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Program description


To study Classics means dealing with the people and society that have shaped Cultures, Languages and Politics in the Western world. Artefacts and texts surviving from ancient Italy, Greece and other “Provinces” of the Roman Empire (Europe, Near East, North Africa) are still substantial and relevant markers in today physical and cultural landscapes all around Europe and Mediterranean. The study of Ancient Greek and Latin will allow you to read and understand the voice of the Classical world: poets, historians, dramatists, scientists, mathematicians, architects, lawyers, magistrates, rulers as well as craftsmen, peasants, bakers, masons, men and woman in their everyday lives. On the other hand, archaeological tools, procedures and methods will enable you to reveal, perceive, reconstruct and communicate the material complexity of the changing structure of monuments, places and territories. Such a way of being engaged with and looking at Classics will reveal you the Past as a part of an historical process that influenced and continues to influence our Present. Modern questions and present challenges are the best cultural access point to an “actual” knowledge, interpretation and dissemination of Greek and Roman Culture as a part of common Human Heritage. You will take over the methods of philology, art history, archaeology, law, philosophy and science. All this will provide you all the necessary tools to understand the past and move easily between the two cultures that merged under the insignia of the Roman Empire.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the degree course in Classics, you must have completed a secondary school diploma or other qualification abroad, officially recognized to get access to the italian Higher Education system (at least 12 years of schooling). The following knowledge and skills are also required:

  • good general culture;
  • logical and reasoning skills;
  • ability to read, understand and interpret texts;
  • English language level B2.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First year

  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Ancient Greek Language and Literature
  • Ancient Greek and Roman History
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Ancient Greek Language and Literature
  • Italian Culture and Literature
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Apprenticeships
  • For Knowledge of European Language Other Than English and Student's Native Language
  • IT Skills

Second year

  • Latin Literature
  • Classical Philology
  • Italian Philology
  • Ancient Greek and Roman History II
  • Classical Archaeology II
  • Palaeography

Third year

  • Classical Philology II
  • Roman History III
  • Medieval and Renaissance Latin Literature

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is €1000 per year. 


Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at an international audience, largely lacking a formal education in classical disciplines, and therefore aims to offer students intensive training in these disciplines and, in particular, in the Greek and Latin languages.

The course aims to provide a valid and accurate basic training in the knowledge of the ancient world and in particular of Greek and Latin languages and literatures, of ancient history, of classical archeology and of the permanence of the classic in medieval, modern and contemporary culture. The teachings of the CdS will tend to be based on a broad vision of the classical world and will focus on the properly cultural, anthropological and reception aspects of ancient civilizations; and will benefit from the opportunities offered by the location of the course venue in Rome, with the possibility of experiences in the area, visits to museums and laboratories in libraries.

Career opportunities

The preparation acquired by the graduate allows them to carry out activities in the following areas in an international context (subject to competition, professional qualification and / or registration in specific professional registers where required):

  • entities and companies that deal with the organization and communication of events cultural heritage, as well as enhancement of the cultural heritage of the area;
  • editorial offices of newspapers and magazines;
  • publishing houses;
  • museums and exhibition spaces;
  • press offices.

In any case, it is emphasized that the qualification can certainly be valid, in an international context, as the equivalent of a BA qualification, often a minimum requirement for accessing certain job positions; and that, moreover, those who undertake a degree course such as the CdS in Classics tend, in the vast majority of cases, to continue their studies: in this specific case, the graduate will more easily face a possible continuation of studies at foreign universities (Master's Degree) , without prejudice to the possibility of continuing his career in Italy (master's degree course).

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Sapienza University of Rome

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Sapienza University of Rome

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome

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