Through close readings and discussions of translated Greek poetry and philosophy, the seminar will explore what it means to be human. The organizing principle will be the study of a model of humanity, the hērōs (hero), as it can be reconstructed by way of textual evidence attesting to myths and rituals from throughout the ancient Greek-speaking world. Beginning with the Homeric poems, the seminar also will engage with works of Aeschylus and Plato, providing participants who teach in a variety of disciplines with approaches to integrate the literature of ancient Greece into a wide range of courses. The schedule incorporates ample time for participants to take full advantage of the facilities of the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS).

The seminar is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.