Western culture is based on two fundamental pillars: the Greco-Latin heritage and the biblical heritage. The language, literature, art, music, philosophy, law, history and other expressions of European humanism cannot be understood without the linguistic and textual legacy of the classical and biblical world. It is not in vain that on 10 April 2008, the European Parliament proposed that the year 2011 should be “European Year of Greek and Latin Classics”. In addition it has to be taken into account that the Bible is the only book declared to have “World Heritage” status by UNESCO. The general objective of this line of research is the study of Graeco-Latin and biblical origins of European culture, complementing the field of study among all its parts, through the preservation, interpretation and diffusion of this fundamental part of the linguistic and philological legacy, and material which has been decisive in the construction of the European cultural identity, paying special attention to the convergence of different civilization models in the process of historical evolution.

Centro / Institutos: 
Institute of History (IH)
Institute of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (ILC)