Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques

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The Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques ( FIEC ) ( English International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies ) is an international umbrella organization of national and international associations that deal with the classical studies in a broader sense . It was brought into being in Paris in 1948 at the instigation of the Année Philologique and UNESCO .

History and tasks

As a result of the Second World War , international scientific life in the field of classical studies had largely come to a standstill. Because contacts among scientists from different nations were broken off during the years of the war. It was now time to revive them. Only Jules Marouzeau, the editor, and above all Juliette Ernst, who was primarily responsible for the most important bibliography for antiquity, the Année philologique , continued to have extensive contacts, as they had not ceased their work entirely during the war.

Both of them initiated the founding initiative, which was immediately supported by UNESCO. To this end, UNESCO, in cooperation with institutions such as the Union Académique, established international organizations such as the Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines , which organized, provided and was responsible for the financial support from UNESCO. With these funds, the FIEC again supported large enterprises such as the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum . Studies of both Greek and Roman culture should be covered, which is why the FIEC has had special relationships with the Fondation Hardt since the beginning .

The founding assembly took place on September 28 and 29, 1948 in the UNESCO building in Paris, the seat of both UNESCO and the Année Philologique , and the Dane Carsten Høeg was elected as the first president .

The FIEC is an umbrella organization of all important ancient science associations around the world. It promotes international scientific exchange between researchers and scholars, establishes direct contacts and informs government organizations about the importance and value of research on ancient studies.


The fifteen founding members of FIEC are automatically members of the organization. In addition, any association that is of national interest in the field of classical antiquity or an international association in this field can become a member. The general assembly of FIEC must approve the inclusion. Each member provides a delegate for the General Assembly, who together elect the President and the governing body of FIEC. Every three years the FIEC organizes an international congress that brings together researchers from all countries and all specialty disciplines and at the same time serves the general assembly of the members. The next FIEC Congress will take place in Mexico City in 2022 , the next but one FIEC Congress in Wrocław (Poland) in 2025 . The FIEC currently has 15 international and 66 national associations and institutions as members. The current President of FIEC is Gunhild Vidén, Secretary General is Sabine R. Huebner (as of July 2019).


Founding members are:

From Germany are members of the German Classical Philology Association and the Mommsen Society , from Austria Sodalitas. Federal Association of Classical Philologists in Austria and Switzerland, the Swiss Association for Classical Studies and the Groupe romand des études grecques et latines.


  1. 1948–1951: Carsten Høeg
  2. 1951–1954: Ronald Syme
  3. 1954–1959: Bernard Abraham van Groningen
  4. 1959–1964: Pietro Romanelli
  5. 1964-1969: Dag Norberg
  6. 1969–1974: Marcel Durry
  7. 1974-1979: Dionisie M. Pippidi
  8. 1979–1980: Wolfgang Schmid
  9. 1982-1984: William H. Willis
  10. 1984-1989: Emilio Gabba
  11. 1989-1994: Jean Irigoin
  12. 1994-1997: John Boardman
  13. 1997-2004: Carl Joachim Classen
  14. 2004–2009: Heinrich von Staden
  15. 2009-2014: Averil Cameron
  16. 2014–2019: Franco Montanari
  17. 2019–2022: Gunhild Vidén

General Secretariat

  1. 1948-1953 Charles Dugas
  2. 1953-1974 Juliette Ernst
  3. 1974-2004 François Paschoud
  4. 2004-2019 Paul Schubert
  5. 2019- Sabine R. Huebner

FIEC congresses

  1. 1950: Paris (France)
  2. 1954: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  3. 1959: London (Great Britain)
  4. 1964: Philadelphia (USA)
  5. 1969: Bonn (Germany)
  6. 1974: Madrid (Spain)
  7. 1979: Budapest (Hungary)
  8. 1984: Dublin (Ireland)
  9. 1989: Pisa (Italy)
  10. 1994: Quebec (Canada)
  11. 1999: Kavalla (Greece)
  12. 2004: Ouro Preto (Brazil)
  13. 2009: Berlin (Germany)
  14. 2014: Bordeaux (France)
  15. 2019: London (Great Britain)
  16. 2022: Mexico-City (Mexico)
  17. 2025: Wrocław (Poland)

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