The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours

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Explore what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times.

In this introduction to ancient Greek culture and literature, learners will experience, in English translation, some of the most beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making spanning over a thousand years from the eighth century BCE through the third century CE: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; songs of Sappho and Pindar; dialogues of Plato, and On Heroes by Philostratus. All of the resources are free and designed to be equally accessible and transformative for a wide audience.

You will gain access to a supportive learning community led by Professor Gregory Nagy and his Board of Readers, who model techniques for “reading out” of ancient texts. This approach allows readers with little or even no experience in the subject matter to begin seeing this literature as an ...

Explore what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times.

In this introduction to ancient Greek culture and literature, learners will experience, in English translation, some of the most beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making spanning over a thousand years from the eighth century BCE through the third century CE: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; songs of Sappho and Pindar; dialogues of Plato, and On Heroes by Philostratus. All of the resources are free and designed to be equally accessible and transformative for a wide audience.

You will gain access to a supportive learning community led by Professor Gregory Nagy and his Board of Readers, who model techniques for “reading out” of ancient texts. This approach allows readers with little or even no experience in the subject matter to begin seeing this literature as an exquisite, perfected system of communication.

No previous knowledge of Greek history, literature, or language is required. This is a project for students of any age, culture, and geographic location, and its profoundly humanistic message can be easily received without previous acquaintance with Western Classical literature.


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Dwayne Kennemore

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 12 months ago
Professor Nagy and his teaching fellows bring this material alive. One could plausibly ask, what could the social norms of an ancient culture that existed thousands of years ago possibly have to do with life today? The answer is - everything. Although our setting and circumstance has changed, human nature has not, and in this course we are invited to explore the human condition. In so doing, Nagy et al. also pull off an amazing feat - proving that one can engage in humanities focused coursework (rather than simply technical education) in an on-line forum. The style and structure of this course make it look easy, when for many years many doubted whether this was even possible. Projects like Ancient Greek Hero are paving the way for making deep and meaningful education available for all who seek it.
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1 year, 4 months ago
I took this course a long time ago but it was great! Professor Nagy and his teaching fellows make this course very interesting! This is one of the more popular Harvard courses on campus, makes sense that it was an early MOOC.
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Arpita Dutta

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
Wonderful course. Great faculty-learner relationship maintained throughout the course, extremely learner friendly team of instructors, above all a great communicative teaching method followed throughout the course. I am lucky to be a part of probably the best MOOC.
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Ana M.

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 11 months ago
Beautiful course, probably one of the best I have taken online. It does require some work and reflection, though it is not hard to achieve a passing mark. I wish they would create a second level. Much recommended.
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Jefferson Camargo

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
No matter what, a must participate classics course from HarvardX. Annotation exercises are very effective and content is supported by free Sourcebook of English translations and an also free course book called H24H
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Jessica Morey

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. In fact I loved it so much that I have taken it twice!! I felt almost like I was really part of the class. I was able to follow quite well, but it was also appropriately challenging. Professor Nagy is charismatic and passionate and that makes it all the more exciting to learn from him. I also LOVE the book and was so impressed with the eBook that he gave to his students that I had to purchase the physical real life book and it is simply beautiful. This course was the very first I took through EDx ( and the first schooling I have participated in, in over 20 years) and have since taken others. I left traditional school when I was 15 years old out of boredom. Had I had instructors like Professor Nagy when I was in school, I probably would have stayed. As a single mother of three teen girls, I was also able to set a good example for my daughters and show them that its never too late to learn and just how muc... I really enjoyed this course. In fact I loved it so much that I have taken it twice!! I felt almost like I was really part of the class. I was able to follow quite well, but it was also appropriately challenging. Professor Nagy is charismatic and passionate and that makes it all the more exciting to learn from him. I also LOVE the book and was so impressed with the eBook that he gave to his students that I had to purchase the physical real life book and it is simply beautiful. This course was the very first I took through EDx ( and the first schooling I have participated in, in over 20 years) and have since taken others. I left traditional school when I was 15 years old out of boredom. Had I had instructors like Professor Nagy when I was in school, I probably would have stayed. As a single mother of three teen girls, I was also able to set a good example for my daughters and show them that its never too late to learn and just how much joy a person can get from learning something. I would actually like to thank Professor Nagy (and his students, fellow teachers and other staff that made this possible!)and Harvard University for this lovely experience.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
This course is excellent. The lectures are very clear. Professor Nagy explains everything so clearly. The videos also excellent. I knew nothing about the Greek classics. The staff are also excellent. My thanks to Claudia Filos, Sarah Scott and Janet Ozsolak. They respond to my questions very quickly. This course is very challenging. The Annotation Exercises and Content Questions are very difficult. I am very happy that I endured and learned a lot from this course. It inspires me to learn about the Greek art, too.
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Richard Campo

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
I think this course is among the best humanities curricula to have ever come into light of day. That said, I wish someone from EdX, or anyone who can help, would guide back to its content! I've lost the content. I cannot access the course although I'm registered for about a month now. My "home" page is just an unformatted skeleton with non active links. I was using Firefox and all was well until this happened. I cannot reach any authorized person to help me as the interface is zilch, no go territory.
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2 years, 11 months ago
The myth as the basis of the heroic element operates in the dimension of the eternal. It is timeless, universal, and a complete tendency. It consists of a prototype, a model of action and behavior of primary thought, that is to say, before the beginning, the founding of the beginning. It is an archetype capable of capturing the human spirit. The investigator must examine this archetype through a labyrinth of confusing and contradictory ideas, which it is certain were distorted through the ages, to reveal a bright truth. This thread of Ariadne, the one and only tradition through time and place, as a revelation and a gift to mankind, was passed down through the ages. The rendering of important meaning the the Greek language gave to us, the cosmogenic, theological, and scientific penetrated and will continue to penetrate that obstacle. The beauty and the harmony of the Odyssean Greek spirit will be the bearer of mankind's bright at... The myth as the basis of the heroic element operates in the dimension of the eternal. It is timeless, universal, and a complete tendency. It consists of a prototype, a model of action and behavior of primary thought, that is to say, before the beginning, the founding of the beginning. It is an archetype capable of capturing the human spirit. The investigator must examine this archetype through a labyrinth of confusing and contradictory ideas, which it is certain were distorted through the ages, to reveal a bright truth. This thread of Ariadne, the one and only tradition through time and place, as a revelation and a gift to mankind, was passed down through the ages. The rendering of important meaning the the Greek language gave to us, the cosmogenic, theological, and scientific penetrated and will continue to penetrate that obstacle. The beauty and the harmony of the Odyssean Greek spirit will be the bearer of mankind's bright attempt to live the substance of life with all that it is. The path of the hero is an inexplicable reality that doesn't follow the laws of logic or the senses. In order to understand it we must go beyond ourselves. The time has com when reality is confused with fantasy, the visible with the invisible, the human with the divine. The time has come that reality will push logic to go beyond, given that we can give up our previous notions and accept the new notions and realities as offered up by the muses.
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Donald Mahoney

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 11 months ago
Just finished discussing the previous course with my 11 year old grand daughter who also took the course and earned 66. Interesting to discuss Athena, Medusa, Achilles etc. I asked her mother how she dealt with the Greek words in the course literature. I was happy to learn that she looked up every Greek word, as well as words she has not encountered in her reading or school. She just called to make sure she can take the next (Jan 6) course.
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Paolo Brambilla

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
In Italy it is easy to find people who studied ancient greek and literary texts at school. But the approach of this course is much more effective and interesting.
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Paty Garcia

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 12 months ago
I find this course so very interesting. The Read out and into concept to approach anciant greek literature seems a fascinating experience. Thanks for so good instructors.
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Stephanie Duplin BSN RN

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
I enrolled in the first iteration and could not keep up. So many great texts to read, think about and discuss! I missed timely notification of the next two offerings, something it seems both edX and HeroesX seem to be improving. I encourage every learner too join this fourth iteration to work at whatever pace is comfortable our maybe there is a text you have always been curious about. I absolutely love that I am studying side by side with thousands of others and the scholars making this course and it's free texts possible! Thank you for offering this course again!
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