Latin Epigraphy on location *EDU*

Naam cursus

Latin Epigraphy on location in Rome - FULL




5/6 EC


semester 2 (2020 - 2021)


26/10/2020 - 08/01/2021


VU en Rome - ATTENTION: CHANGE OF DATES in 'course schedule' below

Naam docent

A.M.J. Derks (VU) en C.H.M. Kroon (UvA)

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A.M.J. Derks (VU)

Doel van de cursus

The student who has successfully completed this course;

– is able to read and understand Latin inscriptions at a level that fits with their preceding education (VWO with Latin; introductory courses Latin I and Latin II at university; B Classics);

– has a good knowledge of the handbooks, corpora and databases for epigraphic research and has the ability to effectively use them for their own research;

– has a good knowledge of the most commonly used abbreviations and is able to apply the rules of transcription on a new text;

– is able to write a systematic epigraphic commentary on an unseen text and is able to assess which elements of the text are common and which unusual;

– is able to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the interpretation of epigraphic texts by including the original spatial context, the type of monument etc. into the interpretation of the epigraphic text.

Uitgebreide omschrijving

The course offers an intensive introduction into Latin epigraphy from the Republican period up until Late Antiquity and is aimed at the acquisition and application of practical research skills in epigraphic research. The approach and focus of this course is strongly interdisciplinary with attention being paid to philological, socio-linguistic, literary, archaeological, and juridical aspects of epigraphic texts. In addition, explicit attention will be paid to the theoretical and methodological aspects of epigraphic research.

The course comprises individual study and research (under supervision) in the library of the KNIR (and some neighbouring foreign institutes), alternated with lectures, and museum and site visits.
The programme includes visits to the epigraphic collections of the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Musei Capitolini and the Vatican, and further comprises a city walk along monuments with in situ preserved ancient inscriptions, and excursions to the Roman necropolis at Isola sacra and the ancient city of Ostia.

Examen informatie

140-160 uur
Lectures, seminars, museum visits, site visits with on site teaching.

Paper 100%



Secondary literature consisting of papers and book chapters dealing with the distinction between inscriptions and other texts, the ‘epigraphic habit’, Roman onomastics, the prosopographical method, and the cursus honorum will be made available at the start of the course.

Travel expenses to Rome; accommodation is provided.


Additional registration at the Royal Netherlands Institute at Rome is compulsory. See:

Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions regarding accommodation following from it, this year the course can take up to seven students only. In case more candidates register, a selection will be made whereby students from Classics, research master students of Ancient Studies affiliated with the OIKOS research school, and other students from the six Dutch universities participating in the Netherlands Institute at Rome have priority (in that order). The motivation letter may be used as a means for further selection. THIS COURSE IS FULL.

Preparational classes: 12, 19  & 26 of March 2021(in stead of previous date: 26 of February and 12 & 19 of March) on campus VU, Amsterdam. Location details will be published asap.
If necessary because of COVID the classes will be online.

The excursion to Rome is planned from 23 to 30 of April 2021. If necessary because of COVID the alternative classes will be online.

7 of May 2021: final presentations at VU campus.