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Classical Philology


Contact information:

Institutum Classicum
PO BOX 24 (Unioninkatu 40)
00014 University of Helsinki
puh. (09) 02941 22681
fax (09) 02941 22161


Metsätalo, A-Wing, Fabianinkatu 39, 2nd Floor
Open Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 6.00 pm

The Institute


As of Jan 1, 2010, the Department of Classical Philology became a part of the Department of World Cultures, whose pages should be consulted for the most recent information.

Institutum Classicum, Universitas Helsingiensis

The Institutum Classicum of the University of Helsinki covers (and, to put it more concretely, houses) the following fields of study: Classical Greek, Latin, Classical archaeology and Modern Greek. Basic and Intermediate studies modules are offered in Classical archaeology and Modern Greek, whereas Classical Greek and Latin can be studied up to the level of Advanced and Postgraduate studies, these eventually leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy in either Greek or Latin.

Studies in Classical Greek, Latin and Classical Archaeology aim to provide a thorough knowledge of various aspects of Classical culture and its heritage.


>> Classical Greek

Classical Greek studies familiarize the student with Ancient Greek language, literature and culture including their later developments and the classical tradition, and with research done in the same fields. The accent is, and has always been, on Ancient Greek and Ancient Greek literature from the earliest written manifestations of the language to the Roman period, but students may choose to specialize in the language, literature and culture of the Byzantine period.


>> Latin studies

In Latin studies, the student becomes acquainted with the Latin language, Roman literature, and ancient, especially Roman, culture, with aspects of their heritage, and with research done in these fields. As in the case of Classical Greek, Latin studies are in principle focussed on the classical period, but students will have to face, and deal with, mediaeval and later Latin texts, and may choose to put the emphasis on studies primarily dealing with Later, and Late Latin. As the later periods of the history of the Latin language are included in the teaching and study of Latin, this means that Latin studies, as practised in the University of Helsinki, cover a period of over 2500 years from the earliest documents written in Latin until the 19th century, and occasionally even later.


>> Classical archaeology

Classical archaeology as a discipline deals with the material culture of the Greek and Roman worlds in the area of the Mediterranean from the time of the earliest written documents to the early Middle Ages. Although the focus may be on Greece and Italy, Classical Archaeology also covers the Greek and Hellenized cultures in the Middle East and the area of the Roman Empire in the west.


>> Modern Greek

Modern Greek studies, in principle, deal with the Greek language spoken and written after the fall of the Byzantine empire, but in practice concentrate on Greek as spoken and written today.