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The University of Edinburgh: Classics (PhD)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Study type Research


Our Classics research group is one of the most significant clusters of scholars in the UK, working in all areas of the discipline: Greek and Latin language, literature and thought; Greek, Roman and Byzantine history; and classical archaeology from the Archaic period through to Late Antiquity.

Research topics We welcome applications from anyone keen to work on topics that overlap with the research interests of our academic staff. Major research interests include:

  • Homer and early Greek poetry

  • Greek philosophy

  • Greek drama

  • Hellenistic and Roman poetry

  • classical Greek and Hellenistic history

  • the ancient economy

  • Archaic and Classical Greek archaeology

  • Judaism in the ancient world

  • Byzantine history and literature

  • the Roman republic

  • Cicero

  • Roman imperial history

  • Greek literature of the Roman empire *late Roman literature and history

  • Christianity in the Roman empire

  • ancient slavery

  • ancient law

  • epigraphy

  • gender in antiquity

  • the reception of classical antiquity

  • Greek sculpture

  • mythology in art

  • Roman and late antique archaeology

Research culture Our research culture centres on the weekly research seminar which welcomes distinguished speakers in all fields of classics, one of the most high-profile and best-attended events of its type in the UK. Every year we host major international conferences (including the biennial conference on a Greek topic endowed by the Leventis Foundation, which is organised by an eminent visiting professor), as well as a wide range of one-day events.pervisors will be appointed to work with you on the project and it is a good idea to consult with prospective supervisors in advance of an application.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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