From March 13th the classics department of Harvard University will offer The Ancient Greek Hero as a free open access course through edX, the online learning platform co-founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Ancient Greek Hero has been taught in Harvard almost every year since the late 1970′s and is considered as one of the most popular courses among students.
Taking advantage of the new technologies in education, the Ancient Greek Hero will be available to everyone around the world interested in learning more about ancient Greek civilization. The online learning platform HarvardX will allow students to take a closer look into the history of ancient Greece and its people by being guided through some of the major works of Homer, Plato, tragedies and poetry composed over thousands of years ago.
Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University, Gregory Nagy, PhD, will be heading the lectures. He will be assisted by Kevin McGrath PhD, Alex Forte and other fellow teachers, along with former teachers who taught this subject, and students who have already completed the course.
The Ancient Greek Hero will be accompanied by a free e-book edition of Nagy’s The Ancient Greek Hero in Twenty – Four Hours, which will also be printed.
According to news reports, thousands of people interested from across the world have already enrolled whether interested in credits or not. To sign up in HarvardX click here. After you completed your signing in, you can enroll for the Ancient Greek Hero course. For more information on the course visit Harvard Extension School. Reading material will be available on March 13 but forum conversations will start sooner than that.