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7 May, 2007

New Web Address: American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

Filed under: ASGLE,news — Tom Elliott @ 14:43

Under its new Secretary/Treasurer Paul Iversen, the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy is moving its website to a new address at Case Western Reserve University, effective immediately:

The old website at UNC-Chapel Hill is still online, but is significantly out of date. It will be taken down this week and replaced with URL-redirects. Website maintainers are advised to update their links now. The new site includes updated information about officers of the society, membership and more, so it’s worth a visit now.

We are currently finalizing plans to move the old ASGLE links pages (an extensive collection of links to online epigraphical resources) from the ASGLE site to Current Epigraphy. This change will facilitate renewed editing and updating of the content, which will proceed collaboratively under the direction of the editors of CE and of Dr. Iversen, with the involvement of all CE authors and the old links pages editorial board. A separate announcement will be forthcoming when this change is immanent; meantime, the old links pages have been moved to the new ASGLE site.

This transition marks the end of my tenure as Web Information Coordinator for ASGLE. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted me in that guise over the last 9 years, and to wish the new team the best of luck!

The Heliodorus Stele = ZPE 159 (2007), 191-205

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 14:23

The Epoch Times has run a piece entitled “Historically Important Greek Stele Inscriptions Revealed.” It discusses an inscribed stone block (stele) dating no earlier than August 178 BCE. The stele preserves part of a letter of King Seleucus IV Philopator (ca. 218-175 BCE) to one Heliodorus, a Seleucid official and presumably the later assassin of the king. The fragmentary letter (in Greek) is preceded on the stele by two short missives recording the transmittal of the King’s letter through the Seleucid administrative hierarchy (from Heliodorus to one Dorymenes and then on to another man named Diophanes).
More information:

  • Publication: H.M. Cotton and K. Wörrle, “Seleukos IV to Heliodoros: A new dossier of royal correspondence from Israel,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (ZPE), 159 (2007), 191-205 [not seen by me; publication details not in ET article, but obtained from the online ZPE indexes].
  • Translation: in press release from the Israel museum
  • Photo: the best photograph to appear online so far seems to be the one that accompanies a similar story on
  • Text: [I am not aware of an online text of this inscription].

The ET article was occasioned by the opening of an exhibition at the Israel Museum entitled “Royal Correspondence on Stone: The Overseer of the Sanctuaries” (through June 2007) [Press release; still nowhere to be found in the museum’s online listing of exhibitions].

Charles Crowther at CSAD reports that Michael Wörrle will be talking about the inscription in Oxford on 23 May 2007:

Glosses on the ET article are hitting the lists, and it’s been noted at rogueclassicism. Jeff Becker brought it to my attention, and Brian Turner and Hugh Cayless helped me run down some details. The link to was posted to ANE-2 by Jim West and Rochelle Altmann.
I would be grateful for more information about this inscription, as well as a good secondary reference for this Heliodoros (his office, dates, activities, etc.) Please append suggestions as comments to this post.

3 May, 2007

Epigraphy in Ancient Society 36 (2006)

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 20:11

Gregg Schwendner over at What’s New in Papyrology alerts us to the following epigraphical articles published in volume 36 of Ancient Society (ISSN: 0066-1619; / E-ISSN: 1783-1334).

  • M.J. Osborne, “The Eponymous Archons of Athens from 300/299 to 286/5,” pp. 69-80, DOI: 10.2143/AS.36.0.2017829.
  • L.A. Hughes, “The Proclamation of Non-Defective Slaves and the Curule Aediles’ Edict: Some Epigraphic and Iconographic Evidence from Capua,” pp. 239-261, DOI: 10.2143/AS.36.0.2017837.

Inscribed sarcophagus for a dog named Stephanos

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 16:52

Troels Myrup Kristensen has posted a photograph of the sarcophagus, found at Termessos in 1998 and now in the Antalya museum. The verse inscription on it, which he reports to be barely readable to the naked eye, has been published as:

  • SGO 4 18/01/28 = R. Merkelbach and J. Stauber, Steinepigramme aus dem griechischen Osten, 5 vols., Stuttgart, 1998-2004 (OCLC: 40719443), vol. 4, no. 18/01/28.
  • I have not been able to identify any version of the original text online as yet.

Troels offers an English translation, modified from the one on display in the museum:

(This grave) keeps inside the one that death took suddenly. This is the grave of Dog Stephanos that went away and vanished. Rhodope cried for it and buried it like a human. I, (the) Dog Stephanos: Rhodope set up my grave.

Julia Lougovaya (one of our co-editors here at CE), highlights this inscription in her review of SGO 4 (BMCR 2005.07.31), offering the following translation of the readable portion of the text (the final 2 of 3 original epigrams):

This is the tomb of the dog, Stephanos, who perished,
Whom Rhodope shed tears for and buried like a human (vv. 4-5).
I am the dog Stephanos, and Rhodope set up a tomb for me (v. 6).

Julia notes that Rhodope’s own sarcophagus, which carries a prose epitaph in which she takes sole credit for the construction of the tomb (Αὐρ(ηλία) Ῥοδόπη τὴν σωματοθήκην ἑαυτῆ μόνη), was found nearby. This inscription is published as:

Andrej Petrovic and Brian Turner contributed to the content of this article.

The editors of CE would be grateful for additional information about these inscriptions: texts, translations, photographs, publication information and the like.

Gortyn Code photos online

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 16:46

Troels Myrup has posted 3 color photos of portions of the Gortyn legal code.

Some print publications relevant to the inscription:

  • ICret 4.72 = M. Guarducci, Inscriptiones creticae, opera et consilio Friderici Halbherr collectae, 4 vols., Rome, 1935-1950 (OCLC: 3832343), vol. 4, no. 72.
  • M. Gargarin, multiple articles published in Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies from 1982 onward; see the GRBS Index, sub Gagarin, Michael.
  • A.F. Verdieck, The Gortyn crisis and the creation of the Gortyn code, thesis, Colorado State University (Ft. Collins), 2004 (OCLC: 56931215)
  • R.F. Willetts, The law code of Gortyn, Berlin, 1967 (OCLC: 529234).


2 May, 2007

Rey-Coquais, Inscriptions Grecques et Latines de Tyr

Filed under: publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 15:16

The recent publication of Jean-Paul Rey-Coquais, Inscriptions Grecques et Latines de Tyr (BAAL supplement III, Beyrouth 2006) has just come to my notice. This volume contains some 412 inscriptions, most illustrated with photographs, squeezes, and/or sketches; all carefully edited and briefly commented upon; those of any substance translated (into French). There are Greek and Latin indices, a general index, a preface and table of contents in Arabic at the back (from our point of view!), but the one obvious missing feature is a concordance of publications. A nice-looking corpus, however.

Books available for review from BMCR

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:12

As of today’s posting of BMCR 2007.05.01 the following titles of epigraphic interest are available for review (some of them not snapped up since last month). There must be epigraphers out there who want free books?

  • Edmondson, Jonathan, Granite Funerary Stelae from Augusta Emerita. Monografías Emeritenses 9. Mérida: Artes Gráficas Rejas, S. L., 2006. Pp. 303. (pb). ISBN 84-8181-313-3.
  • Minon, Sophie, Les inscriptions éléennes dialectales (VI-II siècle avant J.-C.). Volume I: Textes. Volume II: Grammaire et vocabulaire institutionnel. École Pratique des Hautes Études Sciences historiques et philogiques III. Hautes Études du Monde Gréco-Romain 38. Genève: Librairie Droz S.A., 2007. Pp. 280, pls. 22; 657. EUR 80.00 (pb) (each volume). ISBN 978-2-600-01130-3. ISBN 978-2-600-01131-0.
  • Iplikcioglu, Buelent, Gueler Celgin, and A. Vedat Celgin, Epigraphische Forschungen in Termessos und seinem Territorium IV. Vienna: Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. Pp. 320; ills. 242. EUR 79.00. ISBN 978-3-7001-3532-6.
  • Nosch, Marie-Louise B., The Knossos Od Series. An Epigraphical Study. Vienna: Verlag der Oesterriechischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2007. Pp. 71. EUR 21.60. ISBN 978-3-7001-3605-7.

Guidelines on registering as a reviewer:

Titles marked by an asterisk are available for review. Qualified volunteers should indicate their interest by a message to, with their last name and requested author in the subject line. (PLEASE DO *NOT* REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE.) They should state their qualifications (both in the sense of degrees held and in the sense of experience in the field concerned) and explain any previous relationship with the author.

Zizza, Le iscrizioni nella Periegesi, reviewed

Filed under: publications,review — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:50

Reviewed in BMCR 2007.05.03:

Cesare Zizza, Le iscrizioni nella Periegesi di Pausania. Commento ai testi epigrafici. Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 2006. Pp. 518. ISBN 88-467-1598-5. €32.00.

Reviewed by Filippo Canali De Rossi, Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri, Rome (
Word count: 1858 words

This book deals with inscriptions that are reported in Pausanias, rather than surviving on stone, so is slightly different from a typical epigraphic edition. It is a very interesting methodological and historiographical discussion, however.

Inscriptions of Messene

Filed under: publications — Paschalis Paschidis @ 09:59

The 2004 volume of Praktika tes en Athenais Archaiologikes Etaireias (ISSN 1105-0969) has just been published. Petros Themelis’ report on the excavations of Messene (p. 27-53) includes 10 new inscriptions and a detailed mention of a long (184 lines) text recording an arbitration between Messene and Megalopolis in 185/4 BC.

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