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Level 7

7AACM735 Introduction to Greek Epigraphy

Credit value: 20 credits
Module convenor/tutor:  Dr Irene Polinskaya (2018/19)
Assessment: 1 x essay of 2,000 words (50%); 1 x 2-hour in-class test (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
  • J. Bodel, Using Epigraphic Evidence, London, 2000
  • 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
  • C. Clairmont, Gravestone and Epigram: Greek Memorials from the Archaic and Classical Period, Mainz, 1970
  • H. B. Mattingly, The Athenian Empire Restored. Epigraphic and Historical Studies, Ann Arbor, 1996
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