CECH - Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies


The research unit Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies was founded in 1967 and affirmed itself since then as a centre of clear international reference, both in the Lusophone and Latin-American areas, but also in the relations with the North of Europe and even with North America.

At the time of its founding, the CECH distinguished itself in particular by a dominant philological matrix (whether in terms of language, literature and culture). This philological dimension continued to be cultivated and to mark most of the work done in the CECH over its almost 50 years of existence, making it a centre of reference for Greek Studies, Latin Studies and Neo-Latin Studies (Medieval and Renaissance) developed in Portugal, as well as in the relationship with its international counterparts.

In recent years, the traditional literary and cultural approach has been enriched with an increasing dialogue with other areas with which the CECH has a natural link of complementation and of creating synergies, such as Ancient History (and Archaeology), theatrical and musical pragmatics, and philosophical approach.

General Objectives

  1. To study from different perspectives the Greek/Roman World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, according to the chosen Subproject Polis/Cosmopolis.
  2. To promote, from present times, a critical dialogue with the roots of the concepts Polis/Cosmopolis, as an inspiring source for understanding modern times.
  3. To investigate simultaneously the key-moments of the reception of the classical matrix through the rewriting and replaying of myth through aesthetic, cultural, communicational models, and through ways of ethical/political thinking.
  4. To promote Theatre Pragmatics by interacting with the student population.
  5. To contribute to the establishment of a strong network community of Classical Studies, through the active collaboration in international groups and the development of b-learning PhD/Masters supported by the Unit.
  6. To enlarge the database of the Unity library, which aims to facilitate access to specialized bibliography.


Delfim Ferreira Leão

The Unity in the new media

Coimbra is the first University in Portugal to use actively ITUNES. The Unity contributed from the beginning to this project with material of high technology, making available in iTunes taped rehearsals and performances of the Thiasos Group, as well as lectures of Researchers on their specialization Area, according with the Project theme, and included in international conferences.