Excellence Initiative

Topoi – The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations

<p><span style="" lang="EN-GB">This Cluster of Exellence pursues the
aim of investigating the systematic interrelationship between spatial
entities and systems of knowledge in the civilizations of the ancient
Near East and the Mediterranean region from the time of the early high
cultures up to the late stages of Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
The Cluster provides the frame within which the interdependence of
space and knowledge is to be explored in a setting which includes the
reconstruction of ancient landscapes by archaeologists and earth
scientists, the organization of spaces in a historical perspective and
the way it is described in images and texts as well as the scientific
construction of spaces in ancient philosophy and mathematics. The
research proposal, made jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is the product of close cooperation of
all Berlin research institutions concerned with ancient civilizations.
Contributions are made by reseachers working at the following
institutions: the “Alte Welt” (Ancient World) Interdisciplinary Centre
of the Freie Universität Berlin (IZAW), the August Boeckh Centre of
Antiquity of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg
Academy of Sciences an Humanities (BBAW), the Deutsche Archäologische
Institut (German Archaeological Institut) (DAI), the Fachhochschule für
Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (FHTW – University of Applied Sciences),
the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPI), the Federal
Museums of Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SMB-SPK),
the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage (SB-PK) and the
Technische Universität Berlin.</span></p>


Prof. Dr. Christof Rapp</a></b><br />
Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin<br />
Unter den Linden 6, D - 10099 Berlin<br />
Phone +49 30 2093-2590<br />
Fax +49 30 2093-2263<br />

Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless</a></b><br />
Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität Berlin<br />
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 11, D - 14195 Berlin<br />
Phone +49 30 838-56596<br />
Fax +49 30 838-56578<br />

<h3>Further Information</h3>

<li>HUMBOLDT, Edition 3 2007/2008:<br />
Räumlich betrachtet. Im Exzellenzcluster Topoi beschäftigen sich
Wissenschaftler mit dem Thema Raum und Wissen</a> <acronym
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