships

The CHS offers assistantships to current Harvard graduate students. GAs will contribute to CHS initiatives and will be invited to engage with the CHS community worldwide. The program aims to…

Virtual Tour

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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How Pindar’s Homer might save from harm the heroic glory of Ajax

2021.05.10 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In this essay I attempt to explain, though only in its barest outlines, Pindar’s poetic project of picturing ‘Homer’ as a potential savior of the glory deserved by Ajax, hero of Salamis—despite this Homer’s generally indiscriminate taste, it is claimed, for greedily savoring all the delicacies of all the myths cooked up for him by way of epic poetry—I use the word ‘myths’ here… Read more

Visiting Artist Presentation: Cynthia Word

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021Time: 11:30am EDT / 6:30pm Greece Sappho and Isadora: Once Again, This Time Cynthia Word is your guide in investigating two artists who pioneered the expression of the solo female voice in poetry and dance. Through words, photography, music, and videography, we realize kinship between Sappho, 7th… Read more

On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with ideas about reperformance, Part III

2021.04.30 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In Part III of this essay, continuing from Part I (Nagy 2021.04.17, linked here) and Part II (Nagy 2021.04.24, linked here), I return for the third and last time to what T. S. Eliot said (1919 [1975]:38) about the poet he was in his youth—and about any aspiring poet in general: “the most individual parts of his work,” he said, “may be those in… Read more

Visiting Artist Presentation: Piero Marconi

Part of the CHS Visiting Artist Presentation Series, the event features Piero Marconi, an Italian musician currently teaching at the “Rossini” Conservatory, Pesaro. His interests connect philosophy, composition, piano and music history. Read more

On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with ideas about reperformance, Part II

§0. In Part II of this essay, continuing now from Part I (Nagy 2021.04.17), I return to what T. S. Eliot said (1919 [1975]:38) about the poet he was in his youth—and about any aspiring poet in general: “the most individual parts of his work,” he said, “may be those in which the dead poets, his ancestors, assert their immortality most vigorously.” In Part I, I applied this idea of… Read more

On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with ideas about reperformance, Part I

2021.04.17 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In an essay first published in the year 1919, “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T. S. Eliot made a bold statement about poets, dead or alive. Back then, he was thinking not only about the “individual talent” of young poets like himself but also about the collective legacy of all “dead poets” stemming from the “European tradition,” as he thought of it, starting with… Read more

Proximity and Ethics

What is the relationship between physical closeness and the moral life? Does physical closeness matter for the cultivation of a moral life, and how should we think of empathy as a means of bridging the distance between us and them? Explore these questions and more. 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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