This post represents the first installment at Current Epigraphy of what will be a summer-long “Virtual Seminar on some Unpublished Inscriptions from Corinth.” For the next few months about every two weeks I will upload Don Laing’s and my preliminary text of a Greek or Latin inscription from Corinth and invite suggestions for restorations or comments on the context, date, etc. Tom Elliott and Gabriel Bodard will then work up an EpiDoc version of the resulting texts. As Tom Elliott explained here, the purpose of this first-ever virtual epigraphical 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 more 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; there should be more interest in the final print version that will appear in Hesperia, where proper attribution to those who proposed any particular idea or reading will be given and comments on this experiment will be included; the final print publication will be stronger (these inscriptions from Corinth, like most inscriptions from there, are very fragmentary and they lend themselves to collaborative treatment); the project will introduce more epigraphers to the advantages of EpiDoc. Special thanks are due Guy Sanders (Director of the ASCSA dig at Corinth) and Charles Watkinson (Director of ASCSA Publications) for their support of this project.
II. Historical Background to the Inscriptions
These inscriptions were unearthed on Corinth’s Temple Hill between 1970 and 1978 in the excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens that were overseen by H.S. Robinson and partly supported by the Temple Hill Fund administered by Case Western Reserve University. H.S. Robinson assigned Don Laing to publish them, and last year Don asked me to join him in finally getting them out. In June of 2007, therefore, the two of us went to ancient Corinth and did autopsies of the stones; the readings given in all subsequent posts will represent our joint opinion of what we saw. [As a personal side note, I want to wish Don all the best, as two weeks ago he found out that he has lymphoma and last week he underwent his first round of chemotherapy; he tells me that his first treatment went well and that he is feeling fine].
In this first post Don and I will conclusively show that a partially published fragment of an archaic text belongs with an already published sacrificial calendar (Meritt, ICor VIII,1 1). We will also follow H.S. Robinson in positing that this sacrificial calendar was housed under the Late Geometric Temple’s roof, where it was destroyed by fire ca. 570 BCE. In addition, we will present for the first time a second inscription that is inscribed on a lead tablet; it too records a sacrificial calendar that is similar, or possibly even identical, to the stone sacral calendar. Finally, based on this new material, we will suggest a new layout for ICor VIII, 1 1, proffer a historical context for the monument, and invite comments.
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A posting on inscriptiones-l alerts us to a website change for the Centre d’Études Épigraphiques et Numismatiques “Fanula Papazoglou” of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade: http://www.moesia-superior.rs/ (firstname.lastname@example.org). At present the website is devoted to information about the Centre’s flagship publication, the Inscriptions de la Mésie Supérieure (IMS) . Note: the above link will present you with a “splash page.” To access site content, click through either the corpus title (a graphic of large, Roman capitals) or the drawing of the coin.
The Computers and the Humanities Users Group, Computing and Information Services, and The Center of Digital Epigraphy
Interoperability between Epigraphic and Papyrological Databases:
The Epidoc Scenario
Dr. Gabriel Bodard
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King’s College London
12:30, Thursday, May 22
169 Angell St., Main Conference Room,
Crosswalking–the automated mapping of metadata from one schema to another–has emerged as a crucial tool in the digital landscape, and is particularly useful for integrating data from multiple sources or projects. This talk will focus on the use of crosswalks in epigraphical and papyrological research development. Within these domains, a number of corpora have been developed using different technologies and data structures, and driven by different user needs. There are collections that use the Epidoc XML schema, which is based on TEI, collections like the Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy that are served from SQL databases, and older projects which use specialized information structures. Dr. Gabriel Bodard will present some of the strategies that he and his colleagues, Tom Elliott and Hugh Cayless, have devised to perform such transforms. He will then describe in more detail the Integrating Digital Papyrology project, whose purpose is to dynamically transform and integrate the Duke Databank and Heidelberg Gesamtverzeichnis collections into a single EpiDoc collection, and some of the technical and theoretical lessons learned from this process.
Available for review from BMCR 2008.05.02 (titles of possible interest to epigraphers):
Bernabé Pajares, Alberto and Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal. Instructions for the netherworld: the Orphic gold tablets. Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 162. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2008. xii, 379 p. $188.00. ISBN 9789004163713.
Kruschwitz, Peter (ed.). Die metrische Inschriften der roemischen Republik. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2007. x, 397 p. $145.00. ISBN 9783110184839.
*Petrovic, Andrej. Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften. Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava. Supplementum, 282. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2007. xv, 345 p. $134.00. ISBN 9789004151536.
Tsagalis, Christos C. Inscribing sorrow: fourth-century Attic funerary epigrams. Trends in Classics – Supplementary Volumes v. 1. Berlin; New York: Walter De Gruyter, 2008. xiv, 368 p. $118.00. ISBN 9783110201321.
The following titles from the Digital Classicist Work-in-Progress seminars are of potential interest to epigraphers:
6 June (NG16): Elaine Matthews and Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford), The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and classical web services
13 June (NG16) Brent Seales (University of Kentucky), EDUCE: Non-invasive scanning for classical materials
20 June (STB3) Dot Porter (University of Kentucky), The Son of Suda On Line: a next generation collaborative editing tool
18 July (STB3) Ryan Bauman (University of Kentucky), Towards the Digital Squeeze: 3-D imaging of inscriptions and curse tablets
25 July (NG16) Charlotte Tupman (KCL), Markup of the epigraphy and archaeology of Roman Libya
8 Aug (NG16) Charlotte Roueché (KCL), From Stone to Byte