Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

29 April, 2008

Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Cork, 9-12 July 2008

Filed under: events — JMCarbon @ 21:39

This upcoming conference features several panels and papers of epigraphical interest. A preliminary programme can be downloaded here as a PDF file: CCC Programme.

28 April, 2008

New Reviews from BMCR

Filed under: review — JMCarbon @ 08:33

The following new reviews may be of interest to epigraphers:

BMCR 2008.04.36: Review of: Sergio Daris, 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, 2007. Pp. 147. ISBN 978-88-6227-004-5. EUR 165.00 (pb).
[The reviewer, J.A. Straus, makes several useful suggestions and bibliographic additions.]

BMCR 2008.04.32: Review of: G. Cruz Andreotti, P. Le Roux, P. Moret, La invención de una geografía de la Península Ibérica. I. La época republicana. (Actas del Coloquio Internacional celebrado en la Casa de Velázquez de Madrid entre el 3 y el 4 de marzo de 2005). Málaga-Madrid: Servicio de Publicaciones del Centro de Ediciones de la Diputación de Málaga (CEDMA)-Casa de Velázquez, 2006. Pp. 250. ISBN 84-95555-91-3. ISBN 84-7785-744-X. €13.00.
And: G. Cruz Andreotti, P. Le Roux, P. Moret, La invención de una geografía de la Península Ibérica. II. La época imperial. (Actas del Coloquio Internacional celebrado en la Casa de Velázquez de Madrid entre el 3 y el 4 de abril de 2006). Málaga-Madrid: Servicio de Publicaciones del Centro de Ediciones de la Diputación de Málaga (CEDMA)-Casa de Velázquez, 2006. Pp. 377. ISBN 978-84-7785-122-6. ISBN 978-84-96820-06-7. €18.00.
[Volume 2 includes a paper by Joaquín Gómez-Pantoja, “Una visión ‘epigráfica’ de la geografía de Hispania central,” (no pp. refs.).]

BMCR 2008.04.20: Review of: Sinclair Bell, Glenys Davies, Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity. Proceedings of the Conference held in Edinburgh 10-12 July 2000. BAR International Series, 1220. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2004. Pp. vi, 153; figs. 37, tables 7. ISBN 1-84171-580-8. $27.95 (pb).
[Some of the contributions appear to make use of epigraphical sources, e.g. Geoffrey Sumi, “Civic Self-Representation in the Hellenistic World: The Festival of Artemis Leukophryene,” 79-92.]

27 April, 2008

Online seminar on unpublished inscriptions from Corinth

Filed under: events,methodology — Tom Elliott @ 14:41

CurEp will soon play host to a virtual seminar on some unpublished Greek and Latin inscriptions from Corinth. The seminar will be directed by Donald Laing and Paul Iversen, with collaboration from Gabriel Bodard and myself. These inscriptions were unearthed on Temple Hill during excavations conducted under Henry Robinson† in the 1970s. We are particularly grateful to Guy Sanders (Director of the ASCSA dig at Corinth) and Charles Watkinson (Chair, ASCSA Publications Committee) for their support of this project.

Starting in mid to late May, about every two weeks throughout the summer Iversen and Laing will upload a preliminary text of an unpublished Greek or Latin inscription along with a photo. They will then invite comments and suggestions for restorations, context, date, etc. The ideas that result from this virtual seminar will then be incorporated into the final print article for Hesperia, with proper attribution to those who proposed any particular idea or reading. Elliott and Bodard will also work up an EpiDoc version of the resulting texts.

The idea behind the seminar is to promote a new model of collaboration and publication of epigraphical texts with the following benefits: a preliminary text will be made available very quickly; scholars or those interested will be able to “attend” the seminar at their leisure from anywhere in the world with an internet connection; students will see how epigraphers work and it may raise more interest in the discipline; the project will introduce epigraphers to the advantages of EpiDoc; there should be more interest in the final print version, which will include comments on this experiment.

Those who monitor CurEp via a feed reader will receive automatic notification whenever a new inscription is posted. The editors of CurEp will also post a corresponding notice to the Inscriptiones-l discussion list.

25 April, 2008

Craven Seminar, University of Cambridge, 31 May-1 June 2008

Filed under: events — JMCarbon @ 22:48

[Edit: please note the comment below, which contains an updated programme and additional information.]

Several of the papers in this interdisciplinary two-day seminar appear to be of interest for epigraphers.
Here is the full programme:

‘Sikelia: Multilingualism and cultural interaction in ancient Sicily’

There is evidence for a rich diversity of languages spoken in Sicily in the first millennium BC. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together historians, archaeologists and linguists to examine issues of language and identity, multilingualism and language shift, colonization and cultural interaction in Sicily from the advent of writing to the first
century BC.

The seminar will be held in Room G21, The Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, England.
Contact: Olga Tribulato,

Saturday 31st May

Languages and peoples of Sicily 1: Sicel and Elymian (9.30-10.50)
Paolo Poccetti (Rome “Tor Vergata”) Evidence for and Problems of the Sicel Language: A Survey
Simona Marchesini (Verona) Elymians between Greeks and Italians

Languages and peoples of Sicily 2: Punic (11.15 – 12.30)
Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo (Rome “La Sapienza”) Punic in Sicily
Irad Malkin (Jerusalem) Translating Gods and Heroes: Greeks and Phoenicians in Sicily

Greek in Sicily 1 (2.15-3.30)
Susana Mimbrera (Madrid/Cambridge) Sicilian Greek
Giovanna Rocca (Milan “IULM”) Cults and Rites from Greece to Sicily (new inscriptions from Selinus)

Greek in Sicily 2 (4.00 – 5.15)
Albio Cesare Cassio (Rome “La Sapienza”) Intimations of Koine in Epicharmus’ Sicilian Doric
Andreas Willi (Oxford) “We talk Peloponnesian” – Tradition and Linguistic Identity in Postclassical Sicilian Literature

Sunday 1st June

Historical and archaeological background: new perspectives (9.30-10.50)
Matthew Fitzjohn (Liverpool) Building Identities in Sikelia
Franco De Angelis (British Columbia) The Language of Conquest and the Dialect of Complexity: Rethinking Land and Labour in Early Greek Sicily

Bilingualism and language contact (11.15-12.30)
Gerhard Meiser (Halle) Traces of language contact in Sicilian onomastics
Olga Tribulato (Cambridge) Siculi bilingues? A glimpse into Early Roman Sicily

Oxford Epigraphy Workshop, Trinity Term 2008: the first three talks

Filed under: events — JMCarbon @ 22:38

This is an informal discussion group, which usually meets Mondays, 1-2 pm (bring a sandwich if you like).
Venue: the first floor seminar room, Ioannou Classics Centre, 66 St Giles.

Monday, April 28: Angelos Chaniotis, “Automoloi in Hellenistic Crete: A (not that) new (but still unpublished) inscription from Chersonesos”

Monday, May 5: Peter Thonemann, ”A New Ptolemaic Inscription from Cyprus”
[The inscription discussed was A.H.S. Megaw, Kourion: Excavations in the Episcopal Precinct, Dumbarton Oaks 2007, pp. 368-374]

Monday, May 12: Getzel Cohen, “The Expression ‘Polis Hellenis’ ”
[not strictly an epigraphic talk, but conveniently placed here]

A programme for the second half of term will be circulated in due course, and will contain at least one talk on Latin epigraphy, in accord with last term’s democratic decision to drop ‘Greek’ from the name of the workshop.

[Edit: the rest of the programme has now appeared, as follows.]

May 19: Robert Parker, “Dikaiopoliton synallagai: sighting shot at the major new 4th c. reconciliation agreement from Dikaia” (E. Voutiras and K. Sismanides, Ancient Macedonia VII, 254-274).

May 26: Alan Bowman and Roger Tomlin, “The ‘Frisian Ox’ reconsidered”.

June 2: No meeting.

June 9: James Mosley, “From Republican to Imperial and from monoline to calligraphic: questions relating to the stylistic shift in the form of the Roman inscriptional letter.”

Inscriptions, language, and txting

Filed under: methodology — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:29

Yesterday Mark Liberman over at the Language Log posted a short comparison of abbreviations in ancient Latin inscriptions, and the shorthand comminly used (and much reviled) in text-messaging and instant-messaging today (article titled “pont max tr pot lol“).

While this article is light-hearted and only skims the surface of issues such as space saving, the ability of a fluent community to understand abbreviated jargon, and the potential ambiguity of messages sent in this way, there may be a serious point in all this. Is there value in the comparison with other cultures of condensed writing (including but not restricted to text messaging and 1337-speak) as a tool in the teaching and the study of epigraphic and palaeographic abbreviation?

Why do ancient scribes abbreviate? Is there any evidence that abbreviation ever led to ambiguity and misunderstanding of important documents? Is epigraphic abbreviation a completely different phenomenon from digital shorthand, or is there something to be learned from comparisons of this kind–or contrasts?

(Thanks to JLavagnino for pointing out this web log.)

Brigetio Tablet: another copy

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 03:31

Simon Corcoran writes:

A second copy of the letter of Licinius on military privileges, previously known from the Brigetio Tablet (dated 10 June 311), has been identified on a bronze tablet in a Bulgarian private collection.

He provides a link to the Volterra Projet’s page with transcription and further details (including information about a forthcoming full publication from Luca Fezzi):

21 April, 2008

EpiDoc Summer School, July 14th-18th, 2008

Filed under: EpiDoc,events,training — Gabriel Bodard @ 18:02

The Centre for Computing in the Humanties, Kings College London, is again offering an EpiDoc Summer School, on July 14th-18th, 2008. The training is designed for epigraphers or papyrologists (or related text editors such as numismatists, sigillographers, etc.) who would like to learn the skills and tools required to mark up ancient documents for publication (online or on paper), and interchange with international academic standards.

You can learn more about EpiDoc from the EpiDoc home page and the Introduction for Epigraphers; you wil find a recent and user-friendly article on the subject in the Digital Medievalist. (If you want to go further, you can learn about XML and about the principles of the TEI: Text Encoding Initiative.) The Summer School will not expect any technical expertise, and training in basic XML will be provided.
Attendees (who should be familiar with Greek/Latin and the Leiden Conventions) will need to bring a laptop on which has been installed the Oxygen XML editor (available at a reduced academic price, or for a free 30-day demo).

The EpiDoc Summer School is free to participants; we can try to help you find cheap (student) accommodation in London. If any students participating would like to stay on afterwards and acquire some hands-on experience marking up some texts for the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica project, they would be most welcome!

All interested please contact both and as soon as possible. Please pass on this message to anyone who you think might benefit.

Provincial identity conference, Seville, May 8-10, 2008

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:56

Announced via email from AIEGL:

Congreso: “La construcción de una identidad provincial. La experiencia hispana”

(Sevilla, 8 al 10 de mayo de 2008)

Speakers Include:

A. Caballos; P. LeRoux; F. Pini Polo; M. Navarro Caballero; S. Lefebvre; S. Marcos; F. J. Navarro Santana; R. Haensch; M. Gordón Peral; E. Melchor Gil; C. Chic García; A. Dardenay; A. A. Reyes Domínguez; M. Heinzmann; J. C. Saquete Chamizo; L. Brassous; F. Wulff Alonso; F. Beltrán Lloris.


Prof. Dr. A. Caballos Rufino, Catedrático de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Sevilla

Profª. Drª. S. Lefebvre, Professeur d’Histoire romaine, Université de Bourgogne

Unfortunately there seems to be no website associated with this conference (nor email addresses for the organisers) in the PDF programme that was circulated.

If anyone attends this conference (or any other event of interest to epigraphers) we should be very grateful for a short report posted here.

19 April, 2008

Epigraphy Training, York, June 24-26, 2008

Filed under: BES,events,training — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:29

Practical Epigraphy Workshop

24-26th June 2008

Yorkshire Museum, York

The British Epigraphy Society is pleased to announce a second Practical Epigraphy Workshop in York for those interested in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material. With expert tuition, participants will gain direct experience of the practical elements of how to record and study inscriptions. The programme includes the making of squeezes; photographing and measuring inscribed stones; and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries. Participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts, and the workshop is open to those with or without previous epigraphic training. Booking fees for attending the workshop are £28 for students and £38 for non-students.

Postgraduate students may apply for bursaries of up to 100 pounds to set against the costs of attending the workshop.

For further information and an application form please contact Dr. Charlotte Tupman at: The closing date for applications is Friday 16 May.

16 April, 2008

Ancient Graffiti in Context (call for papers)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:51

Call for Papers: Ancient Graffiti in Context

Workshop: School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester

November 8, 2008

This workshop will examine the spatial and social context of graffiti in the Greek and Roman worlds. Graffiti has been marginalised in archaeological and historical studies, published in distinct volumes or seen as a curiosity. There are few theoretical studies of ancient graffiti or its interpretation, and little reflection on how we – as scholars – categorise this material.

New questions now need to be asked: How do we negotiate the relationship between text and image? What can we say about the materiality of textual graffiti? What social processes or practices produce graffiti? To what extent does graffiti represent or subvert the cultural values of the society in which it occurs? By bringing together examples and approaches from across the discipline we hope to develop a better understanding of graffiti and what it can contribute to bigger questions about the ancient world.

Potential speakers, including postgraduates, are encouraged to submit abstracts of c.300 words by email to the organisers by May 31st, 2008.

For more information, contact:
Dr Claire Taylor, Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Jennifer Baird, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of

12 April, 2008

Seminar: Onno van Nijf, Liverpool

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 20:21

Epigraphy North, Tuesday 15th April 2008, 5.30 pm

Professor Onno Van Nijf
‘Public space and political culture in Roman Termessos’

Bosanquet Seminar Room, 12-14 Abercromby Square, The University of Liverpool

The Epigraphy North series is suitable also for students wishing to learn about epigraphy; if individuals need further information on travelling to Liverpool and accommodation if attending the seminar, please contact Graham Oliver (

If anybody is planning on attending this seminar (or any other, e.g. the BES meeting mentioned earlier) it would be much appreciated if they could post a brief summary of the paper here.

BES Spring meeting, Durham

Filed under: BES,events — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:16

British Epigraphy Society

Spring Meeting, Saturday 3 May 2008

Department of Classics & Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham

Religion and politics in Greek and Roman epigraphy in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean

Main speakers & topics include:

  • Professor P.J. Rhodes (Durham)
    State and religion in Athenian inscriptions
  • Professor Maurice Sartre (Tours)
    La politique religieuse des cités de Syrie: la constitution des panthéons civiques à l’époque impériale
  • Dr Margherita Facella (Pisa)
    On the chronology of IG II2 207
  • Dr Francesco Guizzi (Rome, ‘La Sapienza’)
    The imperial cult in Hierapolis of Phrygia: old and new evidence
  • Dr Andrej Petrović & Dr Ivana Petrović (Durham)
    θεὸς νομοθέτης – Constructions of divine authority in Greek sacred regulations

Conveners: Dr Paola Ceccarelli (, Dr Ted Kaizer (

10 April, 2008

Aelius Victor VSLM

Filed under: news — Tom Elliott @ 14:33

Archaeology in Europe and rogueclassicism both alerted us to David Ottewell’s piece in the Manchester Evening News (10 April 2008) concerning an inscribed altar — tentatively dated to the late 1st century AD — found in Manchester. An image of the inscribed face of the altar is included.

9 April, 2008

Ancient Greek and Latin Inscriptions from Upper Macedonia, Aegean Thrace and Achaia … and more

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 15:17

The humanities components of the National Hellenic Research Foundation have released Pandektis: Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture.

Readers of CurEp will be particularly interested in the collection entitled “Ancient Greek and Latin Inscriptions from Upper Macedonia, Aegean Thrace and Achaia,” an online and updated publication of three of the corpora of inscriptions the Institute for Greek and Roman Antiquity (KERA) has produced over the years, namely:

  • EAM = A. Rizakis and J. Touratsoglou, Επιγραφές άνω Μακεδονίας (Ελίμεια, Εορδαία, Νότια Λυγκηστίς, Ορεστίς) (Inscriptions of Upper Macedonia), Athens: Ταμείο Αρχαιολογικών Πόρων και Απαλλοτριώσεων, 1985-)
  • IThrAeg = L. Loukopoulou et al., Επιγραφές της Θράκης του Αιγαίου : μεταξύ των ποταμών Νέστου και Έβρου, Νομοί Ξάνθης, Ροδόπης και Έβρου (Inscriptions of Aegean Thrace), Athens: Κέντρον Ελληνικής και Ρωμαϊκής Αρχαιότητος, Εθνικό ‘Ιδρυμα Ερευνών; ΙΘ΄ Εφορεία Προΐστορικών και Κλασσικών Αρχαιοτήτων, 2005
  • Achaïe II = A. Rizakis, Achaïe II: la cité de Patras, épigraphie et histoire (Inscriptions of Patras), Athens: Κέντρον Ελληνικής και Ρωμαϊκής Αρχαιότητος, Εθνικόν Ίδρυμα Ερευνών, 1998


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