The Summer school of classical studies offers lectures on current research themes in a relatively modern field that has been evolving rapidly throughout the world in the recent decades.
Subjects of Summer schools
The Summer school of classical studies provides lectures on the reception of ancient heritage by specialists in the classical, medieval and humanistic philology, classical archaeology, Czech and world history, theatre studies, history of arts, philosophy and other related fields. The lectures are accompanied by morning readings of ancient sources in Latin and Greek. The reception is thus tracked since the first “renaissance” in the antiquity through the Middle Ages and Early modern age until the modern period. Since 1998, the Summer school is always devoted to a specific topic. The lectures at the Summer school are given not only by the members of the Cabinet for Classical Studies, but also by other renowned specialists from other research institutions.
The lectures offer a suitable supplement to university education in the humanities as well as in science and medicine (not just the history of science, but also an understanding of the evolution of Latin terminology). Students may, after an agreement with the organisers, enrol on the school as on an optional course. Furthermore, the lectures may help to improve the qualification of the teachers of Latin, Greek, Czech, history, arts, civics etc. who are receptive to the call of lifelong learning. Another target group are those scholars and researchers who are willing to break through the carapace of their narrow specialisation.
Date and duration
The Summer school takes place every year at the end of June and beginning of July, beginning with the first day of school holidays. It lasts for 4–5 days, depending on the breadth of the topic.
During the morning courses, a lecture is blended with reading of an original Greek or Latin text. In the afternoon courses, lectures are given concerning current topics of the given field with the intent to introduce the audience with problems of research and its most recent results. Evening hours are dedicated to Latin and Greek theatrical performance, discussions, seminars, soiree etc. Each summer school is tipped by an excursion, linked to the school’s theme.
The Summer school is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The participants are awarded a certificate of attendance to the Summer school.