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The Culture of the Ancient World (B.A.)

Taught in German


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Aim of studies

For the course of study Culture of the Ancient World the four academic disciplines, Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, Latin and Greek have been put together to form a single, historico-cultural oriented discipline - Classical and Ancient Studies.
Together with the subject knowledge of the culture of the ancient world, through the interdisciplinary approach of the course structure the skill of understanding and working in this structured network is taught and expanded. The links between the varieties of subject jargon, which are always necessary with the different methodologies, the variety of questions and perspectives dealt with, the media and research findings, create and broaden the skill of integrating one’s own skills and those of others and presenting and communicating in a way that goes beyond one’s own horizon. Concerning oneself with the ”closest foreign” in ancient civilization in their literary, material and historical image and their socio-cultural form and relations promote a conscious perception of the other and the strange and enhances the ability of critical, historically-based and cross-cultural judgement.
The course of study imparts a subject-specific education (BA) which can be the foundation for a deepening of knowledge in an MA course of study.


Subject-specific prerequisites

The qualification in Latin is required for this course of study. Evidence must be provided upon enrolment. On request the board of examiners verifies the equivalency of the knowledge in Latin.

Number of enrolled students

12 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 10 November 2005.

Composition of the Study Programme



Baccalaureus Artium (BA)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition and content of degree programme

In the first year of studies (semester 1 - 2) the students complete 6 basic modules, which deal with basic material and methodological subjects and elementary linguistic training in the ancient languages.

Afterwards they select a core subject from the four disciplines (i.e. ancient history, classical archaeology, Latin philology or Greek philology), which, from then on, they study in greater depth.

In the second year and the first half of the third year of study (semester 3 – 5) they go through the core training in the core subject modules I - III and the language training. They also take part-modules in the ancient studies classes in subjects not taken as core classes (expansion modules) and either modules on modern languages or modules on related subjects (e.g. art history, theology or another historical discipline, so-called free choice modules).

In this part of the studies, moving more deeply into the subject, a practical course, an excursion and the presentation of students’ own projects (in-depth module) also take place. If one of the two ancient languages has been chosen as a core subject, knowledge of these will be extended through two language modules which build on each other. In the sixth semester the subject core training finishes with core module IV and the BA thesis is written.


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Latin language certificate

Latin language certificate

The qualification in Latin is required for this course of study. Evidence must be provided upon enrolment. On request the board of examiners verifies the equivalency of the knowledge in Latin.

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Application period

Please note that the application period for the Bachelor's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).

Career Options

Career Options

Career options

Herewith the course of study represents an important stage in qualification for jobs in pertinent subject-specific areas in

  • museums,
  • universities,
  • permanent research projects in academies,
  • academic libraries,
  • specialised publishing houses.

Other areas of employment which in principle are opened with the  completion of the BA are communication and dissemination of learning in the cultural sector, cultural journalism in the printed and audiovisual media, the development of learning software and other multi-medial implementations.
Furthermore, through the integration of the module, "general competencies", "Culture of the Ancient World", which optionally (and desirably) can be augmented with another vocational practical course and thus imparts, as an humanistic course of study, general skills which qualify students for work in cultural-political institutions, in cultural and research management, particularly in public relations and public relations of businesses, in adult education and tourism.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

Bachelor's Degree Programmes of Faculty 04

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Subject Advisors
Subject Advisors

Greek Philology

Mario Baumann
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften, Klassische Philologie
Philosophikum I, building G, room 131
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 31031

Latin Philology

Helge Baumann
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften, Lateinische Philologie
Philosophikum I, building G, room 146
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 31022


Ancient History

Dr. Susanne Froehlich
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Philosophikum I, building G, room 246
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 28084



Dr. Vasiliki Barlou
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften, Klassische Archäologie
Philosophikum I, building D
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 28051

Central Study Advisor
Natascha Koch
Central Student Services

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