Ancient epigraphy (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Riccardo Bertolazzi
Riccardo Bertolazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
CuCi IA, CuCi IB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Saper inquadrare archeologicamente e storicamente un monumento iscritto e affrontare lo studio di un'iscrizione antica come monumento e come documento; saper leggere e commentare iscrizioni greche e romane, utilizzando il lessico specifico della disciplina; acquisire le nozioni fondamentali riguardanti l'impiego delle iscrizioni come fonti per lo studio della storia greca e romana; saper usare i principali strumenti informatici per lo studio delle iscrizioni; saper condurre ricerche utilizzando gli strumenti informatici disponibili.


- Ancient epigraphy: definition, topics, limits.
- History of ancient epigraphy
- Work tools.
- The Inscription as a monument.
- The inscription as a document.
- Relief, filing, editing of the inscriptions.
- The taxonomy of the inscriptions.
- The instrumentum inscriptum.

This course will consist of both in-class lectures and practical exercises in museums. Students who will attend the lectures will receive a syllabus detailing the topics covered in each lecture, as well as the locations where these will take place.

Students who will not attend the lectures are invited to visit the instructor during office hours (or, alternatively, to set up an appointment) should they have questions about how to study the textbooks adopted in this course. Additional study materials can also be provided on request.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
De Frenza Mareva Le pietre parlano Cierre Verona 2018
A. Buonopane Manuale di epigrafia latina Carocci, Roma 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning outcomes of both attending and non-attending students will be assessed in a final exam. This will take place in the form of an oral interview.

Objectives of the interview:
- verify the breadth and depth of the knowledge acquired;
- verify analytical and argumentative skills;
- verify the skills acquired by reading and commenting on a simple epigraphic text.

Final grades will be assigned by using a 30-point scale.