Antiquity

Antiquity Doctoral Program

The history of the programme

The Antiquity Programme was started in 2001 under the leadership of professor Dr Gyula Wojtilla. The teaching staff also included professor Dr Egon Maróti, senior lecturer Dr Zoltán Farkas, and associate professor Dr Zsuzsanna Hoffmann. Later associate professor Dr Melinda Székely, and senior lecturers Dr Iván Tóth, Dr Imre Áron Illés, Dr Nóra Dávid joined the teachers of the programme.

With the collaboration of the students in the programme, various publications were prepared. The most important of these is the thematic volume of Acta Antiqua et Archaeologica in 2004, edited by Gyula Wojtilla and Szabolcs Felföldi, the Ancient Indian Historical Anthology in 2012, edited by Gyula Wojtilla, Imre Áron Illés, and György Zentai, the Late Roman Anthology in 2013, edited by Melinda Székely and Imre Áron Illés, and the thematic volume of Acta Antiqua et Archaeologica in 2015, edited by Melinda Székely and Imre Áron Illés. The doctoral students presented papers on the oriental days, organised by the Oriental Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which were also published as articles. In 2017 a volume of the journal Chronica was published, containing articles in English, German, and French, edited by Melinda Székely and Imre Áron Illés, while in 2019 appeared a thematic volume of Belvedere Meridionale about antiquity, edited by Melinda Székely and Gyula Priskin.

In addition, source editions by the students of the programme have been published in the series Documenta Historica, under the aegis of the Institute of History of the University of Szeged.

During the history of the programme so far altogether 19 students have been admitted to it. From the students with regular tuition up to now Iván Tóth, Szabolcs Felföldi, Imre Áron Illés, and Katalin Lakos have obtained a doctoral degree, all with the qualification summa cum laude.

The programme at present

The topics of the courses taught reflects the research areas of the teachers taking part in the programme at the time. Therefore great emphasis has been and is given to Roman history and social history, Greek historiography, the history of the ancient Near East, and the history and languages of ancient India. The courses also cover the multivarious relations between the ancient West and East.

Taking into account the nature of the programme, we admit students who besides their history major have also attained other, special training. Our students have a background in Greek, Latin, Indology, archaeology, and philosophy. The oral admission process includes the reading of sources, in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, or Sanskrit, and also the reading of specialised literature in two world languages.

It is also possible to submit a dissertation prepared outside the framework of regular tuition. Melinda Székely has obtained her doctoral degree in this way, with the qualification summa cum laude.

On top of the general, core courses, we put great emphasis on training that advances individual research and resembles workshop seminars. The programme offers its participants training in the Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Sanskrit languages. The needed special literature is provided by the SZTE Klebelsberg Library, MTA Library, international library loan, short study trips to foreign libraries, the teachers’ private book collections, and Internet sources. We ensure that the students of the programme take part in international academic activities through scholarships and personal connections. The programme has excellent connections with Germany (Berlin, Mainz, Halle, Munich), England (Oxford), Italy (Ravenna, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Urbino), and Austria (Vienna, Innsbruck). We also have close ties with the neighbouring countries and Hungarian universities.

The teachers and students of the programme actively paricipate in the work of the research and action group Collegium Hungaricum Societatis Europaeae Studiosorum Philologiae Classicae,  SEC, and in its national conferences, the proceedings of which are regularly published in book format.

Antiquity training plan

The secretary of the program

Dr. Nóra Dávid
E-mail: davidnorah@gmail.com

The teachers of the programme (2018)

Dr Nóra Dávid
Dr habil. László Horváth
Dr Imre Áron Illés
Dr Melinda Székely
Dr Iván Tóth
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla

The topic supervisors and their topics (2018/19)

Dr Nóra Dávid
The peoples and religions of the ancient Near East

Dr Imre Áron Illés
Greek and Roman historiography

Dr Gyula Priskin
The cultural history of ancient Egypt

Dr Melinda Székely
Social and economic changes of the Roman Empire

Dr Iván Tóth
Rhetorics and historiography

Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
Ancient India and contemporary world trade

The supervisors of the programme (2018)

Dr Nóra Dávid
Dr Imre Áron Illés
Dr habil. László Horváth
Dr Melinda Székely
Dr Iván Tóth
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla

Students who have so far obtained their degrees in the programme

(Name, title of dissertation, supervisor’s name, year, regular tuition/individually prepared)

Melinda Székely
Eastern Trade of the Roman Empire Based on Pliny the Elder’s Natural History
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
2006
individually prepared

Iván Tóth
Alexandros’ Homer. Arrian Studies
Dr Zoltán Farkas
2011
regular tuition

Szabolcs Felföldi
Life along the Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Silk Road
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
2013
regular tuition

Imre Áron Illés
The Genesis and the Dating of the lex Flavia municipalis
Dr Melinda Székely
2013
regular tuition

Katalin Lakos
The Role of Early Buddhism in the Economic and Social History of Ancient India
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
2016
regular tuition

Students who have completed the course requirements of the programme

(Name, supervisor’s name, year of completing course requirements)

Balázs Ullrich
Prof. Dr Egon Maróti
2004
regular tuition

Ágnes Básti
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
2005
regular tuition

Gábor Széll
Dr Melinda Székely
2008
regular tuition

Olga Vajda
Prof. Dr Egon Maróti
2008
regular tuition

György Zentai
Prof. Dr Gyula Wojtilla
2012
regular tuition

Ildikó Piróth
Dr Zsuzsa Hoffmann
2013
regular tuition

Attila Hajdú
Dr Iván Tóth
2013
regular tuition

Gábor Horti
Dr Melinda Székely
2014
regular tuition

Gergő Gönczi
Dr Melinda Székely
2015
regular tuition

Miklós Janzsó
The Dating of Tabula Cebetis and Its Place in Hellenistic and Roman Thought
Dr Melinda Székely
2017
regular tuition

Current students with regular tuition (2018)

(Name, present year, proposed title of the dissertation, supervisor’s name, state-funded/fee-paying)

Laura Habes Tashman
Year 1
Religions of the Southern Levant 1st Century BC – 2nd Century AD
Dr Nóra Dávid
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship

Péter Kapi
Year 2
The Administration and Religion of the Roman Empire and the Conquered Peoples
Dr Imre Áron Illés
state-funded

Bálint Ormos
Year 2
Judgment of the City and the Country in Roman Intellectual History
Dr Melinda Székely
state-funded

István Kovács
Year 2 – semester deferred
Kinnamos
Dr Iván Tóth, Dr László Horváth
state-funded

Kárpáti András Dániel Kárpáti
Year 2 – deferred
Orchomenos’ topographical history and prosopography
Dr Iván Tóth
state-funded