Current Epigraphy
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27 November, 2009

Job at LGPN

Filed under: jobs — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:35

Robert Parker writes:

The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names is seeking to appoint a Researcher for a full-time, two-year fixed term post. The project is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant. The postholder must be educated to doctoral standard, or equivalent. Essential requirements are a proven record in working with epigraphical material (both the basic evidence and published corpora and articles), and an awareness of how to handle personal names. Familiarity with the epigraphy of Asia Minor will be an advantage.

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. Please arrange for your referees to send their references to the above address by the closing date.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 17 December 2009. No applications will be accepted after this date. The interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 11 January 2010.

26 November, 2009

Short reports from BES Autumn Meeting

Filed under: BES,events,report — Gabriel Bodard @ 18:14

Reports given at British Epigraphy Society Autumn Meeting, November 21, 2009. (Brief summary by Gabriel Bodard)

1) Nicholas Milner on recent work at Oinoanda

Nicholas reported on the ongoing epigraphic work at the Oinoanda excavations (where he has been resposible for new inscriptions since 1994), funded by the DAI. New finds since 2007 include:

  • several inscriptions on an octagonal tower in the Hellenistic wall including references to Apollo Hypsistos; the tower seems to have been an outdoor shrine to the Sun, and seems to settle the taxing question of which god was referred to by Hypsistos at this site;
  • an inscription marking the foundation by C. Iulius Moles of a temple to Caesar, which appears to belong to the reign of Augustus;
  • in 2009, a base bearing a verse inscription to Nemesis and a sundial;
  • an inscribed lintel block from an early Christian church.

2) Ulrike Roth on Albert Rehm

Ulrike (incoming BES secretary) addressed the meeting with a question rather than a report. Albert Rehm was a German school-teacher and ancient historian (known for his epigraphic work), active in the periods before and after the Second World War, and was outspoken on the subject of the Nazi approaches to ancient history. He described himself as a “Third Humanist”, although this clearly meant something different from Werner Jaeger‘s use of the same label. Rehm believed firmly in the importance of working in the field (where Jaeger was reluctant to sully his view of the ancient world by visiting modern Greece), hence his epigraphic research. Ulrike is looking for information, even stories and anecdotes, about Rehm’s fieldwork, in the hope that this might cast light on his vision of “Third Humanism”.

3) Jonathan Prag on financial inscriptions from Taormina

Jon described a collaborative project to republish and analyse 13 financial inscriptions from the Sicel city of Taormina (which was allied to Rome in the Second Punic War), that have been published in scattered publications of variable quality. (8 of the inscriptions are in IG 14; 4 were published by Manganaro from inadequate photographs.) The inscriptions reveal many details of the city’s finances and administration in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC: there are changes over time in the math used, as well as in the administration, the calendar, and the currencies in use. One text in particular offers a thorny problem of dating: it is written in Greek, so should be from before the Roman colony in 27 BC; the reference to the month of  “Quinctilis” should be from before 46; the reference to “duoandres” should be after 44. Manganaro suggests that the text may date from the period when Sextus Pompeius governed the city between 44 and 36, but much remains unclear. The new publication will make new joins between some of the text fragments, and will also thoroughly address issues with the provenance of the inscriptions, some of which are moved and only partially recorded in the excavation reports.

24 November, 2009

Silvia Ferrara, ‘Writing in Cypro-Minoan: Beyond decipherment’

Filed under: BES,events,report — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:06

Paper presented at British Epigraphy Society Autumn Meeting. (Brief report by Gabriel Bodard)

Writing in Cypro-Minoan: Beyond Decipherment.

Silvia Ferrara, Oxford,  November 21, 2009

In this paper, Ferrara introduced the audience to problems in the decipherment and interpretation of inscriptions in the Cypro-Minoan script. Since there are only some 217 documents (comprising 4000 signs) in this script, decipherment is difficult if not impossible, and so identification of the language and context of the texts will depend more upon quantitative elements, the objects themselves, their distribution and other archaeological information.


20 November, 2009

Processes in the Making of Roman Inscriptions by Richard Grasby

Filed under: publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:22


The Studies present inscriptions at various stages of their making from draft text to carefully constructed letters set out on the stone itself, brush painted and carved. It is possible to draw a significant amount of forensic evidence of these stages from the stones themselves. Through measurement and an understanding of the processes of making, some epigraphists may find in these Studies another approach to the reconstruction of fragmentary inscriptions.

See the attached Flyer and Order Form for more information.

16 November, 2009

Epigraphy and the Greek Historian (London, Spring 2010)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 22:46


Institute for Classical Studies
Ancient History Seminar

Thursdays at 4.30 pm
G 22/26 South Block, Senate House
Spring term 2010
Organiser: Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck)

14 January Graham Oliver (Liverpool) Destroying inscriptions: the authorised and unauthorised removal of inscribed documents in the Greek world

21 January Angelos Chaniotis (Oxford) Moving stones: the study of emotions in Greek inscriptions

28 January Robin Osborne (Cambridge) The letter: a diplomatic history

4 February Riet van Bremen (UCL) A Hellenistic list of donors (?) and some other puzzling lists

11 February Irene Polinskaya (KCL) A new corpus of ancient inscriptions from the northern Black Sea

25 February Stephen Lambert (Cardiff) Priests and priestesses in Athenian honorific decrees

4 March Polly Low (Manchester) Constructing lives from stone: inscriptions and biographical traditions

11 March Claire Taylor (Trinity College, Dublin) Graffiti or inscriptions? Some problems from Attica


Filed under: jobs,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 15:36

Zur Neubesetzung einer IT-Mitarbeiterstelle an der Forschungsstelle Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH) sucht die Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften (HAW) zum 1. Januar 2010 zunächst befristet für zwei Jahre (mit der Möglichkeit der Verlängerung) eine/n

Technische/n Anwendungsbetreuer/in / Technical Application Owner

für die Pflege/Wartung und Optimierung des wissenschaftlichen Nutzungspotentials der Epigraphischen Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH).

Administration der Datenbanken einschließlich ihrer Schnittstellen und Eingabemasken
Administration und Weiterentwicklung der eingesetzten Suchmaschinen
Aufbau einer Testumgebung für die Suchmaschinen
Gestaltung und Betreuung der EDH-Homepage
Systembetreuung der an der Forschungsstelle eingesetzten Rechner (Linux/Windows)

Erfahrung in der Anwendungsprogrammierung mit Java, Perl
Erfahrung im Umgang mit diversen Entwicklungstools wie z.B. XForms
Erweiterte Kenntnisse in der Datenbank-Administration von DB2 und MySQL
Kenntnisse und Erfahrungen in der Administration von Linux und Windows
Erfahrung im Einsatz von Web-Content-Management-Systemen wie z.B. Imperia
Selbstständige lösungs- und teamorientierte Arbeitsweise, intelligente eigene Priorisierung und die Fähigkeit, sich bedarfsorientiert und flexibel in neue Problemstellungen einzuarbeiten
Bereitschaft, mit dem wissenschaftlichen Projektpersonal technische Lösungsmöglichkeiten zu diskutieren und in der Systemarchitektur umzusetzen
Gute Englischkenntnisse wünschenswert.

Die Vergütung erfolgt nach TV-L (bis zur Entgeltgruppe 13).
Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bewerbungen sind bis zum 11.12.2009 zu richten an den Leiter der Forschungsstelle EDH, Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel, Seminar für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik der Universität Heidelberg, Marstallhof 4, 69117 Heidelberg.

9 November, 2009

CSAD blog

Filed under: news — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:02

Caillan Davenport reports:

The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD) at Oxford University has started a new blog to update students, scholars and the general public on the centre’s research projects.

4 November, 2009

Seminar in Cassino on Law and Economy

Filed under: events — LuciaCriscuolo @ 20:12

Dates: 3-4 December. Organizer: Manuela Mari

Diritto ed economia nella Grecia antica. Norme e riflessione giuridica su proprietà, transazioni, scambi commerciali.

Incontro di studi.

Università di Cassino

Aula Magna – Facoltà di Ingegneria – via G. Di Biasio, 43 – Cassino

Giovedì 3 dicembre.

Ore 15. Apertura dei lavori.

Ore 15.30.

Laura Boffo (Università di Trieste). Leggi e mercanti nel mondo greco.

Anna Magnetto (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa). La città e il mercante: incentivi e agevolazioni nel mondo greco di età classica ed ellenistica.

Manuela Mari (Università di Cassino), John Thornton (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”). Riassetti di proprietà e cittadinanza, staseis e rapporti tra re e città nella Grecia ellenistica.

Edward E. Cohen (University of Pennsylvania). Commercial contracts with slaves: legal and economic significance at Athens.

Donatella Erdas (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa). Garanti, appalti pubblici e economia della città: alcune osservazioni.

Ugo Fantasia (Università di Parma). I magistrati dell’agora e i prezzi del grano nelle città greche.

Ore 18.30.


Venerdì 4 dicembre.

Ore 9.30.

Francesco Guizzi (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”). Case e patrimoni: Gortina.

Stefano Ferrucci (Università di Siena-Grosseto). Case e patrimoni: Atene.

Michele Faraguna (Università di Trieste). Diritto, economia, società: tombe e periboloi ad Atene.

Adele Scafuro (Brown University, Providence). The Economics of the Athenian Court System.

Lucia Criscuolo (Università di Bologna). A proposito di en patrikois.

Alice Bencivenni (Università di Bologna). Prostagmata di Seleuco IV.

Ore 12.30.


3 November, 2009

Practical Epigraphy Workshop 2010

Filed under: events,training — Charlotte Tupman @ 18:00

22-24th June 2010, Great North Museum, Newcastle

A Practical Epigraphy Workshop is taking place for those who are interested in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material. The workshop is aimed at graduate students, but other interested parties are welcome to apply, whether or not they have previous experience. With expert tuition, participants will learn the practical aspects of how to record and study inscriptions. The programme will include 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.

The course fee is £100 but we hope to be able to provide bursaries to participants to assist with the cost. Accommodation will be extra, but we are arranging B&B nearby for around £30-40.

Places on the workshop are limited and applications will be accepted until 31st March. For further details please contact:

The Practical Epigraphy Workshop is sponsored by The British Epigraphy Society, an independent ‘chapter’ of the Association Internationale d’Epigraphie Grecque et Latine.

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