Faculty of Philology
Philology is an inter-disciplinary field of study which comprises all areas of the Greek literary history and thought. The Faculty at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, located in the imposing nine-storey high building of the School of Liberal Arts, has a large and versatile faculty, accommodating many different interests and encompassing the whole spectrum of knowledge about and approaches to the Hellenic literary production across the centuries and its ongoing, dynamic discourse with the western civilization.
With nearly seventy faculty members, distributed on the basis of their particular interests in four different departments each embracing and promoting a different area of specialization (Classical Philology, including Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, Byzantine Philology and Folklore Studies, Modern Greek Literature and Linguistics), over 150 active graduate students at the MA and the Ph.D. levels, and nearly 4500 undergraduate majors, including several dozen of international students from several EU countries who chose to do part of their undergraduate work, ranging for one or two semesters, as exchange students at Athens U, the Faculty of Philology is the largest Philology faculty in the country, and one of the best—for both graduates and undergraduates. The undergraduate students who enter each year typically have scored the highest grades in the National Entrance Exams among their peers, while graduates of the University are coveted candidates for admission to the best graduate programs around the world: past graduates hold or are currently pursuing MA and PhD degrees, among other places, at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Heidelberg, Hamburg, Freie Universitaet Berlin, La Sorbonne, Harvard, Stanford, University of Virginia, Princeton, Brown University, etc. Several undergraduates each year participate in the Erasmus student exchange program, and they transfer for one or two semesters of their studies to an institution of an EU country. The graduate students gain admission to the MA program on the basis, among others, of their performance in rigorous language exams. Athens PhDs hold teaching positions in Faculties and Departments of most Universities in Greece. Within the last decade faculty members have written books on every aspect of Greek and Roman culture ranging from Cypriot medicine to folklore, near eastern traditions to law, Homer to the application of narratology to the study of modern Greek prose literature, the anatomy of the mechanism of Greek language to the animals in Byzantium; these works have explored every period from Archaic to Hellenistic to Byzantine to Modern Greece and from the Roman Republic to High and Late Empire to Medieval Latin Hymnography to Latin-speaking Italian travelers of the 18th c. The members of the faculty are committed teachers, as well as active researchers. Faculty members have recently been awarded fellowships to conduct research at foreign institutions, served in international doctoral committees, reviewed articles for the top-tier journals of their specialty; most publish widely, both in Greek and in other languages. Faculty members are engaged in joint projects with colleagues from other EU academic institutions, and they regularly teach abroad as visiting faculty through their involvement in the Erasmus/Socrates Faculty Exchange program.
Although hundreds of students attend the Philology courses every semester, the integration of IT has enabled those who regularly attend the lectures to follow the courses effortlessly. Each of the four departments of the Faculty has its own specialized library ('Spoudasterion' or Study); with an overall collection of approximately 100000 volumes, including many rare and even collectors' items, electronic subscriptions to the main journals of the field, and a staff eager to offer instant guidance, the departmental libraries become the epicenter of the Philology students' academic experience as they strive to master the fundamentals of research. Throughout the year, the four departments of the Faculty organize conferences and lectures to which celebrated scholars in the field are invited to speak.