The Excellence Cluster Topoi is hosted by two universities: the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Cluster is based upon a concentration of research capacity in Classical Studies to be created by the close cooperation of both universities with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), the Max Planck Institute (MPI) für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), and further partners.