The courses focus on the study of the ancient world of the Mediterranean from Prehistoric times until Late Antiquity with special emphasis on the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age, the Ancient Greek and Roman Periods and the civilizations of ancient Egypt and the Near East. The students thus obtain a general view of the evolution in the culture and history of the peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean through archaeological remains and written sources of the past. The study of the ancient world is formulated by practical lessons, on-the-spot-training and excavations which supplement the theory as well as courses related to sciences which have greatly contributed to archaeology like Archaeometry and Environmental Archaeology.
Division of Linguistics of the Southeastern Mediterranean
The languages of the Southeastern Mediterranean are studied and researched with the aid of contemporary methods of the field of Linguistics.
The objective of this study is the advancement in scientific research in matters of general linguistics with emphasis on grammar structure, acquisition, learning and teaching of these languages, in the history and use of these languages as well as in matters of language policy, sociolinguistics and literacy. Furthermore, the advancement in the study of the natural language with the aid of computational linguistic tools and corpus processing.
Through the study of the basic levels of analysis of the languages of the Southeastern Mediterranean (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics), students acquire valuable knowledge of the evolution and the languages’ contemporary form which makes them competitive in the broader field of modern linguistics.
Division of international relations
The approach to international relations in the Department of Mediterranean Studies gives students the opportunity to assemble the puzzle of the broader area of the Mediterranean, piece by piece, and to discover that part of Europe which emerged in the Mediterranean, in Maghreb, the Near and Middle East, in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in Athens, Rome, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Istanbul, Venice, Genoa and finally, in Rhodes the seat of the Department.
Thus, students may understand the role and the importance of international organizations in the world and more specifically in the Mediterranean. The study of international politics and international relations allows students of the Department to approach the regional problems of the Southeastern Mediterranean and the broader Middle East. Additionally, the analysis of the economic relations, the policies of development, of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean provide students with the framework of understanding the new role of the Mediterranean countries in the globalised world.