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One of the main research areas of PHI is the Classical Near East, which covers both Late Antiquity and the early Medieval Period in the Near and Middle East. Classical Near Eastern studies combine a knowledge of Classical Greek and Latin culture with langages like Middle Persian, Syriac, Classical Arabic, Geez, Rabbinical and Medieval Hebrew.

Currently, the following projects and activites at PHI belong to this research area:

  • Barlaam and Josaphat

  • The Euclidean Tradition and the Semantics of Mathematics

  • Oriental and Islamic Manuscripts in the National Library of Norway

  • The Rhetoric of Aristotle from East to West

  • Classical Arabic courses

  • Hebrew courses

For more information about these and other projects, go to the PHI project page, seminar page and course page

The Norwegian Institute of Philology will publish more comprehensive information about this research area in due course.


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