Second cycle degree in

Classical languages and literatures and ancient history

Class: LM-15 - Ancient philology, literature and history

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Class LM-15 - Ancient philology, literature and history
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator MARIA VERONESE
Access Open access with admission requirements

Next Calls for applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25:

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024


A course that focuses on the study of ancient worlds, in particular the Greek-Latin culture recognized as a model for Western Civilization by studying not only its historical and literary heritage, but also its reception into the medieval, modern, and contemporary age. Students with deepening their understanding of literary texts as it related to their creation and use as well as its diffusion into the learning methods of historiographic, literary, documentary, epigraphic, and juridical sources. From an interdisciplinary perspective, the course does not delve into areas such as archeology, philosophy, or oriental studies. Students will be able to work as schoolteachers, or to devote themselves to research or into professions of writing for such as publishing, journalism, creative writing, translating, text, and cultural information.

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Characteristics and objectives
The Master's Degree programme focuses on the study of the ancient world, in particular of the Graeco-Roman culture and the extraordinary importance it embodies in Western civilization to our day. Students deepen their knowledge of the graeco-roman culture itself, in particular of its literary and historical heritage in the broadest sense, but also of its reception (Nachleben) in the medieval, modern and contemporary ages. The critical study of Greek and Latin literary texts, of their context, of their transmission, is complemented by the learning of research methods relating to historiographic, literary, documentary, epigraphic and legal sources. The linguistic, philological, literary and historical disciplines of the classical world, also refined in their technical and theoretical aspects, offer students the tools to fully understand the ancient world and to proceed independently in the in-depth study of all its aspects. The constant attention to the historical-cultural context involves related disciplines, capable of ensuring an overall frame of reference, such as archaeology, philosophy, ancient law, history of religions, oriental studies.

Occupational opportunities
The Master's Degree programme prepares specialists in linguistic, literary and documentary disciplines; Linguists and philologists; Archivists, librarians; Researchers and technicians specialized in ancient world, philological and literary studies, and in historical sciences. The critical knowledge of the ancient world, its history, its languages and literatures, and its research methods, allows one to move easily in any area that may have to do with writing: publishing, journalism, creative writing, translation, text drafting and editing, communication or cultural dissemination, etc. Master Degree graduates in Classical Languages and Literatures and Ancient History (Lettere classiche e Storia antica) will also be eligible for teaching in schools (provided he/she first completes the necessary teaching qualification process and passes the public competitions required by current Italian legislation). The Master degree also gives access to a research career, starting with a PhD in Classics.