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Bando per progetto Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians (FRRAnt)

One Post-Doctoral position in the ERC-project FRRAnt: The Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians University College London, History Department (PI: Valentina Arena)

The Project

The Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians (FRRAnt) is an ERC-funded project, which will run from 1 November 2020 – 30 October 2025. The project’s overall aim is to establish a new framework for the elaboration of knowledge and the establishment of the religious and institutional system, and its Greek philosophical underpinnings, in the Roman Republic. It will do so through the first systematic and comprehensive account of the Roman Republican antiquarians who, writing in prose, laid out a new way of ordering knowledge, and in the process, described the world for their contemporaries as well as for us. By drawing on a systematic analysis of this antiquarian material, the project will chart the dynamics of the intellectual, political, institutional, and religious spheres at the very moment of their creative mutual interdependence. Bringing historical, linguistic, legal, religious, and philosophical expertise to bear on a close philological investigation of the source texts, we will produce the first ever edition of all the surviving antiquarian fragments of the Republic, philologically rigorous and historically transformative. Supplying this edition with additional analytical insights in related volumes, FRRAnt’s ambition is to launch the study of these texts as a major new departure for the study of ancient world and of classical tradition from the Renaissance onwards.

Job description

The successful candidate will work with the PI and the other team members to develop the critical edition of the Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians. S/he will contribute to the identification, edition, translation (in English), and commentary of the complete evidence for antiquarian works of the Republican period, which has not survived in an independent manuscript tradition. S/he may also contribute to the introductory essay for some authors. In addition, the post-holder is expected to write at least one essay in the edited volumes resulting from the two project conferences.

Further particulars:

Application procedure:

Applications for the position should be made online at and click on the ‘Current employment opportunities at UCL’ link.

You are required to upload the following (i-iii) documents as two attachments.

Attachment 1 - i). a letter of application specifying how you meet the criteria set out above (maximum length 2 pages); Attachment 2 - ii). a summary of your research to date and its intellectual significance (no more than two pages); iii). a statement of your research interests in relation to the post (no more than two pages)

Shortlisting for this post will consist of two stages: a long list of candidates will be asked to complete an assessment to establish proficiencies in some of the stated ‘essential’ criteria. A short list of candidates will be invited to attend for (remote) interview.


Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Arena c/o


Interviews will be held remotely.


Closing date: 1 October 2020


Any questions relating to either the post or the applications process should be addressed to Claire Morley