Chair for Classical Latin Language and Literature
Classical Latin philology combines the canons of Greek and Medieval-Latin philologies with vital texts of occidental literature in Latin. Its focus lies on the philological, i.e. literary, upkeeping of Latin texts from the 3rd century BC until the 4th/5th century AD as well as their reception in all later (especially new age and modern) literatures. Its proximity to history and ancient studies is traditional; the location at Freie Universität Berlin especially furthers the dialogue with newer philologies and philosophy. The main tasks of classical Latin studies are - among others - the uncovering of theoretical potential of ancient texts on the basis of focused philological analysis and the evaluation of their relevance for modern literary theory. Therefore a strong profile in ancient rhetorics is as important as in hermeneutics.