The Department of Classical Philology

The Department of Classical Philology

The main task of the Department of Classical Philology of the IOCS is teaching core philological and linguistic courses within the major “Antique Culture” (with two tracks: “History” and “Philology”). These courses are primarily those of Ancient Greek and Latin as well as of history and literature (“Main Problems of Studying Ancient Greek Literature,” “Main Problems of Roman Literature Studies,” etc.), linguistics (“Comparative Grammar of Ancient Languages,” “History of Ancient Greek,” “History of Latin,” etc.) and culture studies (“Antique Mythology and Religion,” “Culture of Latin Middle Ages,” “History of Antique Philosophy,” etc.).

Head of the Department: Dr. Georgi S. Starostin

The Department also teaches a number of courses for the School of History and Philology (“History of World Literature (Antiquity),” “Latin”), for the School of Philosophy (“Antique mythology”), for the School of History, Political Science and Law (“Antique Culture”), and for the major “Religious Studies” (“Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome”).

The main goal of the Department is to promote and develop classical education including its linguistic, philological, historical and cultural components. In order to implement this approach, which goes back to the old tradition of the one indivisible Altertumswissenschaft, the Department works closely with the Departments of Ancient History and with the Center of Classical Ancient Studies of the IOCS. This includes joint preparation and teaching of a number of special courses which combine historical, linguistic and philological approaches, such as “Antique Source Studies,” “Antique Epigraphy,” “History of Classical Studies,” etc. A special task of the Department, carried out jointly with the Department of Ancient History, is updating and elaborating on educational programs of the major “Antique Culture” (“History,” “Philology”).


The implementation of the educational programs of the Department would be impossible without constant scientific activity of its faculty members, reflected in their numerous publications (first of all, in the publications of the IOCS, the periodical Kentavr (Centaurus), etc.). The forum for this is provided by the ongoing seminar “Modern Problems of the Classical Studies” (conducted jointly with the Center of Classical Ancient Studies). An important aspect of research activities at the Department, closely associated with the teaching process, is the edition of the commented bilingual Greek and Latin texts in the framework of the series of the IOCS. Another component of the Department’s activity is the creation of a database necessary for the teaching of ancient languages and classical philology as a whole. With this aim in view, the Department acts as an assistant and expert, facilitating the update process at the RSUH library of the acquisition of necessary archives, data bases etc.

The Department promotes academic cooperation between RSUH and other institutions both in Russia and abroad. Its closest partners are the Department of Classical Philology of Moscow University and the Department of Classical Philology of St. Petersburg University. The cooperation with these institutions is carried out both in the framework of an ongoing seminar and in the course of daily contacts concerning the supervision of the students, diploma/thesis supervision, etc.

The concept of classical education as the traditional basis of the Liberal Arts education does not mean that the students of the Department are meant to apply their skills only within the obtained qualification (as scholars or university teachers). The classical disciplines are integrated into a vaster historical and cultural background, and the traditions of Ancient Greece and Rome are included into the general course of Russian and European culture. The Department constantly cooperates with secondary education schools and organizes (jointly with other high schools of Moscow) traditional competitions in the knowledge of Latin for the schoolchildren.

The Department considers it necessary to engage its best graduates in the teaching and academic activities. One of the tracks for graduate students is “Classical Philology, Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Philology.”


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