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Ancient Mediterranean World

Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology

Programme Director: Professor Nicholas Stampolidis
Information: Departmental Secretariat, tel.: 0030 28310 773370030 28310 77337 , 77379, e-mail: history@phl.uoc.gr
Website: www.history-archaeology.uoc.gr

Ι. Presentation of the Programme
In accordance with the Ministerial Decisions of the Programme (Β7/82802/7.10.03 Greek State Official Gazette Issue 1537 vol. Β’, Β7/91/25.2.97, Greek State Official Gazette Issue 170, vol. Β’, Β7/591/8.12.97, Greek State Official Gazette Issue vol. Β’, Β1/719/23.9.93, Greek State Official Gazette Issue 786, vol. Β’) and the effectual legislation (articles 10 to 12 of the law 2083/92), the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete runs a Postgraduate Study Programme (P.S.P.) entitled “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology” with three directions:
a. Classical Archaeology: Study Consultants: a) Nicholas Stampolidis, office 59, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773390030 2831077339, b) Pavlina Karanastassis, office 39, tel. 0030 28310773560030 2831077356 and c) Eleni Zimi, office 44, tel. 0030 28310773450030 2831077345
b. Ancient History: Study Consultants: a) Anna Missiou, office 69, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773520030 2831077352, b) Anastasia Serghidou, office 36, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773600030 2831077360 and c) Katerina Panagopoulou, office 38, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773570030 2831077357
and c. Prehistoric Archaeology: Study Consultants: a) Katerina Kopaka, office 43, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773460030 2831077346, b) Iris Tzachili, office 74, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773640030 2831077364 and c) Nena Galanidou, office 46, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310773432831077343.

The Programme is conducted/directed by a three-member coordinative committee consisting of the Director and two members of the Teaching and Research Staff who participate in the Programme, in order to express the diversity of its different directions.

The direction of Classical Archaeology of the P.S.P. aims not only at broadening the knowledge of postgraduate students, but, mainly, at reading into their understanding of ancient Greek society from the dawn of the Greek civilization to late antiquity, through the examination of the areas of Art, History, Philology, Philosophy, etc. In parallel, the Programme’s purpose is also to familiarize postgraduate students with the problems and methods of the archaeological and historical research and prepare them for elaborating a doctoral/Ph.D. thesis.
The programme aims each time at covering one or more periods and various phenomena of the ancient Greek society, as well as the relations of Greeks to other peoples and civilizations of the Mediterranean, seeking, mainly, to promote knowledge and develop the judgement and combinative fantasy of the participants. In parallel, postgraduate students are familiarized with problems of the method of excavation through practical exercises at the site of the university excavations or excavations which are either supervised by or in which participate the teaching staff of the postgraduate programme. For the acquisition of the postgraduate specialization degree, at the end of the first-cycle the student must have completed seminar-essays and a thesis, the subject of which can partly be material coming from the excavations.

The direction of Ancient History of the P.S.P. seeks to broaden and read into the student’s knowledge of ancient history by offering seminar courses which are relevant to all periods of ancient history, from archaic period to late antiquity, and to instruct them in writing scientific essays (seminar-essays and thesis) with the use of philological sources, archaeological data and contemporary bibliography, preparing them for the elaboration of a Ph.D. thesis.

The direction of Prehistoric Archaeology of the P.S.P. seeks to broaden the knowledge of the students in Prehistoric Archaeology by covering all its periods (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age), whereas it emphasizes on the study of the societies in prehistoric Aegean and their relations to Mediterranean civilizations. The purpose of the P.S.P. is to offer postgraduate students guidance in research and essay writing, training them in the use of contemporary analytical and compositive methods and techniques in Archaeology and its related sciences. The seminar courses and thesis approach issues of methodology and history of archaeological and interdisciplinary research. The direction also offers possibilities to participate in field work and study archaeological material.

ΙΙ. Degrees and Duration of Study
1. Degrees
The P.S.P. “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology” awards:
a) Postgraduate Specialization Degree (equivalent to Masters Degree) in
• Classical Archaeology
• Ancient History
• Prehistoric Archaeology
b) Ph.D./Doctoral Degree in
• Classical Archaeology
• Ancient History
• Prehistoric Archaeology.

2. Duration of Study
The time span for the award of the degrees is four (4) at least academic semesters for the Postgraduate Specialization Degree and yet six (6) at least academic semesters for the Doctoral Degree/Ph.D.

ΙΙΙ. Entry/Admission Requirements
1. Graduate Categories
The P.S.P. “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology” admits graduates of Higher Education Institutions (H.E.I.) of the departments of Humanities and Social Sciences of Greece or equivalent departments abroad. The direction of Classical Archaeology, in particular, also admits graduates of Greek H.E.I. of Architecture or an equivalent department abroad. Furthermore, the direction of Prehistoric Archaeology admits graduates of Greek or foreign H.E.I. of natural sciences.
The selection of postgraduate students is made according to the article 12, section 2 of the law 2083/1992. In particular, the following factors are being quantified/co-estimated:
• Degree grade with coefficient 1
• Oral interview with coefficient 2
• Written exam with coefficient 2
• Oral exam with coefficient 2
• Foreign Language with coefficient 0.5
• Written proposal of the candidate with coefficient 1.

2. Number of students being admitted
The entry exams for postgraduate students are normally held twice a year, in September and February. At the Secretariat of the Department of History and Archaeology one can find indicatory bibliography for each direction. The number of students that are admitted to the P.S.P. cannot exceed fifteen (15) as a whole.

ΙV. Regulation and Curriculum
1. Programme of courses of the First Cycle of Postgraduate Studies
Two general categories of seminar courses are provided for the Postgraduate Specialization Degree. The main direction category includes seminar courses of Classical Archaeology for the direction of Classical Archaeology, of Prehistoric Archaeology for the direction of Prehistoric Archaeology and of Ancient History for the direction of Ancient History. One seminar course is being offered per semester for each study direction from the main direction category. The second category includes the seminar courses of the other directions of the P.S.P., special seminar courses offered by the programme and, depending on the direction, seminars of Classical Philology, Ancient Greek Philosophy, etc. that are being offered by the P.S.P. of other Departments of the University of Crete. Each seminar course is being taught three hours per week for thirteen weeks.
In order to complete their studies, postgraduate students of Classical Archaeology and of Ancient History have to attend successfully four (4) seminar courses. Two of these courses must be selected from the main direction but from different instructors. Each of the other two must be of different cognitive subject. If the latter are not included in the seminars offered by the programme, the selection is made with the consent of the three-member committee.
Postgraduate students of Prehistoric Archaeology have to attend successfully five (5) seminar courses. Three of these courses must be selected from the main direction but from different instructors. Each of the other two must be of different cognitive subject and may be selected alternatively either from the courses offered by the P.S.P. or from special auxiliary seminar courses from other, relative to Archaeology, scientific directions.
Each of the four (4) seminar courses of the directions of Classical Archaeology and of Ancient History corresponds to fifteen (15) credit units, whereas each of the five (5) seminar courses of the direction of Prehistoric Archaeology corresponds to twelve (12) credit units. Each seminar course of all three directions is being taught three hours per week for thirteen weeks.
The seminar course of all three directions must be completed within the time span of the four minimum academic semesters of the programme and the student can participate only once in two seminars per semester.
At the end of their studies postgraduate students of all directions, under the supervision of an instructor (supervisor) of their direction, write and present a final thesis, the sufficiency of which is judged by a three-member committee (equivalent to the three-member consulting committee of the Ph.D. candidates appointed by the General Assembly of Special Composition [G.A.S.C.]), as provided by the general regulation of the Department. The topic of the thesis may already be assigned after the successful completion of two seminars of the main direction.
The elaboration and successful defending/viva of the thesis for the students of Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Prehistoric Archaeology correspond with sixty credit units.
In brief, for the acquisition of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) in Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Prehistoric Archaeology the student accumulates a hundred and twenty credit units, sixty of which correspond with the successful participation in the four seminars of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History or in the five seminars of Prehistoric Archaeology, and sixty with the elaboration and successful defending/viva of the thesis.

The holder of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) of the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete and of equivalent degrees of other Universities may be admitted to the B΄ Cycle of Postgraduate Studies that leads to the acquisition of the Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.).
The seminar courses start in October 1st for the winter semester and in March 15th for the spring semester respectively. Grades are submitted necessarily by March 15th and September 1st respectively.
Postgraduate students have at their disposal the Library of the University of Crete, one of the best university libraries of Greece, which, moreover, possesses various, important for the Ancient World studies, private collections (Ι. Kontis, I.E. Kallitsounakis, G. Laios, A. Orlandos, K. Ktistopoulos, I. and St. Papastavros), whereas its electronic department (digital library, electronic journals) is continuously being enriched. Besides, postgraduate students can be assured access to the specialized libraries of the Archaeological Museums of Khania and Herakleion and to the Ancient World libraries of other public foundations and archaeological expeditions in Athens. Access to all archaeological sites and museums of Greece may also be assured.
The Department houses Laboratories of Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Prehistoric Archaeology, which are at the students’ disposal. The Laboratories are equipped with an adequate number of computers and other inspectional devices necessary for the function of the P.S.P. A rich collection of slides, very useful for the update of the Programme’s students, is provided by the Photo-library of the Department.

Laboratory Telephone number
Laboratory of Classical Archaeology 0030 28310 773490030 28310 77349/ 77350
Laboratory of Prehistoric Archaeology 0030 28310 773820030 28310 77382
Laboratory of Ancient History 0030 28310 773750030 28310 77375/77376


2. Ph. D. degrees
Holders of a Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) in Classical Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Ancient History of the respective degrees of higher education institutions of Greece or abroad or holders of a P.S.D. of relative branches on ancient world are admitted as Ph.D. candidates.
In certain exceptional cases candidates without a Postgraduate Specialization Degree may be admitted, if the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition considers that the requirements of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree are met by their research and publications.
Those interested, after obtaining the consent of one member of the Teaching and Research Staff, submit an application-research proposal for the elaboration of a doctoral thesis to the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.). After having approved the application, the G.A.S.C. appoints a three-member consulting committee consisting of specialists who supervise the thesis. The doctoral thesis is defended (orally) before a seven-member examination committee after a lapse of at least six (6) semesters from the date of the topic’s specification, according to the orders of the article 12 of the law 2083/1992.