Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Greek Epigraphy GREEK4023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Inscriptions provide an invaluable amount of information on numerous aspects of the ancient world, such as institutions, religion, language, administration, and prosopography. This course will familiarize students with this source of evidence and acquaint them with the databases, tools and methods of epigraphy. Using photographs and online squeezes, we will read and interpret a variety of interesting texts from different classes of inscriptions


2x1hr seminars per week over 10 weeks, as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Greek and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available in MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Edition of Inscription and Commentary (2000-2500 words) - 50%

Exam (2-hour duration) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the tools and techniques of the discipline

■ Familiarize student with reading, translating and interpreting a wide variety of documents from different classes of inscription (public, private, civic, religious, funerary)

■ Familiarize students with the importance of this source of evidence in the study of ancient history, its potentials and its limitations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Establish the text of an inscription, define different types of documents, use relevant terminology, and appropriate databases

■ Translate a wide variety of texts

■ Critically evaluate the historical significance of a wide variety of documents

■ Make use of epigraphic evidence in their own research

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.