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The Durham University opens up a PhD Studentship Opportunity: “Appropriating a Conqueror: The Legend of Alexander the Great in Late Antique and Medieval Literary Culture”

Good day everyone, you are on Alessandro III di Macedonia- your source about Alexander the Great. Today I’d like to signalise the PhD opportunity at Durham University in partnership with the British Library:

Durham University’s Department of English Studies, in partnership with the British Library, is delighted to offer a fully-funded full-time or part-time PhD studentship via the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The start date will be January 2021. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Venetia Bridges at Durham and co-supervised by Dr Peter Toth at the British Library.

In the last two millennia, Alexander the Great has been represented as a magician, scientist, statesman, philosopher and as one of the greatest explorers of humankind. The British Library’s vast collection of materials relating to the legend of Alexander provides an exceptional opportunity for PhD research into his immense impact on European literary culture from a transnational and multilingual perspective. As a student at Durham but working on the British Library’s collections, the successful applicant will also be involved in the development and curation of a major new exhibition at the Library focusing on the stories and legends around Alexander.

Applicants are invited to propose a multilingual and comparative project on the theme of Alexander’s reception from Late Antiquity to the close of the Middle Ages (300BC-1500AD) in European contexts, with a particular focus on the well-known Alexander Romance. Projects should make use of material in more than one language, and of the Library’s collections.

For more details, please download the project description and further particulars. The deadline for applications, including references, is 5pm on 29 May 2020. Dr Bridges is happy to receive informal enquiries via email (venetia.r.bridges@durham.ac.uk).

Further particularsProject description

Appropriating a Conqueror: The Legend of Alexander the Great in Late Antique and Medieval Manuscripts

Scheme:AHRC Collaborative PhD studentship
University Supervisors:Venetia Bridges (Assistant Professor, Department of English Studies)
British Library Supervisor: Peter Toth (Curator, Ancient & Medieval Manuscripts, Western Heritage Collections)
Application deadline:29 May 2020

For more informations please visit:

British LibraryDurham University


I’d like to thank Wendy for this report!

Wishing a good day

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