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Sprache und Literatur der griechischen Antike / Ancient Greek Language and Literature (major subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Sprache und Literatur der griechischen Antike / Ancient Greek Language and Literature
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Program option: major subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter semester


In the major subject “Ancient Greek Language and Literature”, you will gain content and methodological expertise in the area of the literature of Ancient Greece and its reception in the Middle Ages and the modern era. You will also acquire and consolidate the linguistic skills required for this. With these skills and expertise, you can do academic work in the field of Greek philology, become acquainted with philological problems and analyse these critically and systematically.
In particular, your language skills (insight into the systematics of the Greek language or inflectional languages in general, translation skills), your historical competence (ability to place texts in a historical and literary context) and your cultural competence (ability to name and convey reception references to ancient texts and conferences) will be trained.
In Marburg, the research focuses of Classical Philology are on the key texts of the ancient world, on which science, literature and philosophy are based in various cultural traditions. In addition to the placing these texts in their historical context, you will analyse the influence of these texts in modern cultures.


As a graduate of the major subject “Ancient Greek Language and Literature”, you have career prospects in the following fields:

  • the library sector and archiving, 
  • adult education, 
  • culture management, museums, 
  • university administration, 
  • research management, projects at non-university academic institutions, 
  • publishing, the media,
  • consultant positions at ministries and in the political domain.

You will learn key skills that are crucial to different areas of activity and professions. In addition to a profound general overview, which will be taught through the lectures, this primarily includes the ability to analyse complex texts, to identify rhetorical strategies and to compose structured texts yourself that are appropriate to the linguistic situation. You will develop your ability to reflect on language and its application in various communication situations and improve your ability to discuss problems in a collective discussion and to moderate discussions. In this way, you will learn to identify and comprehend the historical conditionality of even seemingly self-evident premises of the present day. 

The choice of your major subject will decisively shape your professional qualifications profile. In conjunction with one or two minor subjects, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.