In this course, students will receive a thorough grounding in Greek and Latin epigraphy. Inscriptions, the subject of epigraphy, are of huge importance for our knowledge of the ancient world; we have thousands upon thousands of inscribed texts, ranging from small graffiti to law codes of several hundred lines. This fascinating material truly constitutes the archival sources for the ancient world (together with papyri).
It is not the intention of this course to turn students into epigraphers: epigraphy is a highly specialized branch of research. Our goal is to be able to locate and use inscriptions (even without knowledge of Latin or Greek), and also to be aware of what epigraphers actually do; only then can we critically use the editions of inscriptions which they produce.
Anyhow: working with inscriptions, and this is very much a hands-on course where you will be locating, reading and interpreting inscribed texts yourself, will open up a new world for you with a wealth of information about Greek and Roman societies.
The ability to use Greek and Latin inscriptions in one’s own research. Also, enhanced performance in the following areas: research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, ability to evaluate the findings of other researchers.
Mode of Instruction
There will be weekly assigments (50%) and a short paper (50%).
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To be announced.
With the tutor: Dr F.G. Naerebout