Topoi combines Berlin’s strengths in ancient studies. Supported by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Excellence Cluster is the product of cooperation with the four major institutions in Berlin involved in research into antiquity.
The FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN and the HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT zu Berlin boast an exceptionally high concen-tration of disciplines that deal with ancient studies, supplemented by a wealth of geo-scientiﬁc expertise in such areas as surveying and environmental reconstruction.
At the BERLIN-BRANDENBURG ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, research into Greek and roman inscriptions, coins and medical texts has been underway since the 19th century, as has the study of the Egyptian language – all combined with unique editorial expertise.
The GERMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE is one of the leading globally active institutions in the ﬁelds of archeology and ancient studies. A total of ﬁfteen departments conduct research on four continents.
The MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE explores how new categories of thought, proof and experience have developed over centuries of interaction between the sciences and the cultures in which they are embedded.
The STIFTUNG PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ oversees the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and other important archives and research institutions. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are among the largest universal museums in the world. in a total of ﬁfteen collections, they document the cultural development of mankind from its beginnings to the present.
The research is further supported by related disciplines from the Technische Universität Berlin, the Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. Further partners are the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité Berlin as well as the Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpﬂege und Archäologisches Landesmuseum.
International cooperation partners include the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York), University College London and the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, Laboratoire d’Excellence Transfers.