Current Epigraphy
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28 October, 2007

Review of Scheid, Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 15:50

Reviewed in BMCR 2007.10.40:

John Scheid, Res gestae divi Augusti. Hauts faits du divin Auguste. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007. Pp. ccxxiv, 126; figs. 4. ISBN 978-2-251-01446-3. €49.00 (pb).

Reviewed by Josiah Osgood, Georgetown

In this detailed and critical review Osgood praises the thorough and perfectly up-to-date edition of the Res Gestae, a work that encapsulates the field and serves as a milestone for scholarship. Although he is not sparing of those occasional places where he feels Scheid’s analysis or references to secondary sources could be better (or could have diffrent emphasis), he summarises:

But however scholars choose to interpret Augustus’ Achievements, the task will now begin with Scheid’s outstanding edition. In reconstituting the text itself, above all, it represents a great advance.

25 October, 2007

New publication: Canali de Rossi, Filius Publicus

Filed under: publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:32

Just appeared from Herder Editrice (though not yet in the online catalogue), this epigraphic title:

Canali De Rossi, Filippo, Filius publicus. υἱὸς τῆς πόλεως e titoli affini in iscrizioni greche di età imperiale. Studi sul vocabolario dell’evergesia – I. Roma: Herder Editrice e Libreria, 2007. Pp. XI + 275. EUR. 40. ISBN 978-88-89670-24-8.

Described by the author as follows:

“La metafora familiare ha un grande impatto in età imperiale. Mentre l’imperatore viene chiamato ‘padre della patria’ (e in alcune iscrizioni ‘padre di tutto il genere umano’) all’orizzonte si profila una figura carismatica che pure si definisce ‘figlio dell’uomo’. E’ in questo contesto che si diffondono nell’ambito delle citta’ greche i titoli onorifici di υἱὸς τῆς πόλεως (figlio della città) e di πατὴρ τῆς πόλεως anche in numerose altre varianti, pure femminili (θυγάτηρ, μήτηρ). Il libro consiste in una illustrazione delle epigrafi che riportano tali titoli, cercando di individuare alcune linee guida nel loro sviluppo e diffusione.”

Edit 28.4.2008 by Mathieu Carbon:
There is now a review at BMCR 2008.04.37 (in Italian). The reviewer, G. Squillace, helpfully summarizes the contents but hardly offers any critical evaluation of the book (other than its format and layout).

23 October, 2007

ASGLE Announcements

Filed under: news — PaulIversen @ 10:24

Here are the latest annoucements from ASGLE that may be of interest to the readers of Current Epigraphy:

-CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2009 ASGLE Panel, Joint APA/AIA Meetings, Philadelphia, PA January 8-11: The Publication and Study of Inscriptions in the Age of the Computer, Paul Iversen and Tom Elliott, Organizers. The deadline for abstracts is Feburary 1, 2008. For more information, go here (and scroll down to the bottom).

-ASGLE has some money for Research Awards. These awards consist in travel money for a student working on an epigraphical dissertation to visit a collection somewhere. Send in your nominations to Paul Iversen. All recipients will be required to write up a report of their visit.

-The Ohio State University Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies once again offers short-term fellowships (of one to four months duration) to support visitors pursuing post-doctoral research in Greek and Latin history and epigraphy. The fellowships pay for travel to and from Columbus and a living expense of $1,500 per month; they must be taken up between September 2008 and May 2009. The application deadline is January 31, 2008. For more information, go here.

-The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is pleased to announce the Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program, which consists in Margo Tytus Fellowships and Margo Tytus Summer Residencies. The deadline for Margo Tytus Fellowships is January 15, 2008. For more information about the Fellowships and an on-line application, see here. The deadline for Margo Tytus Summer Residencies is February 15, 2008. For information about the Summer Residencies and an on-line application, see here.

-Paul Roesch’s† Les Inscriptions de Thespies (IThesp). When Paul Roesch, who was the Director of Research of CNRS, passed away in 1990, he left unfinished one of his major projects, Les Inscriptions de Thespies — a corpus of Thespian inscriptions. Since 2000 Gilbert Argoud, Albert Schachter and Guy Vottéro have collaborated to publish Roesch’s opus, using the manuscripts, squeezes and photos of Roesch that were deposited in the Maison de l’Orient de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon II. Albert Schachter is now pleased to report to ASGLE that all eight fascicules of the corpus are finished and he has made them available to be downloaded from the ASGLE website here.

-Albert Schachter also informs us that those interested in Boiotika can down-load current and back issues of Teiresias (to 1991) from the National Library of Canada’s website here. Those who wish to receive new issues (free) in a timely fashion via email can write Albert Schachter.

-Emily Mackil, Director of the Sara B. Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy at Berkeley, informs us that the Advisory Committee of the Center has seen major changes and the Center has updated its website here.

-Nora Dimitrova informs us that The Cornell X-Ray Fluorescence Project has an urgent need for stones to study, preferably inscriptions located in North American collections. The most suitable stones are ones with naturally abraded surfaces, but not with intentional erasures. They would greatly appreciate any information and help regarding sources of suitable stones. They will cover the cost of transportation and make sure that the stones are not damaged in any way. Send in information to Kevin Clinton or Nora Dimitrova.

17 October, 2007

The Afterlife of Inscriptions, 17th November 2007

Filed under: BES,events — Gabriel Bodard @ 20:26

British Epigraphy Society
Autumn Colloquium
Saturday, 17th November 2007, Warwick University

Organised by Abigail Graham.

Full programme in PDF

14 October, 2007

Review of Graf/Johnston, Bacchic Gold Tablets

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:46

Just catching up with this: last week in BMCR 2007.10.15 a review of

Fritz Graf, Sarah Iles Johnston, Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets. London/New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. x, 246. ISBN 978-0-415-41551-4. £18.99 (pb).

Reviewed by Franco Ferrari, Università dell’Aquila – I

The reviewer gives a very thorough summary of this volume, which combines epigraphic editions of the known (and three new) texts by Graf, along with Johnston’s translations and commentary on the Dionysiac and Orphic myths. Ferrari for some reason seems offended by what he terms the “diplomatic” transcription of the lamellae (by which he means that it “retain[s] the exact spelling of words as they appear on the tablets in order to document the degree of literacy possessed by these local writers” and “could not admit any textual alteration”). But he otherwise praises this wide-ranging book intended for a broad readership, although he recognises that “Much remains to be done in order to understand both the mystery leaves and some elusive figures like Dionysus, Orpheus, Mnemosyne.”

Further, on the epigraphic front:

Lastly, an appendix of “additional Bacchic texts” (pp. 185-190) contains the Olbia bone tablets (no. 94a-c Dubois), the inscriptions from Olbia no. 92 e 95 Dubois, and the translation of col. i of P.Gurôb 1 and the edict of Ptolemy IV Philopator preserved in P.Berlin 11774. One could usefully have added Posidippus’ epigrams 43, 44, 60, and 118 A.-B., a very interesting witness to Dionysiac cults in Macedonia, and the contemporary epitaph (anon. 148 FGE) for Philicus of Corcyra, who was both a poet and a priest of Dionysus.

9 October, 2007

Greek Epigraphy Workshop, University of Oxford

Filed under: events — JMCarbon @ 10:47

1-2 pm, Classics Centre, St. Giles
An informal discussion group open to all. Bring a sandwich!

15 October 2007
Riet van Bremen, The date and context of the Archippe decrees from Kyme (SEG 33, 1035-1041)

22 October 2007
Angelos Chaniotis, How did a young man spend his time in late Hellenistic Aphrodisias? A new funerary epigram

29 October 2007
Patrice Hamon, Democracy and strategoi in the Aeolian city of Kyme

5 November 2007
Charles Crowther, The Necropolis of Perrhe

12 November 2007
Robert Parker, A New Sale of Priesthood from Priene

26 November 2007
Thomas Corsten, A New Inscription from Pisidia

2 October, 2007

Seminars of interest to epigraphers (Newcastle, Lampeter, London)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:53

University of Newcastle (4 pm, Armstrong Meeting Room, 2nd floor Armstrong Building):

8 November 2007: Prof. R. R. R. Smith (Lincoln College, Oxford)
Sarcophagi and Citizenship at Aphrodisias in Caria

28 February 2008: Prof. Alan K. Bowman (Brasenose College, Oxford)
The Integration of the Roman Economy

University of Lampeter (6pm, Burgess Lecture Room, Department of Classics):

Thursday 17 January, 2008: Dr Peter Liddel (Manchester University)
‘The Decree-Cultures of Ancient Greece’

University of London (17.15, Room NG16, Senate House):

Tues October 23rd 2007: Vedia Izzet (Southampton)
Women and the Romanization of Etruria

Tues November 20th 2007: Federico Russo (Pisa)
Rome between Latins and Greeks: the idea of consanguinitas in Ancient Italy

1 October, 2007

Eidenow: Oracles, Curses and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Filed under: publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:21

A very promising new title just spotted in the OUP catalogue:

Esther Eidinow

Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks.

ISBN 978-0-19-927778-0.

Pp. 480.

£80.00 (hardback).

I haven’t had a chance to look at this yet, but according the the press release it includes, in addition to a detailed study of magical practices and the mentality of risk, a catalogue of oracle tablets from Dodona and of 159 curse tablets discussed. (We can only hope that OUP get around to releasing a paperback!)

Books available for review from BMCR (September)

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:09

Titles of potential interest to epigraphers exerpted from BMCR 2007.09.62, Books Received September 2007:

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. 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.

*Finkel, I.L. (ed.), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. Papers from the 1990 Britsh Museum colloquium, with additional contributions. London, The British Museum Press, 2007. Pp. vi, 281. $100.00. ISBN 978-0-714-11153-7.

*Sommerstein, Alan H., and Judith Fletcher (edd.), Horkos. The Oath in Greek Society. Exeter: Bristol Phoenix Press, 2007. Pp. xii, 304. $95.00. ISBN 978-1-904675-67-9.

*Daris, Sergio, Dizionario dei nomi geografici e topografici dell’Egitto greco-romano. Supplemento 4 (2002-2005). Biblioteca degli Studi di Egittologia e di Papirologia, 5. Pisa/Roma: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2007. Pp. 146. EUR 165.00 (pb). ISBN 978-88-6227-004-5.

*Ray, John, The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt. Wonders of the World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 199. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-674-02493-9.

*Rhodes, P.J., The Greek City States. A Source Book. Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xiii, 339; maps 2. $29.99 (pb). ISBN 978-0-521-61556-3.

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