The Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales is a thoroughly unique concept in the field of ancient studies in Québec and Canada. In fact, it is the only place that decompartmentalizes the various disciplines that teach and pursue research within the subject of antiquity.

The Institute brings together researchers that connect with large-scale and regularly funded projects and research groups such as :

  • Research group on christianism and Late antiquity (GRECAT);
  • the publication of the Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi;
  • the Bibliographic Information Base in Patristics;
  • the study of the Sermons Dolbeau;
  • the publication and translation of Contra Manicheos by Titus of Bostra;
  • the Rhetoric and Servian Studies research group;
  • the Canadian Epigraphic Mission of Xanthos-Letoon (Turkey);
  • The Canadian Archaeological Mission to Tell ‘Acharneh (Syria);
  • Archaeological dig of the western city wall of Apamea Ad Orontem (Syria)
  • Archaeological dig of the palace of Amathus (Cypr);
  • the project to release a new version and translation of Plotinus’ Enneades;
  • the study of the organization and design of knowledge in the first universities;
  • the analysis of the lives of Krishna;
  • the publication and analysis of Basilius Minimus’ commentaries on Gregory Nazianzen;
  • the project Servian’s metaphors : analysis of technical and figurative language in Servius’ corpus;
  • the edition of coptic manichaean text in Berlin;
  • Performances, figures and images of church consecration in the Medieval Occident of Gregorian times (XIth-XIIIth centuries);
  • Performance, transmission, reception : forms and issues of communication in Medieval and Modern society.

Researcher-members of the Institute share real and tangible opportunities for collaboration. These are made apparent by the joint publications, co-directions and other projects that are undertaken with researchers around the world (Canada, United States, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Norway, Australia, Brazil, Jordan, Switzerland, Georgia, etc.). The institute also includes several young researchers who are active as special regular members. Their participation will contribute to prepare the next generation of researchers.

Research areas

Research at the Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales is primarily connected to five broad categories: archaeology, history, Greek and Latin language and literature, philosophy, theology and religious studies. Within these fields, some areas of specialization are unique to our members. The Institut d’études anciennes et médiévales is known for its excellence in the following fields and areas of specialization:


Archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman East, archaeology of the Near East (Mesopotamia and the Levant), Archaeology from Neolithic times to the beginning of the Iron Age, Medieval archaeology.


Greek history, Greek epigraphy, history of the defence of Greek cities during the Hellenistic period, Greek cities of Asia Minor in the Hellenistic and Imperial periods, Lycia; Roman history, history of Roman law, history of the environment; Medieval Occident, VIIIth-XVth cent., social history et history of the Church (monasticism, papacy); space representations.

Greek and Latin language and literature

Greek language and literature, philology and criticism of Greek texts, Latin comic and tragic theatre, annalistic tradition, Roman historiography, Latin rhetoric and grammar, Latin language and literature, philology and criticism of Latin texts, Latin and Greek palaeography.


Post-Aristotelians, Platonic tradition, Neo-Platonism, Plotinus, Medieval philosophy, survival of the Classical heritage in the Middle Ages, Greek philosophy, Pre-Socratics, Plato.

Theology and religious studies

Early Christian literature and history of Early Christianity, Syrian and Ethiopian (Gheze), Coptic language and literature, Gnostic and Manichean Coptic texts, ancient Indian religion and literature, Sanskrit.

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