BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy, July 16-25 2018

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BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy July 16th-25th 2018.

The fourth biennial taught course in Roman Epigraphy will take place on the 16th-25th of July 2018. Based at the British school at Rome, this taught course offers a ten day introduction to the scholarship, editorial practice, and publication of epigraphic materials from a variety of different approaches. The aim of the course, intended for postgraduate scholars of ancient history, archaeology, museum studies and the classics, is to provide training and a practical experience in the use of epigraphy as source. The course will examine the numerous contexts in which epigraphy is presented (in situ, museums, archives and in published formats (e.g. reference works and online databases) and explore the process of editing and publishing epigraphic materials. The use of digital resources, catalogues and the process of publishing texts in these formats will be addressed in lectures and interaction with the CIL (volume 6) archives at La Sapienza with Silvia Orlandi. Evening lectures and on site talks by international scholars and museum curators will allow participants to engage with varying epigraphic topics and ongoing research projects.

The course, which divides epigraphic materials into themes of a technical and cultural, consists of daily lectures, museum visits, epigraphic ambulatio through the city of Rome as well as research sessions at the British School’s library and a trip to Ostia. Museum and site visits will include gallery lectures by curators and special permits to collections that are not generally open to the public. Workshops at a series of different sites will develop skills in creating practical study materials such as drawings, rubbings, squeezes and photographs of inscriptions. A component of this will be an epigraphic journal, which will be used to record one’s work at each stage of the research process. Participants will also have an opportunity to further their own research through an independent project (generally a specific area of his/her epigraphic research) which will be developed during the course and presented in a short paper on the final day.

Notes for Applicants:
Applications are invited from postgraduate and Ph.D track students in Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Museum Studies and related disciplines. Please note that this course is physically demanding with hours of walking in (at times) intemperate heat, students are expected to prepare accordingly. Further details of the upcoming course, reports from previous courses (including a Syllabus), as well as application information can be found on the courses webpage:

Please email any further queries to the course coordinator Dr. Abigail Graham

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Visible Words workshop (Brown, Oct 6-7, 2017)

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Visible Words: Digital Epigraphy in a Global Perspective
An international workshop at Brown University, Providence, R.I.
John D. Rockefeller Library, 6-7 October 2017

This workshop, which is free and open to the public, will bring together experts in the epigraphic cultures of different languages and scriptural traditions from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, South and East Asia, and Mesoamerica who are also involved in creating (or developing) digital editions and databases of inscriptions, to explore shared interests and challenges during a day-and-a-half of short presentations and group round-table discussions.

The workshop will be immediately preceded by an EpiDoc workshop (5-6 October) designed to introduce the basics of the EpiDoc editing system; the Epidoc workshop is also free and open to the public but space in it is limited and advanced registration is required. For further information about both workshops, see here:

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Herculaneum Society lecture: Roger Tomlin on Roman Writing-Tablets (Oxford, Oct 7, 2017)

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The Herculaneum Society is very pleased to sponsor a talk by Dr Roger Tomlin, Wolfson College, Oxford, entitled ‘Roman London’s First Voices: New Writing-Tablets from Roman Britain’, Saturday 7 October in the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford, at 4:00 pm. A drinks reception will follow. All are very welcome; an RSVP would be helpful to

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

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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

This workshop will provide an introduction to the EpiDoc schema for editing epigraphic and papyrological texts. EpiDoc ( 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 (, the US Epigraphy Project (,the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (, the 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:

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, so we ask you to please fill out the application form:

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 2017–2017.html

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 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)

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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: 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

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

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,

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

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L’Année épigraphique 2014

Mireille Corbier (, 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 (

Mireille Corbier (, 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

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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

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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 (, 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:

I contributi della Rivista sono collegati alle schede del Database Axon, consultabile all’indirizzo:, 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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