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Ancient History



Claudia Frank

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Library Holdings and Acquisitions

The University and State Library has a historically grown print collection at its disposal covering the full breadth of ancient history up to late antiquity, including historical auxiliary sciences, as well as overall encyclopedias, handbooks, bibliographies, and journals on Antiquity studies. Gaps in the holdings of older literature, stemming from the period after 1945 due to a lack of foreign currency, were largely filled in the time from 1990 onward thanks to public funding, a large number of donations, as well as through professorship budgets.

The current collection foci are aligned with the prevailing profile of university teaching, and the aim is to continually expand access to electronic content.

Finding and Using

Titles related to Ancient History are mainly located in the Branch Library Classical Studies (Ha 26) and are completely electronically indexed.

Individual Classification

The books of the branch library are shelved according to an individual classification system.

Image Catalogues

The Central Library of the ULB also contains primarily older holdings of Classical Studies. For researching these holdings (published between 1850 and 1900), our image catalogues are available as a supplementary research system

Consultation and Training Services

Library introductions, training courses for literature research and literature management systems as well as consultations on publication strategies and research data management take place at regular intervals.

The branch library also offers guided tours for school classes upon request, including the possibility of possibly of combining the the tour with a visit at the Archaeological Museum.

Collection of Subject-Relevant Links


Electronically available journals of the specific subject are indexed in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).


For researching literature on Ancient History, you can use various subject databases, which can be found by researching the Database Information System (DBIS) of the ULB.

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History and Profiling of the Subject

Ancient History was first established as an independent subject comparatively late at the University of Halle, towards the end of the 19th century. Nonetheless, it had its fixed place in teaching from the very beginning, as part of ancient studies and universal history. Initially, the department of ancient history and its library holdings were part of the Department of History, but in 1927 it moved together with the other disciplines of Classical Studies into the former Archaeological Museum, which had been renamed Robertinum in 1922 in honor of the prominent Classical archaeologist and philologist Carl Robert (1850-1922).


The subject of Ancient History primarily focuses on Greek and Roman history from the beginnings to Late Antiquity and also includes the historical auxiliary sciences of epigraphy, numismatics and papyrology, which are traditionally strongly represented in Halle.