After its successful launch last year, the Hellenic Museum Summer School returns to present four short courses looking at the ancient Greek world over one week from 7 to 11 January, 2019.

The summer school classes are delivered in a way that is informative, relaxed and entertaining and are open to anyone, as no prior knowledge is required.

“All kinds of people take part in the summer school,” coordinator of the Summer School and public historian Dr Christopher Gribbin explains, adding that participants typically include the general public, high school teachers and students but are not restricted to this demographic.
“Some people come to improve their knowledge of the Greeks and Romans, some to discover them for the first time.”

In addition to formal teaching at Melbourne and Monash universities, Dr Gribbin founded the University of Melbourne’s successful Classics Summer School and ran it for 15 years. He has been involved in a retrial of Socrates with actual barristers and high court judges, and has coordinated a Festival of Homer and regularly leads tour groups to Europe with Australians Studying Abroad.

“The Greeks and Romans have an enduring fascination for people,” he said.

“Their stories still speak to us and still have something to say about the human condition. Their art and architecture still inspire and amaze us. The aim of the summer school is to explore these ancient cultures is an enjoyable and thought-provoking way.”

Dr Chistopher Gibbin. Photo: Neos Kosmos Archive

The four courses offered at the Hellenic Museum (280 William Street, Melbourne) include:
· The Minoans and Mycenaeans
· Cities of the Greek and Roman World
· Ancient Greek Religion
· How to Argue Like Socrates.

For more information or to enroll go to or call (03) 8615 9016.