Summer Seminars

ASCSA Response to COVID-19

Due to the cancelation of the summer 2020 programs, and their deferment to summer 2021, the ASCSA will not be taking new applications for programs taking place durring summer 2021. 

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

Aegean Networks of Technology (June 7 to June 20, 2021)

Aegean Networks of Technology (June 7 to June 20, 2021)

This seminar will explore four fundamental technologies in ancient Greece (ceramics, wood-working, stone carving, and bronze-casting) and how craft practitioners shared their expertise in multi-craft projects, such as building a boat or a temple. Participants will discover how these networks of technology developed in a broad Aegean context, from Athens and Corinth on the mainland to the Cycladic islands of Naxos, Paros, and Santorini, and in a deep time frame, from prehistory to contemporary traditional practices. Taught by Professor Eleni Hasaki, University of Arizona.

The Northern Aegean: Macedon and Thrace  (July 1 to July 19, 2021)

The Northern Aegean: Macedon and Thrace (July 1 to July 19, 2021)

In this seminar, participants will explore the Northern Aegean region during various time periods. The history of Macedon and Thrace bridges the East and West and offers a glimpse into some of the most significant developments in Greek history, such as colonization, cross-cultural relations, the Persian Wars, Athenian hegemony, and the rise of Macedon. Taught by Professors Amalia Avramidou, Democritus University of Thrace, and Denise Demetriou, University of California, San Diego.


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 and archaeology, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean summer, 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, may be required to supply evidence of proficiency in English.

Cost: The fee for each summer 2021 Seminar is $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, most meals outside Athens, and incidental expenses are the participant's responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of ASCSA scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, and many classical professional organizations have funding opportunities: Inquire about course credit option.


Deadline for the online application and two recommendations is TBA. The call for applications for the 2020 summer has ended.

Link to the online application: TBA

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

Applicants will complete an online application, for which they will submit pdf scans of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation by the application deadline, January 10. All applicants will be notified in February.

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For additional questions or information:

Contact Professors Jorge Bravo (University of Maryland) and Elizabeth Baltes (Coastal Carolina University), Chairs of the Committee on the Summer Sessions at