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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

  • Ancient philosophy

  • Greek drama

  • Hellenistic and Roman poetry

  • classical Greek and Hellenistic history

  • the ancient economy

  • Archaic and Classical Greek archaeology

  • Jewish history in the Hellenistic and Roman periods

  • Byzantine history and literature

  • the Greek East under Rome

  • the Hellenistic and Roman Near East

  • 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

  • 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, organised by an eminent visiting professor), as well as a wide range of one-day events.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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