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Ancient Epigraphy (CLAM259)

15 credits

Thousands of inscribed texts survive from the ancient world, ranging from monumental building dedications to tombstones, from graffiti scratched on walls to law codes hundreds of lines long. These writings are fundamental to our understanding of Greek and Roman society, and this module will explore how to use inscriptions in historical research, drawing on a wide range of examples, particularly from the Roman period. It will be taught entirely in translation and assumes no prior knowledge of inscriptions or ancient languages. Part of the course will be taught in conjunction with Leiden University, offering a unique opportunity to make connections with MA students and academics in the Netherlands.