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Admission requirements

None. Some knowledge of Greek and/or Latin is helpful, but the course is also open to those without those languages.


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.

Course objectives

Students will be expected to develop:

  • The ability to use Greek and Latin inscriptions in one’s own research;

  • Enhanced performance in the following areas: research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, ability to evaluate the findings of other researchers;

  • Thorough knowledge of and insight into the theories, key concepts, apparatus, research methods and techniques in relation to specialised source knowledge, in particular of documentation sources, and more specifically epigraphy;

  • The ability to apply the acquired knowledge and insights to both a prescribed and a freely chosen specific research field within the specialisation or subtrack.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total: 280 hours

  • Seminars: 28 hours.

  • Assignments: 50 hours

  • Writing Paper: 202 hours

Assessment method

  • Weekly assignments (30%)

  • Paper (70%)

All course objectives will be tested in both forms of assessment.

Research MA students will be expected to cover more ground in their paper and demonstrate the ability to apply theory to practice on an advanced level.

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.


Instead of Blackboard is used.

Reading list



via uSis


Course tutor: dhr. Dr. F. G. Naerebout