CECH - Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies

Research Groups

Unit's Research Structure

The CECH developed a cohesive research structure that is unique in the national scientific system and whose efficiency and originality its international counterparts recognize. It combines an investigation framework marked by the confluence of different sensibilities: philological (language, literature and culture), historical, performative and philosophical.
The comprehensive and identitarian project of the unit — POLIS and COSMOPOLIS — demands the contribution of the specific sensibilities of the 5 Research Groups that form the CECH.

Research Groups Organization

Three of the Research Groups are organized on a linguistic and chronological ground: Greek Studies; Latin Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The hermeneutic dialogue between Modernity and Antiquity is promoted especially by the group Rational Hermeneutics.
The laboratorial dimension of the CECH is developed by the group Semantics and Pragmatics of the Art.

Research Groups Presentation


Maria do Céu Grácio Zambujo Fialho

This group covers a field that includes Greek philosophy, history and culture in broad sense (comprising language and literature), in a period of time that goes from the beginning of the Homeric Poems to the Byzantine Culture.


José Luís Lopes Brandão

This group covers a field that includes Latin history and culture in broad sense (comprising Language and Literature), in a period of time that goes from the beginning of the Republic to the period of the Empire.


Sebastião Tavares de Pinho

This group covers Medieval Neo-Latin studies and Humanism and Renaissance studies (Language, Literature and Culture), and the way classical Greek and Roman legacies were reshaped within the thought and culture of the Western world.


Paulo Estudante

Comprise two types of knowledge: philological research and theatrical and musical performances. The first is linked with the translation and study of Greek and Roman drama, and with the study of ancient musical archives; the latter rests on the activity deriving from putting ancient drama into stage and making musical life concerts.


Maria Luísa Portocarrero Ferreira Silva

The main objective of the group is to analyze the fruitfulness of hermeneutic rationality to the horizon of contemporary Europe, marked by the issue of crisis and urgency of ethics.