History of Classical Philology at the Jagiellonian University

Research on Classical Antiquity conducted at the Jagiellonian University, dating back to the 15th century, has been inseparably intertwined with humanism. The desire to promote classical philology among the younger generation as the discipline that permeates all other fields of science was present among scholars already at the dawn of the Alma Mater in Kraków. Numerous lecturers from the Middle Age, Renaissance and later periods were active at the University, mostly teaching Latin and Greek, but also devoting themselves to editing ancient texts or translating them into Polish. The two faculties, Greek and Latin departments, were naturally developing at a different pace throughout the centuries. The Latin culture, brought to Poland with the Reneissance of the 16th century, was a fundamental and crucial element of education until the very end of the Republic of Nobles. Greek Studies initially attempted to disseminate information on the more notable Hellenistic authors or the language structure.

History of Classical Philology at the Jagiellonian University. An Outline