Medieval Greek Session

The Gennadius Library offers a Medieval Greek Summer Session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek. The Medieval Greek Summer Session, which was inaugurated in 2005, is offered every other year.

The next Medieval Greek Summer Session will be held in the summer of 2021.


This is a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate to Advanced Level. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy as well as bibliographic and electronic tools, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Stratis Papaioannou, Brown University/University of Crete.

The program also includes site and museum visits (visits include the Byzantine, the Benaki Museums and the National Library as well as tours of Byzantine Athens, Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas). A ratio of 10-12 students to 2 professors allows the creation of individual tutorial and assignments for each student determined by his/her specific needs and field of study. The session is geared to students enrolled in a graduate program in any field of Byzantine studies in a North American or European university. A minimum of two years of college level Classical Greek (or the equivalent) was required and a diagnostic test (available electronically) was administered to finalists before the final selection of students was made.


The month-long full-time program will include daily translation of Byzantine texts; introduction to Greek paleography and Byzantine book culture; use of the collections of the Gennadius Library; visits to area museums and libraries including the Byzantine, Benaki, and Epigraphical Museums; and visits outside Athens including Corinth, Mistra, Thessaloniki, and Hosios Loukas. Individual tutorials and assignments for each student will be determined by specific needs and field of study. The language of instruction is English.  


The program is offered at the intermediate to advanced level for up to twelve students enrolled in graduate programs in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide; preference may be given to students who have limited access to instruction in Byzantine Greek at their home institutions. A minimum of two years of college-level or post-doctoral Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, faculty or postdoctoral scholars affiliated with any university worldwide may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.


The American School is not a degree-granting institution. No grades are given for its programs, nor are transcripts provided. Upon request, an optional final exam at the end of the program may be provided and the directors will write a letter to the participant's home institution, recommending that credit be granted, provided that the student has satisfactorily participated in the program and passed the final exam.


Twelve Leventis Foundation scholarships cover the costs of tuition, School fees, housing, required travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare to and from Greece, meals, and incidental expenses are the participant's responsibility.


Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher) via the online application form.

Direck link to online application form: TBA

Applicants are required to submit legible pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application. Application fee is US$25. 

The selection results will be announced March 15.

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