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Griekse en Latijnse Taal en Cultuur

The expertise of the staff members of the Greek and Latin department in Groningen covers a wide range of subjects in the fields of Greek and Latin linguistics and literature, ancient philosophy, classical archaeology and ancient history.

Specific research interests include Hellenistic literature; linguistics; Greek religion, festivals and sport; Greek comedy; Latin poetry of the early Empire; Late antiquity; reception studies; narratology; literature in its social context; landscape in literature and archaeology.

The staff's research interests are reflected in our classes. Furthermore, students are encouraged to attend the CRASIS Ancient World Seminar, where internationally acclaimed scholars are invited to present papers and the students and staff from all Groningen departments with an interest in Antiquity meet and discuss their research. Every two years, our department hosts the international Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic poetry.

Current funded research programs for Classics and Ancient History in Groningen:

  • Anchoring the Fascist Revolution. The Classical Languages under Fascism – Bettina Reitz-Joosse, Nicolò Bettegazzi, Nelleke Koornstra
  • Landscapes of War, VENI-grant – Bettina-Reitz Joosse
  • Polytheism as language. A linguistic approach to divine plurality in the religious experience of Greek worshippers, VENI-grant – Saskia Peels
  • Connected Contests. Festival networks in the ancient world, Digital Humanities-grant University of Groningen, Onno van Nijf, Christina Williamson
  • Carving Communities in Stone: Inscriptions as a medium of Hellenistic globalisation, PhD project – Sjoukje Kamphorst

More information about our staff members and their current research projects can be found on our departmental website.

  • Testimonial van Juul van der Harst

    You learn on your own to analyse critically, research literature properly and set up your own research.

    Why this master?
    As someone who loves the classics I have been very happy doing the bachelor Greek and Latin Language and Culture. I continued my education in Groningen because I liked the ambiance at the university and the focus on the cultural aspect as well as the languages. I wanted to become a teacher, but at the same time I wanted to enrich my academic view on Antiquity. Therefore I decided to do the Education Master which consists of 60 ECTS Classical Studies and 60 ECTS didactics, to get the best of both worlds.

    Freedom and independence
    A nice thing about this master is the large extent of freedom you’ll get. A small number of courses is obligatory, but besides those you can choose courses from other studies like Archaeology, Philosophy or Ancient History. There are also possibilities outside the RUG: take for example the Master Language programme, in which I took the Greek Epigraphy course.

    Most of these courses are research courses and this means you can largely decide your own topic and research area. This will enhance your motivation and your ability to find out where your strong points and preferences lie – something which education is all about, I think. I have noticed that I’m interested in religion and poetry, and I’ve really enjoyed developing this further during the classes/

    During this master you’ll have very few classes: I have to go to class 6 hours a week on average. Most of the work has to be done by yourself and therefore requires a lot of independence and planning. Besides, as wonderful as they are, the classical languages are a lot of work and at times rather difficult. But teachers will always be willing to help you and due to the small scale there is a lot of contact between students. It also means you learn on your own to analyse critically, research literature properly and set up your own research. So if you take all these things into consideration, you will be alright and you will be in possession of a diploma that shows you have a lot of extensive knowledge and an ability to work hard!

    Sluiten
    – Juul van der Harst
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