||There are four different main postgraduate programmes (Classical Greek Language and Literature, Hittitology, Latin Language and Literature, Sumerology) under the Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures.Classical Greek Language and Literature:
Our graduate programme’s purpose is to make the students translate the prominent pieces of the most important works of Ancient Greek literature, in the fields of epic, history, philosophy, tragedy and comedy: by this way we intent to improve the ability of text analysis of students and this also provide opportunity them for making preparation for their thesis subject. At the same time, motivate them to research by making use of modern sources about socio-culture, economic and politics of Ancient Greek world. İn this manner, we aim to gain them equipment about doing their graduate study. In our master programme we have “Textual Research I/II, Introduction to Philology I/II, Prose I/II, Poetry I/II” courses. In our doctorate programme we have “Researchers on Advanced Philology I/II, Advanced Prose Research I/II, Advanced Poetry Research I/II” courses.
The Postgraduate programmes require a graduate degree on Hittitology. Programmes focus on the language and the culture of the Hittites, who established for the first time in Anatolia II. millennium B.C. (and in I. millennium B.C. as city states) a powerful political union under their authority bringing the various peoples together and their state lasted approximately a thousand year. Postgraduate programmes mainly for the M.A and PhD. degrees which are obtainable by research and theses after a year of compulsory attendance to the courses fixed beforehand. The studies and researches at this level comply with the demands of general scientific norms of this field: examination of the editions of the original materials, namely documents in cuneiform and hieroglyphic scripts and reviewing the tablets, seals, monuments, stelae and the writings on them, transliteration, translation and interpretation of all this kind of data that survived to our day.
Latin Language and Literature:
The postgraduate programmes in the department of Latin Language and Literature consist of those courses leading to the master and the doctorate degrees. The Master programme takes at least two years (four semesters) to complete. Each semester of the first year consists of three compulsory and two optional courses to follow. Latin Philology (Prose), Latin Philology (Poetry), and Latin Philology (Prose) are the courses compulsory for the main students of the department to take and to follow. In the course of these compulsory courses, passages from the works of various Roman writers and poets are translated into Turkish and are interpreted. The optional courses, namely Latin Grammar and Exercises in Latin are intended for and open to the students who study for a master’s or a doctorate degree in the departments of History, Archaeology, Philosophy etc. and need to learn Latin Language and Literature. In the former the rules of Latin Grammar are taught, whereas in the latter the same subject matters are practised and supported with examples from certain Latin texts. The main students of the department can take as optional any course from any other department that their supervisors find relevant to the subject matter of their theses. At the end of the second year students are expected to finish their theses. Doctorate programme takes at least four years (eight semesters). In the first year students has to attend to three compulsory (Latin Philology -Prose, Latin Philology -Poetry, Latin Philology -Prose) and two optional courses that should be decided in consultation with the supervisor. In these subjects Latin texts of various writers and poets are translated to Turkish and are interpreted; afterwards these texts are examined within the framework of literature tradition of Classical period. The optional subject, Latin Grammar, is for students who study for master’ and doctorate degree in the departments of History, Archaeology, Philosophy and etc. associated with Latin Language and Literature. In that subject Latin grammar rules, which are studied in master programme, are supported with Latin syntax. Latin Language and Literature Postgraduate students can take optional courses from the other departments in order to supply the terms of 21 credits and 1 seminar required to be graduated, and according to the field that they want to be specialized.
Sub-department of Sumerology is a philological branch that is placing in the Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Letters, Ankara University. In this department, miscellaneous race’s cultures and languages that occurred in Anatolia and Mesopotamia regions dates from ± 3300 to 0 BC. are being researched. Basic subjects which are like invention of cuneiform characters, historical changes of these characters and usages of cuneiform writing systems, are also researched in this department. Especially, Old Assyrian writing system and language, which is the beginning of Anatolian historical scene named Old Assyrian Colonial Trading Period, are studied with original resources in detail.