The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is one of the preeminent centers for the study of the Greek world from antiquity to the present day. The School advances knowledge of Greece in all periods by training young scholars, sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research through its award winning publications. The School is also charged by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism with primary responsibility for all American archaeological research, and seeks to support the preservation of Greece’s cultural heritage.The study of Greece from antiquity to the present day is critical for understanding civilizations, history and culture of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Western Asia.
George T. Orfanakos
Prof. Jenifer Neils
6-8 CHARLTON ST
PRINCETON, NJ 08540 USA
higher education, Greek culture and history, humanities, Greece
Higher Education Institutions (B40)
Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)
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If you are interested in society and how it should function, you would do well to study the past. Whether we are talking about Democracy, Art, Philosophy —it doesn’t really matter what the subject is....it begins in Greece. The study of Greece from antiquity to the present day is critical for understanding the civilizations, history and culture of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Western Asia.
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The Expansion and Renovation of the Student Center at the American School of Classical Studies
A complete and state-of-the-art renovation and expansion of the Student Center - comprising Loring Hall, the Annex, and West House, will transform the entire complex. It was originally built in the 1920s to serve as the residence and dining facilities for the American School’s students and visiting scholars. The reconfiguration of these buildings will create more usable space, reduce energy consumption, and bring the buildings up to the latest technical standards. At the same time, it will preserve the historic appearance of the buildings, so that they respect the past while meeting the needs of the future.
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The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has provided countless students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Greece’s illustrious past. We aim to support the the next generation of scholars, and share Greece’s rich history with the world. Through their detailed study of texts, artifacts, and the very land itself, our scholars and students bring Greece’s past to life.
The School supports a multidisciplinary approach to Hellenic studies, encompassing the fields of archaeology, anthropology, the archaeological sciences, topography, architecture, epigraphy, numismatics, history, art, language, literature, philosophy, religion, and cultural studies. As an institution in Greece sponsored by a consortium of institutions of higher education in North America, the American School makes its resources available to qualified scholars, promotes the highest standards of research and archaeological fieldwork, and shares the results of its work.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the leading American teaching and research institution in Greece, dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present. Founded in 1881, the School provides students and scholars from nearly 200 affiliated North American colleges and universities with the opportunity to explore the full range of scholarly resources in Greece. It was the first American overseas research center, and today it is the largest of the foreign institutes in Athens— and the only one that provides a regular program of instruction to students. It operates excavations in the Athenian Agora and Ancient Corinth, two distinguished libraries, an archaeological laboratory, and a prolific publications department. The School remains, as its founders envisioned, a privately-funded, nonprofit educational and cultural institution operating in the United States with a campus in Athens, Greece.
The leadership of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is committed to measuring and evaluating our programmatic impact on the humanities by establishing clearly defined and easily measurable performance metrics for each project. Since its inception, the School’s academic programs and research facilities are supervised by an academic advisory body known as the Managing Committee, which consists of elected representatives from a consortium of nearly 200 leading North American colleges and universities. The Board of Trustees, composed of distinguished women and men from the world of business, law, philanthropy, and academia, is responsible for the management of the School’s endowment, finances, and property. The American School’s administrative base is located in Princeton, NJ, and is headed by the Executive Director and houses the American School’s financial operations, publications office, development team, and administrative support for all academic programs.
The American School is blessed with uncommon leadership and vision that have made excellence endemic. By fostering a culture where ideas can be turned into action, we are poised and ready to bring the lessons of Greece's past to the world. Below is a sample of some of our recent accomplishments in recent years: • Launched two three-week summer seminars in Athens, giving students and teachers a new, shorter option for intensive study • Opened the recently constructed West Wing of the Gennadius Library in honor of General Yannis Makriyannis • Used forensic methods at the Wiener Laboratory to analyze a unique mass burial site in Phaleron • Added 20,000 new documents to the School’s digital archive, giving access to rare materials formerly unavailable online • Explored an innovative approach to technology, aimed at bringing years of Agora excavation research to life • Expanded our rescue mission of treasures in Ancient Corinth with a new storage facility
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Board of Directors
as of 11/5/2018
Alexander E. Zagoreos
William T. Loomis
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