Classics and Philosophy - EN


The Program, offered by the Departments of Philosophy and Law of Novosibirsk State University, is designed for students wishing to pursue graduate study in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, literature and art. The program offers a wide range of courses in the history of ancient philosophy, the philosophy of art, the history of religions, etc., as well as reading classes in Greek and Latin. The program is administered by the Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition, which for many years conducts graduate seminars in various fields of ancient philosophy and culture. Among the visitors of the Centre were John Dillon (Dublin), Luc Brisson (Paris), Dominic O'Meara (Fribourg), John Rist (Cambridge), Teun Tieleman (Utrecht), Lilian Karali (Athens), Michael Chase (Paris), Leonidas Bargeliotes (Athens), Leonid Zhmud (St Petersburg), Alexandr Podossinov (Moscow) and other internationally recognized scholars and educators .

Program goal

To offer the prospective students excellent education in classics. The skill gained may be applied to various field in humanities

Duration of study

Two academic years

Language of instruction


Program requirements

Suitably qualified students are expected to complete their undergraduate studies in humanities, preferably classics or philosophy. A good command of Greek and Latin is also desirable, but not required

Language training

At the end of each term, students must demonstrate skills in languages required for independent research in their fields of expertise. Greek and Latin courses offered by the program are subdivided in two levels. Students with previous knowledge of the classical languages take Intermediate and advanced courses of Greek and Latin, while those with no previous knowledge of the classical languages will be offered intensive Beginner’s courses

All students will (1) complete required courses; (2) submit two qualifying papers, one in the history of ancient philosophy, the other in the area of their particular interest; (3) write and defend their Master’s thesis.


All students working on their Master theses must report on the progress of their work once per semester. The complete thesis must be a substantial project under the supervision of a faculty member. Such projects can be in any of the areas covered by the Program, including various aspects of ancient philosophy, theoretical aspects of ancient history, arts and literature. The topic is to be approved by faculty committee. Master thesis should contain overview reflecting a shared professional erudition of the author, as well as independent research part with the student's own research results.

Training base

Novosibirsk State University and the Institutes of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

International partners

  • Centre Jean Pépin (École Normale Supérieure and CRNS, Paris) 
  • The Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition, Trinity College, Dublin 
  • Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht 
  • Department of Archeology and the History of Arts, Athens University

Program structure

First Year First Term Second Year First Term
Module 1. Language Courses Module 1. Language courses
Beginning Latin Intermediate Greek: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics
Intermediate Greek: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics Intermediate Latin: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics
Intermediate Latin: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics Advanced Greek
Russian as a foreign language (basic level) Advanced Latin
Academic Writing Greek and Latin papyrology and paleography
Module 2. Philosophy courses Module 2. Philosophy courses
Ancient philosophy I Ancient philosophy III
Reading classes: the Presocratics, selected texts Reading classes: Hellenistic philosophy and Late Antiquity
An introduction to ethics Module 3. Ancient culture and civilization in general
Ancient science and technology Ancient Law and Politics
Module 3. Ancient culture and civilization in general Greek and Latin literature II
An introduction to ancient history Classical archaeology II
Greek religion Ancient medicine
Ancient arts I
Classical archaeology I
First Year Second Term Second Year Second Term
Module 1. Language courses Advanced reading (Greek)
Beginning Greek Advanced reading (Latin)
Beginning Latin MPhil Research seminar
Intermediate Greek: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics  
Intermediate Latin: Composition, Syntax and Stylistics  
Academic Writing  
Module 2. Philosophy courses  
Ancient philosophy II  
Reading classes: Plato and Aristotle  
An introduction to classical logic and epistemology  
Module 3. Ancient culture and civilization in general  
Social life in Greece and Rome  
Greek and Latin literature I  
Classical archaeology II      

Key personnel


Eugene Afonasin

Dr. Sc., Professor, the Head of the Program

The areas of specialization: Plato, Aristotle, Late Antiquity, Greek, Latin, Ancient technologies and medicine, Law.


Marina Volf

Dr. Sc., Professor

The areas of specialization: The Presocratics and the Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Epistemology.


Anna Afonasina

PhD, Assistant Professor

The areas of specialization: Greek and Roman culture, Ancient arts, Ancient religion, The Presocratic philosophy.


Alexandra Anikina

Ph.D., Assistant Professor

The areas of specialization: Ancient history, The philosophy of history.


Liliane Karali

Ph.D., Invited professor (Athens)

The areas of specialization: Classical Archaeology.


Alexandr Sanzhenakov

Ph.D., Assistant Professor

The areas of specialization: Aristotle, Roman philosophy, Ethics.

Fees and Financial support

Tuition fees

Tuition fees is U.S. $5200 per year


Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship Program

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend
Application deadline: depends on the country of applicant

You also have an opportunity to participate in the "Open Doors” Russian Scholarship Project and win a full scholarship to study Master’s program.

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend.

Entrance requirements

  • Copy of the 1st page of your travelling passport with your personal data
  • Legalized (if required) educational certificate
  • Legalized (if required) academic transcripts (transcript of record, university degree/s, diploma supplements)
  • 2 photos
  • English language course marks sheet/TOEFL certificate or other international certificates (in case English is not your mother tongue and your previous education wasn't in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter (1-2 pages)
  • Medical certificate of overall health condition
  • HIV + AIDS certificates

Note! For enrollment you have to submit both original and notarized Russian translations of the required documents to the NSU Admission Office.

Application deadlines

Till August 6 fill the application form and provide full set of scanned documents