Since the 19th century, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) has conducted research on Greek and Roman inscriptions, coins and ancient medical texts and has pursued studies of the Egyptian language – in connection with a unique editorial competency that will play a role in the work of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. Many of the ancient studies research projects initiated in the 19th century, such as the “Inscriptiones Graecae”, the “Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL)”, the “Ancient Egyptian Dictionary” and “Turfan Studies” are still thriving today, while new projects such as “Corpus Coranicum” and the “Alexandrian and Antiochene biblical exegesis in late antiquity” and “Galen” projects have recently been initiated.

In 2005, the academy consolidated its ancient studies research projects into a single institution, the “Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt”.

Its goal in cooperating with the Berliner Antike-Kolleg is to sharpen its research profile in the ancient studies, while at the same time contributing to the education of junior scholars through BerGSAS:

The BBAW is engaged in the Berliner Antike-Kolleg doctoral programmes:

  • Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)
  • History of Ancient Science (HistAS)
  •  Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road (Silk Road)