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Harvard Offers 'Game Of Thrones'-Themed History Course

By Rae Mendez , Jun 01, 2017 05:53 AM EDT
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Harvard takes education to a whole new level with the reveal of its latest teaching innovation. The Ivy League institution has announced that it will be offering a history course especially inspired from “Game of Thrones”.

HBO has undoubtedly upped the challenge of making great television shows when it decided on “Game of Thrones”. George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series was published as early as 1996 but it was not until it was picked up for a television series adaptation did it become a phenomenon. In 2011, the first season of “Game of Thrones” was aired and it unexpectedly became a worldwide hit, paving its way to becoming one of the most successful shows of all time.

“Game of Thrones” though did not just contribute to the entertainment industry. The show has become an inspiration to countless innovations worldwide, including a newly-launched language course about the fictional Dothraki mothertongue, which is being offered at the University of California, Berkeley. Now, it has been revealed that Harvard University is the next to announce a course themed after the said HBO show.

Professors from Harvard have revealed that they will open up a course this fall that will offer a one of a kind experience. The offered course is a Folklore and Mythology class that leans on real medieval history called “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models”. The professors explained that the “Game of Thrones” television series as well as the novels have greatly illustrated how politics was in the medieval times.

It also portrays a perfect example on how the roles of powerful women weaved opportunities and battled hurdles to gain a stature in society. Sean Gilsdorf, who is the Administrative Director and Lecturer on Medieval Studies, will be handling the course along with Racha Kirakosian, a German and the Study of Religion assistant professor. Kirakosian said that the themed course is a creative tool to recruit young minds to enroll into medieval studies and humanities courses.

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