14th – 28th June 2009


Whether publishing new texts, challenging old ones, or critically analysing editions, this course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars alike in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. Inscriptions are constantly changing the way in which we view the ancient world, as year on year hundreds of new discoveries are made. This course will focus upon this new material, with lectures and site tours by scholars currently excavating and publishing in the field. Students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining both practical first hand experience with the stones, as well as instruction in editorial and bibliographic skills. The course will be taught at the BSA and at the Epigraphic Museum, the world’s largest collection of Greek inscriptions, where students will each be assigned a stone from which they will create an edition and commentary, and where they will receive tuition from leading scholars in Athens. The importance of seeing inscriptions within their archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during visits to sites in Athens and Attica. Some prior knowledge of Greek is essential, although students with only elementary skills are advised that reading inscriptions is a very good way to learn! For advice about whether this is the right course for you, please contact assistant.director AT

Students will be based at the BSA Hostel in shared rooms of two. Self catering facilities are available as well as 24 hour access to the superb library facilities. Accommodation, tuition, entry to all sites and museums, and membership of the BSA for one month are included in course fee of £580. Free membership for the remainder of the session will be offered to students wishing to remain at the BSA after the course to continue their research. Travel to and from Greece is the sole responsibility of the course participants, who are also required to provide their own travel insurance. Students are recommended to apply to their universities or funding body for financial support. A number of bursaries are available (see the application form) from The British Epigraphy Society.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Assistant Director (assistant.director AT and from the website ( Application forms and a reference letter should be received no later than April 1st 2009.