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2000 Greek Summer School

Dumbarton Oaks is offering a new pilot program in early summer of the year 2000, an intensive four-week course in medieval Greek and paleography. A limited number of places will be available for North American graduate students currently pursuing a doctoral degree in any field of Byzantine studies or related discipline, or for recent post-doctoral scholars.

Course Offerings

The principal course will be a daily one and a half hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, epistolography. One additional hour weekly will provide instruction in the basic bibliography of Byzantine philology (dictionaries, grammars, etc.) and electronic tools, such as the Thesaurus Linguae Gracae and the Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database. Twice a week there will be one-hour sessions on Byzantine paleography. In addition each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Thus eleven and a half hours per wekk will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. It is anticipated that students will require the remaining hours of the week to prepare their assignments. If they should have extra time, they may use the resources of the Dumbarton Oaks library.


Alexander Alexakis, Columbia University and Dumbarton Oaks; George Dennis, The Catholic University of America; Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks

Accommodation and Costs

No tuition fees will be charged. Successful candidates from outside the Washington area will be provided with housing in the Fellows Building at no cost and complimentary breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Local area students will not be offered accommodation, but will receive free lunch on weekdays. Students are expected to cover their own transportation expenses.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies or a related discipline at a North American university, or recent Ph.D.'s from a North American university (with degrees awarded in 1997 or later).. Two years of college level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test will be administered to finalist applicants before the final selection of successful candidates is made.

Application Procedure

Applicants should send a letter by January, 15, 2000, to Dr. Talbot, describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. The application should also include a curriculum vitae and a transcript of the graduate school record. Two letters of recommendation should be sent separately, one form the student's advisor, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate's present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek. Principles of selection will include three considerations: previous meritorious achievement, need for intensive study of Byzantine Greek, and future direction of research. Awards will be announced in February 2000, and must be accepted by March 1.

Class List

Ruma Niyogi, Alex Bueno-Edwards, Georgi Parpulov, Richard Tada, Joel Kalvesmaki, Jutta Raithel, Elena Boeck, Leonora Neville, Warren Woodfin.