Ephigraphy of production and distribution (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alfredo Buonopane
Alfredo Buonopane
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
NN - -
Language of instruction
Second half of Semester 1 dal Nov 13, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with the basic tools for reading, understanding and commenting the Roman inscriptions in Latin language on instrumentum domesticum. Secondly, it will provide them with the necessary skills to use the inscriptions as fundamental sources for studying Roman economic and social history. For this purpose, thanks to practical exercises in classroom and in museum, students will learn the use of the epigraphic corpora and the techniques of consultation of the most important epigraphic databases.


- The instrumentum inscriptum from curiosity to source for economic and social history.
- The amphorae.
- The bricks and the opus doliare.
- The lamps.
- The glasses.
- The I signacula ex aere.
- Anchors, ingots, weapons.

Didactic methods
For attending students, teaching methods consist of lectures dedicated to the transmission of
Basic notions and basic tools of work. Added to this are the practical exercises in the classroom and museum. Attending students will receive at the first lesson the complete calendar of didactic activities with the dates and topics covered in the lessons provided by the time, the classroom and the indication of possible suspension for academic reasons.
Throughout the academic year, there is also available the individual reception service handled by the teacher at the timetable indicated on the teacher's web pages.
With regard to non-attending students, teaching methods consist of a support teacher for personal study of the manual during the talks, also attached to the outside the scheduled time and providing, on request, additional teaching materials.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A. Buonopane Manuale di epigrafia latina Carocci, Roma 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

Verification of learning outcomes for both attending and non-attending students is an oral interview.

Objectives of the verification test
- Verify the amplitude and depth of the acquired knowledges.
- Check the analytical and argumentative capabilities
- Check the skills acquired reading and commenting a simple epigraphic text.

The interview will cover al the program and will be in Italian, also for ERASMUS students.
Exceeding the test will lead to the achievement of idonety.
Erasmus students should contact in advance the teacher.