Study in English in Departement of Classical Studies
Love, Wine, and Muses: Central themes in archaic Greek poetry
Students will acquire good knowledge of all leading figures of archaic Greek poetry, appreciation of the peculiar nature of preservation of their works and the ability to interpret foundational pieces of European poetical tradition.
Reading Homer's Odyssey
...students will become familiar with the contents and the genesis of the work ("Homeric question"), its metrical and linguistic features, as well as basic notions of Homeric society, morality, religion, warfare and politics.
Archaeology and Religion
This course aims at using archaeological and anthropological data and historical sources to understand the evolution of religious beliefs and practices in the Old world. In so doing, the course will foresee what archaeology can tell us about religion and, more specifically, in defining theoretical and methodological answers to general questions, in understanding how architecture was used by ancient societies in creating their cosmological landscape.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology for Archaeologists B
The Near East archaeologist is a ‘marginal person’, in the sense that she/he often trespasses the fence-line between societies, ethnic groups, social classes and interest groups while doing her/his work. To comprehend this social reality is vital for persons who want to run archaeological projects in the Near East.
The sources for the Sumerian language date basically to the third millennium. The course will treat the language and the logographic writing system by reading simple inscriptions. Student will be able to: read, understand and use simple text written in Sumerian script. She/He will be able to use text to understand historical contexts.
Ethnological Examples of the Use of Space by Rural Communities in the Near East
The course aims to promote a bottom-up approach to spatial interpretations in SW Asian prehistoric archaeology. Often ‘alien’ spatial layouts are forced upon the worked site (top-down). Contrary to this the lecture favours a bottom-up approach that takes as its base the terrain perception of the excavator proper (sensory approach).
Ethnoarchaeological studies with relevance to the archaeology of Mesopotamia
The excavator staying in or near villages is still to some extend ‘immersed’ in the use of some of the more traditional techniques, the local exploitation of raw materials and specific spatial patterns that are influenced by production, use and the final disposal of domestic products. Hardly any scientific contributions by field excavators will be found, therefore, that do not in one way or another contain allusions to rural or small-town life and some of the ‘older crafts’. The course serves as introduction to ethnoarchaeology as a method of research.
The Role of Religion in the Ancient Roman State
At the end of the course, students will be able to orientate in problems of relationships between the Roman religion and the Roman state.
Historical and Critical Introduction to the Early Christian Literature I: The New Testament
No previous knowledge of the New Testament or earliest Christianity is presupposed.
Selected topics in Arabic literature and culture
The course examines a variety of topics at the intersection of literature and culture. It largely draws on research originating in cultural psychology and/or sociology in order to gain new insights into literary and cultural texts...
Perception and Handling of Risks in Roman antiquity
Why modern risk research does not consider antiquity and medieval age? How to calculate probability in antiquity? ...
Contemporary Debates on Greek Cultural and National Identity
This seminar focuses on the problem of Greek cultural and national identity, which is at the center of discussions among intellectuals dealing with competing narratives converning the formation and the history of the Modern Greek nation...
Introduction to bad Latin according to misspelt inscriptions
The aim of this course is to provide Latinists with a reasonably comprehensive introduction to inscriptional Latin particularly concerning the interpretation of misspellings and other, e.g. metrical faults to be found in inscriptions...
Reading Pictures – Viewing Texts: Greek Visual Poetry from Technopaignia to Hypertext
Greek Visual Poetry is a literary form that has remained underexplored, although, as this seminar contends, it constitutes a crucial part of Modern Greek literature...