The Head of Department is Prof. Dr. Tanja Scheer
The Managing Assistent is
- The Göttingen Department of Ancient History
Ancient History covers the entire Mediterranean world and its civilisations from earliest written tradition till the middle of the first millennium AD. Our main focus is on ancient Greece and Rome, but we also look at their "neighbours" from Britannica to North Africa and from the Iberian Peninsula to the Middle East. The Göttingen Department of Ancient History can look back at a long academic tradition. Ancient History as a subject in its own right was first established at our university in 1897. The Department itself was founded in 1955. Today, it participates in two main major strands of academic teaching: In cooperation with the other classical disciplines, we offer a BA degree programme "Ancient Cultures" as well as our own MA degree programme "History of Antiquity". Together with the Department of Medieval and Modern History, we offer a BA degree programme "History", available with and without a teaching degree for secondary schools. In research, our department is particularly interested in religious and cultural history as well as classical reception. Other ongoing projects deal or have dealt with e.g. concepts of ancient landscapes, the history of science and technology, the Black Sea region or gender history. This broad scope is based upon a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, which goes beyond the joint degree programmes with the historic and classical disciplines. Our co-operations range from the Russian Academy of Sciences to the German Aerospace Center. In addition, the Göttingen Department of Ancient History held the registered office of the "Mommsen-Gesellschaft e.V.", the association of German-speaking researchers of Graeco-Roman antiquity, from 2011 to 2013.
In the same spirit, we draw on a large set of international partnerships. Our contacts and exchange relationships include "partner departments" at the Universities of Bologna, Leeds, Thessaloniki and Vienna. We also host a series of lectures and conferences with guest-speakers from Germany and abroad to further encourage and promote international networking.
- History as a Science at Göttingen University
History has been taught in Göttingen since the establishment of the University in 1737. Over the course of the 19th century, it gradually evolved into an independent academic discipline with a distinctive methodological foundation.
For a long time, teaching and research were characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and were closely connected to political sciences (Dahlmann) - a fact, which eventually allowed speaking of a "Göttingen school of historical thought". Nevertheless, the main characteristic has always been the coverage of every historical epoch and a wide range of geographical areas. Not only had our university connected Medieval and Modern History into a single Department of History (founded in 1876), but it consquently included "auxiliary sciences" of history (as established by the universal historian Gatterer) as well as regional history (Spittler, Havemann). In addition, Eastern European History has been receiving special attention, since the times of Schlözer, as well as Ancient History, for which a professorship was established in 1877. Today, Historical Sciences at the University of Göttingen distinguish themselves in their advancement of recent theoretical approaches in the social and cultural history. In the course of this, we expand the tight nationally perspective by European and Trans-European dimensions. Historical Sciences are part of the Faculty of Humanities comprising the following departments and institutes:
1. The Department of Ancient History (independent discipline since 1897, Department established in 1955)
2. The Diplomatic Apparatus (Institute of auxiliary sciences in history, 1856), administered by the Department of Medieval and Modern History since 2007
3. The Department of Medieval and Modern History (1876) including 4. The Division of Eastern European History (1955) and
5. The Institute of Regional History (1958)
6. The Institute of Economic and Social History (1964).