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“The reception of Lucretius and Roman Epicureanism

from the Middle Ages to the 18th century”


Italia Fenice(a cultural association registered as a not-for-profit for social entity, with offices at Via delle Viole 8, Sutri, VT, Italy), in partnership with the Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron in Paris (SIAC - Association loi 1901 déclarée au Journal Officiel du 8 avril 2008 - Reconnaissance d’intérêt général du 16 juin 2008 – Siège: 9, avenue Sainte Foy, Neuilly-sur-Seine, F-92200),



post-doctoral scholars aged 35and under to submit

applications for a grant to be awarded for research on

The reception of Lucretius and Roman Epicureanism

from the Middle Ages to the 18th century


Eligible projects include editions and translations of texts composed during those centuries, as well as studies of theinfluence of Lucretius and of Roman Epicureanism and/or criticism of it (including Greek-speaking imperial authors) on the rediscovery of classical Latinity, oratory, law, political and moral philosophy etc.

The selection committee is chiefly interested in projects that employ a philological or exegetical approach. We expect that the grant will contribute to the publication of a printed text (a scholarly monograph, critical edition or translation with commentary of a Latin text from the 6th to the 18th centuries) by De Gruyter (Berlin), with financial support coming from the two sponsoring institutions.



Duration and amount of the grant


The grant will have a duration of three (3) months and will be renewable up to three (3) times after the first trimester (for a total possible duration of twelve (12) months); renewals for each quarter are subject to approval by SIAC and Italia Fenice; determinations of renewal will be based on evaluations of the work completed to date.

The amount of the grant is 3.300 Euros per trimester, remitted in advance.

The grant is extended solely to support the applicant’s research, without any consideration of the place or places where that research is conducted. If a recipient completes a scholarly monograph at the end of the grant period, publication of the work may be financed by Italia Fenice, pending approval of the selection board.


Qualifications and requirements for consideration.


In order to be considered for the grant, applicants must:

  1. Be no older than 35 years of age (as of 31 XII 2018).
  2. Have a PhD in classical, medieval, or humanistic Latin literature, philology, or a related field.
  3. Have a documented record of research on the reception of Lucretius and Roman Epicureanism.
  4. Have a reading knowledge of Latin and Greek, as well as three of the following languages (including their native tongue): English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.


Candidates are expected to provide documentation that they meet the qualifications and possess the competencies outlined above by the deadline indicated in the present announcement (30 September 2018). The selection board reserves the right to exclude applicants from consideration at any time if there is reason to believe that they do not possess the required qualifications.


The application must be drafted on plain paper and include the candidate’s:

  • first name, surname, date and place of birth;
  • nationality/nationalities;
  • residence (and domicile if different);
  • contact information (including email address);
  • details about and amount of any postdoctoral grants from which the candidate may benefit or is benefiting; preference will be given to candidates who have been without funding since 1. January 2019;
  • proof of the qualifications outlined above.


The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • a curriculum vitae of no more than two (2) pages;
  • a detailed description of the research project to be supported by the grant (no more than four (4) pages): this must clearly state the candidate’s goals for the project in three months intervals;
  • degree of knowledge of classical languages (Latin and Greek) and modern languages (three of the following, including their native tongue: English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German);
  • title of undergraduate and master’s thesis (where relevant) and PhD thesis, as well as a list of publications (books, chapters, articles published in scholarly journals, papers delivered at conferences, reviews etc.), highlighting in particular past work that is related to the topic of the grant;
  • PhD dissertation and up to 5 scholarly publications, in pdf format.


Applications will be accepted in the following languages: English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German. Once completed, they should be sent electronically to by 30 September 2018. Applications received after the deadline or missing required documents will not be considered.


The selection board will include the President of Italia Fenice, PaoloOmodeo Salè, and the following members of SIAC: Andrea Balbo (Torino); Rita Degl’Innocenti Pierini (Firenze); Robert Kaster (Princeton University); Carlos Lévy (Paris IV Sorbonne); Ermanno Malaspina (Pontificia Academia Latinitatis).

The selection committee will judge the applications received along with the project titles, making their final assessment available on SIAC’s website ( and communicating the result to the eligible candidates by email on or before 30 November 2018.

Meetings of the selection committee may be held in person or online; written reports of all meetings will be maintained by the committee.

The candidate awarded the grant is to begin his/her work on 1 January 2019 (January-March trimester).

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Ermanno Malaspina, President of SIAC’s Advisory Board (



SIAC will only utilize information provided by candidates for the purposes of the selection process; all personal information will be protected with the safeguards required by law.

Proof of qualifications are required for candidates to be considered for the grant. In making its decision, the selection board will adhere to the conditions specified in this announcement and will act in accordance with Italian law. Candidates are entitled to all rights specified by D.Lgs 196/03, art. 13. Candidates have also the right to correct, update, complete, or delete any information that is erroneous, incomplete, or that has not been collected in compliance with the law; they also have the right to prevent this information being used for any reason unrelated to their grant application. Responsibility for protecting candidates’ information belongs to Professor E. Malaspina, President of SIAC’s Advisory Board.

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