EpiDoc Workshop — Brown University, Oct. 5-6 2017

Posted for Scott DiGiulio:

We are pleased to announce a 1.5 day Introduction to EpiDoc workshop at Brown University on Oct. 5-6, to be held in conjunction with the conference “Visible Words: Epigraphy in a Global Perspective,” taking place Oct. 6-7 (for more information on the conference itself, please see https://www.brown.edu/academics/classics/visible-words-workshop).

This workshop will provide an introduction to the EpiDoc schema for editing epigraphic and papyrological texts. EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice as well as a specialized customization of the XML schema developed by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital epigraphic projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (http://insaph.kcl.ac.uk), the US Epigraphy Project (http://usepigraphy.brown.edu),the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (http://papyri.info/), the Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (https://wiki.digitalclassicist.org/Digital_Corpus_of_Literary_Papyri), and many more. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and project workflow and management.

Draft Schedule: http://goo.gl/VNNhBE

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, so we ask you to please fill out the application form: https://goo.gl/forms/Qxf8lnNiwuZJQZd02.

Instructors will include Scott DiGiulio (Mississippi State University), Elli Mylonas (Brown University); Hugh Cayless (Duke University); Tom Elliot (NYU) and others.

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Theodor Mommsen in Italia settentrionale. Milan, 21-22 September 2017

Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903) in Italia settentrionale: una ‘presenza’ non ancora passata. Studi in occasione del bicentenario della nascita

Milan, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 21-22 September 2017


Programme attached


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Call for Papers: New Voices in Epigraphy, 12-13 April 2018

Call for Papers: ‘New Voices in Epigraphy’ Graduate Conference
12-13 April 2018
Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Roueché
Concluding Remarks: Riet van Bremen

We invite Masters and Doctoral students working on or with Greek and/or Latin inscriptions to submit abstracts for a conference entitled ‘New Voices in Epigraphy’. The aim of this conference is to give graduate students a forum to discuss their epigraphic research, as well as to facilitate a conversation about the future of the field. As epigraphic studies, particularly Greek epigraphy, have been somewhat dominated by male scholars in the past, we intend to achieve fair gender representation in speakers (and, we hope, attendees), and to highlight the contribution of women epigraphists.
We encourage abstracts for 25-minute papers in English relating to Greek or Latin inscriptions from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity, dealing with but not limited to:
  • Textual readings and reconstructions
  • Historical discussion and interpretation
  • Inscriptions as monuments
  • Quantitative approaches to epigraphy
  • Digital approaches to epigraphy
  • History of epigraphic studies
The conference will take place at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, which is fully wheelchair accessible, from 13:00 on Thursday 12th April to 18:00 on Friday 13th April 2018. Attendance will be open to academics and researchers at all stages of their career. Accommodation for speakers will be provided for two nights. We also intend to offer some financial support for travel costs for students who would otherwise be unable to participate. 

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography (including current position and preferred pronouns) to gradepigraphyconference@gmail.com by 15 December 2017. Any enquiries may be sent to the same address. 

Organisers: Elizabeth Foley (PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin) 
Martin Hallmannsecker (DPhil candidate at New College, University of Oxford) 
Leah Lazar (DPhil candidate at New College, University of Oxford)
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Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN)

reposted from Classicist and MARKUP list

Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (abbreviated CGRN):


The collection contains 222 inscriptions belonging to the category of so-called “sacred laws”, for which we have preferred the designation “ritual norms” (on this subject, see the programmatic introductory article found here: http://kernos.revues.org/2115). The texts included in the collection thus far concern the themes of sacrifice and purification. Each inscription is presented in an up-to-date published edition (occasionally, a new edition is offered), with information about its context, essential bibliography, French and English translations, and a detailed commentary. All of the files have been encoded in TEI-XML Epidoc, are fully searchable, and may be used and downloaded in Open Access.

The project behind the development of the CGRN, financed by the Fonds pour la recherche scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS, Belgium) at University of Liège, is still ongoing. Updates to the website will be made on an annual basis. Additionally, a print-on-demand edition will soon become available on the website. The printing, sale and distribution of the work will be undertaken by Éditions De Boccard.

We are very interested in receiving your feedback about the CGRN at the following address:cgrn@ulg.ac.be.

Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Jan-Mathieu Carbon, Saskia Peels

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Assyriology – Cuneiform texts and culture (Stefan Jakob, Heidelberg)

Assyriology – Cuneiform texts and culture
by Stefan Jakob, Heidelberg

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Digital Edition of IGCyr and GVCyr

The  Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica and Greek Verse Inscriptions of Cyrenaica have been published and are now available at https://igcyr.unibo.it/

Dobias-Lalou, Catherine. Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica in collaboration with Alice Bencivenni, Hugues Berthelot, with help from Simona Antolini, Silvia Maria Marengo, and Emilio Rosamilia; Dobias-Lalou, Catherine. Greek Verse Inscriptions of Cyrenaica in collaboration with Alice Bencivenni, with help from Joyce M. Reynolds and Charlotte Roueché. Bologna: CRR-MM, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, 2017. ISBN 9788898010684, http://doi.org/10.6092/UNIBO/IGCYRGVCYR.

The corpus, edited in TEI EpiDoc, is available in English, French, Italian and Arabic. It contains almost 1000 inscriptions including numerous new texts, with metadata, images, translations in English, Italian  and French, apparatus, commentary and bibliography.

Texts and descriptions can be searched and browsed by a number of indexes provided.

Images are also separately available at http://amshistorica.unibo.it/epigrafi

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L’Année épigraphique 2014

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), directeur de L’Année épigraphique, fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2014 (1661 notices et 1000 pages dont 230 pages d’index) a été publiée en août 2017 et est disponible. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France (revues@puf.com).

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2014 (containing 1661 entries, and 1000 pages, including 230 pages of index) was published in August, 2017, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at revues@puf.com

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Cultic Graffiti, Bari, Sept 27-29, 2017

Cultic Graffiti across the Mediterranean and beyond

Full programme (PDF)

The ‘Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’ is a major five-year project funded by the European Research Council and based primarily at the University of Oxford. The project, which runs until December 2018, is investigating the origin of the cult of saints across all the languages of early Christianity (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Georgian and Armenian), from its very beginnings in around AD 300 to c. AD 700, by which time almost all the practices we associate with saintly cult were firmly established.


In order to explore these graffiti in their fullest possible context, the conference, while focused primarily on the Christian graffiti of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, will also examine earlier ‘pagan’ practice, and the very active cultic graffiti of early Islam.

Bryan Ward-Perkins, ‘Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’ ERC Project P.I.
Antonio E. Felle, ‘Epigraphic Database Bari’ Project Coordinator
Contact: culticgraffiti@gmail.com

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Great epigraphic news from Pompeii


Pompei, scoperta tomba monumentale con iscrizione lunga 4 metri



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The Theodosian Code: Compilation, Transmission, Reception Collegium of Roman Law – Pavia, January 2018

very interesting, even if not strictly epigraphic:


The Theodosian Code:

Compilation, Transmission, Reception

Collegium of Roman Law – January 2018

The Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law CEDANT of the University of Pavia is committed to the encouragement of advanced education and research in the eld of Roman and Ancient law. Founded in 2002 thanks to the support of the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS), CEDANT became a Research Center within the Department of Law of the University of Pavia in 2015. It operates in partnership with Collegio Ghislieri. CEDANT avails itself of an international Scholarly Advisory Board and carries out its activities in collaboration with specialists who are selected as appropriate according to the theme under study, and with respect for the broadest participation of the scholarly community and for the wide range of di erent methodologies. For the academic year 2017-2018, CEDANT is organizing the fourteenth «Collegium of Roman Law», an intensive residential course of study. The «Collegium» brings together, for three weeks in January 2018 at Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, professors from Italian and foreign universities and early career scholars interested in the proposed theme as auditors. The professors will conduct a series of seminars – in Italian and in English – characterized by strong educational unity and coherence, and which also represent an opportunity for scholarly exchange and discussion. Each participant is invited to contribute actively to the development and pursuit of the research undertaken. A second stage, which will last a week in the month of September 2018, allows the professors and the early career scholars to discuss and critique the research of the early career scholars. The aim is a joint publication in a volume to be published by Pavia University Press. The scholarly theme of the «Collegium» 2018 falls within the project “Redhis – Rediscovering the hidden structure. A new appreciation of juristic texts and patterns of thought in Late Antiquity” (ERC advanced grant 2013, P.I. Dario Mantovani, host University: University of Pavia).



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Axon – Iscrizioni storiche greche

Forwarded on behalf of Stefania De Vido (devido@unive.it), to whom enquiries should be addressed:

È uscito per le Edizioni Ca’ Foscari il primo numero della Rivista ‘AXON. Iscrizioni storiche greche’, liberamente scaricabile al link: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/it/edizioni/riviste/axon/2017/1/

I contributi della Rivista sono collegati alle schede del Database Axon, consultabile all’indirizzo: http://virgo.unive.it/venicepigraphy/axon/public/, anch’esso liberamente interrogabile.

La rivista è semestrale e la prossima uscita è prevista per dicembre 2017. Collaboratori e proposte sono benvenuti.

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CfP “Instrumenta inscripta VII”

CALL FOR PAPERS “Instrumenta inscripta VII. Testi e simboli di ambito cristiano su oggetti di uso comune”.
Convegno internazionale di studi, 9-11 October 2017, in beautiful Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy


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OEDUc: Images and Image metadata working group

Participants: Sarah Middle, Angie Lumezeanu, Simona Stoyanova
Report: https://github.com/EpiDoc/OEDUc/wiki/Images-and-image-metadata

The Images and Image Metadata working group met at the London meeting of the Open Epigraphic Data Unconference on Friday, May 15, 2017, and discussed the issues of copyright, metadata formats, image extraction and licence transparency in the Epigraphik Fotothek Heidelberg, the database which contains images and metadata relating to nearly forty thousand Roman inscriptions from collections around the world. Were the EDH to lose its funding and the website its support, one of the biggest and most useful digital epigraphy projects will start disintegrating. While its data is available for download, its usability will be greatly compromised. Thus, this working group focused on issues pertaining to the EDH image collection. The materials we worked with are the JPG images as seen on the website, and the images metadata files which are available as XML and JSON data dumps on the EDH data download page.

The EDH Photographic Database index page states: “The digital image material of the Photographic Database is with a few exceptions directly accessible. Hitherto it had been the policy that pictures with unclear utilization rights were presented only as thumbnail images. In 2012 as a result of ever increasing requests from the scientific community and with the support of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences this policy has been changed. The approval of the institutions which house the monuments and their inscriptions is assumed for the non commercial use for research purposes (otherwise permission should be sought). Rights beyond those just mentioned may not be assumed and require special permission of the photographer and the museum.”

During a discussion with Frank Grieshaber we found out that the information in this paragraph is only available on this webpage, with no individual licence details in the metadata records of the images, either in the XML or the JSON data dumps. It would be useful to be included in the records, though it is not clear how to accomplish this efficiently for each photograph, since all photographers need to be contacted first. Currently, the rights information in the XML records says “Rights Reserved – Free Access on Epigraphischen Fotothek Heidelberg”, which presumably points to the “research purposes” part of the statement on the EDH website.

All other components of EDH – inscriptions, bibliography, geography and people RDF – have been released under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, which allows for their reuse and repurposing, thus ensuring their sustainability. The images, however, will be the first thing to disappear once the project ends. With unclear licensing and the impossibility of contacting every single photographer, some of whom are not alive anymore and others who might not wish to waive their rights, data reuse becomes particularly problematic.

One possible way of figuring out the copyright of individual images is to check the reciprocal links to the photographic archive of the partner institutions who provided the images, and then read through their own licence information. However, these links are only visible from the HTML and not present in the XML records.

Given that the image metadata in the XML files is relatively detailed and already in place, we decided to focus on the task of image extraction for research purposes, which is covered by the general licensing of the EDH image databank. We prepared a Python script for batch download of the entire image databank, available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. Each image has a unique identifier which is the same as its filename and the final string of its URL. This means that when an inscription has more than one photograph, each one has its individual record and URI, which allows for complete coverage and efficient harvesting. The images are numbered sequentially, and in the case of a missing image, the process skips that entry and continues on to the next one. Since the databank includes some 37,530 plus images, the script pauses for 30 seconds after every 200 files to avoid a timeout. We don’t have access to the high resolution TIFF images, so this script downloads the JPGs from the HTML records.

The EDH images included in the EAGLE MediaWiki are all under an open licence and link back to the EDH databank. A task for the future will be to compare the two lists to get a sense of the EAGLE coverage of EDH images and feed back their licensing information to the EDH image records. One issue is the lack of file-naming conventions in EAGLE, where some photographs carry a publication citation (CIL_III_14216,_8.JPG, AE_1957,_266_1.JPG), a random name (DR_11.jpg) and even a descriptive filename which may contain an EDH reference (Roman_Inscription_in_Aleppo,_Museum,_Syria_(EDH_-_F009848).jpeg). Matching these to the EDH databank will have to be done by cross-referencing the publication citations either in the filename or in the image record.

A further future task could be to embed the image metadata into the image itself. The EAGLE MediaWiki images already have the Exif data (added automatically by the camera) but it might be useful to add descriptive and copyright information internally following the IPTC data set standard (e.g. title, subject, photographer, rights etc). This will help bring the inscription file, image record and image itself back together, in the event of data scattering after the end of the project. Currently linkage exist between the inscription files and image records. Embedding at least the HD number of the inscription directly into the image metadata will allow us to gradually bring the resources back together, following changes in copyright and licensing.

Out of the three tasks we set out to discuss, one turned out to be impractical and unfeasible, one we accomplished and published the code, one remains to be worked on in the future. Ascertaining the copyright status of all images is physically impossible, so all future experiments will be done on the EDH images in EAGLE MediaWiki. The script for extracting JPGs from the HTML is available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. We have drafted a plan for embedding metadata into the images, following the IPTC standard.

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XXIIème Rencontre Franco-Italienne sur l’Épigraphie du Monde Romain

Pratiques du grec dans l’épigraphie d’Occident. Contextes, origines, pratiques culturelles.

Autun, 22-24 Juin 2017


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Research fellowship on “Venice Squeeze Project: Digital library of epigraphic squeezes open access” – Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

The project aims at the creation of an online digital collection (2D and 3D) of the paper squeezes of Greek inscriptions preserved at the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory (DSU) through the collaboration with the program E-STAMPAGES (M. Brunet, Lyon II CNRS-EFA) and the University of Florida (E. Bozia, A. Barboutis,). Another goal is to contribute to the international recognition, valorization and preservation of archives of squeezes (especially in Italy).

The fellowship is intended to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to pursue his/her own research while benefiting from the range of expertise at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

More information in Italian: Bando ITA; in English: Bando ENG.


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