Greek Epigraphy *EDU*

Naam cursus

Greek Epigraphy on Location in Athens




5/6 EC


semester 1 (2021-2022)


14/06/2021 - 26/09/2021


online / Athens

Naam docent

Dr. Mathieu P. de Bakker (UvA) en Prof. dr. Onno M. Van Nijf (RuG)

E-mail contactpersoon

Dr. Mathieu P. de Bakker (UvA)

Doel van de cursus

This is an in-depth intensive introduction into Greek Epigraphy with most of the teaching and training in the immediate vicinity of the major archeological monuments and museums in Athens. The intensive course is preceded by three preliminary sessions in the Netherlands, in which basic heuristic instruction is given and Greek epigraphy is studied within its linguistic, literary and social-historical context.

Uitgebreide omschrijving

The course is primarily intended for MA and PhD students in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Religious Studies, but it is also open to others. The course is part of the curriculum for Research Ma and PhD students of the National Research School OIKOS. Prior knowledge of Epigraphy is not necessary, but you need to have a basic level of Greek. Individual assignments will be set at the appropriate level of Greek. This course is an ideal preparation for using inscriptions in your own research for your (Ma or PhD) thesis or for using inscriptions in the classroom.

The course will be taught in English.

The program in Athens consists of site and museum visits combined with epigraphical ambulations. Students prepare flash-presentations (both individually and in groups) to be delivered during these visits. As for the individual assignment, each student prepares a critical edition, epigraphical lemma and commentary in relation to one or two specific epigraphical monuments. The assignments are orally presented on the final day of the excursion and followed up by a written paper upon return to the Netherlands.

The course is hosted by the Netherlands Institute in Athens, which will serve as starting point for most excursions and ambulations. A trip to Boeotia and Delphi will be included (night will be spent in Itea).

Examen informatie

Lectures, Seminars, Site visits, Epigraphical Ambulations

Individual assignment (presentation and paper). The students produce a critical edition, epigraphical lemma and commentary, give an oral presentation on the last day of the course in Athens and based on the feedback write their papers upon return in the Netherlands. (graded, 100%)

Participation in excursion and tours (AVV)

Flash-presentations (AVV)


Preliminary sessions                                    20 hours

Preparation intensive course                     20 hours

Intensive course & paper                             100 hours

UvA/VU-students who need 6 ECTS will make slightly longer assignments or do an extra assignment. This must be determined with your lecturer in week 1.


Teaching material (online available)

Students book and pay their own flights. Accommodation at the Netherlands Institute is partially free of charge.


Students need to have at least a basic working knowledge of Greek (a completed Elementary Course, a high school exam/A-level ancient Greek). The level of attainment of the participants will be taken into account when assignments are set.

Students should register before 8th October 2021 via this website and via an e-mail to

friday 13.00-17.00

Data online
Preliminary sessions (4): TBA  in Nov-Dec 2021
Participation in preliminary sessions is obligatory.

Course in Athens: 8-16 January ’22 (departure 7 January, return date 17 January ’22)

In case of Covid19 restrictions the course in Athens may be postponed to a later date or be replaced by an alternative programme in the Netherlands.