KT24-25 Latin Epigraphy

Naam cursus

Latin Epigraphy on Location



Punten / credits

5/6 EC


semester 2 (2024 - 2025)


28/10/2024 - 21/12/2024



Naam docent

Dr. Ton Derks (VU) & prof.dr. Caroline Kroon (UvA) & Prof. dr. Daniëlle Slootjes (UvA)

E-mail contactpersoon

Dr. Ton Derks

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 materiality and spatial context of the epigraphic support into the interpretation of the epigraphic text.

Uitgebreide omschrijving

An intensive introduction to the sources and methods of Latin epigraphy, mainly through on-site teaching.

The course comprises individual study and research (under supervision) in the library of the KNIR, alternated with lectures, and museum and site visits. The program 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.

Educatief perspectief

Latin inscriptions offer ideal material for innovative interdisciplinary teaching of classical languages and cultures in a secondary school classroom. Students will also become acquainted with Rome, an important destination of school excursions.

Ingangseisen / Taalbeheersing

Students need to have at least a basic working knowledge of Latin (secondary school exam/A-level Latin or introductory courses Latin I and II at university).

Examen informatie


Seminars, practical assignments, group tutorials, excursions


Paper 100%

Assignments: formative only

Work load 

5 EC =

20h Reading work for introductory classes

16h Contact hours Amsterdam

44h Contact hours Rome

28h Research and presentation

32h Research and final writing-up paper after return


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

All literature will be made available online

For the first session, students will have to read:

Panciera, S., 2012: What is an inscription? Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 183, 1-10.

Meer informatie

Vrijdag 7-2-2025 Amsterdam 13:30-17:15
Vrijdag 14-2-2025 Amsterdam 13:30-17:15
Vrijdag 21-2-2025 Amsterdam 13:30-17:15
Vrijdag 28-2-2025 Amsterdam 13:30-17:15
Vrijdag 7-3-2025 Amsterdam 13:30-17:15
Rome 21-30 March 2025



Students pay their own flight or train ticket to Rome. Successful completion of the course qualifies for a reimbursement of travel costs of 100 euros.


  • Note: enrollment for the course closes on 21 December.
  • A maximum of 15 students can be admitted; selection will take place if there are more interested students.
  • Students should also sign up via the website of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (www.knir.it)

Additional information

The course takes the form of four introductory classes in Amsterdam, followed by an intensive seminar at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (21-30 March 2025).