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Research Workshop: Greek and Latin Epigraphy


Admission requirements

This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. It is not accessible for BA students.


In this course, students will receive a thorough grounding in Greek and Latin epigraphy. Inscriptions, the subject of epigraphy, are of huge importance for our knowledge of the ancient world; we have thousands upon thousands of inscribed texts, ranging from small graffiti to law codes of several hundred lines. This fascinating material truly constitutes the archival sources for the ancient world (together with papyri).
It is not the intention of this course to turn students into epigraphers: epigraphy is a highly specialized branch of research. Our goal is to be able to locate and use inscriptions (even without knowledge of Latin or Greek), and also to be aware of what epigraphers actually do; only then can we critically use the editions of inscriptions which they produce.
The way in which this course is organized, it is above all about working with inscriptions. This is very much a hands-on course where you will be locating, reading and interpreting inscribed texts yourself. It is helpful when one has taken part in the more conceptually conceived BA course on inscriptions as a source, but if not (or if previous knowledge has faded somewhat), the basics will be dealt with in a condensed way, also requiring some self study, after which we immediately set to work. It will open up for you a wealth of information about Greek and Roman societies that will be very useful for every paper you will have to write, and for your MA- thesis.
There is no entry test, but everybody will be quizzed before the course as to his/her previous knowledge of epigraphy.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student has acquired:

    1. The ability to independently identify and select sources, using traditional and modern techniques;
    1. The ability to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
    1. The ability to independently formulate a clear and well-argued research question, taking into account the theory and method of the field and to reduce this question to accessible and manageable sub-questions;
    1. The ability to independently set up and carry out an original research project that can make a contribution to existing scholarly debates;
    1. The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;
    1. The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;
    1. The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;
    1. (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

The student has acquired:

    1. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subtracks as well as of the historiography of the specialisation, focusing particularly on the following; epigraphy
    1. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation or subspecialisation in question, with a particular focus on the following; epigraphy.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this Research Workshop

The student:

    1. will get acquainted with the main issues in the field of Greek and Latin epigraphy.
    1. will acquire knowledge of the relevant apparatus, research methods, catalogues and databases.
    1. will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and research skills in his or her research
    1. (ResMA only – students will be able to work with larger and more complex series of inscriptions in comparison to regular MA students; and they have the ability to set up and carry out research from new approaches which raises new questions).


The timetable is available on the MA History website.

Mode of instruction

  • Workshop (compulsory attendance)
    This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If a student is not able to attend, he is required to notify the teacher beforehand. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If specific restrictions apply to a particular course, the teacher will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, he will be excluded from the seminar.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Attending seminars: 6x 2h = 12h

  • Assignments: 18h

  • Final paper: 120h

Assessment method


  • Written paper (4500-5000 words, based on research in primary sources, including footnotes and bibliography; excluding a catalogue of inscriptions). For Research Master students the paper has to be between 8000 and 8500 words in length, again excluding a catalogue of inscriptions.
    Measured learning objectives: 1-14

  • Weekly assignments, results to be presented in writing and/or orally
    Measured learning objectives: 1-14


  • Written paper: 65%

  • Weekly assignments: 35%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficient.


Assignments and written papers should be handed in within the deadline as provided in the relevant course outline on Brightspace.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.

Inspection and feedback

How and when a review of the written paper will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the results, a review of the written paper will have to be organised.

Reading list

Reading lists will be compiled on an individual basis.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. F.G. Naerebout


This course can be taken either as a 5 EC course for students of the MA History: Ancient History or as a 10 EC optional course for the students of ResMA History: Ancient History and (Res)MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations.

  • Students who take the course as a 5 EC course (5774VRW02) will be required to write weekly assignments as well as a written paper consisting of ca. 4500-5000 words.

  • Students who take the course as a 10 EC course (5774VRW13) course will be required to write weekly assignments as well as a written paper consisting of ca. 8000-8500 words.