DepartmentMediterranean and Eastern Studies


The Department of Mediterranean and Eastern Studies was established in 1995 and embraces research in the fields of ancient and oriental studies. In terms of territory its scholarly research is focused on the ancient Mediterranean civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Classical Ancient East – Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

The Department faculty participate in scholarly programs of a number of foreign universities and research institutes: the Institute of Egyptology, Salzburg; Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Faculty of Philosophy; Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Oriental Studies; Moscow State University, Department of Ancient History; National Centre for Scientific Research in Athens, Greece; University of London, Oxford University, England.

The ongoing seminar of the Department, “Word and Image”, annually offers lectures on various areas of research in the Ancient World. From the beginning of 2015 the seminar “The Culture of the Eastern Mediterranean” started to take place.

Doctors Honoris Causa of NBU suggested by the Department are Prof. Markham Geller (University College, London) and Prof. Richard Parkinson (British Museum).

Periodically the Department of Mediterranean and Eastern Studies publishes a year-book, “Orientalia” Journal (since 2005) and the journal on Egyptology in English, “The Journal of Egyptological Studies” (since 2004).
The Department organizes annually Travelling seminars to Egypt (since 2005), Turkey (Istanbul (Constantinople), Anatolia, the coast of Asia Minor), Greece and the Middle East.

The Mediterranean and Eastern Studies Department offers the bachelor’s degree programs: “Arabic Studies (Arabic language, culture and literature)”, “Egyptology (Egyptian language, culture and literature), “Classical languages, ancient culture and literature”, Neo-Hellenism (Neohellenic language, culture and literature”; the master’s degree programs: “Ancient Egypt in the Classical Period”, “The Mediterranean World: Hellas, Rome and the Ancient Near East”; and the doctoral program “Egyptology”.


Scholarship program of the “Contacts without limits” Foundation for first year students in the programs:

Anthropology, Bulgarian studies, Bulgarian cultural history and museums, Egyptology, Art studies and art management, History and archeology, Classical languages, Ancient culture and literature, Philosophy.


Department Chair:
Assoc. Prof. Mariana Malinova PhD

During the academic year 2016-2017 the Department of "Mediterranean and Eastern Studies" will be led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maya Vasileva

Building 1, Room 406
Tel.: 02/ 8110 406; ext. 1406
e-mail: lavagetas@hotmail.com
Nadejda Kupriyanova
Building 1, Room 406
Tel.: 02/ 8110 406; ext. 1406
e-mail: nkuprianova@nbu.bg