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.


Greece from the Sea (June 17 to July 5, 2019)

Greece from the Sea (June 17 to July 5, 2019)

Taught by Professor Clayton Lehmann, University of South Dakota. This seminar will introduce students to a variety of aspects of life in Greek waters from the Paleolithic to our own time. The experience involves sailing and hiking, lectures and readings, visits to sites and museums, presentations by scholars, student reports, and encounters with our Greek hosts. In particular, the nautical life will give participants a sense of maritime Greece as the Greeks saw it in an age before mechanized travel: from the sea in sailing vessels. Students will learn to sail and to live aboard a sailboat for two weeks.  No previous boating experience is required, but applicants must be fit and agile enough to move about and work a vessel under sail.

Finding the Spartans: History, Landscape, & Archaeology  (July 11 to July 29, 2019)

Finding the Spartans: History, Landscape, & Archaeology (July 11 to July 29, 2019)

Taught by Professor Nigel Kennell, University of British Columbia. In this seminar, participants will examine the Spartans and their dependent populations as inhabitants of a state that was for a time the most significant political and military force in Greece by means of the material culture and environment of the southern Peloponnese. The opportunity to engage directly with the texts, epigraphy, and archaeological evidence available on site will be of immense value to all students of antiquity.


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 their home libraries before the program begins. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece's rich history, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking (and sailing!) 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, as well as to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. 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 2019 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.


Deadline for the online application and two recommendations is January 15, 2019. 
Application fee is $25. 

Link to the online application:

Admission to the Summer Seminar is granted on the basis of academic performance and letters of recommendation. 

Students are required to submit legible scans of academic transcripts issued to the candidate as part of application. Applicants arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation. After you submit your online application, your recommenders will automatically be sent instructions about how to upload their recommendation. 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.

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Contact Professor Amy Sowder Koch, Towson University, Chair of the Committee on the Summer Sessions at