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Paloma Perez Galvan


After completing my BA in Classics (UCL, University College London), my MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture (University of Warwick), I am now a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, co-supervised by Prof. Ingrid De Smet and Prof. Alison Cooley.

I have recently submitted my PhD thesis and I am waiting for my viva.

My thesis 'Not Set in Stone: Epigraphy between Manuscript and Print in Southern Europe, 1521-1603’, examines how a group of sixteenth-century scholars, all from Europe, laid the foundations for the ‘science’ of epigraphy as we understand it, and how these foundations have come to shape our study and understanding of ancient inscriptions. The research focuses on a precise timeframe in the Cinquecento (1521-1603), which saw a massive production of epigraphic manuscripts and the first attempts at the creation of printed epigraphic compilations.

My research investigates how scholars transcribed inscriptions, how they organized their material within the compilations (with the creation of categories and indices) and how they were in a constant exchange not only of epigraphic information, but also of approaches and methods of interpretation. During the Renaissance, and more particularly during the Cinquecento, inscriptions were an essential part of the reconstruction of the classical past: combined with literary texts and with other material remains, they allowed scholars to achieve an almost complete picture of antiquity.

The sixteenth-century corpora I study all represent, in their own way, a turning-point in the history of the epigraphic discipline and they allow us to question what epigraphers still consider the landmark epigraphic catalogue, the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.


‘Epigraphy between Print and Manuscript: Giacomo Mazzocchi’s Epigrammata antiquae urbis, BNF MS Lat. 17575 and Bodleian Library MS Auct. S.10.25’, in The Epigrammata Antiquae Urbis (1521) and Its Influence on European Antiquarianism, ed. by Joan Carbonell Manils and Gerard González Germain (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2020), pp. 131-38

‘Pirro Ligorio’s Role in the Emergence of Epigraphy as a Discipline’, Lias, Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, 45.2 (2018), 203-21

‘Expressing Identities in Graeco-Latin Bilingual Inscriptions’ in the Classical Texting Blog (University of Warwick), January 2018

Honours and Awards

  • Warwick HRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition, for the organisation of the one-day interdisciplinary conference 'Fleshing Out Words: Poetry on Objects, from Classical Epigrams to Modern Light Poems' (9 March 2019)
  • CADRE Scholarship, University of Warwick, October 2017-March 2020
  • British School at Rome Award, October-December 2017
  • Award-winning MA dissertation, October 2016


Co-organiser of STVDIO Seminars (CSR, University of Warwick)

Co-organiser of Work in Progress Research Seminar (Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick), October 2019-June 2020