Why study ancient civilizations

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Course objectives and course content

Ancient history researches and describes the history of the Greeks and Romans as well as those peoples and cultures who came into contact with them, provided that there is written evidence of them. The subject of Ancient History extends in time from the Mycenaean civilization of the 2nd millennium BC. to the Great Migration, geographically it is concentrated around the Mediterranean: from Spain to the Indus and from the border of the Scottish Highlands to the Sahara. Ancient history explores the languages, culture, and material civilization of antiquity; a number of auxiliary sciences (documentary papyrology, numismatics, epigraphy) are primarily carried out by ancient historians. The history of antiquity is researched and presented in a universal historical context. Special courses offered by the institute are: Greek and Roman historiography; Hellenistic history (especially the Seleucid Empire); ancient technology; War and military; Environmental history; Economic and social history; ancient numismatics; Use of computers in classical antiquity.

The study of ancient history is based on three teaching pillars
1. Courses / modules that promote and expand the language skills of the students
2. Courses / modules that apply to the history of ancient events and the subject-specific sources and methods of ancient history
3. Didactic courses / modules (exclusively for student teachers)

Study programs / courses

Ancient history can currently be studied at the Institute for Classical Studies at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in the following courses / study programs:
Modularized teaching post in grammar schools history
B.A. 90 Classical antiquity, focus on ancient history

In addition, ancient history is part of the following study programs in the form of compulsory and elective modules:
B.A. 120 Classical antiquity
B.A. 180 Classical antiquity

A master’s degree in ancient history will also be offered from the winter semester 2009/10:
Examination regulations Master Ancient History

The following courses of study are currently still being offered (to be discontinued):
Non-modularized teaching post in grammar schools history
Magister major in Ancient History
Magister minor in Ancient History

Study and admission requirements

As a rule, the admission requirement is the general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or an access authorization recognized as equivalent by the Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. The further details are regulated by the matriculation regulations of the Martin Luther University.
In addition, the Small Latinum is a prerequisite for enrolling in all of the above-mentioned courses / programs. In addition, a good knowledge of two modern foreign languages ​​is desirable.

Job profiles

Teaching profession: teaching at a grammar school

Magister / Bachelor / Master: scientific activities in libraries, archives, museums, galleries, in the tourism industry, in adult education, in journalism or journalism of all media and dramaturgically advising in theaters.

Student counseling

Prof. Dr. Angela Pabst
[email protected]
Room 018
Tel .: 0345 - 55 240 20
Office hours: Wed 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Overview of monographs recommended for self-study

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