Odjel za klasičnu filologiju

Summer School in Latin Epigraphy – Zadar 2019


Venue: Zadar, Mihovila Pavlinovića 1, room 2.3  


From August 27th to September 5th 2019 the Department of Classical Philology and the Department of History at the University of Zadar (Croatia) will be organizing international "Summer School in Latin Epigraphy – Zadar 2019".

The school is intended for graduate and PhD students and postdoc applicants, both from Croatia and abroad, although undergraduate students can apply as well, and the expected number of participants is 20. The school has various aims: to facilitate reading and understanding of Latin inscriptions (either from Roman age or from later periods) as well as enable students to independently analyze and interpret texts, while placing them in historical and social contexts. At the end of the School participants will present an essay on one of the more complex monuments, demonstrating their ability to master appropriate scholarly and scientific methodology, which will also be rewarded with a Certificate of participation.

The programme will include lectures of prominent scholars (both on the basics of epigraphy and on scientific interpretations of monuments) as well as group and independent exercises on specific monuments in contemporary setting of Croatian cities and their cultural institutions (Zadar, Split, Podgrađe, Nin), which is usually unavailable for students attending regular classes. The participants will also be introduced to other epigraphies through lectures on glagolitic alphabet and inscriptions in that ancient Croatian script, which makes this school unique in its scope.

The lecturers will be from Croatia (universities of Zadar, Pula and Split), Italy (Trieste), Austria (Graz) and Germany (Flensburg) and lectures and exercises will be in English. All lecturers are renowned experts in Latin epigraphy, which will ensure the best transfer of knowledge to the participants. More information about lecturers click here.

Language: English

Structure and topics of lectures:

I. INTRODUCTORY PART (what is epigraphy + the development of writing; the development of Latin epigraphy: basics of Early Latin, Classical Latin and Mediaeval Latin epigraphy + language of Early Mediaeval inscriptions)

II. BASICS OF LATIN EPIGRAPHY (the making of epigraphic monuments; how to describe, document and read the inscription; types of monuments with inscriptions)

III. EPIGRAPHIC CONTENT AND ANALYSIS (anthroponymy and status of individuals; sepulchral inscriptions; votive monuments; res municipales; res militares; significance of epigraphic monuments for historical, social, economic and other studies)

IV. OTHER (digital epigraphy; characteristics of Dalmatian epigraphy; glagolitic alphabet and inscriptions)

V. EXERCISES AND PARTICIPANTS' ESSAYS (during the field trip and in the afternoons the participants will practice what they learned on real monuments)

Full programme is available HERE.  


After the successful completion of the School, a Certificate of participation with 3 ECTS will be awarded. If students consider using the Summer School to obtain credits (ECTS), they will still have to inquire at their home institution whether or not these ECTS will be recognized.


Deadline for the registration and the payment:

April 26th 2019


Registration fee (VAT and credit card fee included):  

  • early registrations – paid before March 25th 2019: 400.00 HRK
  • full fee – from March 26th – April 26th 2019: 600.00 HRK
  • late admissions and on site payment: 750.00 HRK

he registration fee includes lunches (Mon.-Sat.), admissions to museums and archaeological areas, as well as useful materials for the course.


Applications are now closed for further registrations. Thank you for your interest.

The number of participants is limited; when the number of registrants exceeds the maximum number, your application will be placed on a waiting list. When a place becomes available you will be informed about it by an e-mail and the place will be offered to you; you should inform us as soon as possible whether you accept the offer or not (preferably within 48 hours).

More information about: 



The Organizing Committee



E-mail: sslezd2019(at)gmail.com 

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