CIEGL 2012 Begins

The Fourteenth International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy opened last night in the great “Auditorium Maximum” of the Humboldt University in Berlin. The well-attended opening plenary session began with a series of welcoming remarks by Werner Eck (Chairman of the Organizing Committee), Stephen Mitchell (president of AIEGL), Jan-Hendrick Olbertz (President of Humboldt Univerity), Gunter Stock (President of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, and Ortwin Dally (General Secretary of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut).

The highlight of the session was an extended, scholarly narrative of the history of Greek and Latin epigraphic study in Berlin, delivered by Stefan Rebenich (Bern University) under the rubric “Berlin und die antike Epigrafik.” I learned much about the history of the discipline, and the formation and challenges faced over time by the great corpora (the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum and Inscriptiones Graecae). A key theme throughout Rebenich’s lecture was the effects of epigraphic study and scholarly community — negative at some periods, and positive at others — of national and international politics (and of politics both personal and institutional within the humanities).

This audience member, whose German experience lies almost wholly in the realm of reading and whose practice in same is rather rusty, greatly appreciated the model demonstrated by Prof. Eck and followed by Prof. Rebenich, of displaying the text of their remarks on-screen during the presentation.

The opening plenary was followed by a reception hosted by the publisher De Gruyter, which lasted well into the evening.

About Tom Elliott

Tom is Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Tom holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Ancient History from UNC. His master's thesis treated a class of late Roman census documents from the Aegean islands and Asia Minor. His dissertation assembled and analyzed the epigraphic evidence for boundary disputes in the early Roman empire.
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2 Responses to CIEGL 2012 Begins

  1. Szabó Csaba says:

    Dear Mr. Elliott,

    My name is Csaba Szabó, graduated student of the University of Babes – Bolyai, Cluj. I’m very interested about the story of finding and publishing of the Lex Municipalis Troesmis, presented now in Berlin at CIEGL by professor Werner Eck.
    If you have access to the conference, can you make a short abstract about his speech or about the story?

    Thank you very much!

  2. Werner Eck says:

    Sehr geehrter Herr Szabó,

    den Text meiner kurzen Präsentation kann ich Ihnen gerne zusenden (senden Sie mir bitte Ihre e-mail Adresse). Die Publikation des vollen Textes wird in einem Band erfolgen, der sich mit der Stadt Troesmis befassen wird (Datum: wohl Ende 2013).

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

    Werner Eck.

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