British Epigraphy Society Autumn Colloquium
or “Epigraphy, but not as we know it”
XIII Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 21 November 2009, MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
10.30 (coffee) – 17.30 (close)
Full programme at BES website (although older events seem not to be archived, so this may disappear).
We receive short notice of an international congress on ancient magic, to be held in Rome next week: Contextos Magicos / Contesti Magici. Full programme is online at the Italian Culture Ministry: announcement.
Lucia Criscuolo writes from Bologna with an announcement of a new Italian site for news and discussion of Greek epigraphy (http://www.siteg.it), which includes listings of news items and of meetings and colloquia (it is not clear from the website if RSS/Atom feeds are available for these news streams). The site describes itself as follows:
Il Sito Italiano di Epigrafia Greca (SITEG) intende offrire un luogo di incontro virtuale per quanti desiderino informare ed informarsi sulle attività che tanti studiosi svolgono in Italia nell’ambito degli studi epigrafici greci. L’epigrafia greca, vivacemente coltivata e anche solidamente presente in molti atenei italiani, ha spesso trovato difficoltà nel fare conoscere a studiosi e studenti i contributi che fornisce alla conoscenza delle civiltà greca e romana. L’obiettivo è quindi di facilitare la diffusione delle ricerche e dei risultati che vengono raggiunti, se possibile anche al di fuori dell’ambiente accademico, e moltiplicare le occasioni di discussione e confronto, nel rispetto delle idee, del lavoro e della verità.
You are cordially invited to a triple-decker inaugural lecture at King’s
College London: “Decoding Pasts, Building Futures”:
- Richard Beacham, Professor of Digital Culture
- Charlotte Roueche, Professor of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies
- Harold Short, Professor of Digital Humanities
Centre for Computing in the Humantities & Classics/Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies
Friday 23 October 2009, 17.30 Edmond J. Safra Theatre, Strand Campus.
Tea will be served from 16.45, and the lecture will be followed by a
reception, with a chance to visit the Arts and Humanities Research Fair
Enquiries/responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE) will sponsor the First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy on 5 January 2011 in San Antonio, TX one day before the annual APA/AIA meetings. At our annual Business Meeting in Anaheim, CA in early January 2010 we will decide on fees, deadlines, and abstract submission guidelines, which will be posted on the ASGLE website.
-The 2010 ASGLE APA Panel will be held in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 9 from 8:30 – 11:00 AM.
Greek and Latin Inscriptions: New Discoveries
Organizers: Paul Iversen and Stephen V. Tracy
The line-up of speakers includes:
-Nikolaos Papzarkadas, University of California, Berkeley and D. Sourlas. “A New Fragment of IG I³ 1149 (Epitaph for the Argives Killed at the Battle of Tanagra).”
-Gerald V. Lalonde, Grinnell College. “Two ‘New’ Horos Inscriptions of the Boule of the Areiopagos: Epigraphy and Topography.”
-John D. Morgan, University of Delaware. “Athens and the Aleuads.”
-Nora Dimitrova and Kevin Clinton, Cornell University. “Maroneia Honors Q. Lutatius Catulus in Samothrace.”
-Christopher Wallace, University of Toronto. “Murder, Mayhem and Salt: IPriene 111 and the publicani in Roman Asia.”
-Steven L. Tuck, Miami University. “Fistulae and Freedmen: Lead Water Pipes and Shifting Imperial Realities on the Bay of Naples.”
Prof. Lidio Gasperini (Università di Roma II) passed away last Friday after surgical procedure in a Rome hospital.
Here is an early obituary with some details.
October 8-9, 2009, e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh
Organisers: Gabriel Bodard and Stuart Dunn
The text upon an object is both evidence for and part of its form and therefore its function; just as the construction and purpose of an object gives context to and aids in the interpretation of text. Indeed, the form of an object effects the placement and design of text and decoration upon it. Non-verbal decorations drawn or painted on an object fall somewhere between (2-D) text and (3-D) physical object: like the text they are added by the scribe or artist, they have semantic (if not verbal) connotation, and are often taken out of the material context of the object; like the object, however, they are considered as artistic and visual content, and are hard to digitize meaningfully. Nevertheless they sometimes come closest to crossing the artificial boundary and may be studied by both philologists and archaeologists. Text may also be constrained by the placement of decoration on a surface, or vice versa.
This conference will bring together scholars from a variety of fields who study objects and texts side by side to discuss the ways in which advanced computer science methods can enhance both their own work and the nature of their collaborations with other researchers working on the same objects.
Methods to be considered will include (but need not be restricted to):
- Linking/connecting text and images of objects within digital editions/projects, or making object description an intrinsic part of a text edition;
- Advanced imaging (3D surface scanning, multi-spectral imaging, non-invasive volumetric scanning, stereographic/photogrammetric imaging) to bring lost or damaged text/engraving out of objects;
- Automated text/character analysis; identification of text fields/columns/lines;
- Reconstruction and visualization of damaged, unclear or complex text-bearing objects;
- Digital placing of objects in historical and archaeological contexts to highlight textual/non-textual features.