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Epigraphy at Warwick

We are keen to encourage applications from postgraduates interested in pursuing research involving classical epigraphy. Several members of staff at Warwick are actively engaged in epigraphic research, whilst others also use epigraphy in their wider research contexts. We have particular expertise in the Roman world, both Latin West and Greek East, as well as Classical Greece.

Postgraduate training / Members of Staff / Research / Publications / Students

Postgraduate training

The department has a Taught MA programme [Ancient Visual and Material Culture], including streams incorporating the Postgraduate City of Rome course at the BSR [Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Rome], and postgraduate courses at the BSA [Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece] in which students have the opportunity to specialise in epigraphy. Our students are encouraged to join the British Epigraphy Society and to participate in the training offered by the Society.

Members of Staff

  • Prof Alison Cooley - works on Latin epigraphy in particular, focusing especially on Rome, Italy, and the western Roman empire. She has published an edition and commentary of the Res Gestae divi Augusti (CUP 2009), and The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (CUP 2012), has edited several volumes of papers on epigraphic topics (The Epigraphic Landscape of Roman Italy (BICS suppl. 2000); The Afterlife of Inscriptions (BICS suppl. 2000); Becoming Roman, Writing Latin? (JRA suppl. 2002); Inventive Inscriptions: the Organization of Epigraphic Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century (Special issue of Journal of the History of Collections), jointly edited with Dan Orrells (2014). She was one of the team producing the last two quinquennial surveys of Roman inscriptions in Journal of Roman Studies (2007, 2012), and joined the team of Annee Epigraphique in 2013, to write annual reports on epigraphic finds in Roman Britain. She is currently working on an edition and commentary of the Senatus Consultum de Cn Pisone Patre for CUP. She is also committed to making inscriptions available to non-linguists via her collaboration in LACTOR sourcebooks (The Age of Augustus; Tiberius to Nero) and Pompeii and Herculaneum: a sourcebook (2013). 
  • Prof Michael Scott - works with literary, material, and epigraphic evidence from the archaic, classical, and hellenistic periods of Greek history, with a particular focus on Greek religion and Greek sanctuaries. He is currently working on a series of articles that look at the perception and mechanics of Greek sanctuaries in the archaic and classical periods, one of which examines how the placement of different types of inscriptions within sanctuaries both contributed to their meaning and purpose as well as impacting on the way in which visitors used and understand sacred space.
  • Dr David Fearn - incorporates epigraphy into his work on Greek lyric poetry and contexts for memorialization in archaic and classical Greece.
  • Prof Zahra Newby - is interested in the interaction of art and text, especially the juxtaposition of images and inscriptions in individual monuments or spaces. She is co-editor of Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World (CUP 2007).
  • Prof Suzanne Frey-Kupper is part of the collaborative working group investigating with Jonathan Prag, Filippo Battistoni, Alessia DiMartino, Lorenzo Campagna and others the Taormina Financial Documents. She is focussing on coin denominations, metrology and aspects on finances arising from the inscriptions. The studies on these extraordinary documents from Hellenistic Sicily will be published in a volume of the OUP series of Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents.

Current research projects and collaborative work

  • Research project - Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project (AshLI) 2013-2017. A collaborative project between the Dept of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick (led by Dr Alison Cooley as Principal Investigator), the Ashmolean Museum (Co-Investigator Dr Paul Roberts) and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, University of Oxford (Co-Investigator, Dr Charles Crowther).
  • Alison Cooley has joined the team of Année Epigraphique, and is preparing the annual survey of the epigraphy for the province of Britannia from 2013. She would be delighted to receive offprints/ information about relevant publications.
  • Alison Cooley is also joint series editor, with Prof. A. Meadows, of Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents (Oxford University Press). The series includes the following recent volumes:
  • Benjamin Kelly, Petitions, Litigation and Social Control in Roman Egypt (2011)
  • Paraskevi Martzavou & Nikolaos Papazarkadas, eds, Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis (2012)  
  • Peter Liddel & Polly Low, eds, Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature (2013)
  • Christopher Eyre, The Use of Documents in Pharaonic Egypt (2013)
  • David Fearn is currently investigating epigraphic and non-epigraphic means of memorializing athletic and other achievements in late archaic and early classical Greece, looking at crossovers between poetry and material culture in a diverse range of contexts. Building on his previous contextual studies of epinician poetry (Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition (2007); Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry (ed., 2010)), he is developing a broader view of the similarities and differences, tensions and complementarities, between material modes of commemoration, via inscriptions and sculpture, and non-material, orally delivered, poetic modes. A paper entitled 'Kleos v Stone? Lyric Poetry and Contexts for Memorialization' is published in the proceedings of the 2009 University of Manchester Literature and Epigraphy Conference, edited by Polly Low and Peter Liddel, Inscriptions and their uses in Greek and Latin Literature (OSAD series, 2013).

Recent publications in epigraphy

  • Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook (2nd edn, Alison Cooley and M.G.L. Cooley) (Routledge: London, 2014)
  • 'Paratextual perspectives on the senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre' (Alison Cooley), in L. Jansen, ed. Roman Paratexts (CUP, 2014)
  • 'Paratextual readings of imperial discourse in the Res Gestae divi Augusti', (Alison Cooley) Cahiers Centre Glotz 25 [2014] 215-30 (2015)
  • ‘Multiple meanings in the sanctuary of the Magna Mater at Ostia’, (Alison Cooley) Religion in the Roman Empire 1: 242-262 (2015)
  • ‘The emergence of epigraphy in the Kingdom of Naples’, (Alison Cooley) in A.E. Cooley and D. Orrells, eds, Inventive Inscriptions – the Organization of Epigraphic Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century (Special issue of Journal of the History of Collections 26.3, 2014) 337-354
  • 'New Approaches to the Epigraphy of the Roman World', (Alison Cooley) Journal of Epigraphic Studies 1: 27-46 (2018)

  • 'Bretagne', (Alison Cooley) Annee Epigraphique 2015: 309-23 (2018)

  • ‘Breaking through the language barrier – bringing ‘dead’ languages to life through sensory and narrative engagement’ Museum Management and Curatorship, 33:5, 428-446, (Abigail Baker, with Alison Cooley) DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2018.1501601 (2018)

  • 'Monumental Latin inscriptions from Roman Britain in the Ashmolean Museum collection', (Alison Cooley) Britannia (Published online: 18 June 2018)

  • ‘Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, (Alison Cooley) ZPE 205: 253-67 (2018)
  • (2019) ‘The curious case of Flora’, (Alison Cooley) in Animo Decpiendi? Rethinking Fakes and Authorship in Classical, Late Antique and Early Christian Works, eds A. Gurzman and J. Martínez
Publications in press
  • in press (2019) 'The Res Gestae in its provincial contexts', (Alison Cooley) Lampas
  • in press (2019) 'Two Latin Inscriptions from Ephesos in the Ashmolean Museum', (Alison Cooley) in From Document to History: Epigraphic Insights into the Greco-Roman World, eds C. Norena, N. Papzarkados (Brill, Leiden)

Current postgraduates

  • Nigel Heathcote (PhD): Tyrants at Rome
  • Nicholas Brown (PhD): The Inscribed Sculptures of Archaic Greece
  • Paloma Perez-Galvan (PhD): Epigraphic manuscripts in the Renaissance
  • Alessandra Tafaro (PhD): Inscribing Flavian Rome: Epigraphic Strategies of Martial’s Epigrams

Departmental bursaries and university scholarships are available for research postgraduates.