Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

19 July, 2012

Materiality of Texts Conference Program Released (Durham, September 2012)

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 14:53

The program for “The Materiality of Texts – placement, perception, presence” (24-26 September 2012) has been announced at

3 July, 2012

Seminar: Digital epigraphy beyond the Classical (London, July 6th)

Filed under: EpiDoc,events — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:49

Digital epigraphy beyond the Classical: creating (inter?)national standards for recording modern and early modern gravestones

Charlotte Tupman (KCL)

Institute of Classical Studies Digital Seminar 2012

Friday July 6th at 16:30, in Room G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Early modern and modern gravestones are a vast but rapidly decaying historical resource for the period from the 16th century to the present day. Processes of weathering, deliberate or accidental damage, the re-use of cemeteries and the uprooting and rearranging of monuments (such as the practice of removing stones from their original positions and stacking them around the edges of walls) all have an impact on both the size and the scholarly value of this body of evidence. Countless records have already been lost, which makes it particularly important to address as soon as possible the question of how to record and publish these monuments systematically and usefully.

Currently there are no agreed standards for recording such gravestones. Interested historians and volunteers in some churches or local areas have recorded their own particular monumental inscriptions, and have made these available on microfiche, CD, or in a basic form online. Typically these records only include the text itself; very rarely there might be a photograph, but almost never is any metadata recorded about the monument. The nature of these recorded examples is thus very fragmentary and inconsistent.

The experience of projects using EpiDoc and other shared standards for the recording and publication of ancient and medieval inscribed materials has shown that there is considerable value in agreeing a set of guidelines for encoding and publication. This applies to materials that span a variety of languages, geographical areas, and centuries. It is clear that many, if not most, of the standards described in the EpiDoc guidelines are appropriate for, and directly applicable to, the recording and publication of modern gravestones. This paper investigates what is required in order to make these standards a viable method of recording such a large body of data, where many of those doing the recording are not experts in epigraphy.

It is clear that considerable thought must be given to what is asked of those who are responsible for recording the monuments, and how this can best be balanced with the need to produce a scholarly resource that will be useful for local historians, genealogists and other interested parties, as well as to people who would define themselves as epigraphers and archaeologists. Crucially, the system must make it sufficiently simple to input the data, but must also ensure that the resulting records are sufficiently detailed and useful for enabling in-depth research to be undertaken. This paper discusses these challenges and suggests solutions with a view to designing a pilot project for a national (and potentially international) system for recording and publishing gravestone evidence.


The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

2 July, 2012

Mégarika colloquium program (8-12 July 2012, Mangalia, Romania)

Filed under: events — Tom Elliott @ 17:31

The following program was sent in by Adrian Robu:


Nouvelles recherches sur les cités de la Mégaride et les fondations mégariennes du Pont-Euxin : Archéologie, Épigraphie, Histoire.

8-12 Juillet 2012, Mangalia (Roumanie)

colloque international organisé avec l’appui financier du CNCS-UEFISCDI (no du projet : PN-ID-WE-2012-4-008) et du Collège de France

Programme du Colloque

Dimanche 8 Juillet 2012

Arrivée des participants

Lundi 9 juillet 2012

0900-0915    Allocutions d’ouverture

0915-0930    Adrian Robu, Iulian Bîrzescu, Introduction au colloque

Colonisation et contacts des cités mégariennes avec le monde Egéen   

Modérateur : Alexandru Avram


  • Irad Malkin, Colonization and apoikia.
  • Alexander Herda, Megara and Miletos : Colonizing with Apollo.
  • Cornelis W. Neeft, Absolute chronology and Corinthian pottery.
  • Discussion-Pause


  • Richard Posamentir, Chersonesos Taurike – no ties to Megara ?
  • Christel Müller, D’Héraclée pontique à Chersonèse taurique : les formes de la colonisation secondaire dans le réseau mégarien des apoikiai pontiques.
  • Thibault Castelli, À propos du réseau mégarien du Pont Euxin : la mobilité des personnes entre mer Égée et mer Noire.
  • Discussion

1315-1430      Dejeuner

Modérateur : Iulian Bîrzescu

1430-154 5

  • Denis Knoepfler, Une femme de Callatis dans un nouveau décret attique d’association religieuse au IIIe siècle av. J.-C.
  • Victor Cojocaru, Un espace dorien pontique d’après les décrets de proxénie.
  • Federica Cordano, Les familles de Sélymbria et quelques noms personnels.
  • Discussion-Pause

Archéologie et épigraphie des cités de la Mégaride


  • Yannis Chairetakis, Burial customs of Megara during the 7th and 6th c. B.C. The case of the North-East cemetery.
  • Politimi Valta, A late archaic sanctuary in the west of Pagai – Preliminary results.
  • Irini Svana, A refuse deposit of classical period from Megara. Reexamination of the architecture and the history of the ancient town.
  • Discussion

1815-2000      Visite du Musée d’archéologie Callatis, Mangalia

2030                  Dîner

Mardi 10 juillet 2012

Modérateur : Victor Cojocaru


  • Eleni Banou, The Megarian urbanisme : new finds.
  • Panaghiota Avgerinou, The water management in ancient Megara.
  • Evgenia Tsalkou, A “peridiavasis” in the city of Megara of the 5th and 4th c. B.C.
  • Discussion-Pause


  • Stella Dreni, The coin circulation in Ancient Megara during the Classical and Hellenistic periods.       
  • Adrian Robu, Contribution à l’épigraphie mégarienne : les tablettes funéraires inscrites.
  • Yannis Kalliontzis, Les relations entre Aigosthènes et le koinon béotien : quatre nouvelles inscriptions d’Aigosthènes.
  • Discussion-Pause

1300-1430      Dejeuner

Callatis et son territoire : nouveaux développements de la recherche

Modérateur : Denis Knoepfler


  • Alexandru Avram, Sorin Marcel Colesniuc, Mihai Ionescu, Ion Pâslaru, Remarques préliminaires sur le papyrus de Callatis.
  • Iulian Bîrzescu, Mihai Ionescu, Recherches sur la fondation de Callatis : l’apport de la documentation archéologique.
  • Livia Buzoianu, Maria Bărbulescu, Les terres cuites d’Albești d’époque hellénistique. Les représentations de culte.
  • Discussion-Pause


  • Gabriel Talmațchi, About the activity of the Callatian mint during the 4th-1st c. B.C.
  • Florina Panait-Bîrzescu, Tatiana Odobescu, Découvertes sculpturales de la ‘zone sacrée’ de Callatis 
  • Nicolae Alexandru, Fortified settlements in the territory of Callatis (4th-3rd c. B.C.).
  • Discussion-Pause

1830-1855      Alexandru Avram, Conclusions

2030                  Dîner

Mecredi 11 juillet 2012

0930-1200      Visite des fouilles archéologiques d’Histria

1300-1500      Déjeuner

1530-1800      Visite du Musée d’histoire nationale et d’archéologie de Constantza

2030                  Dîner

Jeudi 12 juillet 2012

Départ des participants

Contacts :

Adrian Robu,

Iulian Bîrzescu,

Lieu du colloque :

Hôtel Président, Salle des Colloques

Strada Teilor, nr. 6, 905500 Mangalia, Roumanie

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