• 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. 

ROSATI Gianpiero
Prof. Gianpiero ROSATI
Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509224

Dean of the Faculty


Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Umane
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

He has been a student at the Florence University and graduate student at the Scuola Normale. Since 1980 he was a researcher there and then (1984-87) at the Florence University. Associate professor at the Pavia University (1987-93) and again at the Scuola Normale (1993-94), since 1994 to 2012 he has been full professor of Latin literature at the Udine University (finally serving as director of the Scuola Superiore from 2010 to 2012). From the beginning of 2013 he teaches Latin Philology at the Scuola Normale.

His main research interests are: Augustan poetry (particularly Ovid and the elegy); Latin narrative prose (Petronius, Apuleius) and early empire literature. Over the last years he has focused on the Flavian age poetry (Statius, Martial), looking especially at the connections between the literary forms  and the visual artistic culture. Among his chief publications: Narciso e Pigmalione. Illusione e spettacolo nelle Metamorfosi di Ovidio (Florence 1983); the commented edition of Ovid’s Medicamina (Venice 1985), of the 18th and 19th epistles of the Heroides (Florence 1996) and of the books 4-6 of the Metamorphoses (Milan 2007; 2009). He also translated  Ovid’s Heroides and Statius’ Achilleid (Milan 1989, 1994), as well as the 33rd  and 37th  books of Pliny’s Natural History (Turin 1988).

He is a member of the editorial board of the journals “Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici”, “Maia” and “Dictynna. Revue de poétique latine”; from 1998 onwards, he has coordinated research groups for PRIN projects. In 2012 he was appointed member of GEV 10, as responsible for the area “Latin language and literature”, within the framework of the Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca (VQR) for the years 2004-10 promoted by ANVUR. He was visiting professor and lectured in numerous Italian and foreign universities and contributed to the establishment and the activities of the Réseau international de recherche sur la poésie augustéenne, which groups some key European universities (Cambridge, Dublin Trinity College, Florence, Genève, Heidelberg Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, London King’s College, Oxford, Rome-Sapienza, Udine). He is a member of the European Academy.