The Guardian today runs an obituary of Anna Morpurgo-Davies, “Historical linguist who unlocked the secrets of Ancient Greek and Anatolian”, who died about six weeks ago, aged 77. An epigraphist and linguist of Mycenaean and one of the discoverers of hieroglyphic Luwian, Anna remained an active member of the British epigraphic community.
12 November, 2014
2 September, 2014
Guest post from Rupali Mokashi.
My stint with ancient Indian epigraphy started seventeen years ago when I commenced my Doctoral Research on ‘The Position of Women in Deccan as gleaned through inscriptions: 200 BCE-1200 AD.’
The inscriptions were always a realm of the epigraphists. Though the epigraphic data was scientifically analyzed and developed steadily it was not adequately used to understand the women in ancient India. Both epigraphy and gender studies followed their independent courses.
Inscriptions preserved valuable data about women that is well stacked in the milieu of time and space. Mostly votive, administrative and eulogistic in nature they held diverse information not only on the contemporary society, polity but also on the prevalent religious observances and the active involvement of women therein. The votive epigraphs constituted a significantly tangible source for reconstructing the history of women in India. This research work has taken into consideration the contributions of more than ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED WOMEN referred in the inscriptions but lesser known to the world of scholars and laymen.
As the Recipient of the Justice K. T. Telang Research Fellowship awarded by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for the research project on “Rekindling the History of Shilaharas of North Kokan as gleaned through the recent Epigraphical Revelations” (2013-2014).
The Shilaharas of North Kokan originated as a feudal clan of the Rashtrakutas during the reign of King Govinda III. Forty two donative Copper Plates and Rock edicts that were issued by various Śilāhāras Kings spanning a period from 843 AD – 1260 AD have been instrumental in understanding history of this dynasty. I have deciphered, compiled and analyzed the following recently discovered copper plates and rock edicts of this dynasty.
- Kalyan Copper Plates of King Chhittaraja (1019 AD)
- Panvel Copper Plate of King Chhittaraja (1025 AD)
- Thane Copper Plates of Mahakumara Keshideva (1120 AD)
- Panhale Copper Plate of King Mallikarjuna (1151 AD)
- Kiravalī Rock Edict of King Anantdeva III (1248 AD)
Further details and bibliography at Dr Mokashi’s blog.
2 June, 2014
Posted for Fabienne Marchand
Fully funded PhD position in Ancient History at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
A doctoral studentship associated with Old and New Powers: Boiotian International Relations from Philip II to Augustus, a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation from October 2014 onwards, is currently being advertised at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Research to be carried out by the doctoral student will explore the relations between Attica and Boiotia from the Archaic period until the middle of the 2nd century BC. Applications from epigraphers are more than welcome as part of the research will involve the study of inscriptions from Boiotia and Attica.
Start date: 1 October 2014
Duration: 1 year, renewable for a total of 4 years
Occupation: Full time
Work place: Fribourg (Switzerland)
28 May, 2014
The dates for the 15th Congressus, the quinquennial conference of AIEGL, to be held in Vienna in 2017, how now been set for the full week of August 28 to September 1 of that year. (Announcement below circulated by Theresia Pantzer at Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Vienna).
Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
im Auftrag der Organisatoren darf ich Ihnen nun mitteilen, dass der 15. Internationale Kongress für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik von Montag, 28. August bis Freitag, 1. September 2017 in Wien stattfinden wird. Wir freuen uns schon darauf, Sie zahlreich in Wien begrüßen zu dürfen.
On behalf of the organisers I may now inform you that the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will take place from Monday, August 28th to Friday, September 1st 2017 in Vienna. We are already looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna.
À la demande des organisateurs, j’ai le plaisir de vous informer dès à présent que le 15e Congrès International d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine aura lieu à Vienne du lundi 28 août au vendredi 1er septembre 2017. Nous nous réjouissons déjà de vous accueillir nombreux à Vienne.
19 May, 2014
Jewish Epigraphy: A Workshop
Dr Margaret Williams
June 12 (10am-12.30pm)
Martin Hall, New College (Edinburgh)
All are welcome to this free event, but please let us know you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flyer at Centre for Study of Christian Origins home page.
16 May, 2014
Introducing the EpiDoc Collaborative: TEI XML and tools for encoding classical source texts
Training workshop attached to the Digital Humanities annual conference in Lausanne, Switzerland
Monday, July 7, 2014
Gabriel Bodard, Charlotte Tupman (King’s College London) and Greta Franzini, Simona Stoyanova (University of Leipzig)
Information on the timing and venue of the DH 2014 workshops, and how to book can be found at the conference website.
The programme will begin with a short introduction the history and theoretical basis of EpiDoc, guidelines, schema and related tools for the encoding of epigraphic and other ancient text editions in TEI XML. We will give an overview of the structure of a traditional epigraphic edition, and show how TEI elements are mapped to the semantic distinctions and fields therein. We will continue with further discussion of the Leiden Conventions (rigorous and arbitrary sigla for encoding editorial features of transcribed text in use since 1931) and how we map TEI elements to the semantic features that they represent. The EpiDoc Guidelines and further examples will be shown. Some time will be given for practice throughout. As a self-checking mechanism, students will be shown how to transform their EpiDoc XML files into HTML resembling a conventional edition, using the EpiDoc Example XSLT.
15 May, 2014
British Epigraphy Society Spring Meeting 2014
Saturday 24th May, University of Edinburgh
Ancient Citizenship beyond the Assembly
This workshop will examine the ways in which Greek inscriptions illustrate the range of components of ancient citizenship and civic identity, beyond participation in the principal civic institutions. Papers will examine the place in the identity, duties and virtues of a Greek citizen both of the world of civic sub-divisions and associations and of less structured social, cultural and economic interaction. A central aim will be to investigate the different ways in which Greeks conceived of the scope and limits of politics and citizenship, and the relationship between the roles of the citizen inside and outside the assembly. Was the kernel of the Greek ideas and practices of citizenship reflected in inscriptions normally Aristotle’s ‘participation in judging and ruling’, or was it often much broader?
All papers will take place in the Meadows Lecture Theatre, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.
11.15: Benjamin Gray, Introduction: the scope of politics in Greek inscriptions
12.15: Roberta Fabiani, A new stone from Iasos: phylai, phylarchoi and the cult of Zeus Patroos
14.30: Will Mack, Can you be the polites of more than one polis? Some contrasting views on grants of politeia and the politics of citizen identity
15.30: Polly Low, Polis and koinon at Hellenistic Erythrai
16.30: tea and posters. (more…)
25 April, 2014
All meetings at 1.00 in the First Floor Seminar room, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles
Monday, May 5: J.- C. Decourt ‘Une nouvelle lex sacra dans la région de Larissa (Thessalie)’.
Monday, May 12: tba – offers welcome
Monday, May 19: Daniele Miano, ‘Portable salvation in the fourth century BC: on bronze strigils marked in Greek from central Italy and Tyrrhenian islands’
Monday, May 26: Chris Faraone, ‘Writing Greek amulets’.
Monday June 9, Pierre Fröhlich, ‘New Inscriptions from Euromos’.
Friday, June 13 (n.b. unusual day!): Massimo Nafissi, ‘The new Iasian momument for the Hecatomnid basileis and its dedicatory epigram’.
Charles Crowther, Robert Parker, Jonathan Prag
12 March, 2014
Posted for Dino Demicheli:
The Century of the brave: Archaeology of the Roman conquest and indigenous resistance in Illyricum during the time of Augustus and his heirs
Zagreb, 22-26 September 2014
More information, and downloadable flyer and registration forms, at http://wp.ffzg.unizg.hr/azoza/novitates/
3 October, 2013
The British Epigraphy Society
Autumn Colloquium and AGM 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Institute of Classical Studies
Senate House, London (G22/26)
Epigraphy in Action
10.00-11.00 Registration and Morning Coffee
11.00-12.00 Morning Session I
Prof. Peter Kruschwitz (Reading), Inscribing the uninscribable: exploring the fringes of the ancient epigraphic habit
12.00-13.00 Morning Session II
Dr Patrice Hamon (Rouen), editing a corpus of the inscriptions of Thasos: late Classical and Hellenistic documents
15.00 AGM (Members only)
15.30-16.30 Afternoon Session I
Dr Ludwig Meier (Heidelberg), The treaty between Rome and Kibyra: new evidence and new interpretations
17.00 Afternoon Session II
Prof. Henrik Mouritsen (KCL), Status and hierarchies in the Roman Empire: the case of Pompeii
17.45 Epigraphic reports
18.30 Finale: Young epigraphy – Posters and drinks
Please see attached Programme and Flyer (PDF).
Epigraphy Workshop, Michaelmas Term 2013
All meetings at 1.00 in the First Floor Seminar room, Ioannou School, 66 St Giles. All welcome!
- Monday, Oct. 21: Simon Hornblower, ‘The “Lokrian Maidens Inscription” (IG 9. 1 (ed. 2) 706) and Lykophron’s Alexandra (1141-1173).
- Monday, Oct. 28: Denis Rousset, ‘The Stele of the Geleontes in the sanctuary of Claros. Purchases and gifts of land for a koinon of Colophon’.
- Monday, Nov. 4: Ed. Bispham, ‘After Imagines Italicae: the case of Lucania’.
- Monday, Nov. 11: Sofia Kravaritou, ‘Thessalian attitudes to death: some notes on SEG XXVIII, 528 and beyond’.
- Monday, Nov. 18 Polly Low and Peter Liddel, ‘The koinon of the Phrikyladai: a new decree from Liverpool’.
- Monday December 2: Giorgy Kantor, ‘Dynamis and Aspourgos in recent inscriptions from the Bosporan Kingdom’.
Charles Crowther, Robert Parker, Jonathan Prag
7 August, 2013
The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents at Oxford University is pleased to announce the recent publication of the last in the series Processes in the Making of Roman Inscriptions by Richard Grasby. The complete series of thirteen booklets, comprising an Introduction and twelve individual Studies, will shortly be available as a boxed set.
Inscriptions speak of the processes employed in their making. It is not difficult to distinguish the great quantity of informal, roughly-chiseled lettering from that which has been regulated within an ordered plan, accurately constructed and carved.
Studies of selected inscriptions in the style scriptura monumentalis were first published in Papers of the British School at Rome and one in Britannia. These have now been revised to include recent research findings and are published as individual Studies in this series.
The Studies present inscriptions at various stages of their making from draft text to carefully constructed letters set out on the stone itself, brush painted and carved. It is possible to draw a significant amount of forensic evidence of these stages from the stones themselves. Through measurement and an understanding of the processes of making, some epigraphists may find in these Studies another approach to the reconstruction of fragmentary inscriptions.
The last in the series, Study 12, focusses on CIL XIV.83, a dedicatory inscription to Germanicus, on display in the Galleria Lapidaria in the Vatican Museum. Richard Grasby’s choice of this inscription as a final Study in the series was deliberate, despite the fact that, or because, superficially it does not have the formal characteristics of an Imperial dedication. It is unimpressive in size, out of balance in line lengths and sparing in its text considering the many military successes of Germanicus. However the lettering emerging from the red paint suggested to Richard Grasby a worthy piece of craftsmanship if not design, and he has subjected it to exactly the same sequence of study as the largest, most formal, in the series.
Details of how to purchase the Studies, individually or as a boxed set, can be obtained from Maggy Sasanow at the CSAD, Ioannou Centre, 66 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU; email: email@example.com.
5 August, 2013
A position is about to be advertized in Greek epigraphy at Oxford, with a salary that would probably suit a newly qualified postdoc. This project looks like it will join the many other excellent EpiDoc corpora produced by the Oxford Classics/CSAD team. If you’re thinking about this, you really should contact Alan Bowman as soon as possible. (See the note from Bowman below.)
Simon Hornblower, Charles Crowther and I are pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding by the AHRC for a 3-year project on inscriptions from Ptolemaic Egypt. This project will create a corpus of up-to-date editions of the Greek, bilingual and trilingual inscriptions on stone from Ptolemaic Egypt (323-30 BCE), based on material collected and annotated by the late Peter Fraser FBA (1918-2007). The editions will include introductory material, commentaries, translations and digital images and will be made available both in book form and an on-line version. Fraser’s manuscript will be revised and updated, inscriptions published since the mid-1970s will be added, along with editions with translations of the Egyptian sections of bilingual and trilingual texts.
We will be seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the Greek epigraphy for 3 years from October 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. We expect the maximum possible salary to be in the region of £30,000 (sterling) per annum, depending on experience and qualifications. A formal advertisement will be posted soon. In the meantime, suitably qualified researchers who might wish to indicate possible interest in the position are encouraged to contact Professor Alan Bowman offline by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 July, 2013
A one-day conference in honour of Joyce Reynolds and celebrating the essential role of epigraphy in the ancient historical disciplines as a whole. (It would be nice to celebrate also Joyce’s central role in innovative and digital publication of epigraphy as well.)
Celebrating Epigraphy in Cambridge: Honouring Joyce Reynolds
The Faculty of Classics in Cambridge is holding a day-conference to celebrate the on-going achievements of Joyce Reynolds and of epigraphy in Cambridge. The over-arching theme is that of Joyce’s life’s work: the contribution of epigraphy to big questions of ancient history.
The conference will take place at Newnham College (Lucia Windsor Room) on Saturday 28 September, 2013. The conference is free to all participants, and a buffet lunch will be provided. But for catering (and other) purposes, it is essential that those wishing to attend register, by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
10.30 Coffee, followed by Welcome from Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Classics Faculty
Session One: Chair Mary Beard.
11.00 William Harris: “What do Roman inscriptions tell us about literacy?”
12.00 Silvia Orlandi: “History from square brackets”
Session Two: Chair Charlotte Roueché
2.30 Paola Ceccarelli “The Idiom of Interstate Communication after Alexander: Texts and Inscriptions”
3.30 Peter Thonemann “Marriage in Roman Anatolia”
The day will conclude with refreshments (tea and/or prosecco) in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, 4.45 – 6.00
On Friday 27 September, as part of the University of Cambridge Alumni weekend, Rupert Thompson will be giving a lecture on ‘Cracking the Linear Code B’ at 3.30 in the Classics Faculty, followed by a reception in the Cast Gallery of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (4:30-5:30pm).
Participants should note that as it is the Alumni weekend, accommodation in Cambridge is in very short supply. We are (regrettably) not able to offer accommodation for those attending the conference, but can give advice on where it might best be found.
8 May, 2013
Posted for Alison Cooley:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions)
- Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford
- Grade 7: £31,331 p.a.
- The ‘Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions in Britain’s Oldest Public Museum through Scholarship and Technology’ project is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a full-time, 3-year fixed-term post from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2016. The project is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant and is directed by Dr Alison Cooley (University of Warwick).
- The Research Fellow will be based in the Ashmolean Museum and in the Classics Faculty’s Ioannou Centre in central Oxford and will work under the supervision of Dr Cooley and Dr Susan Walker (Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities). The principal responsibility of the Research Fellow will be to fulfil the project’s impact agenda by integrating the Latin inscriptions in the Museum into the Ashmolean’s Online Collections, creating additional web resources tailored to the needs of school students, designing and implementing interactive gallery activities, exploring the creation of resources for the visually impaired, and helping to run inset days illustrating the potential of the new resources for UK teachers.
- Applicants should have a PhD in Archaeology, Ancient History, Museum Studies, or a relevant field, a demonstrable knowledge of the Social History of the Roman World, experience in working in collaboration with schools, and have proven IT skills.
- Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 17 May 2013 can be considered.
Contact Person : Erica Clarke
Vacancy ID : 107580
Contact Phone : 01865 288269
- Closing Date : 17-May-2013
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further particulars to be found at the Oxford recruitment page.