The end of Classical Antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East witnessed the formation of polities, institutions and ideologies which define and continue to influence our world today.


Statues of the Tetrarchs, Venice (Image: Nino Barbieri - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

This interdisciplinary programme builds upon the University of Edinburgh’s reputation as a hub for the study of the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine worlds. By combining a diverse, yet cognate range of research interests, the School is able to offer an exceptional selection of linguistic and disciplinary expertise in the study of the Long Late Antiquity, embracing Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages and Literature, History, Persian and Theology.

The core course will provide specialist methodological, theoretical, and cross-disciplinary training taught across the first and second semesters. There will be a compulsory language option in Classical Greek, Latin, Arabic or Persian, together with specialist options allowing for regional or thematic concentration, culminating in an original piece of research and writing. The programme also offers students the opportunity for regional and disciplinary specialisation depending on their research interests.

Programme Director

  • Dr Lucy Grig
  • Programme Director
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology University of Edinburgh
  • Room 00M.08, William Robertson Wing
  • Old Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
  • Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3579
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