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Head Prof. Mirena Slavova, Dr. Habil.
Room 183
Phone: (+359 2) 9308 341

Programmes launched:
Classical Studies 1921
Hungarian Studies 1983
Modern Greek Studies 1992

Classical Studies is the oldest Department in the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology. It runs the only programme in Bulgaria which prepares specialists in the field for research in the Greek and Latin sources of the history and culture of the Ancient World. It has as its mission the opening of Bulgaria towards Europe not only by breaking communication barriers,but also by bringing it closer to the European cultural tradition based on Greco-Roman Antiquity. Prospective scholars can acquire skills for making the heritage of Greek and Latin inscriptions and manuscripts in Bulgarian libraries and museums accessible to the publicas sources for the study of the history and culture of Balkan nations.

The curriculum includes the extensive study of Ancient Greek and Latin; General Linguistics; Theory of Literature; Theory and History of Classical Languages; Ancient and Medieval Literature; Ancient and Medieval History; Archeology; Greek and Latin Epigraphy and Palaeology; Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; Pedagogy; Methodology of Classical Language Teaching; Modern Western Languages or Modern Greek (elective courses); Information Technologies. The academicstaff comprises of highly qualified professionals in the fields of classical languages,theory of classical languages,classical cultures and literatures. There are three degree programmes – at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels.

The library of the Department of Classical Studies (Bibliotheca Classica,room 189,Central Building) is a branch of the University Library and was founded soon after the founding of the Department itself in March 1926. The library holdings comprise of 9000 volumes,including journals. The collection is divided into several sections: original Latin and Greek texts (around 2500 volumes); modern translations of ancient authors (around 500 volumes); studies of ancient history and culture (around 1000 volumes); archaeology (300 volumes); epigraphy (200 volumes); literature and philosophy (1500 volumes); linguistics (1000 volumes); dictionaries and encyclopedias (400 volumes); collected works and journals (1400 volumes); textbooks (200 volumes).

The Programme in Modern Greek was launched in the academicyear 1992/1993. The launching of the programme was initiated by Prof. Bogdan Bogdanov and was brought to success by Prof. Stoyna Poromanska, PhD Its curriculum includes over 1500 contact hours of Modern Greek. Students start at the beginner level with an intensive course of 120 hours. The curriculum also includes courses in Greek Culture and Literature; Ancient Greek and Ancient Authors; Byzantine Literature and Culture; Byzantine Language and Authors; History of Ancient Greece; Byzantine History; Modern History of Greece; General Linguistics; Literary Theory; Modern Greek Dialectology; Theory of Translation; Methodology of Teaching Modern Greek, etc. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and aims at acquiring competent use of all registers of the language – from formal to slang, as well as knowledge of the tendencies in the development of Modern Greek,the ethno-psychology of the neighbouring nation, its history and culture.
The Library (room 176, central building) houses numerous books in Modern Greek, textbooks and journals.

The Programme in Hungarian Studies is unique in being the only one in Bulgaria which offers Hungarian at both B. A. and M. A. levels – no other university in Bulgaria offers Hungarian Studies. Its graduates are highly qualified in translation from and into Hungarian. The Department maintains excellent relations with the departments of Hungarian Studies in Layos Kossuth University in Debrecen, the Loran Eotvos University in Budapest, at the Yanus Panonius University in Pecz and Baling Balish Institute in Budapest. Students can choose among a variety of exchange programmes,summer schools and seminars in Budapest, Pecz and Debrecen.