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CX900 - Classical Epigraphy

  • Module code: CX900
  • Module name: Classical Epigraphy
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Epigraphy is a discipline encompassing both visual and material elements, within a historical textual framework. 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.

Principal learning outcomes

The module is designed to develop students' skills and methodological awareness in incorporating inscriptions into their research. Students will become aware of the different components of epigraphic culture in the ancient world, and will develop an awareness of methdological approaches to different types of inscriptions. Students will be introduced to the main printed and e-resources in the subdiscipline.

Timetabled teaching activities

Student-led seminars, with group discussion led by module tutor.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX900-30)
A (Assessed work only) 5000-word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture (V301) - Year 2