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Level 7

7AACM731 Latin Epigraphy

Credit value: 40 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Dr John Pearce and Professor Henrik Mouritsen. (2017/18)
Assessment: Two epigraphic commentaries of no more than 3,000 words each (worth 60%) and one essay of no more than 4,000 words (worth 40%). Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Pre-requisities: There are no formal pre-requisites but students entering this module should usually have a good pass in Beginners’ Latin or the equivalent (as a minimum). Some reading knowledge of French, German and Italian is also desirable.
Additional Information: This module qualifies as a language-testing module for the purposes of those studying for the intercollegiate MA Classics and as a research skills module for those studying for the MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies.

Places on this module will be capped at 16 and will be allocated in the first instance to those students from any College who are following the MA Classics degree programme or the MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies degree programme and secondly to students following the MA Classical Art and Archaeology degree programme. Any remaining places up to the maximum size of the class will then be distributed proportionally between Colleges.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This is a dedicated 40-credit MA module, designed to introduce students to both the practical study and the interpretation of Latin inscriptions of all types. Over the 20 two-hour seminar classes we will survey the expanding resources available for the study of Latin inscriptions, including electronic resources as well as traditional printed corpora; the production of epigraphic material from the point of view of those commissioning it and the individual craftsman; the development and the decline of ‘epigraphic habit’; and the analysis and interpretation of the texts in the broader context of the artefacts, monuments or buildings to which they were attached. Students will learn how to document inscriptions; how to read and interpret epigraphic texts; and how to edit and prepare epigraphic texts for publication. They will study and interpret a wide variety of examples different types of inscriptions: official, public, private and graffiti, from Rome, Italy and the provinces. It is intended to make use as much as possible of photographs and of epigraphic material in the various collections in central London.

 Core Reading 

  • A.E. Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (2012)
  • C. Bruun, J. Edmondson (edd.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy (2015)




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