L’epigrafia latina del Nord Africa (Tunisi, 6-9 dicembre 2018)

Convegno internazionale di studi

Viale Umberto 52 – I- 07100 SASSARI – tel. 0039 079 2065203
Posta elettronica: africaromana@uniss.it
L’epigrafia latina del Nord Africa: novità, riletture, nuove sintesi
Tunisi, 6-9 dicembre 2018

Cari Amici,

in allegato ho il piacere di trasmettere la prima circolare del XXI Convegno internazionale de “L’Africa Romana”, che avrà luogo a Tunisi presso l’Hotel Africa dal 6 al 9 dicembre 2018, sul tema <<L’epigrafia latina del Nord Africa: novità, riletture, nuove sintesi>>.

A nome del Comitato scientifico internazionale voglio dire che stiamo facendo di tutto per costruire una feconda occasione di incontro tra studiosi, per allargare la cooperazione internazionale che si concentrerà su Tunisia, Algeria, Marocco e Libia e che intende collocarsi in una tradizione di studi che ha sempre privilegiato uno sguardo “dal basso”, partendo dalle specificità regionali, dalle persistenze, dagli apporti regionali che le differenti realtà africane hanno espresso all’interno dell’impero romano, senza trascurare il tema delle eredità, dei rapporti, delle relazioni mediterranee. Raccoglieremo i risultati di tante imprese nazionali e internazionali in corso nel Maghreb e aggiorneremo il quadro della documentazione epigrafica, selezionando un numero ridotto di 40 relazioni e di posters.

Spero che questa nostra iniziativa possa avere il più ampio consenso degli specialisti e Vi saluto con la più viva cordialità.

Sassari, 20 febbraio 2018.

Il Presidente del Comitato Scientifico
Attilio Mastino

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Symposium on the EPIGRAPHIES OF ANATOLIA: their histories and their future

The Symposium on the “Epigraphies of Anatolia: their histories and their future” will be held from the 24 to the 27 April, 2018 in the Koç University Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations in Antalya, Turkey. All are welcome to attend; the event is free, but for planning purposes please register on this EventBrite link.

For more material visit the symposium page of Research Center for Mediterranean Languages and Cultures of Akdeniz University.

For several millennia most of the civilisations of Anatolia used inscription on stone to preserve important texts – whether public documents or private commemorations. While this procedure is found in many civilisations across the world, the particular wealth of Anatolia in high-quality stones and marbles has ensured an exceptionally rich harvest of texts. Over the last couple of centuries, work on these documents has helped us understand more and more of this deep and multi-layered historical heritage, constantly developing and enriching our understanding.

The aim of the Symposium is to allow experts who work on the inscribed texts of different cultures to present their work and compare their experiences, building a sense of the history of the epigraphic discipline. During the symposium we intend to look at how earlier generations have interacted with such texts, tracing the steady development of methodologies; at how inscribed texts have introduced us to languages which had been unread for several millennia; and at how we can teach the necessary skills, and find ways to offer the fullest possible access, both in and beyond Turkey, to this unique store of knowledge.


09:30-10:00: Opening Addresses

SESSION I (10.00-12.00): Ancient/medieval/early modern viewers: Part I

10.00-10.40: Mehmet TÜTÜNCÜ – Genesis of first Islamic inscriptions in Anatolia from Arabic to Turkish

10.40-11.20: Georgios PALLIS – The second life of inscriptions in Byzantine Asia Minor: Aspects of the reuse of inscribed material

11.20-12.00: Scott REDFORDSeljuk epigraphy in Turkey

SESSION II (14.00-16.00):  Ancient/medieval/early modern viewers: Part II
Chair: Thomas CORSTEN

14.00-14.40: Nicholas S. M. MATHEOU – ‘Let me now restore its memory’: Epigraphy in the Medieval Arme­nian tradition

14.40-15.20: T. Michael P. DUGGAN – Early antiquarians in Asia Minor up to the 19th century

15.20-16.00: Charlotte ROUECHÉ – Louis Robert: transforming the Greek epigraphy of Anatolia

SESSION III (16.30-18.30): The scientific approach: collections and research
Chair: Oğuz TEKİN

16.30-17.10: Mustafa H. SAYAR – Greek and Latin inscriptions in the collections of the Archaeological Museums of Istanbul and their contribution to epigraphic research in the Eastern Mediterranean area and Asia Minor

17.10-17.50: Thomas CORSTEN – The history of Austrian epigraphical research in Asia Minor

17.50-18.30: Fatih ONUR – Discovering the landscape of antiquity: The Pataran monument and the geography of Lycia


SESSION IV (10.00-12.00): Discovering languages/writing systems
Chair: Gül IŞIN

10.00-10.40: Hasan PEKER – Anatolian hieroglyphs and their recent contributions to Near Eastern Studies

10.40-11.20: Selim F. ADALI – Cuneiform script in Anatolia: a historical perspective

11.20-12.00: Recai TEKOĞLU – Alphabetic scripts of Anatolia

SESSION V (14.00-16.00): Establishing and teaching epigraphy
Chair: Gülay YILMAZ

14.00-14.40: Johannes NOLLÉ – Passion and mission: Sencer Şahin’s academic work and his lasting achievements

14.40-15.20: Andreas RHOBY & Ida TOTH – Byzantine epigraphy: Past – Present – Future

15.20-16.00: Hakan T. KARATEKE – What is an Ottoman inscription?

SESSION VI (16.30-18.10): 21st century readers and their expectations: accessibility and outreach
Chair: Michèle BRUNET

16.30-17.05: N. İlgi GERÇEK – Cuneiform Studies in the 21st century

17.05-17.40: Gabriel BODARD – Contributors and agendas in digital epigraphy: encoding, editing and publishing

17.40-18.10: Hatice AYNUR – Digitizing Ottoman history: the “Database for Ottoman Inscriptions” in its eighth year

18.10-18.45 Future epigraphies: an international perspective – Michèle BRUNET


Trip to Archaeological Museum of Antalya, and to Side – led by Johannes NOLLÉ


Workshop on Digital Epigraphy – Gabriel BODARD (with Charlotte ROUECHÉ & Michèle BRUNET)

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Doctoral fellowships in epigraphy/papyrology (Oxford)

Doctoral Studentship Opportunities in epigraphic and papyrological studies, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

 Applications are being sought for funded doctoral scholarships at the University of Oxford on specified topics, across various disciplines, as part of a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Centre on the theme of Publication beyond Print.

The Leverhulme Doctoral Centre will challenge the dominance of the printed word in the study of human culture and society, by examining other media used before, alongside and after print. It will question the assumptions that self-expression, political community and intellectual progress are best served by printing. To do so, it will range across both historical media (some still in use), such as inscriptions and handwriting, and new digital media. In this way, it will ask how past methods of publication without print help us to understand future ones, and how emerging technology helps us to think about cultural history. It will bring students of communication into dialogue across differences of time, language, discipline and technology, from the humanities to social sciences.

For admission from October 2018, ten topics are offered for study. Of those ten, five will be funded this year, depending on the applications received. Three topics are specifically in the field of classical epigraphy and papyrology, with a strong emphasis upon the role of digital publication and digital tools:

For any enquiries on particular projects, please contact jonathan.prag@classics.ox.ac.uk, rosalind.thomas@classics.ox.ac.uk, or gregory.hutchinson@classics.ox.ac.uk.

For information on how to apply (deadline 9 March 2018), please see the Leverhulme Doctoral Centre website at: https://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/publication-beyond-print-leverhulme-doctoral-centre

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Manuscripts from the margins: How to edit a forgery. International Conference: 20–22 September 2018, Macquarie University, Sydney

The how and why of editing forgeries is a largely inarticulated domain. Whilst forgeries are ubiquitous in collections everywhere, they remain understudied and unappreciated. Efforts have concentrated on the identification of tell-tale signs of duplicity rather than on the mechanics used to feign authenticity. As the intention of forgers differs from that of ancient scribes, the publication of textual remains cannot proceed as usual. Lacunae may be intentional and text fragmentary from its inception.

Palaeographical description and the registering of other metatextual features are further complicated by the aspirations and failures of forgers. What sorts of comparisons are possible or even responsible? How much of the traditional repertoire of conventional signs and symbols should we read into ambiguous marks? Do we engage with the artefact as executed or imagined? Is it ethical to publish editions which make transparent forgers’ techniques? Does scholarly engagement with forgeries merely warn future fakers of things they should avoid?

These questions illustrate some of the potential problems which attend the publication of forgeries. These issues will form the basis of discussion through the presentation of a diverse range of textual forgeries purporting to be from antiquity through to the Renaissance. A a two-day workshop in which participant each present a forged text and ways to best edit and study them on 20th–21st will be followed by a day of lectures on synthetic themes for a wider audience on Saturday 22nd.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Christopher Rollston, Associate Professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures, Department of Classical and Near Eastern languages and Civilizations, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Offers of papers are welcome, and should be addressed to malcolm@forgingantiquity.com by April 13th. Expressions of interst in participating should identify a forged manuscript which will be examined in the workshop. “Manuscript” should be understod broadly, to include any surface used for writing, including papyrus, parchment, paper, metal, stone, wood, pottery, etc. The chronological range of the conference (in terms of when the forgeries have been asserted to date to) is antiquity through to the Renaissance, but papers on forgeries from after this period which address the themes of the conference will also be considered.

For further information please email malcolm@forgingantiquity.com

Conference website: http://www.forgingantiquity.com/conference2018

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Mycenaean epigraphy (Maurizio Del Freo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)

World Epigraphy State of the Art : “Mycenaean epigraphy” by (Maurizio Del Freo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)

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EpiDoc & EFES training workshop, London April 9–13, 2018

We invite applications for a five-day training workshop in text encoding for epigraphy and papyrology, and publication of ancient texts, at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, April 9–13, 2018.

The training will be offered by Gabriel Bodard (ICS), Martina Filosa (Köln), Simona Stoyanova (ICS) and Polina Yordanova (ICS/Sofia) and there will be no charge for the workshop. Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a limited number of bursaries are available to assist students and other unfunded scholars with the costs of travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice, recommendations and tools for the digital editing and publication of ancient texts based on TEI XML. EFES (github.com/EpiDoc/EFES) is a publication platform closely geared to EpiDoc projects and designed for use by non-technical editors. No expert computing skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek/Latin or other ancient language, 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 gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk, by Feb 28, 2018 including the following information:

  1. a brief description of your reason for interest
  2. your relevant background and experience
  3. If you would like to request a bursary, estimate how much you would need.
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Greek Epigraphy Spring Academy for PhD students April 2018

Call for Applications

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Department for Ancient History of the University of Heidelberg, and the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy of the German Archaeological Institute are inviting applications for an Epigraphic Spring Academy for PhD students, to be held on Rhodes from 11th to 22nd April 2018.

Please find all information below (in German) and direct any enquiries as well as applications to Prof. Dr. Christan Witschel (christian.witschel@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de). Information on how to apply can be found at the end of the message.


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Seminar für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Universität Heidelberg
Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des DAI

Ausschreibung für eine

Epigraphische Frühjahrsakademie

auf Rhodos, 11.–22. 4. 2018

Die internationale Akademie richtet sich an Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden der Alten Geschichte und der benachbarten altertumswissenschaftlichen und historischen Fächer. Sie soll der Vertiefung der Kompetenzen von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern in der griechischen Epigraphik dienen. Neben der Arbeit im Museum und an den Grabungsplätzen in Rhodos-Stadt sind Exkursionen nach Lindos, Kamiros und Ialysos geplant.

Ein detailliertes Programm der Veranstaltung (mit Themenliste für Referate) wird den Teilnehmern rechtzeitig zugestellt. Eigene Themenvorschläge der Bewerber sind gerne erwünscht.

Anreisetag ist Mittwoch, der 11. April 2018; Abreisetag ist Sonntag, der 22. April 2018. An- und Abreiseort ist jeweils Rhodos.

Leitung und Durchführung: Klaus Hallof (BBAW/Inscriptiones Graecae, Berlin), Christof Schuler (Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des DAI, München); Vasiliki Barlou (Universität Gießen).

Von den Bewerberinnen und Bewerbern werden gute Kenntnisse des Griechischen erwartet, außerdem Grundkenntnisse in der Epigraphik (in der Regel durch Nachweis der Teilnahme an einem einschlägigen universitären Kurs). Unterrichtssprache ist in der Regel Deutsch (gegebenenfalls aber auch Englisch). Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 12 beschränkt.

Zu den Anreisekosten wird ein Zuschuss gewährt; die Übernachtungs- und Reisekosten der Teilnehmer vor Ort werden von den Veranstaltern übernommen.

Bewerbungen (mit Lebenslauf, Abschlusszeugnissen, Nachweis über absolvierte Seminare oder Übungen mit epigraphischen Inhalten, Angaben zu Interessensschwerpunkten sowie einer kurzen Skizze des Dissertationsprojekts) richten Sie bitte bis zum 25. Februar 2018 (am besten per Mail und mit den Dokumenten in einem PDF) an:

Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel
Seminar für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik
der Universität Heidelberg
Marstallhof 4
D – 69117 Heidelberg
E-mail: christian.witschel@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de

Die Sommerakademie wird gefördert von der Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Download CFA as PDF / Ausschreibung als PDF herunterladen

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Ancient South Arabian epigraphy (Alessandra Avanzini, University of Pisa)

World Epigraphy State of the Art : “Ancient South Arabian epigraphy” by Alessandra Avanzini (University of Pisa)

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Latin Epigraphy Program in Rome in Summer 2018

From John Bodel:

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to offer in June 2018 an intensive introduction to the study of Latin and Greek inscriptions in the city of Rome.

AAR Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy, June 18 – June 29, 2018

Application Deadline: 31 January 2018

Instructor: John Bodel, Brown University

The Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy at the American Academy in Rome is an intensive ten-day course designed to introduce advanced graduate students and early career scholars to the study of Latin epigraphy, particularly the reading, interpretation, and editing of Latin and Greek inscriptions from the city of Rome. Participants will learn how to read and classify the main types of Roman inscriptions (on stone, metal, and clay) and how to edit Greek and Latin inscriptions, both in print and according to the EpiDoc conventions for digital editing of epigraphic texts. Instruction will include hands-on practice in reading and recording inscriptions in the American Academy in Rome; epigraphic walks in Trastevere and the center city; visits to major museum collections (notably those of the Museo Nazionale Romano and the Capitoline Museums); and field trips to sites on the Gianiculum and Vatican with Roman epitaphs in situ and to Ostia and the imperial cemetery at Isola Sacra. By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to edit unpublished inscriptions and will be able to read and understand basic types of Latin inscription on stone.


Tuition: €1040 / $1140

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it. The rates quoted below are for 2017 and may change slightly:

   ·  Shared twin room (without bathroom) – € 450 for 11 nights
·  Double room for single use (without bathroom) – € 900 for 11 nights
·  Double room for single use (with bathroom) – € 1340 for 11 nights
·  Single room (without bathroom) – € 770 for 11 nights
·  Single room (with bathroom) – € 1159 for 11 nights

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application. Housing at the Academy is recommended, since it makes participation easier and adds to the communal experience.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 for lunch, and €27 for dinner). Meals may also be prepared in the AAR’s communal kitchens.


Applications are invited from early career scholars and Ph.D. students in Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies and related disciplines. Please note that the course can be physically demanding, with long walks in (sometimes) intense heat. Students are expected to prepare accordingly. The course will be conducted in English.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest and indicating any previous study of Greek or Latin epigraphy, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. Applications and all supporting materials, including recommendations, should be sent by email. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individual referees.

All application materials, including any requests for housing, should be sent to: epigraphy@aarome.org

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Handbook of Mycenaean Epigraphy

Manuale di epigrafia micenea. Introduzione allo studio dei testi in lineare B
a cura di Maurizio Del Freo e Massimo Perna, 2 voll.
Padova, libreriauniversitaria.it edizioni, Webster srl, 2016
ISBN 978-88-6292-716-1.

The handbook, which is the fruit of the collaboration of a group of specialists from various universities and research centres in Italy and abroad, aims to provide an updated overview about Mycenaean epigraphy. It contains an introduction to the writing and language of the Mycenaean texts and a detailed analysis of the main Linear B documents divided by topic. In the first volume (XXXII + 280 pp.) the Linear B writing system and the Mycenaean scribal and administrative practices are analyzed and compared with their Minoan antecedents (Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A). The second volume (VI + 506 pp.) contains a detailed description of the different production sectors as they can be reconstructed from the Linear B texts as well as a synthesis of some major topics relating to the Mycenaean world, such as geography, society, economy and religion. Each chapter is provided with an essential bibliography. The book ends with a glossary of Mycenaean words.

The volume is published with the support of the following institutions:
Institute for Aegean Prehistory, Philadelphia (INSTAP)
Centro Internazionale di Ricerche Archeologiche, Antropologiche e Storiche, Montafia (CIRAAS)
Istituto Banco di Napoli – Fondazione

The book can be ordered online from the publisher’s website (www.libreriauniversitaria.it).


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Fresh Approaches to Epigraphic Material, St Andrews, July 11-14 2018

Posted for Eleri Counsins:

CfP: (Un)Set in Stone: Fresh Approaches to Epigraphic Material, Celtic Conference in Classics

Abstracts are sought for the 3-day panel “(Un)Set in Stone: Fresh Approaches to Epigraphic Material”, to be held at the Celtic Conference in Classics, St Andrews, July 11-14 2018.

Stone inscriptions represent one of our richest sources of evidence for the ancient world.  They also present compelling methodological challenges through their liminal status as both texts and material objects.  Yet there remains a need for the study of epigraphy to be more consistently integrated into theoretical and archaeological ways of thinking about the past and material culture.  At the same time, there is tremendous potential still left untapped in terms of thinking of inscriptions as texts, particularly abbreviated and/or fragmentary texts.   This panel, therefore, seeks to present new, even experimental, methodological and theoretical approaches to epigraphy, by bringing together archaeological theorists, scholars working on ancient literature, and those who work regularly on inscriptions and carved material, including visual culture.  Possible topics for abstracts include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • the materiality of inscriptions as archaeological objects
  • the application to epigraphy of literary approaches to fragmentary texts
  • the interaction of image and text on inscriptions
  • phenomenological approaches to inscriptions
  • the nature of epigraphic production and stone-carving
  • ways of viewing inscriptions in antiquity
  • the experience (both ancient and modern) of reading inscriptions, in particular abbreviated texts
  • digital techniques which enable new interpretative paradigms

Confirmed speakers: Tatiana Ivleva, Peter Kruschwitz, Myles Lavan, Polly Low, Katherine McDonald, Kelsey Williams.

Papers at the CCC are usually 40 minutes long; however, shorter presentations may also be considered.  Prospective speakers are asked to send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Eleri Cousins at ehc5@st-andrews.ac.uk by January 31st, 2018.  Please specify desired paper length in the abstract.  It is intended that this panel will serve as the springboard for an edited volume, aiming for publication in 2020 or 2021; prospective speakers should state with their abstract whether they would wish to participate in this volume.

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South Arabian funerary stelae from the British Museum collection

Presentation of the volume by A. Lombardi, with contributions by F. Betti
(Arabia Antica. Archaeological studies, 11; Roma, L’ERMA di Bretschneider, 2016)

14th of December 2017 – h. 15
Università degli Studi di Milano – Palazzo Greppi, Sala Napoleonica – Via S. Antonio, 1


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Virtual Museum of Archaeological Computing

Presentation of the Virtual Museum of Archaeological Computing

Accademia dei Lincei (Rome) – Wednesday, 13th of December 2017

The Virtual Museum of Archaeological Computing is a project of the CNR-ISMA and Accademia dei Lincei (Rome). It aims at retracing the development of a boundary discipline, which set its roots in the 1950s. A virtual tour, guided by specialists, will offer a survey on the history of applications and technological devices, within the framework of the main archaeological sectors involved in the process of data digitisation, including also focuses on Digital Epigraphy (see Projects section).


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Call for papers – Journal of Epigraphic Studies (JES)

Call for papers

Please find enclosed a leaflet advertising the launching by the publisher Fabrizio Serra Editore Srl, Pisa-Rome, of a new journal in the field of Greek and Latin epigraphy: The Journal of Epigraphic Studies (JES). The Journal now welcomes articles for the first issue to be published in 2018. Papers may be submitted by January 31, 2018, and will be peer-reviewed. More details about the submission procedure and the editorial rules are included in the attached documents or are accessible through: www.libraweb.net

JES – Leaflet

JES – Editorial Rules

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Call for proposals “Manes adite paterni!” International Conference (Heidelberg, 20-21 July 2018) UPDATE


The research group LITTERA of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg is calling for proposals for the international conference Manes adite paterni!” Family Spirits in the Greco-Roman World that will take place on the days 20-21 of July 2018 at the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg.

The conference aims to reconsider the confused panorama concerning the different types of supernatural beings (Manes, Penates, Lares, Genii, δαίμονες, ἥρωες, etc.), with special emphasis on the family circle. Focus of the conference will be the Greco-Roman world from the origins to the Early Christianity. The objective is to stress the existence of a continuity among the different traditions concerning the beliefs on the life after death. Proposals are expected to deal with the following subjects: the lexical choice to denominate spirits and ghosts; the ritual and material component of the family death cult and the magical practices against spirits; the philosophical thought about the nature of the spirits as well as on the destiny of the human soul, etc.

The approach is multidisciplinary. In this sense, not only philologists are invited to apply but also philosophers, epigraphists, papirologists, archeologists and historians.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the monographic series of the scientific review Anuari de Filologia Antiqua et Mediaevalia (http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/AFAM/about/submissions) after a double peer-review.

More info





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