Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

27 January, 2012

EpiDoc training workshop, Calabria, June 4-7, 2012

Filed under: EpiDoc,training — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:16

EpiDoc and TEI / XML training workshop

Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Giuridiche, Economiche e Sociali dell’Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria
BILG Project

4 – 7 giugno 2012

The Department of Scienze Storiche, Giuridiche, Economiche e Sociali of University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria and the Department Diritto dell’Organizzazione Pubblica, Economia e Società of University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, within BILG (Inscriptiones Graecae et Latinae Bruttiorum) project, is organising an intensive training workshop of EpiDoc, with Monica Berti (Tufts University – Roma Tor Vergata), Lou Burnard (TEI Editor) and Marion Lamè (Università di Bologna).

This workshop is an introduction to the use of TEI and of EpiDoc, XML schema for the encoding and publication of literary texts and inscriptions, papyri and other documentary classical texts respectively. Participants will study 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. The course is targeted at scholars of historical and ancient texts, epigraphic and papyrologic ones (from advanced graduate students to professors), that are interested and want to learn some of the hands-on technical aspects in the markup, encoding, and exploitation of digital editions.

The course will give a practical introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative, an introduction to EpiDoc markup and editing tools, and the text transformations with XSLT.

For more details about EpiDoc and TEI /XML, see at and Knowledge of Greek and/or Latin, the Leiden  Conventions, the distinctions expressed by them and the kinds of data that need to be recorded by epigraphic scholars and ancient historians are of  course essential. The course will be held in English with Italian tutors. No particular computer skills and technical expertise are required, even if the possession of an interest for computer know-how is preferable.

The workshop is free of charge and open to all, but spaces are limited (not more than 20 people) and registration as soon as possible is essential. To enrol in the training, please contact or with a brief statement of qualifications and interests.

13 January, 2012

Epigraphy at AIA/APA 2012: CIL 9.2689=ILS 7478

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 19:14

On January 7, 2012 at the joint annual meetings of the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, Garrett G. Fagan (Pennsylvania State University) presented a paper entitled “The Traveler’s Bill?” The paper considers a well-known inscription from Aesernia (modern Isernia in Italy) (EDR 079026 = EDH HD000649 with photo = CIL 9.2689 = ILS 7478).

Although the text begins with a common funerary formula (vivus fecit), Fagan argues against accepting it as an irreverent sepulchral inscription. Rather, he would see a humorous commercial sign for an inn. As evidence, Fagan considers the illustration, the possibility of reading personal names as puns (L. Calidius Eroticus et Fannia Voluptatis = Lucius Hotstuff Lover and Fannia Fuck), and a common literary and visual trope of associating enjoyment and relaxation with death and the brevity of life. Fagan notes that the stone is thin enough (31 cm) to have been fitted into a wall or over a lintel. For comparison, Fagan introduces EDR 030788 = CIL 6.10036(1) — a shop sign from Rome possibly depicting prostitutes for an establishment named “sorores IIII” (the four sisters).

11 January, 2012

Methone inscriptions (Athens, January 19)

Filed under: events,publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:24

Methone I: inscriptions, graffiti and trade marks in geometric and archaic pottery from the ‘Ypogeio’.

The event will be held on Thursday 19 January, 19:00 at the Megaron (Concert Hall) of Athens, Level “N. Skalkotas”, Room MC2.

Speakers include:

  • Yannis Kazazis, Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Chair of the Centre’s Board
  • Lina Mendoni, General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture
  • Michalis Tiverios, Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Member of the Academy of Athens
  • Yannis Tzifopoulos, Associate Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The work is funded by the Greek Ministry of Education and the European Union and will be available online in a few weeks:

For further information, please contact:

5 January, 2012

A post-doctoral fellowship in Bologna

Filed under: EpiDoc,jobs,news — LuciaCriscuolo @ 10:09

This is a call for applications to a post-doctoral one year  fellowship in Greek Epigraphy, starting from March 1, 2012. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2012, according to the “Bando” on University of Bologna website (Dipartimento di Storia Antica/Società e potere nelle iscrizioni della Cirenaica),

The research fellow will allowed and welcome to work in English as well in French, and foreign applications are very much welcome. To get help in order to write down the application (in Italian), applicant can write directly to Lucia Criscuolo ( or to Alice Bencivenni ( The interview, which will take place on Feb. 22,  can take place via Skype.

The applicant will be involved in the international project on Lybian inscriptions, which has to develop a publication portal for several digital corpora of inscriptions from Libya. The Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (IRT) were republished in 2009 (; the first volume of Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (IRCyr) is scheduled for publication in 2011; the Greek Inscriptions of Cyrenaica are under preparation (IGCyr). All these corpora are prepared in EpiDoc. The portal will offer access to all these publications; it will provide a common bibliography, a shared search facility, shared indices, and draw on a shared geographic database. The bursar shall prepare and update the already existing Bibliography, according to the standard of the Bibliographie Papyrologique, and the Prosopography accomplished by A. Laronde, and collaborate in the mark-up and the preparation of the metadata, checking different sources and enlarging, if necessary, the information already provided by the other members of the team. Through this work the bursar will get an experience in the evaluation and interpretation of the epigraphical evidence of the ancient Cyrene, from VII to I century BC.

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