Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents

General Information

The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents was established in 1995 under the auspices of Oxford University's Faculty of Literae Humaniores to provide a focus for the study of ancient documents within Oxford. Over the last six years it has developed into a research centre of national and international importance. The Centre forms part of the Classics Centre, currently located in the Old Boys' School in George Street.

The Centre provides a home for Oxford University's epigraphical archive, which includes one of the largest collections of squeezes (paper impressions) of Greek inscriptions in the world, together with the Haverfield archive of Roman inscriptions from Britain, and a substantial photographic collection. The strengths of the epigraphical archive lie in its broad coverage of early Greek inscriptions, Attic epigraphy and the Hellenistic world. Individual sites well represented in the archive include Chios, Samos, Priene, Rhodes, and Samothrace. The material in the archive is currently being reorganised and catalogued.

Summer School in Greek and Latin Epigraphy

The Centre has organised, under the auspices of the British Epigraphy Society, two highly successful Summer Schools in Greek and Latin Epigraphy in Oxford in July 2001 and July 2004.

CSAD Projects

The Centre is currently undertaking a series of major projects in the fields of epigraphy and papyrology. Further details are available here.


The Centre publishes a newsletter. Copies of the first ten issues of the Newsletter are available for viewing or downloading.

Seminar Programme

The Centre hosts regular conferences and occasional seminars on documentary subjects. Summaries of seminars and reports on conferences can be read in the Centre's Newsletters.

David Lewis Lecture

The Centre invites a distinguished scholar to give a lecture each year in Trinity term in memory of the late Professor D.M. Lewis.

The thirteenth David Lewis Lecture was given by Dr A. P. Matthaiou (Greek Epigraphical Society) on 27 May 2009. The title of his lecture was "The Athenian Empire on Stone Revisited".

Visiting Scholars

The Centre is able to provide a base in Oxford for a limited number of visiting scholars working in fields related to its activities. Enquiries should be addressed to the Director.

Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, 67 St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU
Tel: 01865 288180; e-mail: csad@classics.ox.ac.uk
Director: A.K. Bowman, MA PhD FBA

Last updated on Tuesday, 27 October, 2009: 08:42:30