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5 February, 2015

2nd North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

Filed under: AIEGL,ASGLE,events,news — Nikolaos Papazarkadas @ 21:25

The 2nd North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

January 4-5, 2016 (University of California, Berkeley)

The second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 4-5, 2016, at the University of California, Berkeley, under the aegis of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE), and with support from the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy, the Departments of Classics and History at UC Berkeley, ASGLE, the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL), and Brill Publishers.

The congress, to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco, CA (Wednesday through Saturday, January 6-9, 2016), will include several parallel sessions (at least one of which will be devoted to new texts), two plenary sessions, and two keynote addresses; there will also be space in the program for a poster session. It is our intention to submit the conference proceedings for publication in the series Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy, which published the proceedings of the first congress (

The congress organizing committee is pleased to invite individual abstracts for the parallel sessions (for papers of 20 minutes) and for the poster session. Abstracts of no more than 1 page should be submitted by email attachment in PDF or Word document form by Friday, March 20, 2015 to the congress email address at Please indicate at the end of your abstract whether or not you are willing to submit your paper or poster for inclusion in the published volume. Abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the congress organizing committee, and the results of the review process will be made known to potential participants no later than April 20, 2015.

For further details about the congress, please see the congress webpage at

28 January, 2015

Epigrafia e politica. Il contributo della documentazione epigrafica allo studio delle dinamiche politiche nel mondo romano

Filed under: events,news — Lorenzo Calvelli @ 08:28

Epigrafia e politica. Il contributo della documentazione epigrafica allo studio delle dinamiche politiche nel mondo romano

Mercoledì 28 gennaio 2015, ore 14.15 – Giovedì 29 gennaio 2015, ore 9.00
Aula 113, Via Festa del Perdono, 7, Milano

Mercoledì 28 gennaio 2015
Ore 14.15
Saluto del Direttore di Dipartimento, Prof. Alfonso D’Agostino
Introduzione – Prof.ssa Simonetta Segenni
Prima sessione
Presiede: Prof. Umberto Laffi (Università di Pisa)
Ore 14.45
Werner Eck (Universität zu Köln):
Comunicare per iscritto: 200 anni di politica imperiale nei testi dei diplomi militari
Ore 15.30
Cesare Letta (Università di Pisa):
Fasti Albenses: progressi e palinodie sui fasti consolari
Ore 16.00
Giuliana Cavalieri Manasse (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto) e Giovannella Cresci Marrone (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia):
Frammenti di formae dal Capitolium di Verona
Ore 16.30
Coffe Break
Ore 17.00
Alberto Dalla Rosa (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris):
Dei documenti di valore secondario? Il posto delle fonti epigrafiche nella storiografia romana antica
Ore 17.30
Alfredo Buonopane (Università di Verona):
Élites cittadine e lavori pubblici in Italia settentrionale: le testimonianze epigrafiche
Ore 18.00
Michele Bellomo (Università di Milano):
Il contributo delle fonti epigrafiche allo studio della seconda guerra punica: alcuni casi eccezionali

Giovedì 29 gennaio 2015
Seconda Sessione
Presiede: Prof. Cesare Letta (Università di Pisa)
Ore 9.00
Monica Chiabà (Università di Trieste):
Epigrafia e politica dall’Urbe alla provincia. L’iscrizione trionfale di Gaio Sempronio Tuditano (cos. 129 a. C.) da Aquileia
Ore 9.30
Giuseppe Camodeca (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”):
Le élites cittadine nella Campania romana: potere politico e vicende sociali
Ore 10.00
Claudio Zaccaria (Università di Trieste):
L’uso politico della comunicazione epigrafica nel passaggio dalla Repubblica al Principato
Ore 10.30
Alfredo Valvo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano):
La politica dopo Augusto
Ore 11.00
Coffee Break
Ore 11.30
Francesca Cenerini (Università di Bologna):
Donne e “politica” alla luce della documentazione epigrafica
Ore 12.00
Gian Luca Gregori – Gianmarco Bianchini (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”):
Caligola “principe ottimo”. Aspetti della propaganda politica nel primo secolo dopo Cristo
Ore 12.30
Antonio Sartori (Università di Milano):
Epigrafia politica, politica dell’Epigrafia
Ore 13.00


27 January, 2015

AXON. A Selection of Greek Historical Inscriptions.

Filed under: Guest post,news — Alice Bencivenni @ 09:29

Posted on behalf of Stefania De Vido


The scientific team of the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice presented in Milan (SAEG IV, 14-16 January 2015) the epigraphic project, “AXON. A Selection of Greek Historical Inscriptions”, a tool for study and research completely missing from the Italian scene. This project was conceived within the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory itself, which is meant to be its scientific and operational headquarters.

Documents will be considered dating from the birth of the polis in the Archaic Age to 31 BC: these chronological boundaries ensure contextual homogeneity and correspond to the conventional definition of ‘Greek history’. Furthermore, texts will be selected according to a broader notion of ‘historical’ inscription, which includes those documents relevant not only for their political and institutional contents, but also for the social as well as cultural issues they display. A first selection of inscriptions – 80 to 100 texts from the 8th to the 2nd centuries BC – will be published along with thorough critical apparatus as well as a ‘genetic’ lemma, Italian translation, and commentary (Carocci editore, ed. by C. Antonetti and S. De Vido).

In the meantime, a database is being brought into existence, in order to offer a potentially ever growing online edition of a wider selection of documents, provided with complete lemma and critical apparatus, Italian translation, commentary, and updated bibliography; this digital anthology will be progressively improved by scholars, and will be freely accessible. Nowadays academics have several high-standard epigraphic databases at their disposal: our database, homogeneous as it is with the major ones from a conceptual point of view, will nonetheless contribute to the international panorama by helping provide a shared epigraphic vocabulary, as well as offering the scholarly world a SEG-derived widely implemented bibliography, and accurate indexing.

In conclusion, “AXON” aims to establish a long-term synergy between Italian and foreign epigraphists and historians, beyond disciplinary boundaries, involving experts in language, dialects, and archaeology, in order to create a tool bound to prove useful for a wide range of potential users.

For further information, please visit our web-site or ask to our e-mail address:

Scientific Director of the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory, DSU Ca’ Foscari: Prof. Claudia Antonetti

Project Coordinator (Progetto di Ricerca d’Ateneo 2013): Stefania De Vido

Scientific team: Silvia Palazzo, Michela Socal, Luigi Tessarolo

19 January, 2015

XXIème Rencontre franco-italienne sur l’épigraphie du monde romain. Campobasso, September 24-26, 2015

Filed under: events,news — Alice Bencivenni @ 14:30

XXIème Rencontre franco-italienne sur l’épigraphie du monde romain:

Evoluzione dell’organizzazione istituzionale cittadina in Italia e nelle province occidentali: dalla tarda-Repubblica all’epoca severiana.


Campobasso (Italy), September 24-26, 2015

(provisional programme to be published next March)

12 January, 2015

EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 20-24, 2015

Filed under: news — Simona Stoyanova @ 13:06

We invite applications for a 5-day training workshop on digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts, to be held in the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, April 20-24, 2015. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc ( is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, Vindolanda Tablets Online, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and is also being used by Perseus Digital Library and EAGLE Europeana Project. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions in TEI, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and use of the tags-free Papyrological Editor (

No technical skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek or Latin, epigraphy or papyrology, and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors and professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant background and experience, by Friday February 27th, 2015.

22 December, 2014

SAEG IV Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca

Filed under: events — Alice Bencivenni @ 12:27




14-16 GENNAIO 2015

Sala lauree “Alberto Malliani” della Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia


12 December, 2014

HEp 19 for 2010 Published

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 22:13

Volume 19 of Hispania Epigraphica (ISSN 1132-6875; ISSN-e 1988-2424), covering the Iberian epigraphic harvest of 2010, has just been posted as a series of PDF files on the Revistas Científicas Complutenses website. According to the preface by Isabel Velázquez and Joaquín Gómez-Pantoja, this volume contains 582 entries corresponding to bibliography published in 2010 on previously unpublished or re-edited inscriptions from the Iberian peninsula, as well as some items from 2009 that were not treated in the prior volume. In addition to the entries themselves, the volume provides extensive documentation and reference helps, including general and generous thematic epigraphic indices.

British Embassy in Rome opens new museum

Filed under: news — Lorenzo Calvelli @ 09:50

A small museum housing a collection of over 350 ancient Roman marble artefacts was presented at Villa Wolkonsky, the residence of the British ambassador in Rome, in the presence of Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini and Britain’s ambassador Christopher Prentice, on 10 December 2014.
The marble treasures in the Wolkonsky Collection include votive statues of goddesses, sarcophagi decorated with bas-relief, funerary portraits, friezes, architectural elements and inscriptions, almost all from burials dating from between the first century BC and the third century AD.
A particular highlight of the collection is the life-size statue known as the Music Satyr, which was reassembled from 15 fragments found in various place around the villa’s four-hectare gardens in the S. Giovanni district of Rome.
The majority of the artefacts were rediscovered on the grounds during an extensive restoration programme of the gardens, led by dedicated gardener and wife of the present ambassador, Nina Prentice.
The restored finds have been placed in two converted 19th-century greenhouses situated near the entrance gate on the villa’s grounds.
Visiting the museum will not interfere with security arrangements for the residence, according to the embassy, which is planning to open the collection to guided tours for small groups.
For further information and some interesting pictures:

6 December, 2014

Appel à communication Colloque « Humanités numériques : l’exemple de l’Antiquité » – Call for paper “Digital Humanities: the example of Antiquity”

Filed under: events,news — Alice Bencivenni @ 11:48

Le colloque «Humanités numériques : l’exemple de l’Antiquité», qui aura lieu à Grenoble du 2 au 4 septembre 2015, est organisé par l’Université Grenoble 3, l’Université Grenoble 2, la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Alpes, The Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities, HISOMA.

L’ambition de ce colloque est double, tournée vers du bilan et des perspectives, dans une orientation méthodologique. Ainsi, il a pour objectif de faire le point sur les pratiques actuelles, déjà nombreuses, mais souvent éparses, dans le domaine des humanités numériques appliquées à l’étude de l’Antiquité. En outre, il contribuera à définir de nouveaux projets et à ouvrir des pistes nouvelles en établissant un dialogue entre des spécialistes déjà habitués au numérique et des enseignants-chercheurs désireux de développer leurs connaissances et leur pratique dans ce domaine.

Les keynote speakers ayant confirmé leur participation sont Gregory Crane (Tufts University & Univ. of Leipzig) et Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London).

Les deux jours de colloque proprement dit (3 et 4 septembre) seront précédés d’une journée d’ateliers destinés spécialement aux doctorants mais ouvertes aussi aux enseignants chercheurs.

Les sciences de l’Antiquité embrassent un très large domaine géographique (de la Méditerranée aux confins de l’Europe et de l’Asie), historique (de la fin de la Préhistoire au début du Moyen Âge) et linguistique (principalement grec et latin, mais sans négliger les langues du Proche- et Moyen-Orient). Elles reposent également sur des traditions disciplinaires variées : linguistique, philologie, critique littéraire, philosophie, histoire, archéologie, épigraphie, numismatique, etc. Dans toutes ces traditions disciplinaires, l’application de technologies numériques a connu, depuis plusieurs décennies, un développement considérable, qui n’a pas manqué de se marquer aussi dans les sciences de l’Antiquité. Les technologies numériques ont permis des renouvellements méthodologiques, dont nous n’avons pas encore pris toute la mesure.

Devant la diversité de ces approches, dans un contexte de plus en plus internationalisé, il semble intéressant de proposer aux enseignants-chercheurs et aux doctorants un tour d’horizon de la recherche actuelle, qui permettra de dégager des perspectives pour le futur.

Quatre axes ont été retenus : éditions de textes littéraires ; études de scholies et commentaires ; archéologie et épigraphie ; prosopographie et géographie.

Les communications devront porter sur des questions méthodologiques et/ou poser des problèmes inhérents à ces démarches. Il est également possible de proposer des posters présentant des projets en cours.

Les propositions de communication ou de posters (300 mots maximum, en français ou anglais, qui seront les langues de communication du colloque) sont à adresser au comité d’organisation :

au plus tard le 15 janvier 2015

NB : Quelques bourses sont prévues pour permettre la participation des jeunes chercheurs et doctorants. Si vous êtes intéressés par cette aide, merci de l’indiquer et d’argumenter votre demande par une lettre de motivation.


The University ‘Stendhal’ of Grenoble 3, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Alpes, L’Université Grenoble 2, the Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities and HISOMA organise the conference “Digital Humanities: the example of Antiquity”. The conference will take place in Grenoble, from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2015.

The goal of this conference is twofold: at the same time an assessment of existing methodologies and a looking forward to new ones. It also has the objective of evaluating current practices of the application of Digital Humanities to the study of antiquity, practices which are quite numerous but also sometimes disconnected from each other and without an overall understanding. The conference also aims to contribute toward the design of new projects and the opening new paths, by establishing a dialogue between scholars for whom the Digital Humanities are already familiar and those wishing to acquire knowledge and practice in this domain.

The confirmed Keynote speakers are Gregory Crane (Tufts University & University of Leipzig) and Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London). The conference will be preceded by a workshop, particularly aimed at doctoral students, but open to everybody.

The study of Antiquity encompass very large geographical, historical and linguistic domains: from the Mediterranean to the borders of Europe and Asia, from the end of Prehistory to the Middle Ages, and from Greek and Latin to the languages of the Near and Middle East. This study is also distributed among different disciplines: Linguistics, Philology, Literary Criticism, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, etc. In all these disciplinary traditions, the application of computational techniques has been employed for several decades now, an application that has left quite a strong mark on the study of Antiquity. The employment of digital methods has also enabled substantial changes of methodology, the extent of which remains to be assessed.

Considering the diversity of such approaches in a context of research which is more and more internationalised, it seems worthwhile to present to scholars and PhD students an overview of current research in order to develop future endeavours.

The conference will be organised around four key topics: Editions of literary texts; Study of scholia and commentaries; Archaeology and Epigraphy; Prosopography and historical geography. Papers will focus on methodological questions and/or discuss general issues emerging within such topics. We also encourage proposals of posters presenting work in progress.

Please send your proposals of up to 300 words, in French or English (which will be the languages of the conference) by the 15th of January 2015 to the organisers:

NB: In order to encourage the participation of young researchers, we will provide a limited number of bursaries. If you wish to be considered for one of these then please include a letter of motivation with your application.

25 November, 2014

Call for Papers: International Conference Instrumenta inscripta VI

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 10:08

International Conference Instrumenta inscripta VI
The inscriptions with didascalic-explicative function. Commissioner, recipient, content and description of the object in the instrumentum inscriptum.
Aquileia – Italy, March 26th to 28th, 2015.

The conference will organized by:
– Friuli Venezia Giulia Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage
– Department of History and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage at the Udine University
– Friulian Society of Archaeology

Further information

19 November, 2014

Low-Cost Structure from Motion Technology: An open approach for epigraphical digital reconstruction

Filed under: Guest post — Pietro Liuzzo @ 22:53

Posted on behalf of Daniele Mittica*, Michele Pellegrino**, Anita Rocco**

The creation of photorealistic 3D models of several objects, architecture, archaeological sites, artworks, or even entire landscapes, is increasingly becoming an established practice.

The use of 3D reconstruction tools are also important for an even more precise recording phase of the epigraphic finds; in fact if we are able to obtain a three-dimensional image, we can gain more accurate information about the technique or the instruments used for carving the inscriptions, or simply highlight all possible anomalies on the surface, which could be harder to notice at a first sight.

There are several advantages on using 3D models, such as choosing an appropriate point of view of the object (rotate, zoom in-out, even virtually taking measure), and the easy and convenient way to storage, duplicate and share the digital data.

A 3D model can be generated through different techniques or devices, such as laser scanner, Lidar, structured light applications, and photogrammetry, but it is not always simple to use all of them in every archaeological circumstance because of some reasons (limited financial resources, short time for field operations, logistic difficulties, lack of specific competences).

Nevertheless it is possible to obtain a 3D model starting from simple pictures, just using a compact or semi-professional digital camera and some photogrammetric technologies like the Structure from Motion (SfM), which is based on the dense stereo matching techniques: after shooting good quality photos, the entire data set it is processed within a specific dense reconstruction software which is able to generate a detailed and dense 3D point cloud that will be further elaborated for the solid geometry (meshing).

Our project, conducted on three different inscription testing three different applications such as an Open Source software (PPT – Python Photogrammetry Toolbox), a web-based solution (Autodesk 123D Catch), and a demo version of a commercial application (Agisoft Photoscan), has outlined the high potential of the Structure from Motion, which represents a positive alternative to the much more expensive and complex technologies like laser scanning.

Take a look at the 3D model of a Roman milestone on Sketchfab and the video presentation of the project.

3D models of the inscription of Damaris (wireframe – smooth – texture rendering).

3D models of the medieval inscription from the Cathedral of Bari (wireframe – smooth – texture rendering).



The availability of Open Source solutions or web-based software, the possibility to share and analyse the model using some powerful tools, such as PDF 3D or web-based viewer (3DHOP, Sketchfab), plus the widespread 3D printing, represent some of the possible developments connected to this technology, and an excellent way for improving the quality of the epigraphic documentation.



*Independent researcher – Italy

**Dip. di Scienze dell’Antichità e del Tardoantico, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” – Italy,



17 November, 2014

Improving text-based search of inscriptions

Filed under: Guest post,news — Pietro Liuzzo @ 20:30

Posted on behalf of Michelangelo Ceci1, Gianvito Pio1, Anita Rocco2


The Epigraphic Database Bari (EDB) stores inscriptions by Christians from Rome, between 3rd and 8th cent. It provides a web-based system to search for almost all the Greek and Latin inscriptions published in the corpus of the Inscriptiones Christianae Vrbis Romae, nova series [ICVR]. For each epigraphic document, a set of data and metadata is stored, about both the artifact/support (context, conservation, support, etc.) and the inscribed text (language, graphical and onomastic notes, etc.).

EDB provides an advanced text-based system which allows users to obtain different results according to a predefined syntax. Moreover, it is possible to select whether to consider diacritical marks, Greek accents and spirits and capital letters. The text-based search can also be combined with other metadata, such as bibliographic data, context, conservation, support, dating, etc.

This wide range of possibilities allows users to retrieve the desired inscriptions according to different needs. For example, an occasional user looking for a specific inscription can type one or more words in order to search for possible matching inscriptions. On the other hand, scholars can use the system to retrieve details about inscriptions they are studying and, by exploiting the phrase matching, can identify all the epitaphs containing the so-called “formulas”, i.e. recurrent expressions that are useful, for example, for dating purposes.

EDB provides a source of noteworthy importance for the study of the history of Greek and Latin language in Late Antiquity. Indeed, in this period, language underwent a gradual transformation and was enriched with forms and expressions of common use. Moreover, the possibility that something initially appearing as an important linguistic phenomenon could actually be just a spelling mistake must not be ignored. For this reason, in EDB, the so-called aberrant forms are not normalized to the classical model, if they are grapho-phonetic outcomes of linguistic modifications. However, a standard query system is not able to match a query with the inscriptions containing different spellings of a word. To face with this issue, we store each inscription in its original form and in a lemmatized form, where each term is replaced with its corresponding lemma. The user’s query is also lemmatized and the matching between the lemmatized form of the transcription and of the query is actually performed.

For future work, we will exploit the lemmatized terms to automatically identify possible misspellings and/or currently unknown aberrant forms.



1Dip. di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”

2Dip. di Scienze dell’Antichità e del Tardoantico, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”


14 November, 2014

Call for Papers: Conference on the Roman Danubian Provinces

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 09:43

Call for Papers


VIENNA / Austria – November 11th – 13th November 2015

3rd International Conference on the Roman Danubian Provinces – Society and Economy


more information

13 November, 2014

Epigraphic poetry: a great new discovery

Filed under: new inscription,news — Eleonora Santin @ 20:22

Christian Marek did a very great discovery! See the article published on the University of Zurich website.

12 November, 2014

Obituary of Anna Morpurgo-Davies

Filed under: news — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:21

The Guardian today runs an obituary of Anna Morpurgo-Davies, “Historical linguist who unlocked the secrets of Ancient Greek and Anatolian”, who died about six weeks ago, aged 77. An epigraphist and linguist of Mycenaean and one of the discoverers of hieroglyphic Luwian, Anna remained an active member of the British epigraphic community.

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