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The Origins of the Center for Hellenic Studies

The Origins of the Center for Hellenic Studies

Eric N. Lindquist
Copyright Date: 1990
Pages: 98
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    The Origins of the Center for Hellenic Studies
    Book Description:

    A case study in American philanthropy, this book describes the beginnings of the Center for Hellenic Studies, a research institute established in 1961 in Washington, D.C. as an outpost of Harvard University. Each year eight post-doctoral fellows come from all over the world to live at the center and do research in ancient Greek literature, philosophy, or history. The idea behind this arrangement began with the preeminent philanthropist Paul Mellon's interest in finding a project to advance the humanities. Eric Lindquist traces the ten-year evolution of the center from Mellon's first general notion. In the process he portrays some of the hopes and fears for the humanities, especially the classics, in America during the period following World War II and the climate of opinion that led to the establishment of the center. The study concludes with a short account of the subsequent development of the center. This is the first published account of the origins of the center.

    Originally published in 1990.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6188-0
    Subjects: Education, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
    (pp. v-vi)

    For nearly thirty years, I have served with great pleasure on the administrative committee of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. (Living across the street from the center, I do not have to go very far to attend its meetings.) Before the committee sits down to official business, the fellows of the center usually join us for cocktails, which always makes for an extremely pleasant occasion. The fellows are young scholars who come from all over the world to spend a year in the quiet atmosphere of the center, engaged in the study of ancient Greek civilization. I...

    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. [The Origins of the Center for Hellenic Studies]
    (pp. 1-64)

    Since 1961 the Center for Hellenic Studies has offered a haven for young scholars of ancient Greek literature, history, and philosophy to spend a quiet year, free of distraction, to reflect and write. The center is located, somewhat improbably, on Whitehaven Street in Washington, D.C. It stands in what has been described as a “sylvan enclave,” in a part of Washington that is heavily populated with foreign embassies. How the center got there is an interesting and instructive story. It was created at a time when the humanities, and especially the study of ancient Greek, seemed in serious decline, and...

    (pp. 65-76)
    (pp. 77-86)
    (pp. 87-88)