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28 March, 2008

Mouritsen: Quantifying Roman manumission using epigraphic evidence

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:51

Henrik Mouritsen has sent me a summary of his paper given at the Cambridge Epigraphy Day in February, which I post below:

Henrik Mouritsen (King’s College London) discussed the possibility of quantifying Roman manumission using epigraphic evidence. While acknowledging that most inscriptions are of little help in establishing hard statistics in this area, he drew attention to two types of document which may provide more reliable information. The first are the epitaphs of the familial columbaria from the early empire, esp. those of the Statilii and the Volusii, where the ratio of slave to freed suggests a very high manumission rate in elite households. The second type is the municipal alba and particularly CIL X 1403 from Herculaneum. This inscription, long believed to contain the names of the Augustales, is unique in its scale. Even a cautious reconstruction of the fragments entails a total of around a thousand names, the large majority being those of local freedmen, which–given the overall size of Herculaneum’s population–would suggest that a substantial proportion of the free adult males were former slaves.

A new Latin inscription to Hercules from Sicily

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 14:16

David Meadows notes a report in Marsalace (“Ritrovata un epigrafe in lingua latina nel parco archeologico di Capo Boeo: ieri la presentazione al Baglio Anselmi”, 27 March 2008) regarding the discovery of a Latin inscription to Hercules, likely to have originated in a temple but discovered in conditions of reuse in Marsala (ancient Lilybaeum = BAtlas 47 A3).

CurEp readers with more information on this find, the content of the text, or photos are encouraged to post details or links in a comment.

27 March, 2008

Dacian inscriptions with Greek graphemes from Gradistea Muncelului – Sarmizegetusa-Regia

Filed under: query — Tom Elliott @ 17:29

In a recent post to inscriptiones-l, B. Alexandru sought contact with other scholars regarding letter shapes in ancient greek alphabets. The context: current work on “some dacian incisions with greek graphemes made on numerous stone blocks from the archeologicall site of
Gradistea Muncelului – Sarmizegetusa-Regia.”

CurEp readers with relevant experience or suggestions for Alexandru are encouraged to reply via inscriptiones-l, or contact the author directly via email.

18 March, 2008

Seeking Sabazius

Filed under: query — Tom Elliott @ 21:23

In a recent post to inscriptiones-l, Gil Renberg asks:

I am wondering whether anyone has a list of Latin and Greek dedications to Jupiter/Zeus Sabazius published since the appearance of CCIS. I am working on a restoration of a Latin inscription that might be for Sabazius and need to check for comparanda for certain epithets.

Gil is particularly interested in inscriptions that might have escaped citation in one of the standard annual round-ups. Anyone with suggestions is invited to post a comment here, or reply to Gil on-list.

Republished: Bulletin épigraphique 1987-2001

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 21:04

In a recent post to inscriptiones-l, Denis Rousset drew our attention to the republication, in four volumes, of the annual Bulletin épigraphique for the years 1987-2001. The PDF file he attached to his note was stripped by the Yahoo Groups filters on the list, but Gregg Schwenderer has posted what I take to be the content at What’s New in Papyrology. Details are available on the website of Les Belles Lettres, under the rubric epigraphica.

I offer here the volume details (with COiNS metadata for Zotero users):

  • Bulletin épigraphique 1987-1989, Epigraphica 3 (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-2-251-44333-1.
  • Bulletin épigraphique 1990-1993, Epigraphica 4 (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-2-251-44334-8.
  • Bulletin épigraphique 1994-1997 , Epigraphica 5 (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-2-251-44335-5.
  • Bulletin épigraphique 1998-2001, Epigraphica 6 (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-2-251-44336-2.

7 March, 2008

BMCR review of SEG 52 (2002)

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 18:09

In BMCR 2008.03.10 there is a short review by Georges Rougemont of SEG 2002 (published last year):

A. Chaniotis, T. Corsten, R.S. Stroud, R.A. Tybout, Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Volume 52 (2002). Leiden: Brill, 2006. Pp. xxxvi, 905. ISBN 90-04-15508-2. €168.00 / $250.00.

After a brief discourse on the history of SEG, after which R. claims (perhaps strangely in a review publication) that most epigraphers have no use for a detailed review of any issue of SEG because they will already have seen them in major libraries, he states:

C’est donc, sans doute, aux non épigraphistes (littéraires, linguistes, numismates, historiens peu familiers avec les inscriptions) qu’il faut d’abord signaler ce volume, et plus généralement le SEG. L’épigraphie n’a pas toujours bonne réputation auprès d’eux; et, dans beaucoup de publications estimables ou excellentes, on trouve encore trop de passages dont on ne peut pas ne pas penser qu’ils n’auraient pas été écrits, ou pas de la même façon, si l’auteur avait eu une familiarité même superficielle avec les inscriptions, ces documents grecs dont le nombre (faut-il le rappeler?) s’accroît tous les jours. Or le SEG serait pour eux un moyen commode de se tenir au courant de cette croissance. Il est écrit dans une langue pratiquée par tout le monde. Il reproduit le texte grec des inscriptions nouvelles et celui de beaucoup d’inscriptions anciennes, des lors qu’une publication nouvelle modifie l’aspect de ce texte. Il est pourvu d’index et de tables de concordance substantiels. Il est facile non seulement à consulter, mais aussi à parcourir, à cause de sa typographie aérée et claire et des titres en caractères gras donnés à chaque notice.

The review therefore contains no detailed discussion of the content or the quality of this volume in particular.

6 March, 2008

Call for report: The Documents in the Attic Orators and Greek Epigraphy

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 16:57

According to a notice on the American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ website, the Upper House seminar on 17 April will be delivered by Edward Harris on the subject “The Documents in the Attic Orators and Greek Epigraphy.” The editors of CurEp would be grateful for a report from a participant in this — and any other — epigraphic seminar.

5 March, 2008

Presentation: Epigraphic Interoperability

Filed under: EpiDoc,events — ValentinaAsciutti @ 20:12

Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica ( First International Workshop. British School at Rome, 28-29 February 2008.

Charlotte Tupman and Gabriel Bodard: Epigraphic Interoperability

On the occasion of the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica Workshop on geospacial data and interoperability, held in Rome on February 28-29, scholars, mainly archaeologists, involved in digs and studies in Libya presented their work with a particular focus on digital data capture and publication.

At 14:00 on Friday 29th, Charlotte Tupman and Gabriel Bodard gave an interesting joint paper on Epigraphic Interoperability. (Slideshow available to view.)

As an introduction, EpiDoc and its principles were briefly explained. The EpiDoc schema and guidelines offer guidance for the encoding of epigraphic texts and metadata in an XML system that abstracts structure and semantics on the one hand from the specifics of display on the other, so that the same underlying data can be used to generate various presentations (from traditional Leiden edition, diplomatic text, web page, printed page, dynamic indexes, or database-like tables).

However, the main focus of the paper was to demonstrate the possibility of collaboration between EpiDoc and the EAGLE databases through a sort of “crosswalk” of data from one schema to another. The EpiDoc guidance defines a level of compliance with the EAGLE database which means that all metadata required by the relevant databases is included and explicitly tagged in a compliant EpiDoc XML edition. Finally a simple tool was demonstrated that created tabular output compatible with the Epigraphic Database Roma from the IRCyr XML files).

At the end of the presentation Professor Silvio Panciera, chair of the AIEGL committee on IT and Epigraphy and director of the EAGLE federation of databases, expressed his support to the project and stressed the importance of digital applications to the study of epigraphy and the Classical world in general. He also expressed his gratitude for any sort of collaboration with the EAGLE endeavour and encouraged the audience to embrace the new opportunities offered by digitalization.

3 March, 2008

BMCR epigraphic titles available (February 2008)

Filed under: publications,review — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:44

Some titles of possible interest to epigraphers available for review, exerpted from BMCR 2008.03.01:

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.

*Bagnall, Roger S. (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xv, 464; figs. 74. $99.00. ISBN 978-0-521-87137-2.

*Bispham, Edward, From Asculum to Actium. The Municipalization of Italy from the Social War to Augustus. Oxford Classical Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. xvii, 566. $180.00. ISBN 978-0-19-923184-3.

*Dobbins, John J., and Pedar W. Foss (edd.), The World of Pompeii. The Routledge Worlds. London/New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. xli, 662; maps 4; figs. passim. $240.00. ISBN 978-0-415-17324-7.

*Howgego, Christopher, Volker Heuchert, and Andrew Burnett (edd.), Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Pp. xv, 228; maps 5, pls. 32. $70.00 (pb). ISBN 978-0-19-923784-5.

*Larrañaga, Koldo, El hecho colonial romano en el área circumpirenaica Occidental. Anejos de Veleia. Series maior, 12.
Vitoria: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del Pai/s Vasco, 2007. Pp. 773; maps 12. EUR 60.00 (pb). ISSN 0213-2095.

*Lightfoot, J.L. (trans. and comm.), The Sibylline Oracles. With Introduction, Translation, and Commentary on the First and Second Books. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. xxiii, 613. $220.00. ISBN 978-0-19-921546-1.

*Matthews, Elaine (ed.), Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics. Proceedings of the British Academy, 148. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. xii, 241. $70.00. ISBN 978-0-19-726412-6.

*Oltean, Ioana A., Dacia. Landscape, Colonisation, Romanisation. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. London/New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. xii, 248; figs. 79. $120.00. ISBN 978-0-415-41252-0.

*Sgarlata, Mariarita, and Grazia Salvo, La Catacomba di Santa Lucia e l’Oratorio dei Quaranta Martiti. Siracusa: Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, 2006. Pp. 113. (pb). ISBN 88-7260-171-1.

*Sundell, Michael G., Mosaics in the Eternal City. ACMRS Occasional Publications, 3. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2007. Pp. ix, 211; figs. 71. $39.00 (pb). ISBN 978-0-86698-376-1.

[See full list to be sure, as this selection was exerpted by one epigrapher whose conceptions of the interests of the epigraphic community as a whole may be eccentric.]

2 March, 2008

Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions online

Filed under: publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:20

As announced via AIEGL, a preliminary version of Henry Immerwahr’s Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions has been made available online as a downloadable PDF. In a preface to this version, Immerwahr states:

This corpus is simply a collection of notes taken over the years from publications and illustrations, with some autopsy where possible. It is not complete, nor is it a finished product, and the information has to be used with caution. It has been made available by circulating hard copy in a few places and by CD’s distributed individually. The Beazley Archive in Oxford has made extensive use of it, but without giving the corpus numbers. Since these have been quoted in a number of articles, I thought it only fair to make it generally available as a website. I have made a minimal revision; Rudolf Wachter is preparing a more thoroughly revised version.

The use of Courier font makes this publication a little ugly, but the content will no doubt be useful to many, especially for reference and citation purposes. I should welcome clarification on two points, however:

  1. What are the license terms of this publication? Can I print this document and circulate it among my colleagues and/or students? Can I copy the file and post it to my website or blog (with full attribution, of course)? Can I cite the commentary that appears within it? (See Creative Commons for a suggested means of specifying these terms in a legally-binding way.)
  2. What is the long-term status of this version of the file? Will it be permanently archived at this address (or, better, in a digital repository somewhere)? Will it still exist in this form when Wachter’s full edition appears (presumably on paper)?

[Postscript: after the first 33 pages of this huge file there appears to be a technical problem with the PDF, and 2146 blank pages follow.]

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