The Ph.D. program in Ancient History at Brown is an interdisciplinary program established jointly by the departments of Classics and History to train ancient historians to meet the needs and goals outlined in the following paragraphs. “Ancient history” comprises primarily classical Greek and Roman history, including the history of late antiquity.
The program offers considerable scope for students who wish to explore intersecting areas in the broad field of ancient history. Students on the PhD program have real scope to choose courses that they feel will enhance their research interests and skills.
Most of all, such a program must emphasize the intellectual challenge and excitement of moving among various fields, of interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration, and of developing the larger and broader conceptions that can be fostered through comparative history. Students trained as historians and classicists may be expected to be attractive to both types of departments and thus to have broader prospects for a productive career in either.