ANT4510 – Theory and History of Classical Philology

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Course content

The class presents an overview of the history of classical philology as a set of scholarly practices as well as a distinct disposition toward literary texts and historical documents. Construed theoretically, philology presents an alternative both to philosophy and to rhetoric. The transmutations of this tripartite system of theorizing language in the world, as well as in relation to humanity’s multiple pasts, will take us from classical Athens to Hellenism, the republican and imperial period in Rome, Italian Renaissance, and finally to the 19th-20th centuries, when philology was institutionalized beyond the field of Classics.

All readings are in English; students who can read the texts in the original will be encouraged to do so.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course you will:

  • have acquired in-depth knowledge of the history of the discipline of classical philology from the ancient world to the early 21st century.
  • have become familiar with methods of intellectual history and current approaches to the evolution of humanistic knowledge.
  • have developed an intimate understanding of philological practices of textual analysis and literary appreciation, considered as products of complex historical evolution.


You must be enrolled in the Master's Degree Programme in Classical Studies.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme. Please contact the student adviser if you are interested in following the course.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


10 double sessions of seminars.

In order for you to qualify for the final exam, the following compulsory teaching activity must be approved by the teacher:

  • regular attendance: You must attend minimum 8 of the 10 seminars.

In autumn 2018, the following applies:

Intensive teaching 20-22 and 24-28 September 2018 (three hours of seminars each day) , together with the PhD course Philology as a way of life.

In order for you to qualify for the final exam, the following compulsory teaching activity must be approved by the teacher:

  • regular attendance: You must attend minimum 6 of the 8 seminars.


Semester paper on topic given by the teacher.

The teacher will give feedback on a draft submitted at least three weeks before the due date.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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