Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS)

Harvard University

Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded by means of an endowment made "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies.

A fitting metaphor for the mission of the Center (and the basis of our logo) is the lighthouse of Alexandria, the Pharos, as envisioned in the dream of Alexander the Great. The story of this vision, as retold in Plutarch's Life of Alexander, was meant to become a permanent "charter myth" that captured the ideal of Alexandria-in-Egypt as the ultimate Greek city and - more basically - the ideal of Hellenic Civilization as a universalized concept of humanism, transcending distinctions between Europe and non-Europe.

The Center tries to honor these ideals by bringing together a variety of research and teaching interests centering on Hellenic civilization in the widest sense of the term "Hellenic." This concept encompasses the evolution of the Greek language and its culture as a central point of contact for all the different civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. Interaction with foreign cultures, including the diffusion of Roman influence, is an integral part of this concept.

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America United States New England
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Foreign Institutions Universities and university institutes