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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.

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Diagnoptico - Panofsky meets Experience and Interaction Design

Opening of the virtual exhibition and project presentation

on 15.05.2022, 11 a.m.
Venue: Collection of Classical Antiquities
Altes Schloss
Am Brandplatz 2, 35390 Giessen

A digital description and analysis trainer for studies and cultural heritage education

In this project funded by HessenHub, users can playfully explore archaeological artefacts and their special characteristics in interactive scenarios on a PC or mobile device. Using an object of the Justus Liebig University's Collection of Antiquities, they are gradually introduced to the analysis and interpretation of the objects and their representations. Diagnoptico takes advantage of serious gaming to train archaeological description and analysis skills and is thus at the same time an important element for the study of image science.

The basis of this methodical description, analysis and interpretation of objects is the diagnostic model of the art historian Erwin Panofsky (1892 - 1968), which is essentially based on three questions that build on each other:

What is represented? How is it depicted? Why is it depicted in this way?

Along these three guiding questions, Diagnoptico first introduces you to the basic properties of the object. Gradually, you delve deeper into archaeological object analysis. Diagnoptico uses interactive, didactic elements, e.g. multiple-choice/response questions, drag-and-drop puzzles, sorting tasks, clozes or crossword puzzles.

As part of a course in the winter term 2021/22, students of Classical Archaeology and other disciplines created interactive learning modules. As part of the exhibition opening, visitors will gain insights into the projects and can virtually discover various artefacts.


Bild und Text auf römischen Mosaiken. Intermediale Kommunikationsstrategien im Kontext der Wohnkultur des 3.-5. Jahrhunderts

Claudia Schmieder

Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Volume 35 of the series Materiale Textkulturen of the Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centre 933 (ed. Ludger Lieb)


Guided tour at the Roman fort of Arnsburg

In the course of our excavation at the northern Limes, we discovered the tumulus tomb of a Roman military officer in August 2020.

In cooperation with hessenARCHÄOLOGIE and the village association of Muschenheim we invite you to a guided tour on April 2nd. We will meet at 11 a.m. at the north gate of the Limes fort.


Exhibition "The realm of Dionysus"

In ancient Athens the City Dionysia, a cult festival lasting several days in honour of Dionysus, took place in March/April - the ancient month of Elaphebolion. We take advantage of this occasion and dedicate a special exhibition in three showcases to the god of wine and theatre on the premises of the Oberhessisches Museum.


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 Diagnoptico - A digital description and analysis trainer for studies and cultural heritage education

In this linked-learning project funded by HessenHub, selected objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities are used to create interactive experience scenarios that enable users on a PC or mobile device to learn about an unfamiliar object step by step. [more...]