Greek and Latin Doctor of Philosophy

About us

Our graduate programs are anchored in the solid knowledge of the relevant languages - Ancient Greek, Latin or Modern Greek - that each student's particular course of study demands, as well as reading abilities in appropriate modern languages, such as French, German and Italian. Students also attain a thorough grounding in the literatures and histories of the cultures on which they choose to focus.

Beyond these basics, however, our students' paths diverge. Ohio State's faculty members represent a variety of scholarly interests, spanning more than two millennia, and provide opportunities to study:

  • archaeology
  • art history
  • Byzantine and medieval studies
  • critical theory
  • cultural politics
  • epigraphy
  • myth and religion
  • Near Eastern cultures
  • palaeography
  • philosophy
  • reception theory
  • and other topics.

Candidacy exams are tailored to reflect each student's chosen fields of expertise. For example, students who are interested in ancient Mediterranean religions have the possibility to enhance their degree with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in "Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean," for which they will receive a certificate of completion.