Course code: ARKN21
Swedish title: Text och materialitet
Credits: 15

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2023-11-06 – 2024-01-12
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-30053
Eligibility: Students must have passed a BA course, Level 3, in Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Historical Osteology, History, Latin, Greek, History of Ideas, History of Religion, or the equivalent.

Introductory meeting: 2023-10-30 at 8:15 – 10:00 in LUX:A127

Teachers: Ing-Marie Back Danielsson, Susanne Berndt Ersöz, Lovisa Brännstedt, Fredrik Ekengren, Magdalena Naum, Maria Nilsson


The general theme of the course is the value of early texts as sources, and the relationship between text and materiality. We address the social function of texts, the dynamics between text and speech, text types, practical approaches to the physical text, the methodology of close reading, the creation of texts, the keeping and preservation of texts, texts on objects and in space. Furthermore, the course highlights problems and challenges associated with translations and editions of texts. Examples of sources may include Greek and Latin texts and epigraphy, runic inscriptions, Icelandic sagas, documentary sourses, and letters. The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. The aim of the lectures is to provide students with specialised methodological and theoretical perspectives and the aim of the seminars to subject a series of key texts to close reading and interpretation. The objective is to provide students with tools to become familiar with, interpret and take a position on the complexity of our sources to the past.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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