Educational Programs

As a research institution the Gennadius Library seeks to develop research projects and educational programs that promote the study of the Greek world after the end of antiquity.

Fellowships, seminars and symposia bring into contact scholars from all over the world.

The successful Medieval Greek Summer Session, funded by the Leventis Foundation, teaches Medieval Greek language and philology to aspiring Byzantinists every other summer.

Various digital projects mine the collections of the Gennadius Library for valuable historical information.

“I found the Byzantine Greek Summer School of 2005 to be a tremendously enriching experience. Our readings included a wide spectrum of texts (from Romanos the Melode’s kontakia and letters of Michael Psellos to orations of John of Damascus and Photios’ Bibliotheke). Highlights included the additional classes on paleography and instrumenta studiorum, and especially, the individual tutorials with the excellent instructors, Alexander Alexakis and Stratis Papaioannou, which allowed us to unravel the intricacies of texts/authors relevant to each participant’s interests. In addition to having access to the excellent collections of the Gennadius Library, we also took excursions to Thessaloniki, Hosios Loukas, and Mistra—all due compensation for spending an unbearably hot July in Athens.”

— Ivan Drpic, Associate Professor, Penn History of Art, and former Summer School participant (2005)