The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Kathara Deftera at The Water Club
  • From the Field Friends of the Gennadius Library enjoyed warmth and good cheer at The Water Club on February 23rd for the 15th Annual Kathara Deftera Benefit.
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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 attendance for the full nine-month program. 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.

The Summer Sessions, which run for two six-week periods each, are open to North American 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 programs are open to 20 participants in each session.

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
  • Chrysanthe Pantages felt honored to have enjoyed such a whirlwind and enriching six weeks ...
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  • 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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  • Nick Cross, attended the 2015 ASCSA Summer Session I, is a graduate student in Ancient History at the City University of New York.
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