Latin epigraphy (seminar)

lfial2181  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Latin epigraphy (seminar)
5 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Cavalieri Marco; Marano Martina (compensates Cavalieri Marco);
Knowledge of the Latin fundamentals.
Main themes
Content: bibliography of Latin epigraphs. Introduction to CIL. Scripts (capitals, cursive, "actuarial"), ligatures, abbreviations, punctuation, figures, etc. Common elements to different kinds of inscriptions: tria nomina, signum, agnomen, affiliation, mentioning the tribe, etc. Transmission of the denomination by legitimate, natural, or adoptive affiliation, by emancipation, etc. The careers: senator, equestrian, mixed, administrative, military, municipal, colonial, etc. Names and titles of emperors and of members of the imperial family. Different types of inscriptions: funerary, sacred, on public buildings, elogia, on instruments, calendars, etc.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The course attempts to familiarize the students with one of the most important and direct sources of our knowledge of public and private life in Ancient Rome.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Presentation of ancient roman inscriptions written in Latin. Bibliography and initiation to sources. The different ways used for texts written on stone and on other materials not very perishable. The processes in ligature, abbreviations, punctuation numbers expressions. The common elements to those different grades of inscriptions, tria nomina, nicknames, mention of filiation or of the tribe. Name's transmission by legitimate filiation, natural, adoption, freeing. Emperor's names and titles and those of the imperial family members. Brief careers survey: senatorial, equestrian, mixt, administrative, military, municipal, religious. The different grades of inscriptions, funerary, sacred, on public buildings, elogia, splendours and calendars. Analysis of miltaries inscriptions, milestones, diploma on instrumentum domesticum (ceramic, tiles, bricks, glass) too. Reading exercices, interpretation and chorology.
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Written examination.
Other information
Liste bibliographique fournie par l'enseignant.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics