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About Classical Studies

Classical Studies deals with all aspects of Graeco-Roman Antiquity: material and visual culture, literature and language, ideas and ideals. We also study how Graeco-Roman culture interacts with other Mediterranean cultures and how it was received and re-interpreted in later periods. Classical Studies combines two scholarly traditions: Classical Archaeology (the study of the material culture of Antiquity) and Classical Philology (the study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Research environment

The scholars at Classical Studies are primarily interested in the Ancient Graeco-Roman culture in the Mediterranean, but also the Middle Eastern cultures with which this culture was in contact and the later reception of Antiquity. Starting from textual and material culture, the research profiles of the employees cover themes like language and literature, religion and society, identity, ethnicity, urbanism, the reception of Antiquity, and museology. The scholars exchange ideas in the research programme “Classical Antiquity and its Heritage”, which focuses on how the Classical tradition came into existence, developed and was transmitted in different chronological, geographical and linguistic contexts.

Classical Studies has a strong international profile with several externally financed research projects, which employ numerous international Postdocs and PhD students. Read more here:

Study programmes

Classical Studies at Aarhus University offers programmes on BA and MA levels (Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology, Latin, and Greek) and several subsidiary subjects (Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilisation).

We want the students in all programmes to be familiar with the methods of both Classical Archaeology and Classical Philology. Thus, many courses in the BA programmes are interdisciplinary, while others are either philological or archaeological. The students are part of one study environment, in which all know each other across different years.

The two disciplines have different job profiles. The Classical Philological programmes are primarily orientated towards teaching in secondary schools, whereas the Classical Archaeological candidates are normally employed in research and in museums.

Classical Studies has in the past few years hosted the summer school “Text – Memory – Monument“ (at the Danish Institute in Rome) and the Humanities elective “Antiquity between past and present”.

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The Museum of Ancient Art is an important part of the research and teaching milieu of Classical Studies and also a public museum that disseminates knowledge about Ancient Graeco-Roman art and culture.