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Level 7

7AACM735 Introduction to Greek Epigraphy

Credit value: 20 credits
Module convenor/tutor:  Dr Irene Polinskaya (2017/18)
Assessment: 1 x essay of 2,000 words (50%); 1 x 2-hour exam (50%)
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Prerequisite: Students require a good knowledge of ancient Greek, normally at least 2 years of study.

Places on this module are 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 and secondly to students following the MA Classical Art & Archaeology programme. Any remaining places up 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 module offers a succinct and practical introduction to the subject of Greek Epigraphy. In ten 2-hour weekly sessions, the module addresses both the techniques and applications of epigraphy in the study of Greek antiquity. The module benefits from the opportunity of access to the British Museum Epigraphy Rooms, as well as from contributions of experts (at KCL, UCL, and RHUL) who specialize in different aspects of the subject. The main guides and resources for the practice of the discipline are introduced, and students learn how to use them. The module gives an overview of important skills for the use of inscriptions in historical research and offers students an opportunity to work with the primary epigraphic sources in coursework assignments.

The chronological and geographic extent of the primary material addressed in the module may vary from year to year.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • A. G. Woodhead, A Study of Greek Inscriptions. Cambridge, 1981

  • L. H. Jeffery, The Local Scripts of Archaic Greece. Oxford, 1990

  • B. F. Cook, Greek Inscriptions. London, 1987

  • M. Guarducci, Epigrafia Graeca. Rome, 1967-1978

  • R. Meiggs and D.M. Lewis Greek Historical Inscriptions to the end of the Fifth Century B.C. Oxford, 1969, reprinted with addenda 1988

  • P. J. Rhodes & R. Osborne Greek Historical Inscriptions, 404-323 BC. Oxford, 2003

  • J. Bodel, Using Epigraphic Evidence, London, 2000

  • S. Tracey, Athenian Democracy in Transition. Attic Letter-Cutters of 340 to 290 B.C., Berkeley Hellmann, M.-C. (1999), Choix d’Inscriptions Architecturales Grecques Traduits et Commentées, Lyon, 1995

  • C. Lawton, Attic Document Reliefs, Oxford, 1995

  • J. P. Sickinger, Public Records and Archives in Classical Athens, London, 1999

  • R. Hägg, ed., Ancient Greek Cult Practice from the Epigraphical Evidence, Stockholm, 1994

  • M. Finley, Studies in Land and Credit in Ancient Athens, 500-200 B.C. The horos inscriptions, 2nd edn, New Brunswick & Oxford. 1985

  • R. Stroud, The Axones and Kyrbeis of Drakon and Solon, University of California Publications: Classical Studies, 19

  • C. Clairmont, Gravestone and Epigram: Greek Memorials from the Archaic and Classical Period, Mainz, 1970

  • S. Lücke, Syngeneia. Epigraphisch-historische Studien zu einem Phänomen der antiken griechischen Diplomatie, Frankfurt am Main, 2000

  • A. Magnetto, Gli Arbitrati Interstatali Greci, vol.2: dal 337 al 196 a.C., Pisa, 1997

  • H. B. Mattingly, The Athenian Empire Restored. Epigraphic and Historical Studies, Ann Arbor, 1996

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