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Why PHILOLOGY AND HISTORY OF ANTIQUITY?

The study of the texts and civilization of the ancient world allows one to acquire not only the specific knowledge related to the disciplines involved, but also accustoms one to the mental agility needed to deal effectively with complex problems in diverse fields. In addition, these studies promote the aptitude for continuous learning needed to adapt flexibly to the disparate contexts, including work contexts, faced throughout life. Extensive is the openness towards the world of work, not only in the areas of school teaching and research, but more generally towards the whole cultural sector.
It is a false myth that a Philology graduate is destined for unemployment (AlmaLaurea data).
Our degree program benefits from highly qualified faculty, who apply in master's teaching the results of the research activities in which they are engaged, thus offering up-to-date teaching with a high level of specialization. The balanced number of students enrolled in the Course makes it possible to set up the training activities with a seminar approach, giving students the opportunity to present and discuss their own elaborations in class, to conduct guided exercises, to build synergies in group work with peers and, in general, to take advantage of a direct relationship with the lecturers, marked by an open and constructive dialogue.
Course lecturers have research contacts with leading scholars in Italy and abroad, with whom they regularly create opportunities to meet for the benefit of students. Instructional and study visits with faculty members are also organized periodically.

What will you study

The course offerings are designed to concurrently balance the need to provide a solid foundation of core disciplines with the opportunity for each student to build a personalized pathway according to his or her interests. To this end, the Course provides a number of compulsory teachings and various options, concentrated especially in the second year, among disciplines pertaining to different fields.
The mandatory teachings concern Greek and Latin literatures, studied in continuity up to the Middle Ages, Byzantine and Western, classical philology, epigraphy of the Greek and Latin worlds, papyrology, the history of writing, and the classical tradition in Italian literature. Among the electives, students can select what suits them best from: history of ancient thought, history of religions in the classical world, Greek historiography, Aegean, classical or medieval archaeology, ancient Near Eastern civilization, Romance philology, Sanskrit and Indo-European linguistics, history of rhetoric and history of theater in the classical world, history of law, or even computer science for humanists or English language.
Some of the teachings are delivered in double versions, in Italian and English, to enable Italian students who wish to do so to try their hand at English in a technical and disciplinary context and to facilitate foreign students in international mobility.
There are also practical workshops, focusing on different aspects such as translation or instructional design, as well as internships and external placements.
You can find details of the educational offerings under "Planned Teaching" in the blue field at the bottom of the page.

After graduation

A graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity is open to various possibilities in the field of work: teaching, research, archaeological excavation activities, employment in cultural institutions and museums, organization of cultural events, activities in the publishing world, managerial activities and public relations.

The graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity

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Who is it?

The graduate student in Philology and the Sciences of Antiquity is a professional with extensive cultural-historical knowledge of the ancient world and the ability to apply it to contemporary reality. He or she may decide to pursue a career in the fields of teaching, research, publishing and culture in general. In today's highly dynamic labor market scenario, the graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity also has the ability to become an actor of change and independently create job opportunities of a high intellectual level.

What does it do?

If he or she chooses the path of teaching, the graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity can pursue this profession in secondary schools of first and second degree: the entire path from the Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics is designed to allow the possibility of acquiring the disciplinary CFUs necessary for access to the competition classes of literary subjects, while the CFUs of psycho-pedagogical field can be acquired through the inclusion of choice exams. Access to competitions is subject to the completion of postgraduate training courses defined by state laws.

If he/she wants to devote himself/herself to research, a recent graduate in Philology and Sciences of Antiquity can take the first steps by applying for a competition to obtain a fellowship at a Doctoral Program, with the development of his/her own research project, or to participate in research activities involving the collaboration of fellows at universities and research organizations, including those in the international arena. Access to competitions for university positions is currently regulated by Law 240/2010.
In the field of publishing, the graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity can carry out editorial or literary consulting activities, develop and manage editorial projects, prepare and revise texts, and deal with scholastic texts in the humanities.
In the context of evaluation of the historical and cultural heritage, the graduate in Philology and Sciences of Antiquity can organize conferences, scientific and popularization events related to the classical world, not only managing the practical aspects but also contributing to the conception of the initiative.

Where does he/she work?

Depending on the career pursued, the graduate in Philology and Science of Antiquity will be able to work at public and private schools, universities and research institutions, publishing houses, cultural foundations, companies that organize conferences and cultural events, and companies specializing in cultural tourism.