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Department of History and Archaeology


Classification exams for the acad. year 2023-24

According to the ordinances of Law 4186/13, as amended by Law 4218/13, Decision  Φ1/192329/B3/13 (GG 3185 Β/16-12-2013) and Law 4485/17, which defines the procedure of the classification of higher education graduates (classification exams), the right to particpate to classification exams is extended to all graduates of Universities, Technological Education Institutes or institutes of equal status,  the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education of Greece or of other countries (recognised by the Hellenic National Recognition and Information Center), as well as graduates of higher education schools with a two-year or above cycle of studies and under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and  Religious Affairs and other Ministries. The percentage of classifications is defined to 12% of the number of entry students in each academic year in each Higher Education Department.

The selection of candidates for the classification of graduates is exclusively done with classification exams with essay questions in the following three course subjects: Medieval History of the West Α (ΙΙ12), Prehistoric Archaeology Α (ΙΑ02), Ancient Greek Ι (ΦΑ03). By decosion of the Assembly, only graduates of our Department (History and Archaeology, NKUA) are classified to the 5th semester, while all others to the 3rd semester.

Applications and accompanying documents for the classifications are submitted from 1 to 15 November 2023 EXCLUSIVELY through the electronic address .

Application documents

  • Application
  • Copy of degree or certification of study completion. Graduates from abroad also submit a certification of equivalence of their degree by the Hellenic National Recognition and Information Center (DOATAP) or the institution responible for the recognition of the title of studies
  • ID copy

Classification exams are conducted during the period 1 to 20 December of each academic year. The exam timetable is announced by the Departmental Secretariat at least ten (10) days before the start of the examination of the first course subject.

By decision of the Departmental Assembly of the Higher Education Institute or the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, there may be cases where the classified are exempted from the examination of course subjects of the curriculum of the receiving Department which they have been fully or sufficiently taught at their Department or School of origin, provided that these courses are equivalent to courses of the curriculum of the receiving Department. In all cases, the classified are exempted from the exams of the courses where they have already been examined successfully in order to be classified.

Oral examination

The classification candidates who are Higher Education graduates and with disabilities and special learning needs are examined either orally or in writing according to their abilities and specifically:

Examined orally after their application classification canddiates who are unable to be examined in writing because:

a) they are blind, according to Law 958/1979 (GG 191 Α) or are visually impaired by at least 67% or are at least 67% amblyopic,

b) they have at least 67% movement disability, either permannet or temporary, which is related to the upper limbs,

c) they suffer from upper limb spasticity,

d) they suffer from fracture or other upper limb temporary damage, which makes impossible their use for writing,

e) they have special learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysspelling.

The related application (in addition to the classification exam application) is submitted to the Secretariat of the Department, followed by the relevant medical opinion in accordance with the applicable disability certification system of the relevant health committee, wherefrom it becomes manifest that it is impossible to sit a written examination.

Study materials for the classification exams

Placement exam material

  • II12 – MEDIEVAL HISTORY OF THE WEST I Overview of the Medieval History of the West (5th -15th centuries). Examinable content: D. NICHOLAS, The evolution of the Medieval world, MIET 1999. p. 184-228, 267-312, 318-361, 385-413, 434-462, 491-520, 528-560, 631-665.
  • IA02 – PREHISTORIC ARCHEOLOGY A Introduction to Aegean Prehistory Examinable content: R. Treuil, P. Darcque, J. CI. Poursat, G. Touchais, The Civilizations of the Aegean during the Neolithic and the Bronze Age (Greek translation by O. Polychronopoulou, A. Filippa-Touchais), Athens 1996: "Introduction", pp. 89-122; First Book ("Neolithic era and Early Bronze Age"), pp. 125-209; Second Book ("The Period of the Cretan Palaces"), only chapters III and V, pp. 268-302 and pp. 345-383; Third Book ("The Mycenaean world and its surroundings"), only chapters I, II and III, pp. 403-555.
  • FA03 - ANCIENT GREEK PHILOLOGY I Translation, interpretation and linguistic commentary on the texts of the books: A. Papathomas, Ancient Greek texts of the classical period. A. Rhetorical texts, Athens 2017. A. Papathomas, Ancient and medieval texts on papyri, sherds, tablets and early parchments (430/420 BC – early 9th century AD), Athens 2019. M. Thomas, Women Letter Writers in the Ancient Greek Papyri, Athens 2020.

For the courses:

II12 – MEDIEVAL HISTORY OF THE WEST I you can contact professor N. Yantsi and professor K. Gaganaki.

IA02 – PREHISTORIC ARCHEOLOGY you can contact assistant professor V. Petrakis.

FA03 - ANCIENT GREEK PHILOLOGY I you can contact professor A. Papathomas and deputy professor N. Kanavou.