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Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity  Filologia, letterature e storia dell'antichità

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field LM-15 Philology, literature and classical history
Application and Admission Open, subject to entry requirements. How to apply
Course Duration 2 years
Course Attendance Not mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location via Festa del Perdono 7 - Milano
Head of Studies Claudia Berra
More information Programme Description (Italian)
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Course Objectives

The Ancient Philology, Literature and History degree programme offers students in-depth training in the branch of study traditionally termed ‘Altertumswissenschaft’ ("Ancient Science").

In practice, this comprises:

  • a firm understanding of classical languages and literatures, supported by a solid grounding in historic and theoretical linguistics and a firm grasp of philological tools
  • solid historic and geographic training, combining specific teaching in the political and economic events of the Ancient Mediterranean and a solid grasp of the methods and techniques required to make critical use of sources (documentary as well as literary: epigraphic, numismatic, archaeological, papyrological, etc.)
  • a considered reflection of the impact of ancient civilisation on the development of modern awareness and the legacy of the classics.

The competences and knowledge required to complete the master degree programme in Ancient Philology, Literature and History combine to form a solid methodological and historic grounding in linguistic, philological and literary studies from Antiquity to the Dark Ages, and the capacity to tackle, understand and analyse original texts and documents.

Career and Employment

The master degree programme in Ancient Philology, Literature and History is designed to prepare students to become rounded intellectual figures equipped to pursue a number of professional careers which require a solid cultural awareness, literary and humanistic competences, the ability to manage texts, and sharp analytical skills.

In particular, graduates can pursue careers in:

  • the publishing and cultural industry, journalism, communications
  • cultural institutes and research centres (libraries, archives, foundations, Government offices, museums) both in Italy and abroad.

Graduates can also go on to enter second-level master's programmes, specialisation programmes for secondary teaching, and doctoral schools.

Students interested in pursuing an Active Training Placement (TFA Ministerial Decree 249/2010) can acquire the credits required for certain subject areas during the second-cycle degree programme curriculum.