Greek language and literature studies form part of the field of classical language and literature. They deal with the literature and philosophy of the ancient Greek world. By contrast to studies of modern language and literature, Greek language and literature studies traditionally involve making a connection between language and literature studies in general and philosophy, which opens up the subject matter’s potential for exploration. The classical Greek studies conducted at Freie Universität aim to make full use of this potential. Particular areas of emphasis for the research and teaching activities performed here include Homer, Attic tragedy, early Greek lyric poetry, and Hellenistic poetry as well as Plato, Aristotle, the Platonism and Aristotelianism of the late antique period, and the relationship between Platonic philosophy and Christian theology in the late antique period and the Middle Ages.
The Chair for Classical Greek Philology has a strong focus on Aristotle and Aristotelianisms in antiquity and late antiquity which is practiced both in teaching and research. The Center for Aristotelian Studies Berlin (Aristotelismus Zentrum Berlin) with the Aristotle Archive reflects this key topic. The Center organizes talks and other academic discussions and workshops which deal with Aristotle's writings and the different forms of Aristotelianisms in the history of transmitters and commentators.