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Classical Archaeology

The visual cultures of Greek and Roman Antiquity, the border regions of the Roman Empire, outreach to non-academic audiences in museum contexts, and the employment of digital tools in the study of ancient cultures are the core areas of research and teaching at JLU’s department of Classical Archaeology.

Our team combines an extensive specialist expertise in image studies with many years of experience in field work, in the employment of a broad spectrum of technology, and in object-centered teaching. In our work, we are fully committed to intensive interdisciplinary cooperation both in the field of Classical Studies itself and with other disciplines, e.g. Art History, Geoscience, and IT. Our enthusiasm for Classical Archaeology in its various facets and practical innovation is reflected in our wide range of courses that stress problem-oriented teaching and effective preparation for future occupational fields.

Are you interested in pursuing a degree (B.A., M.A., PhD) in Classical Archaeology at JLU?

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Archaeology meets Psychology

How the ancient Greeks saw the world - Ancient sculptures and modern virtual environment in a joint project of Classical Archaeology and Psychology at JLU.

A first short report on the aims, methodology and experimental set-up of our research can be found in the current issue 36 (2023) No. 2 of uniforum. For further information click here.

Obituary of Prof. Dr. Siemer Oppermann

The Chair of Classical Archaeology mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Siemer Oppermann, who passed away at the age of 88.

He worked at the Department from 1965 to 1999, first as assistant to Professor Walter Hatto Gross, and finally as academic director and head of the Modern Greek Department. As part of his work, he was involved in excavations in Arnsburg, and wrote several articles for the standard archaeological reference work, "Kleiner Pauly".

Even beyond his profession, he was enthusiastically committed to archaeology and Greek culture and rendered outstanding services to the Collection of Classical Antiquities at Justus Liebig University as a sponsor and lender. For many years he was a member of the Verein der Freunde der Gießener Antikensammlung e.V. (Association of Friends of the Giessen Collection of Classical Antiquities) and was a frequent and always welcome guest and eloquent discussion partner at lectures and exhibition openings.

We will miss Prof. Dr. Siemer Oppermann and will always honour his memory.

Dr. Dieter and Sigrun Neukirch Prize 2023

The prize is intended to promote science and research at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) with the aim of encouraging young academics. Prizes are awarded for outstanding academic work (in particular dissertations as well as final theses of Master's and State Examination programmes) in the fields of Archaeology, Classical Languages and Geography at JLU.

The Dr. Dieter and Sigrun Neukirch Prize can only be awarded to members and affiliates of JLU Giessen; work done by alumni during their time in Giessen can be considered. The work to be awarded the prizes must be fully completed at the time of application and should not be older than one year. Corresponding applications for the award of a prize can be submitted until 31 August 2023.

Individual academics with independent and outstanding theses may apply. Details on the application procedure and the application documents to be submitted can be found here.

The project "Museum 3D" is funded by "Netzwerk digitale Hochschullehre Hessen (HessenHub)"


The project Museum 3D - A virtual exhibition space as a DigiLab for museums and teaching is funded by HessenHub - Netzwerk digitale Hochschullehre Hessen until November 2023!

As part of the project, a virtual exhibition space is being designed that can be used as an experimental laboratory for training in the handling of objects, for method-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching formats and for the design of special exhibitions. The focus is on designing an immersive learning environment for students, pupils and museum visitors, who will be able to explore 3D-modelled exhibition objects in virtual reality.

Michaela Stark and Claudia Schmieder, who are leading the project, are supported by Mareike Büst, the head of the Lab for Innovative Teaching (NIDIT| Network for Impactful Digital International Teaching Skills).

Special student exhibition "Of Beasts and Men - Menschen und Tiere in der Antiken Kunst"

Here you can find further information on the exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, a range of guided tours and workshops for children and families is planned.

The Collection of Classical Antiquities in an interview with Hessen-schafft-Wissen


QR codes and antiquity: In the new episode of "Hessen-schafft-Wissen. Science Reporter", Dr. Michaela Stark from the Department of Classical Archaeology (JLU Gießen) introduces the Collection of Classical Antiquities. Together with a student, she explains how modern technology is used to look back into the past.

Here's the video.