Greek Epigraphy II *EDU*

Course Name

Greek Epigraphy II: Epigraphy on Location in Athens




5 or 6

Course date

semester 1 (2019 - 2020)

Registration open until

03/06/2019 - 30/09/2019


UvA & RUG & Athens


M. de Bakker (UvA) & O.M. van Nijf (RuG)

E-mail Contact

M. de Bakker

Course objectives

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 if there are non-Dutch speakers.

Course content

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.

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).




  • 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-presentation (AVV)

Course components

Preliminary sessions 20 hours
Preparation intensive course 20 hours
Intensive course & paper 100 hours
Those who take the 6EC option will be given a larger or more complex assignment

Background Literature and Course Materials

Further information


Teaching material: ca. €10.
Students book and pay their own flights. Accommodation at the Netherlands Institute is (partially) free of charge.


Preliminary sessions: Friday 15, 22 November and 6 December, 13-17h. Place tba.

Intensive course in Athens: 7-14 January (with arrival on 6th and departure on 15th)

NB: participation in preliminary sessions is obligatory

Level of attainment

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.
For Classics students: this course can (but need not) be combined with Masterlanguage Course Epigraphy I.


Students should register before 30th September 2019 via, with cc to