Ancient History from Inscriptions - CLAS8360

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


Inscriptions are crucial for the study of ancient history. Straddling the divide between material evidence and literary sources, they are challenging to read because of their (often) fragmentary state and formulaic language.

This module will train students to handle epigraphic evidence and exploit its potential to the fullest extent. Key themes include but are not limited to textual problems, statistical approaches, and the confrontation of epigraphic and literary sources. Each theme will be explored in the context of a topic from political and/or social history (e.g. status, migration, multiculturalism, religion, law, the military). No knowledge of an ancient language is required.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Total Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Research Proposal 1 (750 words) – 20%
Research Proposal 2 (750 words) – 20%
Research paper (2,500 words) – 45%
Presentation (15 minutes) – 15%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and value of epigraphic evidence in relation to other types of evidence in the study of Ancient History;
2 Demonstrate critical, analytical problem-based research skills in relation to the ancient evidence and modern scholarship on the subject matter;
3 Command a range of techniques and methodologies, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, and the use of statistics.
4 Demonstrate the capability to design and carry out a research project and collect evidence in support.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means in writing;
2 Evaluate their own academic performance and develop an ability to learn independently to ensure ongoing professional development;
3 Exercise initiative and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development;
4 Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage stress;
5 Utilise appropriate information management skills, e.g. IT skills.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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