• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Research group on Virgilian manuscripts (9th-11th century)

Research group on Virgilian manuscripts (9th-11th century)

The group's main research interest concerns the medieval transmission of Virgil's Opera, with a focus on Carolingian and Beneventan manuscripts.

We are currently developing a website, Manuscripta Vergiliana, dedicated to the exemplars of Virgil's works copied between the 9th and the 11th century: the website will provide access to a full collation of Carolingian and Beneventan manuscripts and allow database searching for all the works of Virgil.

Text and apparatus of the Georgics are already available.

A specific introduction will be provided for each manuscript examined: this will contain a presentation of the relevant material features, a survey of its content and a description of its value as a witness to the text; photographic records will be provided where available.

The website already offers a critical overview on Virgil’s manuscript tradition from the Antiquity to the Renaissance, with an outline of some new perspectives of study.

The research group is also interested in investigating some issues of textual reception: an integral transcription of the glosses to Virgil's Eclogues annotated in a set of Carolingian manuscripts is now being prepared.

We take part in lectures and seminars of the Latin Palaeography class at Scuola Normale Superiore, as well as conferences and research activities concerned with the on-line edition of classical works and the study of Carolingian glosses on ancient texts.

Since Manuscripta Virgiliana is currently under construction, the access is temporarily limited: to obtain username and password, please contact the research group.