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Classical Philology



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 Classical Philology up to Byzantine Studies and Medieval and Modern Latin, as well as literature on the perception of antiquities and the history of science, 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 Classical Philology 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.

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


For researching literature on Classical Philology, 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

Classical Philology is one of the subjects most rich in tradition at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, even though it was mainly considered an auxiliary science of theology until the 18th century. This status changed in 1783 with the appointment of the famous classical philologist Friedrich August Wolf (1759-1824) as a professor in Halle. It was him, who established Latin and Ancient Greek as independent university subjects and, in 1787, founded the Seminarium Philologicum, the (Ancient) Philological Seminar, which perceived itself as a training institution for both teachers and scholars – up until today.


In 1927, the department of Classical Philology alongside with its library holdings 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). Classical Philology mainly encompasses the subjects of Greek and Latin Studies.