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Ancient History

Degree Bachelor of Arts
Application not required
Course commences winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 6 semesters
Focus options 50%; 25%
Language requirements certified proficiency in Latin;
English and a second modern foreign language
Language of instruction German and English

Faculty of Philosophy


Course outline

The Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy offers a B.A. course in Ancient History that can be studied as a 1st or 2nd main subject (50%) or as a subsidiary subject (25%).

Alongside evidence of a good working knowledge of English and another modern foreign language, certified knowledge of Latin (e.g. Latinum) is required by both B.A. courses (main and subsidiary) for participation in the In-Depth modules and the Source Analysis module in the main courses (50%).

Students unfamiliar with a second modern foreign language can acquire the requisite proficiency by the beginning of the 4th study semester. In the main (50%) B.A. course in Ancient History, the Latinum certificate can be acquired by the beginning of the 4th study semester in the framework of the Subject-Specific Language Skills module. Proficiency in ancient Greek is required for the M.A. course in Ancient History but not for the B.A. courses.

Students taking the subsidiary B.A. course (25%) in Ancient History cannot acquire the Latinum in the B.A. course itself. Accordingly, it is advisable for students not yet in possession of the Latinum (or equivalent) to combine Ancient History as a subsidiary with subjects in which the Latinum is an integral part of the B.A. course.

The B.A. course in Ancient History is designed to establish the fundamental knowledge required for scholarly engagement with the Greek and Roman civilisations of Antiquity. Heidelberg University’s Centre for Ancient Studies assembles Ancient History and almost all its neighbouring disciplines of in one building. Accordingly, the Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy has every opportunity for close interdisciplinary cooperation with other ancient studies subjects like Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology or Egyptology. A traditional focus of the Department is intensive training in auxiliary ancient-studies-related subjects like epigraphy, papyrology and numismatics.

For more information on the B.A. courses in Ancient History, consult the website of the Department:


Formal requirements


Admission to the course is not restricted. You will find information on how to enrol here.

There are special regulations for international applicants.

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).

Combination of subjects

Potential subject combinations are listed in the catalogue of subjects.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations (29 July 2015)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.A. course

Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.A. course in Ancient History.


Academic advisor

Dr. Norbert Kramer
Marstallhof 4, Office 304
office hours: Wednesdays 11 am – 1 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221 542237



Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy
Marstallhof 4
D-69117 Heidelberg


Office 306
phone: +49 (0)6221 542233
fax: +49 (0)6221 542234

Student representation

Zentrales Fachschaftsbüro
Albert-Überle Str. 3-5
D-69120 Heidelberg


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