Greek Epigraphy

Naam cursus

Greek Epigraphy



Punten / credits

5/6 ECTS Attention: There is a maximum amount of participants for this course. There will be a selection of students.


semester 1 (2023 - 2024)


16/06/2023 - 24/09/2023



Naam docent

Mathieu de Bakker (UvA) & Onno van Nijf (RUG)

E-mail contactpersoon

Mathieu de Bakker

Doel van de cursus

In this course, students

  1. develop and train their ability and skills to read and interpret Greek inscriptions in accordance with their level of attainment in the language.
  2. acquire knowledge of the handbooks, corpora and databases for epigraphic research and develop and train the ability to effectively use them for their own research.
  3. train the editorial principles used in publishing Greek inscriptions.
  4. learn how to write a systematic commentary on a Greek inscription.
  5. adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the interpretation of Greek inscriptions by including the original spatial context, the type of monument etc.

Uitgebreide omschrijving

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

The course is primarily intended for MA, RMA 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 (a completed elementary course of at least 10 ECTS or a high school exam/A-level in Ancient 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. Each student prepares an individual assignment, which consists of a critical edition, an epigraphical lemma and a 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. Some excursions to sites outside Athens are part of the course.

Educatief perspectief

Greek inscriptions can be read and discussed in a secondary school classroom. Students will also become acquainted with Athens, a destination of school excursions

Students of an Educational Master can do an assignment tailored to an educational purpose. If you want to do such an assignment, please indicate this to the teachers when you register for the course.

Ingangseisen / Taalbeheersing

Students need to have at least a basic working knowledge of Greek (a completed Elementary Course of at least 10 ECTS, a high school exam/A-level Ancient Greek). The level of attainment of the participants will be taken into account when assignments are set.

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.

Participation in excursion and tours (AVV)
Flash-presentations (AVV)

Preliminary sessions: 15 hours
Preparation intensive course: 25 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. 

Boeken / Literatuur

Teaching material (online available)

Students book and pay their own flights. A fee may be charged for accommodation at the NIA and local transport costs.

Meer informatie

Fridays 13h00-15h00

03/11/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)
10/11/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)
17/11/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)
24/11/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)
01/12/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)
08/12/2023, 13h00-15h00 (online)

Excursion: Course in Athens: January 8-16, 2024 (departure January 7, return date January 17)