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The Department of Classics is the only institute in Germany that is home to the four subjects of Classical Philology (Greek, Latin), Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Philology, Medieval Latin Philology. All four subjects can be studied within the frameworks of a BA or MA; students can also study to become Greek and Latin secondary school teachers.

Research and teaching largely focuses on the history, literature and culture of the ancient Mediterranean region influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as on the continued influence and development of the languages of Greek and Latin, the Greek and Latin literature and cultures of the Byzantine Empire and Greece and of the Latin West until modern times.

The diversity of the Department stands out. This can be seen in the broad reach in the so-called "secondary disciplines": in addition to the above-mentioned specialist areas, the Arbeitsstelle für Papyrologie, Epigraphik und Numismatik also conducts research and teaches courses.



Prof. Dr. Anja Bettenworth
Geschäftsführende Direktorin


Universität zu Köln - Institut für Altertumskunde
50923 Köln

Telephone +49 (0)221 470 - 4810
E-mail abettenw(at)


Klassische Philologie und Mittellateinische Abteilung

Katarina Jelisarova
Philosophikum, 5. OG, R. 5.111
Telefon: +49 (0)221 470 - 2357
Fax: +49 (0)221 470 - 5931
E-Mail: k.jelisarova(at)
Öffnungszeiten: Mo. - Fr. 11:00 - 18:00 Uhr


Vera Gergert
Philosophikum, 5. OG, R. 5.113
Telefon: +49 (0)221 470 - 2520
E-Mail: v.gergert(at)
Öffnungszeiten: Mo. + Mi. 10:00 - 16:30 / Di 14-17 / Do 10:00 - 12 Uhr

Byzantinistik und Neugriechische Philologie
Geschäftszimmer und Sekretariat

Margarita Sardak
Philosophikum, 4. OG, R. 4.122
Telefon: +49 (0)221 470 - 5671
Fax: +49 (0)221 470 - 5937
E-Mail: msardak(at)
Öffnungszeiten: mittwochs