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. Naomi Carless Unwin
Wednesdays 12-2pm H2.04
Autumn term 2018
- Seminar 1 - Week 2 10/10/18: Practical Orientation in Classical Epigraphy (Naomi Carless Unwin)
- Seminar 2 - Week 4 24/10/18: Defining the Discipline: Epigraphy (Naomi Carless Unwin)
- Seminar 3 - *Week 6 TUESDAY 6/11/18 1-3pm*: Delphi and the Spatial Location of Inscriptions (Michael Scott)
- Seminar 4 - Week 8 21/11/18: Words, Images and Materials in Ancient Magic (Joseph Emanuel Sanzo)
- Seminar 5 - Week 10 05/12/18: Writing to the Gods (Paul Grigsby)
Spring term 2017
- Seminar 6 - Week 12 16/01/19: 'Honorific Inscriptions'? (Naomi Carless Unwin)
- Seminar 7 - Week 14 30/01/19: Inscriptions on Pottery (Conor Trainor)
- Seminar 8 - Week 16 13/02/19: Epigraphic Dossiers (Naomi Carless Unwin)
- Seminar 9 - Week 18 27/02/19: Epigraphy and International Relations (Paul Grigsby)
- Seminar 10 - Week 20 13/03/19: Discussion of essay topics (Naomi Carless Unwin)
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 NCU: Wednesday 13th March 2019
- Deadline for essay to be submitted: Thursday 2nd May 2019, 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.