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24 January, 2008

Three rare journals/monograph series

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 20:30

Three more publications that are unavailable (especially in the U.S.), and have recently carried some epigraphical content:

Five volumes of this journal published by the Istanbul museum now exist, but in the U.S. only two libraries carry it, and they only appear to have the first two volumes.  Apparently devoted to art and antiquities.
Title:  Palmet – Sadberk Hanım Müzesi Yıllığı
Publisher:  İstanbul: Sadberk Hanım Müzesi: 1997
OCLC:  46426349

This journal, which despite the title does run epigraphical articles, is not even in Worldcat (though two related book volumes are):
Title:  Kentron:  Revue du Monde antique et de psychologie historique
Publisher:  Presses universitaires de Caen
ISSN:  0765-0590
Webpage at which the table of contents for recent volumes are available (small, red link):

Also, this appears to be an irregular monograph series.  Worldcat shows that the recent volumes that have proper book titles and editors/authors were picked up by libraries (vols. 5, 7), but the ones that simply bear the series title were not (vols. 3, 6).
Title:  Daidalos:  studi e ricerche del Dipartimento di Scienze del Mondo Antico
Publisher:  Viterbo Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia
Distributed by L’Erma di Bretschneider:

23 January, 2008

Deir el-Bahari in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, reviewed

Filed under: review — Tom Elliott @ 20:01
  • BMCR 2008.01.05 = Adam Lajtar, Deir el-Bahari in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods: A Study of an Egyptian Temple Based on Greek Sources. The Journal of Juristic Papyrology, Suppl. IV.   Warsaw:  Institute of Archaeology, Warsaw University and Fundacja im. Rafala Taubenschlaga, 2006.  Pp. xviii, 462; ills. 28.  ISBN 10: 83-918250-3-5.  ISBN 13: 978-83-918250-3-7.  $119.00. Reviewed by Gil Renberg.

Images of Spolia

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 12:38

Dan Diffendale has started a public group photo pool on flikr devoted to spolia. At present the group has 8 members and 69 images. The images are publicly available. Any flickr member may contribute.

22 January, 2008

New and Rare Publications

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 12:46

Readers will have noticed the recent addition of a new author at CurEp, Gil Renberg. Gil has brought with him the idea of a refinement to one of our core functions: the distribution of notices about new publications.

Every epigraphist is familiar with the scenario: a note from a colleague or a reference in a footnote or one of the annual bibliographies alerts us to an inscription we’d like to check for one reason or another.  Our local library doesn’t have the publication, so we must have recourse to interlibrary loan or even a trip to another library. More often than we would like, the reference publication turns out to be very rare; perhaps it is not even held by a single library on the epigraphist’s continent!

Our goal is to help rectify this problem by inviting epigraphists like Gil (whose research is bringing them into contact with the problem) and classics and history librarians (who make acquisition decisions at the local level) to join the CurEp community and work together to identify problematic works and enhance their library availability and preservation. The editors encourage both existing CurEp authors — and interested parties who would like to join their ranks — to review our new guidance on posting publications notices and join us in achieving this goal.

Readers (epigraphists and librarians alike) will find the following thematic lists and associated web feeds a convenient way to review and monitor such posts:

Das Heiligtum für Isis und Mater Magna: Texte und Bilder

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 06:22

Worldcat reveals this book, the source of AE 2004, 1014-1025, to be unavailable in research libraries outside of Germany:

Author: Witteyer, Marion
Title: Das Heiligtum für Isis und Mater Magna: Texte und Bilder
Published: Mainz am Rhein: Von Zabern: 2004
OCLC: 76510825
ISBN: 3805334370, 9783805334372

As with the books listed below, and others that we will start listing in this space as “Rare Publications,” it would be to our collective benefit for some of us to get our libraries to acquire such overlooked volumes.

CLARIFICATION:  If you poke around in Worldcat you will find other books by this author about the sanctuary, but these appear to be guides for tourists who visit the site, not the archaeological publication that includes an epigraphical section.

Ficheiro Epigrafico CD-ROM

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 06:10

Not a rare book, or even a book, but Worldcat shows no sign of any library having the Ficheiro Epigrafico CD-ROM produced by José d’Encarnação and Joaquín L. Gómez-Pantoja, which includes in .pdf format issues 1-66 (1982-2001) as well as new and revised indexes and a concordance with AE, CIL II, and HEp.

Available for purchase from Dr. Encarnação. Information is at

21 January, 2008

Inscripţii latine din Dacia (ILD)

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 22:38

The following title is not owned by any U.S. libraries, and is very rare in Europe. I am told that it contains Latin inscriptions that have appeared since IDR was published.

Author: Constantin C. Petolescu
Title: Inscripţii latine din Dacia (ILD)
Published: Bucuresti: Ed. Acad. Române: 2005
OCLC #: 162264466
ISBN #: 9732712260, 9789732712269

Inscripcions romanes d’Ilici, Lucentum, Allon, Dianium i els seus territoris

Filed under: rare_publication — Tom Elliott @ 21:40

Gil Renberg notes that the following work is under-represented in North American and European library collections as indicated by Worldcat:

Author: Corell, J. (Josep)
Title: Inscripcions romanes d’Ilici, Lucentum, Allon, Dianium i els seus territoris / Josep Corell ; amb la collaboració de Xavier Gómez i Concha Ferragut
Published: València : Nau Llibres, c1999
Description: 405 p. : ill., maps ; 30 cm
OCLC #: 51050034
ISBN: 8476425708

(catalog record via University of Cincinnati)

Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World, reviewed

Filed under: review — Tom Elliott @ 16:01
  • BMCR 2008.01.29 = Zahra Newby, Ruth Leader-Newby, Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World. Cambridge: 2007. Pp. xvii, 303. $120.00. ISBN 978-0-521-86851-8. Reviewed by Natalie Boymel Kampen.

16 January, 2008

CFP last chance: The Publication and Study of Inscriptions in the Age of the Computer

Filed under: ASGLE,events — Tom Elliott @ 17:09

A reminder that proposals for papers to be included in the following panel are due 1 February 2008:

2009 ASGLE Joint AIA/APA Panel
Philadelphia, PA, January 8-11 2009

The Publication and Study of Inscriptions in the Age of the Computer
Organized by Paul Iversen and Tom Elliott

The computer age has unleashed powerful new technologies that enhance the study of Greek and Latin inscriptions, yet most scholars, academic institutions and publishing houses are still not comfortable with the idea of publishing inscriptions in a form that takes full advantage of the new possibilities. The Society, therefore, welcomes papers that discuss current or possible future computer-enhanced initiatives in the areas of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. We are particularly interested in papers that discuss theoretical applications of new technologies to the field of epigraphy and the formulation of international standards and protocols of publication and institutional credit, especially digital projects that go well beyond the mere encoding of the appearance of epigraphical sigla and indicia (which is akin to putting old wine into new wineskins) to include the en-coding of semantic and/or observational distinctions.

Abstracts will be adjudicated anonymously by a committee of ASGLE and should not be longer than one page. Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that will appear in the October issue of the APA Newsletter. Abstracts should be sent to: Paul A. Iversen, ASGLE Secretary-Treasurer, Department of Classics, Case Western Reserve University, 11201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7111 or paul.iversen (at) The deadline is February 1, 2008.

14 January, 2008

Some epigraphic seminars (UK)

Filed under: news — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:37

Some seminars of possible interest to epigraphers for the coming term.

Cambridge Epigraphic Saturday

Organised by Joyce Reynolds
Saturday 16th February from 10:30
participants will include Professor Werner Eck

University of Durham

Wednesday 30 January, 5.30pm [Ritson room]
Dr Margherita Facella (University of Pisa)
Jupiter Dolichenus at home: news from the archaeological excavations at Dülük Baba Tepesi

Wednesday 6 February, 5.30pm [Ritson room]
Professor Tony Birley (Vindolanda & Durham)
Religion at Vindolanda

Saturday 3 May 2008
Epigraphy Society Spring Meeting
Programme tba

University of Wales Lampeter

Thursday 17 January @ 6pm (Burgess Lecture Room)
Peter Liddel (Manchester)
‘The decree-cultures of ancient Greece’

New addition:

University of Liverpool

Prof. M. H. Crawford
‘Languages, geographies and economies of early Italy’

Prof. O. van Nijf

10 January, 2008

Journal: Gephyra

Filed under: rare_publication — Tom Elliott @ 15:27

Chuck Jones writes to alert us to a newish, epigraphy-heavy journal that may have escaped the notice of many. Chuck notes that the journal has no ISSN, and each of the three volumes so far produced has been assigned its own ISBN:

  • Gephyra. Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der Antike auf dem Gebiet der heutigen Türkei = Günümüz Türkiyesinin antik devirdeki tarihi ve kültürü için dergi, Ege Yayinlari, Istanbul (Johannes Nollé and Sencer Sahin, eds.)

Harrassowitz can supply it to libraries on subscription.

Indeed, Worldcat shows only one set in a library outside Turkey (DePauw).

3 January, 2008

Epigraphy at APA/AIA 2008

Filed under: ASGLE,events — Tom Elliott @ 16:22

UPDATE: added links to all the abstracts I could find

The following sessions at the joint annual meetings of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America look epigraphical:

Friday, 4 January

Saturday, 5 January

  • The Objects of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, sponsored by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Regency B; 9:00 a.m. – noon; Catherine M. Keesling, organizer; evidently no abstracts available online)
    • Inscribing Laws and the Emergence of Monumental Writing in Ancient Greece (Julia Lougovaya, Columbia University)
    • Graffiti Inscriptions on Pottery from Azoria, Crete: Mixed Ethnicities? (William C. West, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    • Instructions on Stone: Leges Sacrae on Stone Offering Boxes (Thesauroi) (Isabelle A. Pafford, San Francisco State University)
    • The Uses of Sundials (George W. Houston, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    • How to Read an Ossuary Inscription (Jonathan Price, Tel Aviv University)
    • Recommended by Doctors: Writing Change in Roman Britain (Carolynn Roncaglia, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Italian Epigraphy (Columbus Hall IJ; 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; Clifford Ando, presider)

I’ll blog later today about geographical space-and-place talks, as well as sessions touching on digital humanities. That will be over at horothesia.

2 January, 2008

Available for review from BMCR

Filed under: publications,review — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:11

The following titles of possible interest to epigraphers are available for review from BMCR this month (see BMCR 2008.01.01):

Bauer, Franz Alto, and Christian Witschel, Statuen in der Spaetantike. Wiesbaden: Ludwig Reichert, 2007. Pp. 500; ills. 200. EUR 98.00. ISBN 978-3-89500-576-3.

Koch, Guntram (ed.), Akten des Symposiums des Sarkophag-Corpus 2001. Marburg, 2. bis 7 Juli 2001. Sarkophag-Studien Band 3. Mainz am Rhein: von Zabern, 2007. Pp. xii, 354; ills. 32, pls. 120. Tafeln. EUR 98.50. ISBN 978-3-8053-3501-0.

Rayboud, Marilynne E., and Patrick Sims-Williams (edd. and trans.), A Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire Containing Celtic Personal Names. Aberystwyth, Wales: CMCS Publications, Department of Welsh, Old College, 2007. Pp. ix, 284; maps 2. GBP 18.00. ISBN 978-0-9527478-7-1.

Rayboud, Marilynne E., and Patrick Sims-Williams (edd.), The Geography of Celtic Personal Names in the Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire. Aberystwyth, Wales: CMCS Publications, Department of Welsh, Old College, 2007. Pp. v, 210; maps 3. GBP 18.00. ISBN 978-0-9527478-6-4.

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