Latin Epigraphy

Black and white photograph of two stone fragments with inscriptions

Findings from an archaeological survey ca. 1950 (photograph by Frank Brown and found in the Cosa Collection, Photographic Archive, American Academy in Rome)

Overview

The Summer Program in Latin Epigraphy at the American Academy in Rome is an intensive ten-day course designed to introduce advanced graduate students and early career scholars to the study of Roman epigraphy, particularly the reading, interpretation, and editing of Latin inscriptions from the city of Rome. Participants will learn how to read and classify the main types of Roman inscriptions (on stone, metal, and clay) and how to edit Latin inscriptions, both in print and according to the EpiDoc Guidelines for digital editing of epigraphic texts. Instruction will include hands-on practice in reading and recording inscriptions in the American Academy in Rome; epigraphic walks in Trastevere and the center city; visits to major museum collections (notably those of the Museo Nazionale Romano and Musei Capitolini); and field trips to well-preserved sites on the Janiculum and Vatican with Roman epitaphs and burials in situ. By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to edit unpublished inscriptions and will be able to read and understand most basic types of Latin inscription on stone.

Dates

June 18–29, 2018.

Application Deadline

January 31, 2018.

Director

John Bodel, Brown University.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from early career scholars and PhD students in classics, ancient history, classical archaeology, art history, museum studies, and related disciplines. Please note that the course can be physically demanding, with long walks in (sometimes) intense heat. Students are expected to prepare accordingly. The course will be conducted in English.

Tuition

€1,040 or $1,140.

Housing

Housing is available at AAR for those who require it. The below rates are for 2017 and may change slightly:

  • Shared twin room (without bathroom): €450 for eleven nights
  • Double room for single use (without bathroom): €900 for eleven nights
  • Double room for single use (with bathroom): €1,340 for eleven nights
  • Single room (without bathroom): €770 for eleven nights
  • Single room (with bathroom): €1,159 for eleven nights

Room availability cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application. Housing at the Academy is recommended, as it makes participation easier and adds to the communal experience.

Meals

Meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 for lunch, €27 for dinner). Meals may also be prepared in AAR’s communal kitchens.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest and indicating any previous study of Greek or Latin epigraphy, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Applications and all supporting materials, including recommendations, should be sent by email. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individual referees.

All application materials, including any requests for housing, should be sent to epigraphy [at] aarome.org.

Payment

The deadline for tuition payments is May 1, 2018.

Paying in dollars

Send a check in dollars for the tuition only, made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in memo line of “Latin Epigraphy” to: American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022 USA.

Paying in euro

Send a check in euro for the tuition only, made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in memo line of “Latin Epigraphy” to: American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina, 5, 00153 Roma, Italia, attention of Francesco Cagnizzi.

To make a bank transfer to the American Academy in Rome, or to pay by credit card, please call Giovanna Pazzini or Francesco Cagnizzi at +39 06 5846426.

Once we have received all housing requests, accepted participants who have been granted housing at the Academy will be contacted by the institution to pay a housing deposit online via credit card.

Further information about the course can be obtained directly from the course director at epigraphy [at] aarome.org.