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The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies

Since its founding by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, and for a period of 600 years, Alexandria was the cultural capital of the world, especially during the Ptolemaic period. The Hellenistic period – specifically in Alexandria but also throughout the Mediterranean – witnessed many achievements and contributions in all academic fields that have greatly added to man’s knowledge and the progress of civilization.

Despite its importance, however, few academic degrees are granted in the field of Hellenistic studies. Departments are generally specialized in the Greco-Roman periods, with the Hellenistic period forming part of the studies, rather than being a specialization in its own right. The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies was therefore created to fill this gap, and focuses specifically on this rich period and its immense contributions to human knowledge. Its establishment in Alexandria, and in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is therefore most appropriate. The Center will draw scholars from around the world who are keen to obtain diplomas, Masters and Doctorates in Hellenistic studies in particular.

The Center was established as a joint collaboration between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Onassis Foundation, the Vardinoyannis Foundation and the University of Alexandria. It is composed of a Board of Directors and an Academic Council. The Centre started its operation in January 2009.

All courses are offered in English. Graduates of Classics departments from Egypt or anywhere else will be able to apply directly for a Masters degree, while non-specialists will have to take the diploma first. Courses follow the credit hour system, with a thesis submitted at the end. Professors are recruited from Egyptian universities from Alexandria and Cairo. If funding is available, they will also be recruited from Greece and elsewhere, to give one-month intensive courses in their specializations.

For more information please visit http://www.bibalex.org/hellenisticstudies/

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