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HeroesX

18 September 2014

The Ancient Greek Hero, or HeroesX, is an online educational project created by Harvard Professor Gregory Nagy and hosted by edX/HarvardX that offers five units or learning "modules" related to the ancient Greek hero. The Ancient Greek Hero is a survey of ancient Greek literature focusing on classical concepts of the hero and how they can inform our understanding of the human condition. Since 1978, Professor Greg Nagy has taught the course to undergraduates at Harvard College and to students at the Harvard Extension School. In March of 2013, The Ancient Greek Hero ("HeroesX") became one of HarvardX's first offerings, as well as one of the first humanities courses to be offered on the edX platform.

HeroesX is organized around 24 "Hours," a term that emerged from the 24 hours of classroom time in the residential version of the Ancient Greek Hero. Each Hour in HeroesX includes an overview lecture from Prof. Nagy and a conversation among Nagy and various members of the HeroesX "Board of Readers," scholars and students who work with Nagy to interpret and comment on the texts. Each week also includes a set of selected passages for "close reading."

These passages are read in performance by a student, and discussed by Nagy and his colleagues. In some Hours, ancient texts are paired with modern media, including film.
Content, community, and conversation, are prioritized in HeroesX in a way that redefines MOOC as massive, open, online content. This project provides a supportive learning community, exploring what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times.

For more information please visit: http://hour25.heroesx.chs.harvard.edu/?page_id=72

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