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Latin Epigraphy Program

The Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy at the American Academy in Rome is an intensive two-week 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 conventions 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 old city; visits to major museum collections (notably those of the Museo Nazionale Romano and the Capitoline Museums); and field trips to well-preserved sites on the Gianiculum 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  By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to edit unpublished inscriptions and will be able to read and understand most basic types of Latin inscription on stone.

2020 Dates

June 17-July 3, 2020

2020 Application Deadline

January 31, 2020

2020 Director

John Bodel, W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Brown University


Applications are invited from early career scholars and Ph.D. 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 program is open to candidates of all nationalities with a sufficient command of English.


Tuition: €1050 or $1155 covers tuition, excursions, and materials supplied by the Summer School for use during the program.

Housing: housing at the American Academy in Rome is not guaranteed. Housing availability will be communicated upon acceptance. Participants should be prepared that they may need to find housing outside the Academy.

Meals: meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 for lunch and €27 for dinner). The tuition includes one group dinner.

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 should be sent directly by the individual referees.

All application materials should be sent to:


Deadline for tuition payments is May 31, 2020.

Accepted participants should send a check in dollars made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in the memo line of “Latin Epigraphy”, to:

American Academy in Rome
7 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022-1001 USA

For those wishing to pay tuition in euros please either:

  • make a bank transfer to the American Academy in Rome (Unicredit Bank; IBAN: IT 50 X 02008 05031 000400543095; BIC SWIFT CODE: UNCRITM1015) with an indication in the purpose line of “Latin Epigraphy”; or
  • provide us with your credit card details by phoning +39 06 5846429

Further information about the course can be obtained from the course director at

Classical Summer School

This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

2020 Dates

June 15, 2020—July 24, 2020

2020 Application Deadline

December 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance into the program by end of January 2020; AAR scholarships awarded by end of March 2020.

2020 Director

Professor Gretchen Meyers, Associate Professor, Franklin & Marshall College

Program Costs

The program fee of $4,500 includes tuition, accommodation (double occupancy; some singles are available for additional cost), five meals per week at AAR or a local restaurant and the cost of trips to sites in and around Rome. It does not include airfare, personal expenses (or additional, unplanned expenditures), breakfasts, lunches, weekend meals, any travel not directly related to the program of the Summer School, nor expenses such as laundry, tips, amusements, or shopping.


Students of the Classical Summer School will stay in shared apartments in a shared double room for the six-week program. Some single rooms will be available at additional cost. Final admission to the program is contingent upon the participant’s completion of a room and board application (which will be sent along with the acceptance letter).

Application Materials

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm December 15, 2019. Please thoroughly read the 2020 Guidelines before completing the Classical Summer School Application.

2020 CSS Guidelines (PDF)
2020 CSS Application Instructions (PDF)
Link to Online Application
Awards for Study 2020

Two letters of recommendation are required in support of the application. Letters of recommendation must be emailed to the Director by the application deadline:

Prof. Gretchen Meyers
Associate Professor of Classics
Franklin & Marshall College


Several scholarships are offered through the American Academy in Rome and can be applied for as part of the program application. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply for funding and scholarships offered through their home institution, regional and state classical organizations, however these applications are submitted independently from the Classical Summer School application. Information on American Academy scholarships will be posted by the end of October 2019.

Deadline for receipt of full payment of program costs is May 1, 2020. Payment instructions will be provided upon confirmation of program participation.