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26 February, 2010

István Hahn Lectures (Budapest, March 29)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:26

The Department of Ancient History (ELTE University, Budapest) and the board of trustees of the Non omnis moriar Foundation (to commemorate late Prof. István Hahn) invite you with deep respect to the ceremony and the international colloquium of the

2nd István Hahn Lecture (2010)

István Hahn Seminar Room
ELTE BTK Múzeum krt. 6–8. Rm 138.
Date: 10 AM, 29 March 2010

10.00. Opening:
Tamás Dezső, Dean of the Faculty

10.20. Honorary lecture:
Ioan Piso (Klausenburg): Capitolia, epulum Iovis und dies Iovis. Die Beispiele von Dakien, Pannonien und Hispania Tarraconensis

11.00. Conference
Marc Mayer (Barcelona): La céramique avec inscriptions de La Maja (La Rioja, España).

11.20. Radu Ardevan (Klausenburg): Die Verteilung der römischen Provinz Dakien in der Geschichtschreibung

11.40. Giulia Baratta (Macerata): Riefelsarkophage und Bildersprache.

12.00. Élodie Cairon (Paris): Présentation du numéro 18 d’Hungarian Polis Studies : Les épitaphes métriques hellénistiques du Péloponnèse à la Thessalie

12.20. Péter Kató (Budapest-Heidelberg): Philoi kai symmachoi: Polis-Netzwerke und der Krieg in der hellenistischen Zeit

12.40. Discussion

21 February, 2010

Conference announcement: ‘Las Cupae Hispanas’, Uncastillo, Zaragoza

Filed under: events — Charlotte Tupman @ 16:35

The Fundación Uncastillo and UNED Tudela have announced the first colloquium on the archaeology and ancient history of Los Bañales: ‘Las Cupae Hispanas: Origen, Difusión, Uso, Tipologia’, which will be held from 16-18 April 2010 at Uncastillo (Zaragoza).

This colloquium investigates the phenomenon of the cupae, which are roughly semi-cylindrical or barrel-shaped tomb monuments found at various sites across the Iberian Peninsula from the first to the third centuries A.D. Many are inscribed with funerary texts in Latin. Scholars from many areas of the Peninsula as well as elsewhere in Europe are gathering for the three-day colloquium at Uncastillo to discuss a number of questions relating to these monuments: their origins, which remain a source of contention; their diffusion across the Peninsula; their practical and symbolic uses by members of different social groups; and their typology, which has thus far proved difficult to establish. This is the first conference to be devoted to this enigmatic type of funerary monument.

Further information and the conference programme can be found here:

Las Cupae Hispanas

18 February, 2010

EpiDoc training at the DHO Summer School

Filed under: EpiDoc,events,training — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:47

This year one of the strands in the programme of the Digital Humanities Observatory Summer School is an EpiDoc training workshop, which may be of interest to epigraphists (please circulate this announcement widely, especially to students):

This course will introduce attendees to EpiDoc markup, an XML schema for epigraphic and papyrological editions. The workshop is targeted at Classical scholars: we shall assume knowledge of Greek and/or Latin and some experience in Classical history or adjacent disciplines, but no technical expertise is required. We shall introduce students to the use of EpiDoc markup to record the distinctions expressed by the Leiden Conventions and traditional critical editions, and some of the issues in translating between EpiDoc and the major epigraphic and papyrological databases. Students will also be given hands-on experience in the use of the “Son of SOL” editing tool, currently implemented by the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, which facilitates the creation of validating EpiDoc XML via a ‘tags-free’ interface.

Registration for the summer school costs €300 students / €400 staff.
Subsidized/free places are available for members of Irish universities,
and we hope that a few bursaries will also be available for EpiDoc
students. Please get in touch with <> if you want more information.

Announcement: DHO Summer School registration now open

12 February, 2010

Polinskaya, Meaning of “Common” in Herodotus (London, February 11)

Filed under: report — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:49

(Paper given at the Ancient History Seminar, London, February 11th, 2010. Brief report by Susan Fogarty.)

On the Meaning of “Common” in Herodotus 8.144: Shared Sanctuaries and the Gods of Others
Irene Polinskaya, King’s College London

“τὸ Ἑλλενικόν consists in being of the same blood and of the same language, in sharing sanctuaries and sacrifices of the gods, and in the sameness of customs”

While most scholars acknowledge τὸ Ἑλλενικόν as an idealised vision of Greekness, Dr. Polinskaya believes the religious element continues to be misread and challenges the standard interpretation of τὸ Ἑλλενικόν as proof of religious unity across the Greek world. She believes that κοινός and ὅμοιος do not convey the same meaning, and ignoring the distinction is ignoring Herodotus’ choice of words. There is a conceptual and mathematical difference between ‘same’ and ‘common’ and the architectural, textual and epigraphic evidence bears this out: there is no sameness, but there are common sanctuaries and sacrifices. (more…)

11 February, 2010

Epigraphic Saturday (Cambridge, March 27)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:46

Epigraphic Saturday in Cambridge on 27 March

A day of lectures and shorter presentations in Room G.21 of the Classics Faculty Building, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, starting (with coffee) at 10.00 am. (Lunch will be available in Newnham College opposite).

The first speaker will be Richard Gordon on “Putting the gods to work: the new prayers for justice in Latin from Moguntiacum / Mainz”.

Anyone who would like to offer a paper or make a short presentation is asked to get in touch with Joyce Reynolds ( with a copy please to as soon as possible so a programme can be finalised. This will then be posted on the Faculty website. It would also be helpful but not essential to have some idea of numbers in advance (to

10 February, 2010

Van Bremen, ‘A Hellenistic List of Donors?’ (London, February 4th)

Filed under: report — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:25

(Paper given at the Ancient History Seminar, London, February 4th, 2010. Brief report by Naomi Carless Unwin.)

‘A Hellenistic List of Donors (?)’
Riet van Bremen

Dr van Bremen’s paper was concerned with a puzzling inscription from Stratonikeia in Karia (SEG 55, 1145). Unlike the seminars of the previous weeks, which have been dealing with specific themes or ‘types’ of inscription, she took what she referred to as the ‘minimalist’ approach; trying to learn as much as possible from one text. The inscription in question does not obviously belong to any particular category, nor have any direct parallels in the ancient world. On its original publication by M. Ç. Şahin in 2005 (EA 38, pp. 9-12) it was classified as a ‘Hellenistic list of donors’; yet, as he admits, ‘I do not understand the inscription either, because there is no intelligible sentence in it, although there are no vocabulary problems involved, and the inscription is easy to read.’ Van Bremen was hoping to comprehend something about the nature of the decree through close examination of the text, yet also its possible archaeological context; she was hoping to reveal the value of analysing in depth certain unusual texts. (more…)

8 February, 2010

Epigrafía y cultura escrita en la Antigüedad clásica

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 18:13

Manuel Ramírez reports on the publication of Cultura Escrita & Sociedad vol. 9 2009, entitled Epigrafía y cultura escrita en la Antigüedad clásica.

3 February, 2010

Lecture: Rediscovering the inscriptions of Campa (Vietnam)

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 18:24

The following lecture (in New York) has just been announced:

Rediscovering the inscriptions of Campa (Vietnam)
Speaker: Arlo Griffiths
Location: 2nd Floor Lecture Room
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 E 84th St
New York, NY
Date: Monday, March 8 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.

The aim of this lecture is to inform the interested New York public on recent developments in the study of the written records of ancient ‘Indianized’ polities in Southeast Asia. We will take as example the epigraphic corpus of the ancient Campa kingdom(s), which lay in what is now central and southern Vietnam. The study of Campa epigraphy involves texts in Sanskrit and in the poorly known vernacular Old Cam language, which belongs to the Austronesian language family. This field of research once flourished in French colonial times, then all but died out after WW II, and has only recently been resuscitated from a coma that lasted for decades. Newly discovered inscriptions have started to be published again, and a census of Campa inscriptions was undertaken last September-October in museums and archaeological sites of Vietnam. The aim of the census was to up-date the general inventory of Campa inscriptions, whose last published installment dates to 1942, and to record essential data of previously known and newly discovered epigraphical documents. The presentation will discuss general aspects of Southeast Asian epigraphy, as well as specific aspects of the Campa corpus and the history of its study. Some new inscriptions, which throw interesting new light on the history of Campa and its place within the larger scale development of Southeast Asian history, will be selected for close inspection.

Arlo Griffiths holds a PhD in Sanskrit from Leiden University. After holding a position as lecturer in Indian Religions at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and holding the chair of Sanskrit at Leiden University, he joined the French School of Asian Studies (L’École française d’Extrême-Orient) in 2008 as Professor of Southeast Asian history. His main fields of interest are Hindu religious/ritual literature in Sanskrit, on the one hand, and inscriptions of Southeast Asia in Sanskrit and vernacular languages, on the other. His approach to the (ancient) history of Southeast Asia is primarily epigraphic, and he is currently involved in projects concerning the inscriptions of ancient Cambodia, ancient Indonesia, and Campa.

1 February, 2010

Robin Osborne, ‘The letter: a diplomatic history’ (London, January 28th)

Filed under: report — Charlotte Tupman @ 18:18

(Paper given at the Ancient History Seminar, London, January 28th, 2010. Brief report by Charlotte Tupman.)

The letter: a diplomatic history

Robin Osborne

Osborne began his paper by explaining that his main focus would be upon examining structural points in the genre of the letter. A letter is a composition of a very strong generic type: whatever the context of the letter, its writer is bound by conventions that lead to what is written being framed in a particular way, which in turn defines the relationship between the letter-writer and the recipient. Letters must not only be seen in the context of other letters; rather, they must be viewed in the context of other methods of transmitting information. In this way we can examine how convention influenced content.

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