The profile of this Institute encompasses not only the study of Latin and Greek languages and literature, often referred to as “Classics,” but also the additional areas of focus of Indo-European Studies and Teaching of Classical Languages. The research performed at the Institute is strong, and its members are involved in a large number of research projects, including within the “Languages of Emotion” and “TOPOI” clusters of excellence.
Particular areas of focus in the field of Latin language and literature include Roman philosophy, particularly in its Christian form, and Latin poetry of the 12th and 13th centuries, including epic and bucolic poetry.
Specializing in the areas of classical Greek studies, Byzantine studies, and Modern Greek studies, scholars of Greek explore the Greek language and literature in Greek, along with Greek philosophy and culture from antiquity to the present day, tracing the influences of these factors on the non-Greek-speaking world. The Teaching of Classical Languages unit is responsible for the courses related to teaching Latin and Greek in the teaching credential (Lehramt) programs in these languages.