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Harvard’s Ancient Greek Hero Course Free Online

ancient gree heroA course on ancient Greek history is now available online at Harvard. The Ancient Greek Hero course is taught by Gregory Nagy, the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.

Nagy will be assisted by Kevin McGrath, Alex Forte, and a team of other Teaching Fellows specializing in a wide variety of academic fields.

The course, which will be available as an open access course through edX ( introduces (or reintroduces) students to the great texts of classical Greek culture by focusing on concepts of the hero in an engaging, highly comparative way.).

The HarvardX course will use the latest technologies to help students engage with poetry, songs, and stories first composed more than two millennia ago. Featured literature includes the Homeric epics, a selection of early lyrics, excerpts of prose history, seven tragedies, two Platonic dialogues, and the intriguing but rarely studied dialogue, On Heroes by Philostratus.

(SOURCE: Harvard. education)


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