About Us

The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) is an institute affiliated with Harvard University located in Washington D.C.  It was founded in 1962 by means of an endowment made “exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to re-discover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks.” This humanistic vision remains the driving force of The Center for Hellenic Studies.

The CHS is a cutting-edge research institution in the field of Hellenic studies and is a leader in making scholarly works available online. The CHS has an extensive library in Hellenic Studies and welcomes fellows and scholars to use its resources and non-circulating library when in the Washington D.C. area.  In addition, the CHS connects with scholars through its online publications.  CHS electronic publications include: Classics@, an online journal; Homer and the Papyri, a database of Homeric papyri fragments; and other online publications such as complete e-books. The CHS also publishes print books in two key series, the Hellenic Studies Series, and the Milman Parry Collection Series.

Every year the CHS is host to top, young scholars in the field of Hellenic Studies. These CHS Fellows spend an academic year conducting research on our campus in Washington D.C. and have access to the Harvard University library system.  The Director of the CHS is Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Dr. Nagy is also Director of The Milman Parry Collection

The CHS organizes a variety of activities and events both in Washington D.C. and in Greece. On its main campus in Washington D.C., CHS hosts annual seminars, conferences, colloquia, and lectures featuring prominent Classicists from around the world.  In Greece, Director Gregory Nagy leads an annual travel-study excursions to the Greek isles.

We encourage scholars and students to explore this website and see all of the resources that the CHS has to offer.