St Andrews and Sapienza joint PhD in Classics 2020-2021 entry
The Sapienza University of Rome and the University of St Andrews have established an agreement to allow PhD candidates to undertake research leading to the award of a joint doctoral degree in Classics.
The aim of the joint PhD is to train high-profile researchers, benefitting from the diversity of expertise, methodology and culture of two highly-ranked Classics departments.
What our students say
“I studied Classical Philology at Sapienza – University of Rome and I have always been fascinated by ancient Greek literature, history and society. My main area of interest is classical Attic drama, both tragic and comic, which I tried to study from various perspectives. In my BA thesis I attempted to reconstruct some aspects of Athenian religious life from the description of rituals contained in Euripides’ tragedies. For my MA thesis I studied some of historical and mythical paradigms exploited in Aristophanes’ comedies, proposing a dramatic, rhetoric and didactic interpretation of those passages. This work represents the starting point for my PhD research project: here I will try to reach a comprehensive evaluation of paradigms in Aristophanic comedies through a diachronic analysis of comic exempla and a comparison with the better-known use of tragic paradigms. My aim is to draw a broader picture of paradigms in ancient drama, in order to assess the relevance and strategies connected to paradigms in V century B.C.E. Greek rhetoric.”
Elena Panebianco, selected to begin at Sapienza University of Rome in 2018-2019