The doctoral programme (starting from the academic year 2018/19) gathers together a unique équipe of scholars engaged in research on the birth and historical development of languages and literary traditions in Medieval Europe (Latin, Greek, Romance, Germanic) on the written cultures which have preserved and transmitted them as well as on the formation and development of modern and contemporary literatures in Romance languages, both in Europe and on the American continent. It includes palaeographers, philologists and textual critics, specialists in Middle Latin, Medieval Germanic Languages, Romance Philology, Old French, Provençal, Galician, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French and Hispanic-American Literatures.

Our Department hosts the Archivio Monaci and several of the most important scientific periodicals in Romance Studies and Philology - Studj Romanzi and Critica del Testo, as well as Letterature d’America, Rivista di Studi Portoghesi e Brasiliani and Cognitive Philology, all directed by members of the academic staff of the PhD programme. It also hosts important databases which are the result of major research projects active in the Department: Lessico europeo dell'affettività and LRM Lirica europea medievale ( as well as EDV Epigraphic database in the vernacular (
The Dipartimento di Storia, Antropologia, Religioni, Arte e Spettacolo at Sapienza, where the Chair of Palaeography is based hosts the Laboratorio di Paleografia a unique collection used both for teaching and research of facsimiles and other materials (200 manuscripts, 6000 facsimiles, 500 microfilms, 5000 photographs, 6000 slides, 1800 moulds reproducing inscriptions and seals)..
The doctoral programme also cooperates with the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL ) which welcomes students to attend stages relating to their databases; to attend the their Corso di perfezionamento per lo studio della letteratura e la filologia latina medievale (conducted with the Fondazione Franceschini) and to use their library and other research facilities. The doctorate holds agreements with the Universities of Barcelona, Catholique de Louvain, University of Cambridge, Romanische Seminar, Zurich; Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; Fordham – Jesuit University of New York, UCL London, UK.

SH5_2 Theory and history of literature, comparative literature
SH5_3 Philology and palaeography; historical linguistics


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