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GREEK AND ROMAN EPIGRAPHY

DR C DE LISLE
(8 C: Michaelmas)

Inscriptions provide a wealth of information regarding almost all aspects of the Greek and Roman worlds: institutions, administration, law, religion, society, language, prosopography, etc. The aim of the course is to introduce students to this type of source, its usefulness and limitations, as well as to the scholarly tools used in epigraphy. Through squeezes and images, students will be encouraged to read and interpret interesting texts from different classes of inscriptions.

The course comprises 8 lectures divided between Greek (week 1-4) and Latin epigraphy (week 5-8). It is available to Part II and graduate students. No previous experience in working with inscriptions is required and only basic knowledge of Greek and Latin. 

Preliminary reading: J. Bodel, Epigraphic Evidence. Ancient History from Inscriptions (London 2001); J. Davies and J. Wilkes, Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences (Oxford 2012)

 

INTRODUCTION TO GREEK AND ROMAN NUMISMATICS

DR A POPESCU
(8 (2 hr) C: Michaelmas: Fitzwilliam Museum)

A series of eight lectures and hands-on classes, conducted partly in the Faculty of Classics, partly in the collections of the Department of Coins and Medals of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The material, which ranges from the 7th century B.C. to the Late Roman Empire, will be considered from various angles – e.g. thematic, typological, archaeological and historical. Students will be exposed to the scholarly techniques of numismatics and will have the opportunity to develop their ideas for an MPhil essay or dissertation.

 

THE EPIGRAPHY AND INTERPRETATION OF LINEAR B

DR T MEIßNER
(8 C: Michaelmas)

Instruction in how to read and understand Linear B tablets covering both epigraphy and approaches to interpretation. No previous experience required.All teaching materials will be provided. This course is also an ideal complement to D1 Aegean Prehistory and E2 Greek in the Bronze Age.

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