The Ancient History field at Brown University is a joint-doctoral program shared between the departments of History and Classics. Brown’s Ancient History PhD is a stand-alone program with its own distinct set of requirements that underline the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Doctoral students on the Ancient History program develop the skills required of professional ancient historians, including both the required language skills of Greek and Latin and training in History methodologies. Particular strengths in research projects are in the broad areas of Late Antiquity, Greek, Roman, and Hellenistic histories, and epigraphy.
Members of both the History and Classics Departments provide the principal direction to the program. Colleagues in several other areas are contributors to the program. The program encompasses a broad geographical region (Europe, North Africa, the Near East as far as the Indian Sub-Continent). The program’s temporal spectrum covers the European Iron Age (early first millennium BCE) to Late Antiquity and there are strong traditions in the research of the Reception of the Ancient world too.
Courses are on offer at graduate level in several Departments and Institutes at Brown. Current and recent Brown Ancient History PhD students have taken courses in Archaeology, Egyptology and Assyriology, Judaic Studies, Population Studies, Religious Studies, as well as in the core areas of Classics and History. Regular lectures and seminars take place as part of the ongoing series of research activities within these various areas of ancient world studies.
At the moment, members of the Classics and History departments undertake the review of PhD applications in Ancient History.