(a) To acquaint students with the great value of epigraphy for the investigation of ancient Greek civilization.
(b) To familiarize students with all stages in the development of ancient Greek language and the various local alphabets throughout the Greek-speaking world.
(c) To help students understand the interrelation of epigraphy with other scholarly branches.
(d) To enable students to read and understand the various types of inscriptions as well as to date and edit inscriptions.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This class is designed exclusively for classics majors. It offers a thorough introduction to epigraphy, bringing to the fore the wealth of information about antiquity preserved by Greek inscriptions. The introduction involves a survey of the development of the ancient Greek language and of local alphabets. Throughout the course there is a close investigation of the thematic of several inscriptions and of their relation to all aspects of the public and private sphere of life in antiquity within a wide geographical domain. The class also shows the interrelation between epigraphy and other scholarly branches, including archaeology, numismatics and the history of religions. The students are trained in understanding the language and content, as well as in dating and editing ancient Greek inscriptions.