Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology is a study program within the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Göttingen. It was founded by Prof. Dr. Sideras who represents and coordinates the study program.
From 1968 to 1975 Prof. Dr. Sideras was lecturer of Modern Greek at the School of Philosophy of the University of Göttingen. In 1975 he was asked to establish a library for Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology. Since 1984 he represents and coordinates the study program. In 1985 P. Sidera-Lytra became lecturer of Modern Greek. In 2006 M. Skempis was appointed lecturer of Modern Greek.
The staff of the study program consists of a professor, a lecturer, and two student assistants as well as two associated researchers. The study program has its own small budget for its library. The Greek Ministry of Culture supports the study program financially by donating books to the library, and by granting scholarships for students to participate in summer schools for Modern Greek Language and Culture in Greece.
As Prof. Sideras is retired, only two courses of Modern Greek are taught every term -- a course for beginners (2 credit hours) and one for advanced students (2 credit hours). Students may not enrol in the program as the chair is and will be vacant in the future (see news). However, Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology will remain a reasearch program at the University of Göttingen.