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Undergraduate Course: Society and Epigraphy in Roman Italy (ANHI10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to be an introduction to this major body of source material as well as an in-depth analysis of Roman society from the epigraphic record. Thus, the focus will not be on the epigraphy of the single text - with its emphasis on linguistic knowledge and philological competence as opposed to other skills - but on the persuasive manipulation of bodies of inscriptions that pose a historical question despite often providing little else than a few lines of text, whether words or names. Such inscriptions do not require the student to have good or indeed any language skills at the beginning, and it is historians who are linguistic novices whom the course is designed to attract. The range of historical problems to be worked on will cut right across the linguistic landscape of what later came to be known as Roman Italy, thus including work not only on Latin inscriptions, but also for instance on Oscan or Umbrian texts. Students will be grouped in small teams and given a new epigraphic 'puzzle' each week that is relevant both for an understanding of society in Roman Italy and for the study of epigraphy. These 'puzzles' may require geographical mapping, quantitative analysis, interpretation of the epigraphic habit, etc. Students will have to present the underlying historical problem and argue their team's interpretation of it against those of the other teams at the ensuing class meeting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014) OR Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08007)) AND Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Passes in Ancient History 2A (ANHI08007 or ANHI08014) and Ancient History 2B (ANHI08013) are compulsory, unless at the discretion of the course organiser.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate in written course work and in class discussion:

- an understanding of the complexity of this body of evidence;
- an understanding of the discipline ('epigraphy') and its importance for the historian;
- an understanding of social structures and their interrelatedness with the source material under investigation;
- the ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this body of source material;
- familiarity with epigraphic conventions, editions and collections;
- familiarity with real artefacts (in a museum context);
- bibliographical research skills to find independently additional information and epigraphic material relating to the study of society in Roman Italy.

The student will also be able to demonstrate these skills in a museum context at work on real artefacts.

The student will also demonstrate:-

- an ability to deal independently with a highly complex body of material;
- an ability to develop lateral thinking and to view things in a wider perspective;
- analytical skills;
- team work skills;
- basic linguistic skills;
- an ability to concentrate on important aspects, and to make use of these in a meaningful way;
- an ability to communicate ones own findings and opinions clearly and lucidly;
- oral presentation skills;
- written communication skills.
Assessment Information
Two course assignments carrying 50% of the final mark each.
Special Arrangements
The maximum student intake is 25 on this course. In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Ulrike Roth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3586
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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