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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf Study, Virtual ClassroomVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The Ancient Greek Hero course is being provided by edX in collaboration with Harvard University. It has been designed to provide the learners' exposure to Greek literature and culture. Participants can explore the literature and heroes of ancient Greece with the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, the dialogues of Plato, the tragedies of Sophocles and many more.

Participants will gain knowledge about some of the beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making spread for more than thousand years from the 8th century BCE till the 3rd century CE: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles, and Euripides, songs of Sappho and Pindar, tragedies of Aeschylus, dialogues of Plato, and On Heroes by Philostratus. The course material has been designed to be easily accessible and transformative for a wide range of participants. Participants will be given access to a supportive learning community that showcases the methodology for "reading out" of ancient texts. These techniques will allow the participants having little or even no experience in this subject matter to see this literature as a magnificent and perfected system of communication. 

The candidates may choose any one of the tracks available to learn the course, one is the verified track and the other is the audit track. Both the tracks are self-paced but during the audit period, the course can be accessed only for a limited period. Whereas during the verified track, the course is open to be accessed for an unlimited period.

The Highlights

  • Completely online learning
  • Free limited course access in the audit track
  • 18 weeks of course duration
  • 8-12 hours of weekly learning
  • Course certificate by edX and Harvard University
  • Introductory level course
  • Shareable online certificate 
  • Instructors from Harvard University and Brandeis University

Programme Offerings

  • video transcript
  • Instructor led lectures

Courses and Certificate Fees

Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
INR 14036yesHarvard University, Cambridge

The fees payable for this course are given below:

The Ancient Greek Hero course access is being given free of cost to all candidates. However, if they wish to get a certificate, they have to upgrade and pay an amount of Rs.14,036/-

Fee details for The Ancient Greek Hero course by edX



 Course access


 Course certificate fees

 Rs. 14,036


Eligibility Criteria

Certification Qualifying Details

Participants have to successfully complete the course and pay the course fees in order to receive the course certificate for The Ancient Greek Hero course.

What you will learn

Pedagogy skills

After completion of The Ancient Greek Hero course by edX participants will have gained knowledge about the following:

  • They will learn the art of close reading.
  • They will understand the Classical Greek concept of a "hero" in contrast with the modern concept of heroism.
  • They will grasp the relationship between lyric and epic during the ancient Greek tradition.
  • They will learn the interaction of text and image according to the ancient Greek tradition.
  • They will acknowledge the hero cults of ancient Greece.
  • They will understand the role of heroes as objects of worship during ancient Greece.
  • They will learn about the existing connection between the myth and ritual of ancient Greece.
  • They will understand the concept of the hero as portrayed through the Socratic dialogue.

Who it is for

The course is especially recommended for:

  • Students who desire to gain knowledge about humanities 
  • People aspiring to know and learn about Greek literature

Application Details

Participants are required to enroll as per the following admission steps:

Step1: Click on this URL for further course information

Step2: Click on enrol.

Step3: Candidates will be asked to create an account with edX.

Step4: Once the account has been made, candidates will automatically get course access.

The Syllabus

  • Register for Harvard Credit

  • HUM2x: New Participants Welcome Through Closing Date
  • The Heroes and the Project: An Introduction

  • Understanding Homeric Poetry
  • The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours (H24H)
  • Hour 0 Focus Passages
  • Hour 0 Annotation Exercise


Harvard University, Cambridge Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: Are there any deadlines for the course?

The course has a fixed schedule. Participants have to make their submissions according to the dates given in their course.

2: What are open response assessments?

In some courses, participants are asked to write essays in response to certain questions or topics. They are called open response assessments (ORA) as they do not have a fixed outline, can include assessment options and peer assessments.

3: How can I see my grades?

The progress tab of the course contains details of all the graded assignments of the course and a list which consists of the assignments and their scores.

4: Does this course require any previous reading?

Participants need not have any knowledge of Greek history, literature, or language. This course is designed for candidates of all ages and cultures.

5: Can I download the course?

Courses by edX are completely online and can be viewed via the edX platform. In some courses links to download lecture videos are provided below the video player window.

6: Can I share the course on social media?

Participants have the option of sharing the courses they have enrolled in on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The option of sharing is available on the dashboard.

7: Can I get a refund?

Participants can get a refund if they unenroll from the course within 14 days after their purchase date or 14 days after the course starts, whichever comes later.  

8: Is financial assistance available?

edX provides up to 90% discount on verified certificates to participants who cannot afford to pay the full course fee. However, financial assistance is not available for all courses and programmes.

9: Is the course accessible for learners with disabilities?

edX aims to create a platform that provides access to all the learners, irrespective of any physical disability they might have.

10: How can I verify my identity?

Participants can verify their identity by taking a photo of themselves and a photo of any identification card from their computer or smartphone.


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