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Programm ALT

Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)


The doctoral program "Ancient Languages and Texts" focuses on the written heritage of ancient cultures which includes literary works as well as documentary texts found in inscriptions and papyri. Also research is carried out into phenomena of mediality such as the interaction between texts and pictorial representations. For this aim, traditional philological methods are being combined with historical and cultural issues. In addition to that, particular emphasis is placed on theories and approaches of modern literary studies and linguistics.

The doctoral program is characterized by a plurality of methods and a wide understanding of ‘text’, while the common interest is directed towards the interdependence of text, culture and knowledge in their historical condition. This approach takes up the successful tradition of literary study of antiquity in Berlin.

Numerous libraries as well as the text corpora and editorial projects of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften offer ideal conditions to study and analyse languages and texts from ancient cultures.

Academic rules and regulations

Academic rules and regulations for the doctoral program ALT have been published in the official journal no. 28/2011 of the Freie Universität Berlin – in new version in journal no. 26/2013 – and in the official journal no. 25/2011 of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – in new version in journal no. 26/2013.

An English version of the rules is provided here. Please note, that the English version is a translation of the German version. In cases of doubt the German wording is authoritative.

Members of the managing committee

Current supervising tutors

Prof. Dr. Christoph Markschies HU Ancient Christianity (Patristics)
Prof. Dr. Ernst Baltrusch FUB Ancient History
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Nippel HU Ancient History
Prof. Dr. Claudia Tiersch HU Ancient History
Prof. Dr. Christian Wendt FUB/FMI Ancient History
Prof. Dr. Aloys Winterling HU Ancient History
Prof. Dr. Jörg Klinger FUB Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
PD Dr. Isabel Toral-Niehoff FUB Arabic Studies
Prof. Dr. Cosima Möller FUB Civil and Roman Law
Prof. Dr. Johanna Fabricius FUB Classical Archaeology
Prof. Dr. Susanne Muth HU Classical Archaeology
Prof. Dr. Markus Asper HU Classics
Prof. Dr. Philip van der Eijk HU Classics
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hallof BBAW/HU     Classics
Prof. Dr. Felix Mundt HU Classics
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmitzer HU Classics
Prof. Dr. Iris Därmann HU Cultural Studies
Prof. Dr. Jochem Kahl FUB Egyptology
Prof. Dr. Frank Kammerzell HU Egyptology and Archaeology of North East Africa
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Richter FUB Egyptology / Coptic Studies
Prof. Dr. Werner Röcke HU German Literature
Prof. Dr. Bernd Roling FUB Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures
Prof. Dr. Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis     FUB Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures / Byzantine Studies
Prof. Dr. Markham J. Geller FUB History of Knowledge
Prof. Dr. Stefan Esders FUB History of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ignacio Czeguhn FUB History of Law
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Trînca FUB History of Religion
Prof. Dr. Gerd Graßhoff HU History of science of classical antiquity
Prof. Dr. Cilliers Breytenbach HU New Testament
Prof. Dr. Markus Witte HU Old Testament
Prof. Dr. Helmut Pfeiffer HU Romance studies