What is the course about?
The course provides an overview on Latin Inscriptions and how to read them. Students will get acquainted with the difficulties associated with the field of epigraphy and what skills need to be developed in order to read inscriptions.
What will we cover?
After a general introduction on structure, materials and subtypes of inscriptions, we will learn some strategies related to reading inscriptions, such as abbreviations, the different formulae commonly used and the typical information that appears in a Latin inscription. The use of cases in inscriptions will be tackled as well, although an advanced level of Latin is not required.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify different types of inscriptions. Realize the important of placing inscriptions within their appropriate context, and understand the type of information they provide. Read basic inscriptions and identify abbreviated words and formulae.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A beginner level of Latin (basic uses of cases) is desirable, although it is not a requirement for the course. Translations and transcriptions of the inscriptions that we see in lesson will be provided.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be split into two parts. In the morning, we will have a theory session, where we will look at the different features (formulae, abbreviations, etc.), first in theory, and then in context. In the afternoon, a visit to the British Museum will follow, and we will see some of the inscriptions studied in the morning at the Roman Britain room.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No textbook required. Materials will be provided in lesson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Classical languages or civilisation classes. Students who have finished Latin Inscriptions can develop their knowledge in epigraphy or move on to other related areas such as numismatics (reading of coins' legendae).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details