The student will acquire the essential knowledge of the discipline (origin and development of alphabetical writing in Greece, characteristics of local alphabets, typology of inscriptions and their supports, bibliography in the field, specialised computer tools, etc.). They will also learn the fundamental techniques and conventions for the filing and editing of epigraphic texts. Through the reading and exegesis of epigraphic texts they will approach some aspects of Greek civilisation (especially political, institutional, social) more directly.
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Mutuazione: 20703197 EPIGRAFIA GRECA in Lettere L-10 FABIANI ROBERTA


The course aims to offer:
(a) a general introduction of 5 lessons to the discipline (origins and development of the alphabetical writing in Greece, characteristics of the local alphabets, different kinds of inscriptions and supports, specific literature, specific IT tools);
(b) reading and historical-critical examination of epigraphical texts of different kind and chronology (13 lessons);
(c) practice on inscriptions, in order to gain the knowledge of basic technics and conventions for classifying, recording, filing and editing epigraphical texts (2 lessons);
(d) a practical exercise on how to make epigraphic squeezes at a museum in the city of Rome.

Core Documentation

A) M. Guarducci, L'Epigrafia greca dalle origini al tardo impero, Roma, Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, 1987.
B) M. Guarducci, Epigrafia greca, I, Roma 2005, pp. 391-487.
C) Material which will be provided by the teacher during classes

Type of delivery of the course

Frontal lessons and practical training (one at a museum in the city of Rome).


Optative, but highly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Oral. In order to be able to take the exam, at least seven days before the oral examination students must supply a written paper with the edition (lemma, transcription, translation and typological commentary, according to indications which will be offered in time) of an inscription selected by the teacher during the course. The exam consists of a debate on the paper supplied by the student and will test the knowledge of the course contents (topics and inscriptions discussed in the classes, handbook). About the inscriptions discussed during the course, students are expected to be able to read, translate and analyse (grammatically and syntactically) them.