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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: Dr Consuelo Martino

Thursdays, 1-3pm, Room tbc
Schedule for 2021-2 tbc. Below is schedule for 2020-21 for reference.
Term 1
  • Seminar 1 - Defining the discipline: what is epigraphy? (Week 2, 13/10/20)
  • [NB - Session on 'Ancient epigraphy: induction to the resources' also takes place in Week 2 on 15/10/20 as part of the Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture module]
  • Seminar 2 - From document to monument: approaches to publishing inscriptions (Week 3, 20/10/20)
  • Seminar 3 - Inscribing cultic regulations: 'sacred laws' (Week 4, 27/10/20)
  • Seminar 4 - Regional epigraphic cultures in the Roman world (Week 5, 3/11/20)
Term 2
  • Seminar topics will be posted before the end of term 1
5,000 word essay

All essay titles and topics must be discussed well in advance with the module leader.

  • Deadline for essay title to be approved by CM: 8 March 2022, 12 noon

  • Deadline for essay to be submitted: 3 May 2022, 12 noon

You can expect to receive feedback within 20 working days electronically via Tabula. You are also encouraged to attend a feedback tutorial with the module tutor.

student exmaining inscription

British Epigraphy Society: for colloquia; practical workshops