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2022 Byzantine Greek Summer School

July 5–29, 2022 | Directed by Alexandros Alexakis and Stratis Papaioannou


Designed to improve knowledge of Greek among Byzantinists and others interested in the world of Byzantium (especially since related courses are only taught in a very small minority of universities around the world), Dumbarton Oaks is hosting an intensive four-week Byzantine Greek Summer School program from July 5 to July 29, 2022. We will be welcoming 10 graduate students from schools across the globe.

COVID-19 Notice

Although Dumbarton Oaks hopes to offer on-site accommodation and instruction, due to the ongoing pandemic and the possibility of travel restrictions, the program may have to take a hybrid or virtual form. Successful applicants will be notified of any developments.

Program Description

The principal course will be a daily 1½ 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, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

Students will also have the opportunity to study inscribed objects in the Byzantine Collection, and view facsimiles of manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection, as well as original manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection. Any extra time may be used for personal research in the Dumbarton Oaks library, but support for the summer school is intended first and foremost for study of Byzantine Greek language and texts.


Alexandros Alexakis, University of Ioannina

Stratis Papaioannou, University of Crete

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduate students in a field of Byzantine studies (or advanced undergraduates with a strong background in Greek). Two years of college-level ancient Greek (or the equivalent) are a prerequisite; a diagnostic test may be administered to finalist applicants before successful candidates are selected.

Accommodation and Expenses

Successful applicants receive a grant package, which includes accommodation (except for participants living in the greater Washington area), lunch on weekdays in the Refectory, and a library reader’s pass for the duration of the course. There is no fee for participation in the program, but participants are responsible for their own transportation costs.


Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by February 1, 2022. 

To apply, applicants must include a cover letter describing their academic background, career goals, previous study of Greek, and reasons for wishing to attend the summer school, a curriculum vitae and a list of all Greek authors and/or texts previously read in the original, and a transcript of graduate school record (a copy of unofficial transcripts is acceptable).

Additionally, two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants, one from the student’s adviser, and one from an instructor in Greek, assessing the candidate’s present level of competence in ancient or medieval Greek.

Selection criteria will include (but are not limited to) the program’s relevance to applicants’ present and future research projects. Awards will be announced in late February 2022.

For further information, please write to Judy Lee, Byzantine Studies program coordinator, at