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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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Early-Career Fellowships at the Institute of Classical Studies, comprising the chairs at the Justus Liebig University Gießen (JLU) of Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Greek Philology and Literature and Latin Philology and Literature

For the first time in 2023, the Rink Foundation invites applications for fellowships forearly-career scholars who hold their doctorate in the field of Classical Studies (Ancient History, Greek Philology & Literature, Classical Archaeology, Latin Philology & Literature). The objective is for Fellows to prepare and submit, during the 12 month fellowship, a proposal to seek external funding for a project to be carried out at the Institute of Classical Studies.
The value of the fellowships is based on the current DFG rates for doctoral candidates (currently 1,750 € basic amount plus a possible child supplement). The Fellow may request up to € 1,250 per 12-month tenure in research expenses to further his or her research activities.

Application deadline: 15.11.2023

Start of the fellowship: 01.01.2024

More information on the call and application can be found here.

We cordially invite you to the festive opening and project presentation!

When: Sunday, 22.10.2023, 2 p.m.
Where: JLU's Collection of Classical Antiquities, Altes Schloss Oberhessisches Museum, Brandplatz 2, 35390 Giessen

About the project
Digital technologies play a central role in research and knowledge transfer. 3D visualisations of artefacts can be used in a variety of ways in teaching contexts as well as in museum experience scenarios. They offer the opportunity to view and analyse objects that require special storage and handling for conservation reasons in digital space. As part of the project, a virtual exhibition environment was designed that allows selected objects from our collection to be experienced in three immersive scenarios: sanctuary, dwelling and tomb.
The interactions and object stories were designed by students of Classical Archaeology as part of a course in summer semester 2023. In cooperation with NIDIT, the objects were then implemented in a digital learning environment. The project is funded by HessenHub.
On Sunday, 22.10.2023, we will present our results to the public. Visitors, young and old, will have the opportunity to virtually immerse themselves in the world of antiquity and explore our interactive exhibition worlds with VR glasses.

Embracing the future to understand the past

The project "Museum 3D" transforms JLU's Collection of Classical Antiquities into a DigiLab for museums and teaching - students create virtual spaces and 3D models of ancient objects

A short report on the goals and didactic approaches of the current project "Museum 3D" of JLU's Chair of Classical Archaeology can be found in the current issue 36 (2023) No. 3 of uniforum. Further information and impressions can be found on the project page and on our social media channels as well.

Newsletter of the Collection of Classical Antiquities June 2023

In this issue, you will learn more about our new project Museum 3D and about our programme accompanying the special exhibition "Of Beasts and Men", which includes guided tours for visitors as well as exciting workshops for children and families.

The Collection of Classical Antiquities will be present at various events at the university and in the city in the coming months, inviting interested people of all ages to get to know the extensive holdings of the collection in more detail.

Click here for the current newsletter!

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 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.

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.