Forwared for Alison Cooley. (I understand that applications from epigraphers are especially welcome.)
Dept of Classics and Ancient History, Warwick invites applications for a research fellowship in Classics. £27,319 – £35,646 pa, Fixed Term Contract for 3 years from October 2011. The successful candidate will research on any aspect of the ancient Greek and Roman world compatible with departmental interests and undertake limited teaching. Requires a PhD in a relevant field and a record of quality work in Greek and Roman studies, preferably with a background in epigraphy or numismatics/ancient economy.
Application deadline: Wednesday 23 February 2011; Interview date: early to mid March 2011
Over at the Sito Italiano di Epigrafia Greca (SITEG), Alice Bencivenni reports on an EpiDoc/SoSOL training workshop held at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, 10-14 January 2011.
Prof. Alfredo Valvo (Univ. Cattolica di Milano) reports in Il Sussidiario (17/01/2011) on new inscriptions brought out in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Fori Romani by the works for Rome’s new Underground line. Valvo mentions two pieces: in p.zza Venezia, an inscription from the praef. Urbis F. Felix Passifilus Paulinus (a.D. 473); and in front of the Pal. Madonna dei Loreto, several fragment which could pertain to Hadrian’s dedicatory parentibus suis in the temple of divus Traianus and diva Plotina (CIL VI, 31215 = ILS 306; news of this were circulated two weeks ago by a post in flickr). Valvo also writes both findings are forthocming in a special issue of Bollettino d’arte (2010).
(with thanks to Prof Encarnação (U. Coimbra) for forwarding the news).
Dates: 25 May – 1 July 2011
Location: University of Roma Tor Vergata
More information: http://sites.tufts.edu/latiumvetus/
From Monica Berti:
The 2011 Latium Vetus Program, as part of a collaborative project between Tufts University and Roma Tor Vergata, will allow students to learn the techniques of modern epigraphic study, including digital transcription and documentation of inscriptions, and they will have the unique opportunity to work on unpublished texts from the huge corpus of inscriptions of Ancient Latium and to contribute to the ongoing project of digitizing and publishing these inscriptions.
As an intensive course of first-hand epigraphic and archaeological site and museum study based at the campus of Tor Vergata University and led by Monica Berti of Roma Tor Vergata and J. Matthew Harrington of Tufts University, this program will combine close study of epigraphic remains with exploration of the archaeological contexts and analysis of relevant Latin sources from the sites of Latium and Campania: Rome, Ostia, Pompeii, Tivoli, Praeneste, Veii, Lanuvium, Albano Laziale, Cerveteri, Herculaneum, Nemi, Anzio, Tusculum, Falerii Novi, Sutri, Tarquinia, Napoli, Paestum, Lucus Feroniae, Boscoreale, Oplontis, and more.
In this week’s Bryn Mawr Classical Review there is a thoughtful review by Caillan Davenport of Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais (ed.), Latin on Stone: Epigraphic Research and Electronic Archives. Roman Studies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010. (Announced here a few months ago.)
(Full disclosure: I have a chapter in this book, about which Davenport writes fairly positively.)
This is a mixed review, with some criticism of individual chapters and some perhaps unnecessarily sniffy comments about publishing work on a digital topic in a printed book, but otherwise constructive commentary on the subject matter and some useful discussion of epigraphic research from a Digital Humanities perspective.
Today, at the First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy in San Antonio, Texas, Werner Eck presented a keynote address entitled “Documents on Bronze: A Phenomenon of the West?” I offer the following summary largely from memory, hoping that other readers present will correct errors and supplement deficiencies.
Eck’s thesis is that we can discern an essential difference in epigraphic habit across the Roman empire: normative documents of public import (i.e., publicae constitutiones) were customarily inscribed on bronze in Latin-speaking areas, whereas stone was the preferred material in Greek-speaking provinces. Bronze was clearly used everywhere, for a variety of epigraphic purposes, but with regard to public legal documents divergeant practice is argued. Eck posits that these opposing patterns were set long before the empire came into existence and were so strongly established that even centuries of Roman rule caused little erosion of the Greek pattern.
The paper begins with a helpful consideration of the range of inscribed materials and documentary types reflected in the historical record and the low survival rates for same. This theme carries on throughout the paper, and appropriate examples are marshaled to support the thesis. Some highlights: Inscriptions on wood may have constituted 90% of the inscribed documents (most intended as ephemera and now almost entirely lost). Less than one percent of military diplomata (on bronze) survive. These are found in both Latin- and Greek-speaking areas, and many have clearly appeared through at the hands of metal detectorists. As the mode of discovery is similar for many celebrated Western bronze leges, we would expect the same pattern in the east, but don’t see it. Bronze likely suffers loss disproportionately (it could be melted down for reuse, and generally was); therefore, we must imagine a disproportionate loss of normative, public texts from the West. The few Roman-period examples of normative public documents on bronze in the East are explained either as having been so specified in the originating document itself (there is evidence for such provision), or the product of Roman (pro-)magistrates doing things the way they were accustomed to do them.
Afterward, some audience members challenged Eck’s characterization of the Greek-speaking east as a place where some public documents were traditionally inscribed on wood and stone, citing examples from Argos, Athens and elsewhere during the Archaic and Classical periods. Eck maintained his thesis, seeking distinctions between the examples offered and the types of texts he feels were distinctively “on bronze” in the West, but expressed interest in getting more details that might affect his approach.
On 7 and 8 of January the 2nd Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca (SAEG) is taking place in Bologna. Here is the program and Happy New Year !
Venerdì 7 gennaio, mattina, ore 9.00
- Saluti e introduzione
ore 9.30 Gabriella BEVILACQUA – Sara CAMPANELLI, Inscriptiones Graecae Urbis Romae (IGUR): un nuovo progetto di lavoro
ore 9.50 Elena MIRANDA DE MARTINO - Diva DI NANNI – Valentina DE MARTINO, I Sebasta di Napoli: ultimi aggiornamenti
ore 10.20 Lavinio DEL MONACO, Iscrizioni greche d’Italia. Locri Epizefirii
ore 10.40 Pausa
ore 11.00 Filippo BATTISTONI – Alessia DI MARTINO, I rendiconti finanziari di Tauromenion: una nuova edizione
ore 11.20 Francesca LABONIA, Un’iscrizione sepolcrale greca da Parentium
ore 11.40 Monica L’ERARIO, I dischi di terracotta da Taranto: novità e conferme nella tradizione onomastica tarantina
ore 12.00 Franca FERRANDINI – Daniela VENTRELLI, Le matrici iscritte di Taranto
ore 12.20 Discussione
ore 13.00 pausa