Project Margins of Learning: the scholia on Apollonius’ Argonautica

4-year PhD scholarship

Project Margins of Learning: the scholia on Apollonius’ Argonautica

Deadline Friday 3rd May 2019

The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin seeks applicants for a fully-funded four-year Provost’s PhD Project Award to start a PhD on a topic related to the scholia on Apollonius’ Argonautica in September 2019 or March 2020. The successful applicant will be enrolled in the Structured PhD Programme and collaborate in a research group with other PhD students working on Greek hexameter poetry and its reception. The award comprises the full PhD tuition fees (at EU or non-EU level) and an annual stipend of €16,000. Trinity’s Provost’s PhD Project Awards are generously funded through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit.

Apollonius of Rhodes’ Hellenistic epic Argonautica attracted much scholarship already in antiquity thanks to the poet’s pervasive engagement with ‘learned’ sources. This scholarship mainly survives in medieval scholia, which are a key source for hundreds of Greek mythographers, local historians and geographers whose works are no longer extant. The Apollonius-scholia provide important information on many areas of ancient intellectual endeavour, but they are difficult to use and evaluate.

Within the project ‘Margins of Learning’ possible areas for PhD research include (but are not limited to):

  • genesis of the corpus
  • the manuscripts preserving the scholia
  • indirect transmission of Apollonius-scholarship in sources such as lexica
  • the scholia as source for lost authors and works
  • critical-exegetical methods, interests and terminology
  • the scholia’s place in intellectual history

Potential applicants are invited to contact Dr Martine Cuypers ( for full project and application information and to consult on their research proposal. Applications including a research proposal, cv, transcripts, and two academic references must be submitted electronically to Ms Eilís Dunne at by Friday 3rd  May 2019.

Auteur/autrice : Christophe Cusset

Ancien élève de l'ENS Fontenay/ Saint-Cloud. Agrégé de Lettres classiques. Docteur ès Lettres (Université Lyon II). Professeur de littérature grecque à l'ENS de Lyon.

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