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Summer Seminars


The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 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. 

Warfare and Culture in Ancient Greece
(June 11 to June 29, 2018)

Taught by Professors Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, and Lee L. Brice, Western Illinois
University, author of Greek Warfare from Marathon to the Conquests of Alexander the Great. The
Seminar will investigate the intersections between ancient warfare and culture while visiting archaeological sites, battlefields, and museum collections. Through these visits and discussions, the Seminar will provide participants with a unique and useful grounding in Greek history.



Ancient Greek Religion in Situ
(July 5 to July 23, 2018)

Taught by Professor Irene Polinskaya, King’s College London, author of A Local History of Greek
Polytheism: Gods, People, and the Land of Aigina, 800-400 BCE
. This seminar will take students to
the sites of ancient worship - from caves to coasts, from peaks to pastures, from city acropoleis to
deep countryside - to explore the remains of architecture and objects found there and link them to our textual sources. The seminar examines religious sites as nodes in the network of social interactions, products of geo-ecological, political, and historical development.

Internationally known scholars of Greek history, art, and archaeology will participate as guest lecturers in both seminars. Students are expected to give on-site reports which they will prepare in the ASCSA’s libraries. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece's rich history, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean climate, and participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects and each seminar is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking institutes, or schools, are required to supply evidence of proficiency in English.

Cost: Fees for the 2018 seminar program are $2,750. This includes tuition, room for the entire 18-day period, partial board in Athens, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare, some meals, and incidental expenses are the participant's responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships through the School and outside sources. They are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Inquire about course credit option. 

Application: Applicants will complete an online application by January 15. Link to: ASCSA Summer Seminar Application. Students are required to submit legible pdf scans of academic transcripts issued to the candidate as part of application. Applicants arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation by sending recommenders this recommendation form which should be completed before the application deadline. Letters of recommendation are due by January 15. Applications accepted for one or both seminars. Details about the application process for the Summer Seminars can be found here.

For more information, please download the bulletin.
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For testimonials about last year's program, the inaugural year of this new program, please link to:


All applicants will be notified by mid-March.