Why get to know the past? How can knowledge of the ancient world help to answer questions in the present and future? These questions are the focus of the Eurolog Project.

If we look at individual events of the past and their effects, we can see that similar features still exist today, and that their effects can thus be predicted. The thesis of comparability is supported by the fact that today’s European countries and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean look back on a common past. Today’s Europe developed from that past. Among the many era of the past, there is one epoch which had particular influence on the Euro-Mediterranean area and thus can be taken as the common denominator for Europe and the Mediterranean area of today: Greco-Roman antiquity.

Globalization and migration with the attendant mixing of cultures irritates many people in Europe these days. As a consequence, tendencies to withdraw, to marginalize and to regionalize can often be observed. There has always been mutual influence among cultures and there always will be. Usually these influences have not been understood as “strange”, but viewed in an individual’s own perception as part of his own culture. Looking at the way in which people dealt with this intermixing in the past opens new solutions for today. One concrete example is the Roman Empire which united many peoples and cultures in one system. Entry into the Empire, which was not usually voluntary, nonetheless offered the individual person a lot: safety, a rule of laws, affluence, liberty, and all this without totally giving up one’s own traditions and cultures. This and other examples of the EUROlog Project will show that a united Europe brings advantages for everyone, and not suppression of one’s own cultural identity.

The Eurolog Project, in which four cultural institutions in Europe work as partners, has been supported by the “EU-Culture Programme“.

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