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Carmel Benito Serracino
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The Gateway to Distinction: History of Classics at the University of Malta from 1800 to 1979

This work seeks to reconstruct an account of the history of the study of classical languages and culture at the University of Malta and other important teaching institutions during the British rule, both as an academic field for its own sake and as a study forming part of courses leading to professional careers. The interesting socio-political and cultural frameworks relative to the Island in the period under survey provide the context where the history of the scholarly discipline will be recreated and examined. Empirical research and oral enquiry also form the basis for an investigation of the career and teaching methodologies of the major figures in classical learning on the island, leading to an examination of how their studies and teaching were influenced by their social and cultural environment. The research demonstrates that, seen in the context of its intellectual history, culture and politics, Classics in ‘British Malta’ offers a fascinating, perhaps unique, case-study in Classical Reception. 

Funding organization:

University of Malta 


Prof. Horatio Vella, Professor of Latin and Greek, University of Malta 

Prof. Stephen S. Harrison, Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford

Educational background:

B.A. (Melit.), M.A. (Classics) (Melit.)

Last Updated: 6 December 2016

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