segunda-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2013

The Ancient Greek Hero Online

Starting in March 2013, The Ancient Greek Hero, taught by Harvard classics faculty member Gregory Nagy will be available as an open access course through edX (, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

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. 

Nagy, the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature and head of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University, will be assisted by Kevin McGrath, Alex Forte, a team of other Teaching Fellows specializing in a wide variety of academic fields. Former teachers of earlier versions of the course, which has been taught almost every year since the late 1970’s, and students who have already taken the course (i.e., alumni) will also interact with new students. 

The text for the course will be Nagy’s forthcoming Harvard University Press book, The Ancient Greek Hero in Twenty-Four Hours. This book will be available on the course website and in dynamic e-book form; it will be supported by an enriched and annotated Sourcebook containing all the course readings and texts. The HarvardX version of the class will be the first humanities class offered by edX and will feature innovative approaches to both teaching and class participation.

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