The course in classical philology comprises the study of cultural – above all, written – Greek and Latin documents from the 8th century B.C. through to the 8th century A.D. During this period, which was so significant for the Western world in terms of intellectual history, almost all of the known literary forms of expression emerged. The course teaches the ideas that the Western world has continuously cultivated, modified and developed for almost 3,000 years, and that today exist in all European languages. Therefore, the study of classical philology comprises a wide range of subjects: Epic, lyric, and drama in the field of literature; philosophy, historiography and rhetoric in the field of prose, as well as law and the state, natural sciences, and medicine. In addition, students will learn methods for understanding and teaching these subjects. This not only includes textual criticism, i.e. the ability to interpret written documents that have been passed down in different ways and over a long period of time, but also the ability to situate these documents in their historical context, and to explain and evaluate them. Thus, linguistics, literature, and history coalesce in the study of classical philology, as students need to analyze the language and interpret the form and contents of its documents and their diverse functions in order to comprehend the subject.
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