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Optional Module - Epigraphy

CX 900-30

Epigraphy is a discipline encompassing both visual and material elements, within a historical textual framework. The module is designed to develop students' skills and methodological awareness in incorporating inscriptions into their research. The module studies inscriptions within their monumental contexts, exploring the contribution made by their visual appearance to their meanings as texts. This involves an appreciation of particular methodological problems presented by what is often fragmentary evidence, and encourages close attention to detailed examination of specific inscribed monuments. It also considers the wider issue of the nature of ancient epigraphic cultures.

Module leader: Prof Alison Cooley

Seminar topics vary from year to year, depending upon the research interests of students taking the module, but typically cover key types of inscriptions (funerary, honorific, legislation) as well as key themes (bilingualism, euergetism, writing to the gods). Students prepare presentations on topics of interest to them and seminars provide an opportunity for plenty of discussion.

Please see Moodle for full details.

student exmaining inscription

British Epigraphy Society: for colloquia; practical workshops