Doctorate in Philology and Ancient History

Doctorate in Philology and Ancient History

BANDO DOTTORATO XXXIV ciclo (2018-19):

Coordinatore: Roberto Nicolai Mastrofrancesco

Sede: Dipartimento di Scienze dell'antichità
Coordinatore: Roberto Nicola Mastrofrancesco (
Specifiche economiche: posti: 11 borse: 8

Prova scritta
10/07/2018 09:00 Aula di Archeologia Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Roma, Edificio di Lettere e Filosofia
description: The written examination will vary according to each curriculum specificity: A) translation of both a Greek and a Latin text and commentary of one of them for students who apply to the curriculum of GREEK AND LATIN PHILOLOGY; it is allowed the use of Greek and Latin dictionary; B) commentary on a historiographic or documentary source for students who apply to the curriculum of ANCIENT HISTORY; C) an essay on the history of the discipline or on methodology for students who apply to the curriculum of NEAR- AND MIDDLE-EAST PHILOLOGY; The written examination tests will be chosen by lot among three selections for each curriculum. Evaluation criteria: knowledge of the scientific field of the test (max. 20 points); perspicuity (max. 20 points); completeness of the state of the art (max. 20 points).
lingua della prova: ITALIANO

Prova orale
17/07/2018 09:00 Aula di Archeologia Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Roma, Edificio di Lettere e Filosofia
description: Students who obtained a minimum score of 40/60 in the written test are admitted to the oral examination. This will consist in a discussion of the topics of each curriculum, in a foreign language test (0-18 points) and in a discussion of the qualifications and research project presented by the candidate (0-42 points). The minimum score for the oral test is 40/60. The qualifications can be sent as self-certification. The candidates should send qualifications and research project before July 8th, 2018 (h. 12 PM) by e-mail to the PhD course coordinator ( Documents should be sent as PDF files (max. 5 MB). Evaluation grid: Qualifications and research project (max. 42 points) 1.1. MA thesis (max. 15 points) 1.2. Publications (max. 5 points) 1.3 Other qualifications (max. 2 points) 2. Research project (max. 20 points) The candidate should present a research project, which is expected to provide evidence for the student’s inclination to research, independence, and ability in project-managing (max 12.000 characters, blanks included). The following items will be evaluated: Knowledge of the state of the art; Originality; Perspicuity and completeness of the presentation of the goals, methodology and results; Feasibility; Relevance to the PhD course.
lingua della prova: ITALIANO

Referente: Roberto Nicolai Mastrofrancesco
Sito web:
note:  A grant is specifically awarded for a JOINT PhD degree with the University of St. Andrews (UK) in Greek and Latin Philology. Candidate intending to apply for this grant must indicate their preference in the written test, as specified by the Commission; in addition to the requirements outlined above, candidates for the JOINT PhD must have an English certificate (IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 90). The oral examination will be in English. The JOINT PhD student will be selected, supervised and assessed by staff members of both La Sapienza and St Andrews, and will be expected to spend 50% of her/his time in each institution.
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The Philology and History of the Ancient World caucus in the Department of Classics runs three doctoral programs:

A.Greek and Latin Philology - coordinator: Gianfranco Agosti

The three-year Greek and Latin Philology program provides specialist training in the techniques of textual and literary criticism. Teaching covers texts in antiquity from the earliest Mycenean tablets to late antique and mediaeval authors, including Jewish texts and translations of the Old Testament.

B. Ancient History - coordinator: Pietro Vannicelli

The three-year Ancient History program instructs students in interdisciplinary approaches to the history, cultures and civilizations of the Greek and Roman worlds. It trains ancient historians in a range of methodologies, helping them to hone philological skills and expertise in the disciplines of ancient history, including epigraphy, archaeology and papyrology.

C. Philology of the Near- and Middle-East - coordinator: Alberto Camplani

The three-year Philology of Near- and Far-East Texts program is designed for students working on texts from Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, Egypt and adjacent areas (the Syrian-Palestinian coast, central Asia) dating to anywhere from the fourth millennium BCE to the Middle Ages. It provides specialized training in philology, epigraphy and linguistic skills.