4-Year PhD Scholarship (EU Fees)
Alexander the Great and the language of elite power in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds
Deadline: Saturday 1st May 2021
The Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year Provost's PhD Project Award to start a PhD in September 2021 or March 2022 on a topic related to the research project Alexander the Great and the Language of Elite Power in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds. The successful applicant will be enrolled in the Structured PhD Program and cooperate in an active research group with other PhD students working on Hellenistic History. The award includes the full PhD tuition fees (at EU level) and an annual scholarship of €17,316. Applicants from the UK for admission in the academic year 2021/22 are eligible as long as the applicant has lived in the UK for at least 36 months in the period between 2016 and 31 January 2020. Trinity's Provost's PhD Project Awards are generously funded by alumni donations and Trinity's Commercial Revenue Unit.
The research project Alexander the Great and the Language of Elite Power in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds examines how Alexander's model of personal, charismatic kingship was received by Hellenistic kings, diffused across the Mediterranean and Middle East worlds, and how it influenced the Roman generals and commanders, who unified the Mediterranean world. The project offers a new examination of how and why Hellenistic kings and Roman rulers used Alexander as a paradigm of personal power and a model of action and elite self-fashioning in their dealings with subject communities and elite rivals. Within the project Alexander the Great and the Language of Elite Power in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds, possible areas for PhD research include (but are not limited to):
- the reception of Alexander in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Near Eastern worlds;
- Alexander as a model for the relationship between rulers and subjects;
- ruler cult and divine monarchy;
- the visualization of elite power;
- oikoumenic conquest.
Potential applicants are invited to contact Dr Shane Wallace (email@example.com) for full project and application information and to consult on their research proposal. Applications for the award must include a personal statement with a research proposal (max. 5 pages), a curriculum vitae with educational history, transcripts of degree results, and two academic references. Prospective students must send these documents to Eilís Dunne (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline of May 1, 2021. Further details are available online: