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29 June, 2007

Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

Filed under: EpiDoc,publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:33

Joyce Reynolds and colleagues at King’s College London are beginning a three-year project to publish the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica, along with supporting materials, images, and a detailed geographical gazeteer.

From the IRCyr project website (

In 1948 Joyce Reynolds, of Newnham College Cambridge, then based at the British School at Rome, started a series of regular visits to Libya, to study the inscriptions of the Roman period. She worked initially in Tripolitania: her epigraphic corpus, the Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, written with John Ward-Perkins, was published in 1952, and remains the authoritative work. In 1951 she first visited Cyrenaica, and has worked since then on the inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica, working with local archaeologists and others from Italy, France, the U.K. and the U.S.A.. She has continued to visit Libya almost every year since then, and has assembled materials for a corpus of some 2500 inscriptions from Roman Cyrenaica. Nearly a third of these have never previously been published, while others have only appeared in versions which can be very much improved, and better understood, as a result of re-reading. The collection is made up of transcriptions, and illustrations for about half the texts; the bulk of the remainder are illustrated in photographs held only in the archives of the Libyan Department of Antiquities at Cyrene. The Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica project has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, to publish this material as an online corpus; the team will be drawing on experience gained in publishing the online corpus of the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias. Images held in Cambridge, Rome and Cyrene will be scanned to illustrate the collection. The new corpus will be presented as a series of documents; but it will also link to an online map of Roman Cyrenaica, being prepared as part of the Pleiades project, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Material collected by Reynolds and her colleagues will be used to map ancient sites on that map, with a fullness which was not possible within the necessary limitations of its predecessor, the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World.

18 June, 2007

An Old Persian text in the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 11:37

Chuck Jones writes:

For the first time, a text has been found in Old Persian language that shows the written language in use for practical recording and not only for royal display. The text is inscribed on a damaged clay tablet from the Persepolis Fortification Archive, now at the Oriental Institute at The University of Chicago. The tablet is an administrative record of the payout of at least 600 quarts of an as-yet unidentified commodity at five villages near Persepolis in about 500 B.C.

For more on this discovery see:

The publication of this document also includes new photographs of other interesting documents in the Archive, including the Greek tablet and the Phrygian tablet.

15 June, 2007

Convegno Napoli: Atleti e artisti a Neapolis

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 11:17

Napoli (Italia): 29 giugno 2007. – Programma.

14 June, 2007

Call for contributions: workshops and conferences

Filed under: events,news — Tom Elliott @ 15:45

Recently, we’ve posted announcements and programs for several interesting colloquia and lectures, including:

Only a small percentage of interested readers will be able to attend these meetings. We would be eager to receive and publish here short summaries of individual papers for the benefit of a wider audience. Contributions from the organizers of the meetings, from authors of individual papers and from attendees would be welcome.

In particular, we would be interested in knowing:

  • Summaries of conclusions
  • Full citations for published inscriptions discussed, presented or re-edited
  • For unpublished inscriptions: pertinent details such as: provenance, type (e.g., imperial constitution or sepulchral inscription), date(s), known individuals, unique or interesting features
  • Plans for future publication

All contributions should reiterate the full names and institutional affiliations of the papers’ authors, as well as the full title of the paper.

Congresso: Epigrafia romana in Sardegna

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 11:09

Sant’Antiocho (Sardegna, Italia): 14-15 luglio 2007Programma

13 June, 2007

Colloquio Borghesi 2007: “Opinione pubblica e forme di comunicazione a Roma. Il linguaggio dell’epigrafia”

Filed under: AIEGL,events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 11:43

Bertinoro (Italia), 21-23 giugno 2007 – Informazioni e programma

12 June, 2007

New Acquisitions: ASCSA/BSA May 2007

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 12:15

The Ambrosia Union Catalog of the libraries of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the British School at Athens facilitates searches for recently acquired works of interest. The following list (for May 2007) was assembled from the results of a keyword search for “( blg0507 or gen0507 or bsa0507 ) and ( epigraph? or inscription? )”:

  • Nadine Deshours, Les mystères d’Andania: étude d’épigraphie et d’histoire religieuse, Scripta Antiqua 16, Pessac: Ausonius, 2006, ISBN: 2910023729 (worldcat record; publisher’s page with abstract)
  • Christian Habicht and G.A. Pikoulas (ed.), Inscriptions and history of Thessaly: new evidence — proceedings of the International Symposium in honor of Professor Christian Habicht, Volos: Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσάλιας Τμήμα ΙΑΚΑ / ΥΠΠΟ, Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Θεσσαλικών Σπουδών / Ελληνική Επιγραφική Εταιρεία, 2006, ISBN: 9608958903 (worldcat record; conference website with program)
  • Paul Holder, Roman Military Diplomas V, London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2006, ISBN: 190567001X (worldcat record)
  • Maria Vamvouri Ruffy, La fabrique du divin: les Hymnes de Callimaque à la lumière des Hymnes homériques et des Hymnes épigraphiques, Liège : Centre international d’étude de la religion grecque antique, Kernos Supplement 14, 2004, no ISBN (worldcat record; reviewed by Claudio Meliaduo in The Classical Review 57.1, 2007, pp. 59-61)

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The Culture of Water in Roman Baetica

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 11:44

A post at Noticias de Historia Antigua alerted us to Amalia Rodríguez’s piece, “La Cultura del agua en la Bética Romana” (Anadlucía Investiga, 11 June 2007), which details the newly funded cartographic and epigraphic study:

Researchers in the Ancient History program at the University of Cádiz are studying the influence of water in the development of the cities that constituted Roman Baetica. For this study, these experts will map the remains of structures and inscriptions that still survive in the old Roman cities, thanks to a grant of €160,000 granted by the Council of Innovation, Science and Industry [trans: TE].

At the end of the substantial article, persons interested in more information are encouraged to contact:

Lázaro Lagóstena Barrios, responsable del proyecto
Departamento de Historia, Geografía y Filosofía
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Universidad de Cádiz
Telf.: 956 01 58 72


11 June, 2007

Letters of Hadrian to the Dionysian Artists at Alexandreia Troas

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 14:35

A post to Rogue Classicism put us on the trail of the following: three new letters of the emperor Hadrian to the association of Dionysiac artists have been published recently:

  • G. Petzl and E. Schwertheim, Hadrian und die dionysischen Künstler. Drei in Alexandria Troas neugefundene Briefe des Kaisers an die Künstler-Vereinigung, Asia Minor Studien 58, Bonn: Habelt, 2006, ISBN: 3774935076 (worldcat record)

It would appear that the inscriptions have been getting some press of late:

I would be grateful for more information about these finds.

8 June, 2007

Job and Phd studentship at Oxford

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 17:41

Noted via a post by Melissa Terras to the Digital Classicist list:

Sub-Faculty of Ancient History

E-Science, Imaging Technology and Ancient Documents

Applications are invited for two posts for which funding has been secured through the AHRC-EPSRC-JISC Arts and Humanities E-Science initiative to support research on the application of Information Technology to ancient documents. Both posts are attached to a project which will develop a networked software system that can support the imaging, documentation, and interpretation of damaged texts from the ancient world, principally Greek and Latin papyri, inscriptions and writing tablets. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professors Alan Bowman FBA, Sir Michael Brady FRS FREng (University of Oxford) and and Dr. Melissa Terras (University College London).

  1. A Doctoral Studentship for a period of 4 years from 1 October, 2007. The studentship will be held in the Faculty of Classics (Sub-Faculty of Ancient History) and supported at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Oxford E-Research Centre. The Studentship award covers both the cost of tuition fees at Home/EU rates and a maintenance grant. To be eligible for a full award, the student must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a period of 3 years before the start of the award. (Further Particulars)
  2. A postdoctoral Research Assistantship for a period of 3 years from 1 October, 2007. The post will be held in the Faculty of Classics (Sub-Faculty of Ancient History) and supported at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Oxford E-Research Centre. The salary will be in the range of £26,666 – £31,840 p.a. Applicants must have expertise in programming and Informatics and an interest in the application of imaging technology and signal-processing to manuscripts and documents. (Further Particulars)

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 July 2007. Further details about both posts, the project, the qualifications required and the method of application are available from Ms Ghislaine Rowe, Graduate Studies Administrator, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU (01865 288397, It is hoped that interviews will be held and the appointments made in the first half of July.

Athletes and artists in Naples: new information from the Piazza Nicola Amore

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 11:45

We recently received the following notice of an upcoming epigraphic colloquium in Naples:

Si inoltra il programma del convegno “Atleti e artisti a Neapolis. I nuovi dati da Piazza Nicola Amore“, che si terrà il 29 giugno presso l’Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”.

Venerdì 29 giugno 2007
Ore 16,00
Aula Piovani
via Porta di Massa, 1

Coordinamento scientifico: Prof. Elena Miranda


  • presiede Alfonso Mele (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
  • Daniela Giampaola (Soprintendenza Archeologica per le province di Napoli e Caserta)
    “Il contesto di scavo di Piazza Nicola Amore”
  • Elena Miranda (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
    “L’attività sportiva a Neapolis e l’identità greca della città”
  • Diva Di Nanni (Progetto di catalogo delle iscrizioni di Piazza Nicola Amore)
    “Fondazione e svolgimento dei Sebastà”
  • Valentina De Martino (Progetto di catalogo delle iscrizioni di Piazza Nicola Amore)
    “Dal cantiere al database: la scoperta e la fruizione dei documenti”


tel.: 339 477 30 90 – 338 865 67 99

Wallace’s Intro to Wall Inscriptions

Filed under: publications,review — Tom Elliott @ 11:16

Over at, N.S. Gill has a short overview piece about:

  • Rex Wallace, An Introduction to Wall Inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum, Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2005, ISBN: 086516570X [worldcat record]

5 June, 2007

Request for bibliography: Greek inscriptions of Aïn Labakha

Filed under: news — Gabriel Bodard @ 09:43

Françoise Dunand asks:

Quelqu’un pourrait-il me dire où et quand ont été publiées les corrections apportées à la publication par G. Wagner des inscriptions grecques d’Aïn Labakha dans ZPE 111, 1996, p. 97-114?

Merci d’avance.

Please direct replies to Professor Dunand, or to the PAPY list, or leave a comment on this post.

1 June, 2007

Corrigenda: Greek Sacred Law (Lupu)

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 19:25

Recently noted:

  • “Eran Lupu has ‘More Corrections and Some Second Thoughts’ on his book: Greek Sacred Law. A Collection of New Documents (NGSL), Leiden 2005,” ASGLE Newsletter 11.1 (15 May 2007), 6-10.

The ASGLE Newsletter is not currently available online. Lupu’s book:

A New Text of IG XII 2 1069

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 19:18

A new text is offered by Prof. Elias Kapteanopoulos (Dept. of History, Central Connecticut State University). It has appeared in the following locations:

Please note: text on the latter web page claims that Greek is rendered in “Athenian (+Unicode [rarely, Attika: V])”; however, it does not display as Unicode Greek in the browsers I have tried.

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