29552 - Roman Epigraphy (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to use authonomously Roman epigraphic sources. The student can also operate independently for the conservation and for the promotion of the historical and documentary Roman heritage. He/She is able to evaluate the implications inherent to the various media.

Course contents

Advanced course: How to read a Latin inscription. At the beginning of the course some Latin inscriptions will be analyzed to allow students to acquire the necessary skills to fully understand these documents.

Specific research: the inscriptions of Roman women. A number of Latin inscriptions will be analysed, read, translated and commented on, intended as a tool for a better understanding of epigraphic communication by Roman women.

The detailed programme will be presented during the first lesson and made available since then.




Readings and bibliography will be given during the lessons basing upon students' previous epigraphical knowledge. Students have to know A. Buonopane, Manuale di epigrafia latina, Carocci editore, Roma 2009.

Additional reading:

 Cenerini, F., Flaminiche e politica nelle città dell’Italia romana: ruolo attivo o marginale?, in: Marginación y Mujer en el Imperio romano (P. Pavon ed.), Roma, Edizioni Quasar, 2018, pp. 163 - 177; Ead., Doppiamente marginali: le donne schiave in alcuni documenti epigrafici in: Roma e i 'diversi'. Confini geografici, barriere culturali, distinzioni di genere nelle fonti letterarie ed epigrafiche fra tarda età repubblicana e Tarda Antichità, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2018, pp. 270 - 281; Ead., Donne e "politica" alla luce della documentazione epigrafica, in: Il contributo della documentazione epigrafica allo studio delle dinamiche politiche nel mondo romano, Milano, LEDIZIONI, 2017, pp. 213 - 228.

Non-attending students must add:

1) G. Susini, Epigrafia romana, Jouvence, Roma, III ed. 2002;

2) S. Giorcelli Bersani, Epigrafia e storia di Roma, Carocci, Roma, nuova edizione 2015, ristampa 2017.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons: presentation, readind and analysis of selected works. Students are invited to attend the lessons with personal remarks about the inscriptions analysed in class.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

Oral examination. Students have to answer some questions about the bibliography of the course and about the textes analysed in class.

The exam will be conducted orally and will assess the student's command of the material studied in the course. The student will be asked to provide a commentary on inscriptions selected from among those found in the course texts and will be judged on his ability to summarise and critically discuss topics raised in the course, making use of the exam bibliography and the course tools provided.

The assessment will thus consider the student's:
- competence in commenting on the iinscriptions, i.e. in identifying, dating and contextualizing the works illustrated;
- knowledge and understanding of the topics covered;
- ability to summarise and analyse themes and concepts;
- familiarity with the terminology associated with the subject and his ability to use it effectively.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an ability to provide a full description of the inscriptions and an overall understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology

Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.

A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.

This 6 CFU course can be chosen as a part of the 12 CFU Integrated Course "Roman Epigraphy and Roman Institutions (C.I.) (LM)". If the student has the Integrated Course (12 CFU) in his/her study plan, the final grade will result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two parts (“Roman Epigraphy") (1) (LM)" and “Roma Institutions (1) (LM)".



Teaching tools

Using power point and distribution of hand-out of the texts analysed in class.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Cenerini


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.