Ancient Studies

The secondary field in Ancient Studies has three requirements:

  1. One ancient studies graduate seminar (listed below)
  2. At least two graduate-level courses in ancient studies disciplines outside the student’s home field, as approved by the student’s Ancient Studies advisor
  3. A capstone project on an interdisciplinary topic of antiquity or employing a comparative methodology, together with a draft syllabus for teaching this topic at an undergraduate level. This capstone project should be on a substantial scale, such as an essay of 15,000 to 20,000 words, a digital humanities project, or a public exhibit, as approved by the student’s Ancient Studies advisor

Eligibility

The Ancient Studies secondary may be applied for at any point in the student’s academic progression, with the understanding that enough time is allotted for the coursework and seminar requirements. Students from any PhD program in FAS may apply; the Ancient Studies secondary may not be pursued concurrently with any other secondary. Ancient Studies seminars are purposefully designed to circumvent language or disciplinary prerequisites. 

Advising

The executive board of Ancient Studies will appoint from among itself an appropriate advisor for each student in the secondary field, who will offer tailored guidance. 

For more information, please visit our webpage at ancientstudies.harvard.edu/secondary-field

Ancient Studies Graduate Seminars (Past and Forthcoming)

  • Spring 2021: “Oracles and Divination in the Ancient Mediterranean”, Giovanni Bazzana (HDS) and Rachel Love (Classics)
  • Spring 2022: “Economies of the Sacred”, Gojko Barjamovic (NELC) and Giovanni Bazzana (HDS)
  • Spring 2023: “Alexandria from Multiple Perspectives”, Paul Kosmin (Classics) and Charles Stang (HDS)
  • Spring 2024: “Sacred and Profane Philologies”, Giovanni Bazzana (HDS) and Irene Peirano Garrison (Classics)

CONTACT INFO

Students interested in declaring a secondary in Ancient Studies should contact ancientstudies@harvard.edu. Any question may be directed to the Ancient Studies Administrative Director, Holly Hutchinson