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Teaching spring semester 2007

In collaboration with the Department of History the Centre offers a course in "Identity among the ancient Greeks. Trends, themes and constructs"

In a world facing the challenge of globalisation, the question of identity, what identity is and how it is shaped, maintained and manipulated individually and collectively has become a burning issue. Throughout life, a person has many different identities, and some of them change with the cycle of life. Other identities are created by current geographical, socio-economic and cultural living conditions. Herodotos, the ‘Father of History-writing’ formulated the key elements constituting the ethnic Hellenic identity beyond the individual city-state as: “we have the same blood and the same language, we share sanctuaries and festivals of gods, we have the same way of looking at life” (8.144.2). Origin, language, religion and habits are still today fundamental issues in defining ethnic identity, and the Greek way of think of it has greatly influenced all later Western thinking. But issues such as status, gender, and age are equally important. This interdisciplinary course offers a theoretical as well as practical insight into how fundamental issues concerning identity were handled in Greco-Roman antiquity.



Pia Guldager Bilde (archaeology), e-mail:

George Hinge (philology), e-mail:

Jakob M. Højte (archaeology), e-mail:

Jens Krasilnikoff (history), e-mail:

Jane Hjarl Petersen (archaeology), e-mail:

Vladimir Stolba (archaeology), e-mail:

Level: MA

Course credits: 10 ECTS and 20 ECTS

Examination method: In principle, regulations allow for oral as well as written examination. However, you are kindly advised to seek council in order to make sure that your special requirements can be met.

Course start: week 6

Time and place: Wednesdays 11.15 – 14.00; Auditorium 1455/129.

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