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Postgraduate Course in Roman Epigraphy

Next course: July 2018


What is the Postgraduate Course in Roman Epigraphy?

Course Director: Dr Abigail Graham (Lecturer in Ancient History at Warwick University)

This biennial course is designed for postgraduates in archaeology, ancient history, art history, museum studies, classics and related fields who wish to pursue the study of epigraphic evidence in their research.

The intensive eight-day course explores the uses of epigraphy as a source in various formats and contexts considering how writing is presented in the ancient and modern landscapes.

The course features:

  • daily ambulatio in Rome
  • visits to local museums
  • use of archives (including online databases)
  • interaction with academics and ongoing research projects in the field
  • independent research time
  • full board* accommodation at the British School at Rome
  • museum entrance fees, in-course travel and site fees

The final programme of the course is adjusted based on the research interests of participants. The links below give a flavour of previous courses.


What does it cost?

Course fee for 2016: €1,100.

Some bursaries towards the course fee may be available to British nationals with a demonstrable need.

The fee covers accommodation in a shared room at the BSR with breakfast and dinner every day except Saturday (no dinner), site entry fees, transport around Rome (public transport tickets), supplies for rubbings, on site support from the course director and membership of the BSR until March 2017.

What is not covered: Travel to/from the BSR; insurance – we strongly recommend you take out travel insurance including health and personal possessions cover; Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch; any other costs arising from your personal research project.


How do I apply?

Information on how to apply for the 2018 course will be available here in 2017.


Past Courses

Programme for the 2014 course

Programme for the 2012 course

Course report for the 2012 course


And further…

The BSR course is taught back-to-back with a course offered by the American Academy in Rome. Each course can be enrolled in separately and stands independently, but instruction is coordinated so that participants (should they attend both courses) will benefit from a more complete introduction to the epigraphic heritage of Rome. The application deadline for the AAR course is 31 January 2016. Information can be found on the AAR website.

*Excludes Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

“The opportunity to make rubbings of the inscriptions in the Vatican’s Galleria Lapidaria was a great privilege”

“The course not only provided for lively debates but also forced me to view Roman history through a number of lenses”

“The friendly staff made the BSR a comfortable place work in and the flow of researchers created an absorbing academic atmosphere”

Comments from participants on the Postgraduate Course in Roman Epigraphy