44135 - Greek Epigraphy and Institutions (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students can read and interpret Greek inscriptions and can define and describe different types of texts, setting an approximate chronology of the documents. Students become familiar with the historical use of inscriptions, especially for institutions, both public and private, and acquire a general knowledge of the sources on them. Students learn to use the more important databases of Greek inscriptions and begin to know how to find out bibliography and information on inscriptions and Greek institutions. Moreover they learn to use the special terms and expressions of the discipline.

Course contents

Students who need to get 12 CFU must also read course contents of Greek Institutions (prof. Bencivenni).

For Greek Epigraphy (6 CFU):

1. How to read, record, date and interprete an epigraphy: methods, techniques, heuristic.

2. Types of monuments and inscriptions from origins to Late Antique (with examples).

3. Greek inscriptions as historical sources for Greek and Roman civilizations: reading and commenting texts.

Please, remind that, for the final assessment, the texts read, translated and commented during the course have to be read in Greek, so ancient Greek must be studied and learnt, at least at a basic level.


For the first part of the course all student must know:                     

M. Guarducci, L'Epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Roma 1987.

A list of the inscriptions read, translated and commented during classes will be available on campus.unibo.it during and at the end of the course.

Students who do not attend all the lessons, or part of them, must prepare a number of inscriptions agreed together with the teacher.


Teaching methods

Students are invited to discuss and to take part in the lessons. A basic knowledge of ancient Greek is recommended, although it is not compulsory. Students who have never studied Greek can apply to the Dept. of Classics for the admission to the elementary course of this language which usually start in October.

Assessment methods

The exam is oral. All students will be asked at least 4 questions (for Epigraphy 3 questions, 2 on Guarducci's handbook and 1 inscription among those discussed at classes).

Exam is passed if pupils answer correctly and in a proper way, reading, translating and commenting the texts. Outstanding knowledge of both the handbook and the texts is evaluated at the maximum; good knowledge and ability in the analysis of the texta, but more mnemonic can earn a good evaluation; a knowledge with some mistakes and misundertandings in the texts are sufficient to pass, serious lacunae in the knowledge of the handbook and no skills in the reading and interpretations of the  texts do not allow to pass.

There are at least 7 possibilities per year to give the exam; the dates are published twice, normally in November for the first 5, and March-April for the last 2. All students must be listed on Almaesami and no students are allowed to give exams out of the public lists.

All students must be present at the call of the examination, normally at 9.30 of the examination day.

Please check in advance if your administrative position is regular, otherwise you will not be admitted to the exam.

Teaching tools

All texts commented during the course  will be available on the 

AMS Campus unibo, and all texts will be shown in the critical edition and, when possible, on a digital image.

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Criscuolo