Online Summer School: 2021 Online Byzantine Greek Summer School, Boğaziçi University

The Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University is pleased to announce the organization of its fourth Byzantine Greek Summer School to be held online, from 29 July to 18 August, 2021. Students will have the chance to participate in an intensive program in Medieval Greek with Prof. Niels Gaul and Dr. Foteini Spingou. There is no fee for participation in the program, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The deadline to apply is 31st May 2021. To apply, visit

The program is designed for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Classical Greek or its equivalent. Students are expected to have knowledge of basic Greek grammar and to be able to read simple texts from ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. Daily classes are devoted to the reading of Byzantine texts with a focus on Constantinopolitan monuments and/or events that happened in the city; they will be held in two groups, at lower intermediate level and upper intermediate/advanced level, and last three hours Monday to Friday (15 hours per week). Students will be assigned to one of the two groups based on their performance in a prognostic test. The daily classes will be supplemented by shorter tutorial sessions (two to three per week) that offer revisions of grammar or a brief introduction to Greek paleography. The language of instruction is English, and the classes will be held online. The exact schedule will be agreed with those admitted to the course; no activities will be scheduled on weekends. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply, granted that they meet the requirements mentioned above. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies.

Niels Gaul is A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Foteini Spingou is currently a Research Fellow in Byzantine Cultural/Intelletual History at the University of Edinburgh; in 2022, she will take up an Associate Professorship in Medieval Greek Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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