Current Epigraphy
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26 February, 2009

L’écriture et l’espace de la mort (Rome, March 5-7, 2009)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:24

L’écriture et l’espace de la mort
5-7 Mars 2009

Rencontres internationales
École française de Rome

Contact :

Jeudi 5 mars :

à partir de 15 h : accueil des participants.
15 h 30 : M.-L. Haack (université de Limoges) : Introduction.

Les nécropoles, reflet du monde des vivants ? Trente ans après, qu’est devenue cette idée ?

16 h : A. Cuozzo (université de Naples ‘L’Orientale’) : Rappresentazione ed interpretazione : prospettive e problemi nella lettura delle necropoli.
16 h 30 : F. Frisone (université del Salento) : Codici antichi, modelli moderni : l’epigrafia e l’interpretazione dei rituali funerari nelle società antiche.
17 h : K. Lomas (University College de Londres et université de Durham) : Hidden writing : epitaphs within tombs in early Italy.
17 h 30 : Discussion

Vendredi 6 mars :

L’organisation des nécropoles

10 h 30 : E. Dupraz (université de Rouen) : Beaucoup d’inscriptions, peu d’inscriptions, pas d’inscriptions – l’épigraphie funéraire des Vestins, des Péligniens et des Marses à l’époque tardo-républicaine.
11 h : G. Colonna (université de Rome – La Sapienza) : La scrittura e la tomba : il caso dell’Etruria arcaica (con particolare riguardo ad Orvieto).
11 h 30 : G. Bagnasco Gianni, A. Gobbi et N. Scoccimarro (université de Milan) : Segni eloquenti in necropoli e abitato.
12 h 15 : Discussion

Espace public / espace privé

14 h 30 : E. Benelli (ISCIMA – CNR) : Breve in exiguo marmore nomen ero. L’iscrizione funeraria etrusca tra esposizione pubblica e circuito privato.
15 h : V. Belfiore (université de La Halle / Wittenberg) : Definizioni locali di spazi tombali.
15 h 30 : L. Haumesser (université de Grenoble II) : Autour des sarcophages : l’inscription et l’espace de la déposition.
16 h : Discussion
16 h 30 : Cl. Berrendonner (université de Paris I – Sorbonne) : Traces épigraphiques de la gestion des nécropoles par les autorités civiques dans l’Italie romaine.
17 h : G. Van Heems (université de Lyon III) : Idéologie et écriture : à propos des inscriptions étrusques à cursus honorum.
17 h 30 : A. Maggiani (université de Venise) : Magistrati e sacerdoti ? Sui alcuni monumenti funerari da Chiusi.
18 h : Discussion

Samedi 7 mars :

Dynamiques de mutation en Italie

9 h 30 : C. Cousin (Paris) :Typologie et fonction des didascalies dans l’imagerie funéraire étrusque.
10 h : L. Bonfante (New York University) : Etruscan mirrors and the Grave.
10 h 30 : F. De Angelis (Université de Columbia) : Il destino di Hasti Afunei. Donne e rapporti familiari nell’epigrafia funeraria di Chiusi.
11 h-11 h 30 : Discussion
11 h 30 : M. Torelli (université de Pérouse) : Spurinas e non Smurinas. I fondatori della Tomba dell’Orco di Tarquinia.
12 h : D. Maras (université de Rome – La Sapienza) : Storie di dono : l’oggetto parlante si racconta.
12 h 30 : Discussion

L’Italie et les autres

14 h 30 : C. Ruiz Darasse (Casa de Velázquez – Madrid) : L’épigraphie funéraire de la péninsule ibérique préromaine. Etat de la question.
15 h : E. Deniaux (université de Nanterre – Paris X) : L’épigraphie de Dyrrachium.
15 h 30 : P. Poccetti (université de Rome II) : Morire lontano dall’ Italia : differenze e interazioni attraverso l’epigrafia ellenistica della necropoli dell’isola di Renea (Delo).

23 February, 2009

Research Assistant: LGPN & MAMA (Oxford)

Filed under: jobs — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:59

Post-doctoral Research Assistant – Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI

University of Oxford

Grade 7, full-time: Salary £28,839 – £35,469

The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and the Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI project are seeking to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Assistant for a full-time, two-year fixed term post. The projects are both funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council Grants, from the Standard and Early Career schemes respectively. Applicants must be competent in Greek epigraphy, and have proven IT skills.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae, a covering letter and a personal details form (obtainable from the Classics website: should be sent to Erica Clarke, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU (, from whom further particulars can be obtained.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 18 March 2009.

17 February, 2009

Languages of preRoman Italy (Lyon, March 12, 2009)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 18:42

See also full announcement (at, and programme (at


12 Mars 2009 – La variation linguistique dans les langues de l’Italie préromaine

Journée d’étude organisée par l’université Lumière Lyon 2 et le laboratoire HiSoMA (UMR 5189

Speakers include: L. Dubois; D. Briquel; I.-X. Adiego Lajara; V. Belfiore; G. van Heems; E. Dupraz; V. Martzloff; F. Poli; J. Hadas-Lebel.

Contact: Gilles van Heems (

16 February, 2009

Inscriptions and their Uses in Ancient Literature (Manchester, June 25-26, 2009)

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25-26TH JUNE 2009

Registration is now open for this conference, which aims to explore the possibilities which the literary record of ancient inscriptions offer both to those interested in understanding ancient attitudes towards inscriptions and to those interested in exploring the broader relationship (and overlaps) between epigraphical and non-epigraphical modes of expression from a range of literary, historical and epigraphical angles.

Full details, including the conference programme and booking form, are available here: There is a conference fee of £30, to cover tea, coffee and lunch on both days. The deadline for registration is 31st May 2009.

Thanks to the generous support of the Classical Association and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, we are able to offer four bursaries to postgraduate students wishing to attend the conference. Bursaries will cover the conference fee and up to two nights’ accommodation in Manchester. Those interested in applying should send to a brief (c.250 word) statement explaining how attendance at the conference would contribute to their research, and should also ask their supervisor (or other appropriate referee) to send a short statement of support to the same address. The deadline for application for these bursaries is 30th April 2009.

8 February, 2009

Amicitia and isopoliteia in the Spanish NW gold mining district

Filed under: events,news,report — JoaquinGomezPantoja @ 14:41

Inés Sastre and her colleagues from the CSIC (the Spanish National Research Council) have circulated the announcement of the discovery of a new bronze tessera hospitalitis dated by the consuls of 27 A.D. The piece was dug up some months ago during archaeological work in a small settlement beside a gold mine close to Pino del Oro, Zamora, where only two unconnected fragments with parts of the dating and the pact were found. The agreement deals with the renewal of [hospitium], amicitia and isopoliteia between an ignotum and the civitas Bletisama.

Inés also tells that a full study of the document will be shortly published in ZPE; meanwhile, she sent this booklet from which I am extracting this information:

  • Inés Sastre, Alejandro Beltrán, Fco. Javier Sánchez Palencia, Damián Romero, El bronce de El Picón - Pino de Oro, Zamora. Madrid 2009 [ISBN 978-84-00-08761-6].

She also has called for a one-day meeting to be held in her institute in Madrid on April 1st to discuss the new find. For more information, write her or Alejandro Beltrán.

An URL worth of notice

Filed under: news,notes — JoaquinGomezPantoja @ 13:07

Prof. Juan M. Abascal (U. of Alicante) has made of his personal website a gateway to several useful resources for epigraphers:

  • A direct access to the Museo Virtual de Segobriga, the website of this important archaeological site in Central Spain, offering several views of the city’s main monuments (like this one on the forum) and a catalogue of the artefacts found during more than a century of archaeological explorations; the database includes about 15000 records and 5000 photos, among them those containing description, bibliography and images of near 600 inscriptions like this one. Other links point to teaching materials (in Spanish), a complete bibliography and other scholarly stuff related to Segobriga, many of them offering downloadable complete text versions of books and papers.
  • El anaquel de Spantamicus, a sort of personal library with references to several scholars’ work, mostly on Spanish topics (Alföldy, Blázquez, Fita, García y Bellido, himself, Le Roux, Stylow, Tovar, et cet.); many of the citations deals with epigraphical matter and there are downloadable complete versions of the  original printed pieces.
  • Abascal’s own actual research, like this listing of digitalized works on José Córnide, a Spanish XVIII century traveller with a kind eye for ancient monuments and inscriptions.

3 February, 2009

A new Epigraphic Handbook

Filed under: publications — JoaquinGomezPantoja @ 22:34

A new textbook (in Spanish) on Epigraphy  under Dr. Andreu’s editorial  direction  has just came out.

More information on the publisher’s website.

A new inscription from Gades’ theatre

Filed under: news — JoaquinGomezPantoja @ 22:22

Prof. Alicia Canto directed my attention to this inscription found during archaeological work in the roman theatre of Gades, which is commonly dated in the first Century B.C. (For information on the building’s remains and its situation in Cádiz, see this post).

The  graffito is cut in a block (ca. 80 x 15 cm) from the theatre’s subsellia, where it was set upside down so the letters remained out of sight. The editors believe this was due to the inscription insulting purpose: Latro, Balbe!

I find compelling both the graffito and the editors’ reading; the former because of its down-to-earth flavour, so common in Roman graffiti; and the latter because I  would rather read  BAE(BIVS) instead of  BAL(B)E.

Epigraphic titles for review from BMCR

Filed under: review — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:28

Some selected epigraphic titles from the latest BMCR list:

BMCR Books Received (January, 2009)

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.

An updated version of this list may be found at

*Bartels, Jens. Städtische Eliten im römischen Makedonien: Untersuchungen zur Formierung und Struktur. Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, Bd. 242. Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008. x, 258 p. $137.00. ISBN 9783110195002.

*Draycott, Catherine M. and Geoffrey D. Summers. Kerkenes special studies 1: sculpture and inscriptions from the monumental entrance to the palatial complex at Kerkenes Dağ, Turkey. Oriental Institute Publications 135. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2008. xxiv, 87 p., [98] p. of plates. $90.00. ISBN 9781885923578.

*Gleba, Margarita and Hilary Becker (edd.). Votives, places, and rituals in Etruscan religion: studies in honor of Jean MacIntosh Turfa. Religions in the Graeco-Roman world; 166. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2008. xliv, 291 p. $154.00. ISBN 9789004170452.

*Kokkinia, Christina (ed.). Boubon: the inscriptions and archaeological remains; a survey 2004-2006. Meletemata 60. Athens: Diffusion de Boccard, 2008. x, 193 p., [23] p. of plates. € 86.00 (pb). ISBN 9789607905475.

Kropp, Amina. Magische Sprachverwendung in vulgärlateinischen Fluchtafeln (defixiones). ScriptOralia; Bd. 135. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag, 2008. 341 p.; CD-ROM. € 98.00. ISBN 9783823364368
Lefèvre, Eckard. Philosophie unter der Tyrannis. Ciceros Tusculanae Disputationes. Bd. 46. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag WINTER, 2008. 353 p. € 40.00. ISBN 9783825355500.

*Prósper, Blanca María. El bronce celtibérico de Botorrita. Ricerche sulle lingue di frammentaria attestazione; 6. Pisa; Roma: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2008. 97 p. € 38.00 (pb). ISBN 9788862271188.

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