The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Looking to the Future
  • From the Field Jenifer Neils, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts in the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University, is the next Director of the American School, beginning July 2017. An internationally renowned scholar in classics and art history, her work on the Parthenon has earned her the reputation as one of the world’s most established authorities on the monument. Prof. Neils shares here her perspectives on the School, Hellenic studies, and Greece as she prepares for the post.
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About the ASCSA

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers graduate students enrolled in member universities an unparalleled immersion into the sites and monuments of Greek civilization.  The School also affords many facilities, resources, activities, and other programs for scholars, teachers, and undergraduate students. The core academic programs of the School are:

The Regular Membership program for the full academic year, which runs from early September to early June, offers advanced graduate students from a variety of fields an intensive survey of the art, archaeology, history, and topography of Greece, from antiquity to the present.  The program for Regular Members is an integrated participatory program over nine months. Regular Members are expected to be in residence in Athens throughout the nine-month academic year. Students receive comprehensive training through visits to the principal archaeological sites and museums of Greece as well as in seminars led by resident and visiting scholars. They also take part in the training program at the Corinth excavations. The School accepts 15 to 20 students in this program.

Associate Membership is open to graduate students and scholars who normally pursue a specific project that requires extended residence in Greece.  Associate Members have full library privileges and access to the staff and services of the School.  Use of other facilities and participation in other activities, e.g., Regular Program trips, can be offered only when space permits, and at the discretion of those responsible for the academic program.

One or two Summer Sessions run for six-week periods and are open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related fields. In these sessions, the School condenses its academic year program into an intensive introduction to the sites, museums, and monuments of Greece. The Summer Sessions are open to 20 participants in each session.

New summer program! Summer Seminars are two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture. Each seminar is limited to 20 participants.

The Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session is a month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Graduate students and professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine, or medieval studies from any university worldwide may apply. The program has up to 12 participants.

Members are reminded that collecting antiquities, however small, is strictly forbidden by Greek law. Never pick up anything at any archaeological site, not even a single sherd. Violations will result in expulsion from the School.

The School is committed to providing a safe, secure working and living environment for its students, staff, and researchers. Any discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability will not be tolerated. Such action should be reported immediately to the Director of the School.

  • From the Field
  • Lizzy Ten-Hove expected a crash course in the topography and material culture of ancient Greece. "What I wasn't expecting was everything else!"
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  • From the Field
  • Kyle Zawacki, teacher in high school social studies at the Huron Schools in New Boston, MI, at the Parthenon in Athens. Zawacki participated in 2015 Summer Sessions II and was the recipient of the ASCSA Rea Silvia Borza scholarship.
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  • Meet Marion Meyer, a classical archaeologist who teaches in Vienna but returns to the ASCSA every summer to continue her research on the early cult of Athena.
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