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
Not available in 2017/18.
Autumn term 2016
- Seminar 1 - *Week 1* 07/10/16: Practical orientation in classical epigraphy [Wolfson Exchange Room 2]; Understanding epigraphic corpora; Lettering
- Seminar 2 - Week 4 28/10/16: Defining the discipline: Epigraphy
- Seminar 3 - Week 6 11/11/15: 'Honorific inscriptions'?
- Seminar 4 - Week 8 25/11/15: Inscriptions in and as literature
- Seminar 5 - Week 10 09/12/15: The ‘epitaphic’ habit
Spring term 2017
- Seminar 6 - Week 2 20/01/17: Regional epigraphic cultures
- Seminar 7 - Week 4 03/02/17: Writing to the gods
- Seminar 8 - Week 6 17/02/17: Inscriptions and memory sanctions
- Seminar 9 - Week 8 03/03/17: 'Instrumenta domestica'
- Seminar 10 - Week 10 17/03/17: Discussion of essay topics
5,000 word essay
All essay titles and topics must be discussed well in advance with the module leader.
- Deadline for essay titles to be approved by AC: 10th March 2017, 12 noon
- Deadline for essay to be submitted: 24th April 2017, 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.
British Epigraphy Society: for colloquia; practical workshops
‘New Voices in Epigraphy’ Graduate Conference, Oxford Classics Faculty 12-13 April 2018
- BSR Epigraphy Summer School: 16-25 July 2018. Contact Abigail Graham for more details.