The Classics Section offers students a chance to study and carry out research into the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome by studying written records and, more especially, the results of philological research. In addition to the fact that knowledge of the ancient world offers greater insight into later history and the world of today, most universities internationally have a Classics Department. This is not just because the Classical World is seen as the basis of European culture but also because, for many centuries, ancient Greek and Latin Letters were the linguistic driving force behind the movement of ideas, peoples and goods and the dissemination of innovation in science, literature and art.
The Classics study programme includes both compulsory and optional modules in order to equip students with the skills they need to approach ancient Greek and Latin texts. This includes not only teaching the necessary language skills but also, most importantly, familiarising students with contemporary methodological techniques in order for them to understand and interpret the complex cultural phenomenon that is Greek and Latin philology. The main task of the discipline referred to as Classical Philology is to carry out scientific study of works of ancient literature and other written texts in order to describe, comprehend and interpret them with scientific accuracy. Ancient Greek and Roman literature are the offspring of the communities in which they developed and, simultaneously, the heir to the older written tradition from which they originate. As such, to comprehend and to study ancient Greek and Roman literature requires knowledge of a plethora of social and historical factors. To acquire such knowledge demands not just an understanding of history and philosophy but also requires a supplementary awareness of such specialised archaeognostic fields as papyrology, epigraphy, palaeography, as well as social anthropology and the study of myth and religion. The Department of Philology’s Classics section at the University of Patras attaches particular significance to the knowledge associated with these fields, which it supports via research programmes and special research laboratories, such as the Papyrology Research Laboratory which is now being established, and the Myth and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome Research Laboratory, which is particularly active in this field of study (for further information see http://mythreligion.philology.upatras.gr).
Studying Classics opens up many opportunities, particularly for those who choose to continue their studies at a Master’s degree or at a doctorate level. As for career options available to students who have studied Classics, the language and philological skills they have obtained equip them for success in ASEP (public sector entry examinations for teachers) examinations for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching. Many Classics students have also embarked on careers in the private or the public sector in jobs connected with culture, the mass media, tourism, publishing, educational consultancy and public relations, to name just a few.
Members of the Teaching and Research Staff of the Classics Section
Aristoula Georgiadou (Mrs), Associate Professor
Menelaos Christopoulos (Mr), Associate Professor
Michail Lipka (Mr), Associate Professor
Spyridon Rangos (Mr), Associate Professor
Evfimia Karakantza (Mrs), Lecturer