29552 - Roman Epigraphy (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to use on his own Roman epigraphic sources, in the old context and also in the Humanism’s and Renaissance’s context. The student can also operate independently for the conservation and for the enhancement of the historical and documentary Roman heritage. He is able to evaluate the implications inherent to the various media.

Course contents

Advanced course: How to read a Latin inscription. Specific research: Augustean epigraphy.

The lessons will begin on II semester, III period, January 28, 2019, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 1-3 pm, Celio classroom, 38 Zamboni street, Bologna.


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:

G. Alfoeldy, Studi sull'epigrafia augustea e tiberiana, Roma 1992, Edizioni Quasar, 5 essays chosen by the student.

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

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.

Students enrolled in the course as part of an Integrated Course (I.C.) are required to pass the oral examination of the two parts in the same date (the evaluation will be the arithmetic mean resulting from the final grades of the two courses).


Teaching tools

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

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Cenerini