The Ancient Culture course combines courses in the subjects of Classical Philology, Philosophy and Ancient History. The interdisciplinary orientation within the area of ??antiquity is fundamental in terms of method and content for this course


The subject of Classical Philology is the (old) Greek and Latin language and literature as well as, in a broader sense, all the cultural, historical, religious, social and other foundations of Greco-Roman antiquity. This era extends from the 8th century BC BC (time of the creation of the Greek alphabet) to 6/7. Century AD (transition from late antiquity to the Middle Ages). The main focus of the subject is the research and communication of the most important genres of Greco-Roman literature: epic, tragedy, comedy, poetry, historiography, rhetoric, philosophy, etc.

A core subject course comprises a total of 180 credit points (CP = Credit Points). Credit points are credit points with which the workload is "measured". In the course according to the core case model, 108 CP are allocated to the core subject, 54 CP to the supplementary subject and 18 CP to the interdisciplinary compulsory elective area.

This interdisciplinary course is made up of modules from the participating subjects Classical Philology (Greek Studies, Latin Studies), History (Ancient History) and Philosophy (History of Philosophy): 

1st and 2nd year of study:

Basic module "Classical Philology"

Basic module "Ancient Philosophy"

Basic module "Ancient worlds and historical anthropology"

(The basic modules each comprise 4 SWS. One of the three basic modules - at the choice of the student - must be completed with an examination, the other two with proof of participation.)

Language practice module:

(The module comprises 6 SWS. Admission to the original language reading courses takes place via a placement test. The module must be concluded with an examination in the form of a written translation, either from Latin or Greek.)

3rd year of study:

Advanced module "Greek antiquity"

Advanced module "Roman antiquity"

(The advanced modules each comprise 4 SWS. They must be completed with an examination. Within the modules, courses in Classical Philology can be combined with those in Ancient History and Philosophy. The students can choose between original language and thematic seminars.)


The entry requirement for the bachelor's degree in Ancient Culture (EF) is general or relevant subject-specific higher education entrance qualification. The start of the Bachelor’s course (BA) is always in the winter semester.

The study course Ancient Culture, BA at Heinrich Heine University is designed as part of a multiple degree course. In multiple study programs, a core subject must always be taken with a supplementary subject.


One of the main goals is that the students learn to understand the history, literature and philosophy of antiquity in their respective developments and in their interactions, to acquire the methodological basics of the subjects involved and their practical application, especially in the context of interdisciplinary cooperation practice.

After this degree, possible occupational fields can be found in the following areas: adult and political education, research institutes, cultural offices, museums, archives, associations, foundations, parties, media, press and public relations, publishers, tour operators, libraries, etc

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