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The course in brief


The master's degree program in Philology and Science of Antiquity offers you the opportunity to study in depth the most important topics related to the ancient world, as much under the philological and literary aspect as under the historical one. The course allows for adeep and comprehensive study approach, which also benefits from extracurricular activities, such as seminars and lectures by external lecturers, workshops, internships visits and study trips.

Learning by doing

Studying Philology and Science of Antiquity you can also practice or test yourself:

  • by choosing where to spend your Work Training Internship
  • by participating in the Instructional Design Workshop;
  • by working on the University of Genoa's important papyrus collection;
  • collaborating on the Review of Italian Literature;
  • holding in many courses short seminars for your colleagues and younger students

Professional outlets

The Course in Philology and Science of Antiquity has as its natural outlet the teaching of literary subjects in Middle Schools, and of Italian, Latin and Greek in Upper Secondary Schools. The solid training in literature and ancient history also makes our students suitable for positions of responsibility in cultural services, cultural and research institutions (e.g., superintendencies, cultural centers, archives and foundations), and in the field of journalism and the publishing industry.

What you will learn

the forms of the Greek and Latin literary tradition

the story of the influence of classical texts on later ages

the institutional, economic, social and cultural history of the ancient world

how to obtain new knowledge from historical, documentary and epigraphic sources

philological techniques and the history of the transmission of classical texts

the history of ancient philosophical thought

the history of Roman law through the reading of legal texts

the history of religions of the classical world

Did you know that.

Graduates of the Course in Philology and Sciences of Antiquity have secure employment prospects and in recent years they have all found a job quickly

The educational activities are set up with a seminar approach in small groups and the teachers pay attention to the training needs of each individual student

The professors of the course have research projects with colleagues from the international scientific community and organize with them conferences, workshops and other opportunities for the benefit of the students

The course activates laboratories (such as didactic planning, Greek paleography, "If you don't see, you don't file!" The Latin inscription from autopsy to digitization) and organizes educational and study trips

From a.y. 2023/24 the Course will include a Research Training Path, to enhance the talent of deserving students with an aptitude for research and actively involve them in ongoing projects

A classical training allows you to acquire the mental agility necessary to effectively deal with complex problems in different fields and promotes the aptitude for permanent learning

Students of the Course in Philology and Sciences of Antiquity can try their hand at ancient manuscripts such as the papyri from the collection of the University of Genoa


Antiquity as a glimpse into the future

The importance of classical culture in its linguistic-literary and historical-archaeological components is a widely acknowledged fact: the very notion of Europe would be incomprehensible without awareness of the classical roots of our civilization.

The Course in Philology and the Sciences of Antiquity will provide you with the knowledge and research tools essential for tapping into this cultural heritage, with an open eye on the contemporary world.

If you have already completed initial training in the field of classical studies, it will enable you to acquire:

  • a deeper and more 'technical' knowledge of Greek and Latin languages and literatures, based on a systematic direct relationship with the texts, and an awareness of the history of their tradition
  • the full mastery of the methodologies of classical philology and literary criticism, and at the same time of historical research applied to the field of antiquity, with greater emphasis on philological-literary aspects or historical-archaeological ones depending on the orientation given by the student to his or her study plan, but with a solid common base of skills on both sides
  • the ability to use the main tools, the most innovative methods, and of course the most advanced computer resources in the field of antiquarian studies
  • the excellent knowledge of at least one European Union language in addition to Italian, with full command in particular of the specific disciplinary vocabulary


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Welcome to the Master of Arts degree program in Philology and the Sciences of Antiquity. The study of civilization, literature, and history of the ancient world requires commitment and perseverance but, as in the mountains, the satisfaction of conquering the most beautiful peaks is commensurate with the effort made to climb them. In our Course you will find teachings that will allow you to share results and methods of the teachers' research activity and train you in the most knowledgeable and up-to-date way in our disciplines.

Lara Pagani

Where we are

The headquarters of the School of Humanities and its related departments are distributed in the area around Via Balbi and Piazza della Nunziata. Some of these palaces are historical palaces of the city of Genoa, called "Palazzi dei Rolli".

For the distribution of the Departments see the acronyms:
DAFIST = Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History
DIRAAS = Department of Italianistics, Romanistics, Antiquities, Arts and Entertainment
DLCM = Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

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Via Balbi 4 - ground floor
16126 Genoa
+39 010 209 51690

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