The ZAZH (Zurich Center for the Study of the Ancient World) is a “Center of competence” (a network of institutes, departments and sections of these that co-operate to form special, interdisciplinary research clusters) of the University of Zurich (UZH). It pursues the objective of linking, across the institution and beyond the boundaries of faculty, research and teaching in the domain of Ancient Studies, and of strengthening the international position of UZH as a hub for the research of Mediterranean Antiquity.
The culture of the ancient Greco-Roman Mediterranean in all its facets, as well as its potential, over the centuries, for stimulating and inspiring the construction of identities in Europe and beyond, form the chief focus of this scholarly network.
On the spatial plane this focus is geographically extended to take in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, the Near East, Ancient India and China, as well as their adjacent “Barbarian” regions. The temporal axis encompasses Antiquity as well as the reception of Antiquity. Well beyond this, we also pursue collaborations in the area of methodology with, for example, the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine and the section for Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis.
The Goals of the Center are:
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