Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Das August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum

Welcome to the August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum


The August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum (August Boeckh Centre for Antiquity) initiates and coordinates interdisciplinary activities and projects in research and teaching in Classics and other antiquity-related subjects within Humboldt-Universität.

The Centre communicates to the wider public the progress and outcomes of research on topics of Greco-Roman antiquity at Humboldt-Universität. It also advertises other events on topics of antiquity in Berlin and Potsdam.

The August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum was founded in 2005 along with the Sonderforschungsbereich 644 „Transformationen der Antike“ (Collaborative Research Centre „Transformations of Antiquity“). In 2007 the Centre contributed to the foundation of the Excellence Cluster „TOPOI“.

The Centre is named after August Boeckh (1785–1867), one of the first classicists at the (then) University of Berlin. In his lectures and publications, especially the Encyklopädie und Methodologie der philologischen Wissenschaften, August Boeckh promoted the comprehensive study of antiquity in its entirety, thus becoming one of the founding fathers of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Classics.


Keeping in touch

Reports about the event of the August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in Berlin und Potsdam 2014 and about the Winter Academy of the Humboldt-Schülergesellschaft für Altertumswissenschaften (Humboldt Classics Society for Pupils) 2014 are now available online.

In the list of links on the left you find the entry „Classics at HU today“. This leads you to a newly-established wiki which provides information on research and teaching of Classics at Humboldt-Universität.

It is now possible to subscribe online to the weekly newsletter of the August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum: simply send an email with the subject line „subscribe abaz_newsletter“ to (leave the message body void) or use this direct link.



The meta-search engine „PropylaeumSEARCH“ now has a new section „Classics in Berlin and Brandenburg“. A team from Berliner Antikekolleg / TOPOI and Bayrische Staatsbibliothek München have incorporated the following catalogues:

  • Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Library for Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • Freie Universität Berlin, library section Classics
  • Freie Universität Berlin, main library catalogue
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, library section Classics
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, main library catalogue
  • Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Art Library, archaeological section
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, main catalogue
  • Technische Universität Berlin, library section Classics
  • ZENON (union catalogue of the German Archaeological Institute), Berlin inventory

The new service can be found here.



The August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum hosts interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and seminars, e.g. „News from Antiquity“.

The August Boeckh Lecture Series, initiated in 2012, has developed into an international forum in which highly renowned classicists give lectures to the wider public and seminars for graduate students.

A special focus is set on the History of Classics in Berlin, which has been the subject of several conferences and publications of the August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum.



The August-Boeckh-Antikezentrum hosts the first Classics Society for Pupils in Germany, the Humboldt-Schülergesellschaft für Altertumswissenschaften, which accepts new members each year at its Winter Academy.

For students, the Antikezentrum organises interdisciplinary field trips which are conducted by leading scholars of Humboldt-Universität.

The Studierenden-Kolleg für Antike und Rezeption der Antike (Student College for Antiquity and its Reception) is open to students of widely varying subjects and offers a forum for meetings and activities on a regular basis.