Postgraduate Course in Roman Epigraphy

Next course: July 2021

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 2021: €1,200.

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

The fee covers accommodation at the BSR with breakfast and dinner every day*, 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 2022.

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 2021 course is available here: 2021 course information pack

Past Courses

Programme for the 2016 course

Programme for the 2014 course

Programme for the 2012 course

Course report for the 2012 course

*Excludes Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

The Postgraduate Course in Roman Epigraphy is generously supported with bursaries by the Classical Association. It is also generously supported with a Archaeology Development Grant from the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies: as well as a grant and student bursaries from the British Epigraphy Society.

‘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