Welcome to AGATE

The fundamental research of the European Academies of Sciences and Humanities significantly contributes to the study and preservation of Europe’s cultural heritage. AGATE pursues the long-term goal of a pan-European digital platform that improves the visibility and findability of the academies’ SSH research and promotes international cooperation. In the initial phase, all running projects funded in the German Academies' Programme between 1979 and today are included in AGATE’s database. The Academies’ Programme is the joint research programme of the German Academies, which is equally funded by the federal government and the federal states. It is coordinated by the Union of the German Academies, the umbrella organisation of eight German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

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Featured Projects

Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea

The systematic research into the Ethiopian manuscript culture is the aim of the long-term project “Die Schriftkultur des christlichen Äthiopiens: Eine multimediale Forschungsumgebung” (“Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea”). Ethiopia is situated, from the perspective of cultural history, both at the periphery of the so-called Christian Orient and in the middle of Africa. The culture...

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Edition von Kommentaren zu den Sentenzen des Petrus Lombardus

In international collaboration with researchers from the USA, Canada, and Austria, the project produces the critical edition of the sentence commentaries of the Dominican theologian Richard Fishacre (founded in Oxford in the 1240s) and the Franciscan theologian Robert Cowton (founded about 1309-1311 in Oxford). The edition of the Sentences Commentary of the Franciscan Wilhelm de la Mare (written...

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Hallische Händel-Ausgabe

The “Hallische Händel-Ausgabe” is a critical complete edition of Händel’s oevre based on all known sources. It is made for theoretical and practical use. The Editorial Board is put together internationally. Each volume contains an introduction that consists of the origin history, the works’ heritage, and a discussion of performance questions. In each edition of vocal works there is a German and,...

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Digitale Gesamtedition und Übersetzung des koptisch-sahidischen Alten Testamentes

The Coptic-Sahidic Bible is one of the most important literary witnesses of Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean. The Coptic Old Testament, which essentially dates back to the 4th century, is one of the earliest and most extensive versions of the Greek Septuagint (LXX). The translation of the Bible into Coptic was source and inspiration for the entire Coptic-Christian literature of Egypt. In...

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Deutsche Wortfeldetymologie. Der Mensch in Natur und Kultur

While other European cultural nations have comprehensive etymological dictionaries, German, one of the world’s most common languages in quantitative terms, lacks a large scientific etymological dictionary. For this reason, the “German etymology of semantic fields in a European Context (DWEE)” wants to close this gap on the one hand: This applies particularly to words that have only appeared since...

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Inscriptiones Graecae

The task of the project “Inscriptiones Graecae” is the critical edition of all known ancient Greek inscriptions, divided into regions and landscapes. This plan was modified in 1903. Since then, the edition has been limited to the inscriptions of the Greek mainland and the Aegean islands, which are indispensable sources of documentation for the study of ancient Greece. The epigraphic material...

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Averroes (Ibn Rušd) und die arabische, hebräische und lateinische Rezeption der aristotelischen Naturphilosophie

The Aristotle annotations of Ibn Rušd or Averroes (1126–1198) form a total of the Arabic reception of the Greek philosophy and from the Late Antiquity. As such, they have had a formative influence on the respective discourses of knowledge, especially in their Latin and Hebrew translations over the centuries. The project deals with an yet unexplored part of Ibn Rušd’s natural philosophy, which at...

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The role of culture in early expansions of humans

Coming from Africa, the species Homo spread in the last 2 million years in different waves of migration to Asia and Europe. While the habitat of the Australopithecines and early human forms were limited through natural conditions, cultural accomplishments in the course of incarnation permitted new paths of adapting to the environment. The project strives to reconstruct the spatiotemporal patterns...

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