Course contributors: Gregory Nagy, Dimitris J. Kastritsis, Sarah E. Insley, Dimiter G. Angelov, George Syrimis, Sahar Bazzaz, Anna Stavrakopoulou.
Focusing on the eastern Mediterranean, this course undertakes a diachronic examination of models of empire (Athenian, Byzantine, Ottoman), concluding with questions of nineteenth-century European and modern colonialism and postcolonialism. Particular emphasis is paid to legacies of Hellenism, and to the challenges and possibilities of cross-cultural interaction. The aim is to expose students to historical, philosophical, literary, and political models for studying this interaction.
Now in its eleventh year, the five-week course consists of seven interrelated seminars. Each week-long seminar meets daily (Monday through Thursday), for a total of four two-hour periods. Seminars run in pairs over the first four weeks of the course; students write two short response papers (two pages) per week. The fifth week is devoted to the writing of the final ten-page paper. Students are contacted about book purchases and preparatory reading in late spring; other material is available online and through access to Harvard digital resources.
More information about summer 2014 will be available soon.
Applications for summer 2014 will be available in early December. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.