Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy, Rome, June 17-July 3, 2020

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The Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy at the American Academy in Rome is an intensive two-week course designed to introduce advanced graduate students and early career scholars to the study of Roman epigraphy, particularly the reading, interpretation, and editing of Latin inscriptions from the city of Rome. Participants will learn how to read and classify the main types of Roman inscriptions (on stone, metal, and clay) and how to edit Greek and Latin inscriptions, both in print and according to the EpiDoc conventions for digital editing of epigraphic texts. Instruction will include hands-on practice in reading and recording inscriptions at the American Academy in Rome; epigraphic walks in Trastevere and the old city; visits to major museum collections (notably those of the Museo Nazionale Romano and the Capitoline Museums); and field trips to one or more sites with Roman epitaphs and burials in situ: on the Gianiculum (Doria Pamphili columbaria and tombs), or Vatican (Santa Rosa cemetery), or at Ostia and Isola Sacra. By the end of the course, participants will have had practice editing unpublished inscriptions and will be able to read and understand most basic types of Latin inscription on stone.

Dates:  June 17-July 3, 2020

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020

Director: John Bodel, W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Brown University

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from early career scholars and Ph.D. students in Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies and related disciplines. Please note that the course can be physically demanding, with long walks in (sometimes) intense heat. Students are expected to prepare accordingly. The program is open to candidates of all nationalities with a sufficient command of English.

Costs:  Tuition: €1050 or $1155 covers tuition, excursions, and materials supplied by the Summer School for use during the program.

Housing: housing at the American Academy in Rome is not guaranteed. Housing availability will be communicated upon acceptance. Participants should be prepared to find housing outside the Academy.

Meals: meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 for lunch and €27 for dinner). The tuition includes one group dinner.

How to Apply:  A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest and indicating any previous study of Greek or Latin epigraphy, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation (one for postdoctoral applicants). Applications and all supporting materials, including recommendations, should be sent by email. The letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the individual referees.

All application materials should be sent to:

For further information see the American Academy in Rome website (

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