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23 January, 2010

Chaniotis, Moving Stones (London, Jan 21)

Filed under: report — Gabriel Bodard @ 22:44

(Paper given at the Ancient History Seminar, London, January 21st, 2010. Brief report by Gillian Bentley.)

‘Moving Stones’: The Study of Emotions in Greek Inscriptions

Angelos Chaniotis

In this seminar, Angelos Chaniotis discussed the pertinence of epigraphic evidence in the study of the history of emotions, particularly in view of his current research project: “Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions” in the Greek world (c. 800 BCE-c. 500 CE) at the University of Oxford.

Chaniotis stressed that inscriptions are texts, subject to the same questions of composition and authorship as any other kind of text. They are a form of communication with a specific target audience representing conscious action, selection, and composition. Chaniotis suggested that inscriptions make excellent material for the study of emotional display. Literary texts place emotions within a context, but inscriptions may be more representative due to the sheer amount and heterogeneity of the evidence.


21 January, 2010

British Epigraphy Society Spring Meeting

Filed under: BES,events — ClaireTaylor @ 21:05

Saturday 24 April, 2010
Trinity College Dublin

(In)formal epigraphy
This meeting examines formality and informality within epigraphic culture. What different types of formality and informality can we detect in epigraphic material and to what extent is this affected by the survival and recording of material? How does the use of space (where do we find epigraphic writing?), agency (who writes? who publishes?), or interaction with the inscriptions (who views them and why?) construct notions – or undermine them – about formality/informality? How do these ideas affect the reuse and reception of inscriptions, ancient and modern?

10.30-11.00: Coffee & registration
11.00-11.45: Dr Graham Oliver (University of Liverpool): Formality & informality in Attic inscriptions
11.45-12.30: Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck College, London): Graffiti & inscriptions in Dura-Europos
12.30-1.00: Lunch
1.00-1.45: Dr Amanda Kelly (NUI Galway): Informal invective: inscriptions on sling shots
1.45-2.30: Short reports
2.30-3.30: Travel to UCD (Coffee on arrival)
3.30-5.00: Prof. Andrew Smith (UCD): Tour of the epigraphic collection in the UCD Classical Museum

Colloquium fees
Registration including tea, coffee, and the sandwich lunch:
€15.00 (BES/AIEGL members), €10.00 (BES student members), €25.00 (non-members).

Registration without lunch:
€10.00 (members), €5.00 (student members), €20.00 (non-members).

Taxi fare from TCD to UCD (for museum trip)
Between €5 and €20 one way (depending on how many people share a taxi. Please bring cash to pay the taxi driver).

For further information, or to reserve a place at the colloquium and a sandwich lunch, please contact Dr Claire Taylor ( The deadline for registration is 9 April 2010.

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18 January, 2010

2010 Seminars at French School in Athens

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:41

Rencontres épigraphiques de l’EfA
En collaboration avec le Musée épigraphique d’Athènes
Programme 2010
Le mardi de 10h à 12h
au Musée épigraphique, Tositsa 1

Mardi 19 janvier 2010
George Steinhauer (Eπίτιμος Διευθυντής Αρχαιότητων)
« Ένα αναθηματικό μνημείο στην οικογένεια του Αυγούστου από την ακρόπολη της Σπάρτης »

Mardi 9 février 2010
Madalina Dana (EHESS)
« La mobilité des enseignants dans le monde grec : révision de deux inscriptions du Pont-Euxin »

Mardi 23 février 2010
« Un décret urbanistique de Kyrrhos (Macédoine) »

Mardi 16 mars 2010
Robert K. Pitt (British School at Athens)
« ID 104-4: Some new readings and old problems from an Athenian building contract on Delos »

Mardi 20 avril 2010
Mathilde DOUTHE (École française d’Athènes)
« La situation linguistique à Delphes aux IVe – IIIe siècles »

Mardi 11 mai 2010
A préciser

Mardi 12 octobre 2010
Christina Kokkinia (KERA)
« Prospection épigraphique à Boubôn (Lycie) »

Mardi 16 novembre 2010
Daniela Summa (IG Berlin, DAI)
« Recherches sur le corpus de la Locride orientale »

Mardi 14 décembre 2010
Francesco Camia (KERA)
« Η λατρεία των ρωμαίων αυτοκρατόρων στην Ελλάδα: η περίπτωση των πελοποννησιακών πόλεων »

Analysis and Uses of Greek Amphora Stamps, Athens, February 3-5, 2010

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:47

Analysis and Uses of Greek Amphora Stamps

International Congress
French School at Athens, University of Rennes 2 – Haute Bretagne
Athens, February 3 – 5, 2010

Thanks to Nathan Badoud for sending notice that the programme and abstracts for this event are now available onlin at the congress website:

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17 January, 2010

Graham Oliver, Destroying Inscriptions (London, Jan 14)

Filed under: report — Gabriel Bodard @ 01:29

(Paper given at the Ancient History Seminar, London, January 14th, 2010. Brief report by Gabriel Bodard.)

Destroying Inscriptions: the authorised and unauthorised removal of inscribed documents in the Greek world.
Graham Oliver

In this seminar, Graham Oliver discussed a few particular inscriptions from the Athenian sphere in the Late Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, using these examples to make some general observations on the removal and erasure of inscriptions.

(1) Re-use

The first examples he discussed were a series of statue bases signed by Antignotos, but their original texts erased when they were re-used and re-inscribed at a later date. As the original inscriptions were not, as far as we know, issued by the demos,  Oliver argues that no special authority was needed to remove them, and in fact they had probably fallen out of use or been taken off display already, since we should assume that inscriptions were not considered to be permanent. Even a handful of fourth century decrees were re-used by pyloroi in the Roman period, which tells us both that even these texts were not permanent and sacrosanct, but that these decrees at least were still intact and in place on the acropolis in the Roman period. The re-use of inscriptions seems to have been fairly normal; even official documents could be removed and re-used without official sanction.

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