Current Epigraphy
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24 September, 2012

New online publication: MAMA XI

Filed under: EpiDoc,publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 10:10

Please find attached a flyer advertising the online publication of a new corpus of Greek and Latin inscriptions, Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia.

MAMA XI is a corpus of 387 inscriptions and other ancient monuments, 292 of which are unpublished, from Phrygia and Lykaonia recorded by Sir William Calder (1881-1960) and Dr Michael Ballance (†27 July 2006) in the course of annual expeditions to Asia Minor in 1954-1957. The monuments have been edited with full commentaries and marked-up in xml using EpiDoc electronic editorial conventions by Peter Thonemann with the assistance of Édouard Chiricat and Charles Crowther.

The full corpus was published online on 14 September 2012 at the following address: A print volume will be published later as a Roman Society monograph.

The MAMA XI project has been funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in Oxford.

Peter Thonemann
Wadham College, Oxford

14 September, 2012

Associations in Context, Copenhagen, October 11-13, 2012

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 15:15


The importance of religion for understanding ancient associations has long been recognised, and many monographs have focused specifically on cult or religious associations. The aim of this symposium is to go beyond so-called religious associations and assess more generally the role of religion in ancient associative life (with a focus on the eastern part of the Mediterranean, from ca. 300 BC to ca. AD 300). Cultic activities, and other religious aspects, such as theophoric names, seem to have been a central concern to private associations of many different kinds. The term ‘religious association’ is regularly used in scholarship, but its use and applicability need to be critically re-assessed. In an attempt to gain a more nuanced approach and a better understanding regarding the formation, organization and aims of ancient associations, this conference moves beyond the confines of religion. In a series of twenty papers on a variety of themes and locations, we shall reconsider the ways in which associations defined themselves, and examine their behaviour and interactions within the social, cultural, and sacred landscape of Hellenistic and Roman poleis.

Program and registration at:

12 September, 2012

Instrumenta Inscripta V (Verona, Sept 20-21, 2012)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 17:45

Signacula ex aere

Aspetti epigrafici, archeologici, giuridici, prosopografici, collezionistici

Convegno Internazionale
Università degli Studi di Verona
Polo Zanotto Aula 1.1

Silvia Braito:

(Full details including programme: Depliant_convegno instrumentainscripta V)

24 August, 2012

Pavement Signs Typology

Filed under: methodology,Pre-press — Gabriel Bodard @ 18:13

A typology for recording pavement signs.

Pavement Signs Typology (PDF)

Over many years Charlotte Roueché has been collecting examples of pavement markings, particularly at Aphrodisias and Ephesus: these have conventionally been described as gameboards, although only some of them were definitely intended for this purpose. The late R.C. Bell made a very large collection of such signs, and in 2007 they published a typology to be used for recording pavement markings and gameboards. This has now been enhanced with links to published examples, which are set out in the attached document, to be launched at the 2012 Berlin AIEGL Congress.

Colleagues are invited to provide references to further photographic illustrations, new designs to add to the typology, or any other suggestions or corrections. Please either make your contributions as a comment here, or email charlotte.roueche[at]; the aim is to develop a shared resource, and to enable better practice in the recording of such materials.

22 August, 2012

Blogging CIEGL 2012: invitation

Filed under: CIEGL — Gabriel Bodard @ 15:58

As in previous years, Current Epigraphy will be posting reports on the papers delivered at the Berlin Epigraphic Congress next week. Watch this space, and the CIEGL category, for frequent updates.

If you are interested in contributing to this reportage, please get in touch in advance so we can sign you up with an account on the blog, and in Berlin look out for Tom Elliott or Paola Tomasi who can give you instructions and a sticker to attach to your name badge. Reports on papers should not be too long; a couple of paragraphs is fine, and you may report either a summary of the argument and/or your own response to it, as you prefer.

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.

14 May, 2012

Help with reading Greek inscription

Filed under: e-seminar,query — Gabriel Bodard @ 22:14

David Meadows posted the following call for help reading the scratched inscription on an ossuary in Jerusalem. Can any epigraphically trained readers help decipher the Greek letters? (We’ve help crowdsourced readings and e-seminars before, so I’m hopeful our readers have the expertise to help with this.)

To begin: the inscription is found one of a number of ossuaries still  in situ in a tomb in Jerusalem, so we’re dealing with a funerary context. The inscription is only seen in photos (of varying quality) because the tomb was explored via a robotic camera. When the tomb was originally excavated back in 1980 or thereabouts,  the inscription itself does not seem to have been recorded (or if it was, it has not been published). Further complicating things is the fact that the ossuaries were moved around and there are plenty of scratches thereon, which may or may not be affecting the reading of this inscription. Amongst the artifacts found in association with the ossuary inscription was this pot:

Figure 1 (more…)

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.

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:

25 October, 2011

British School at Rome Postgraduate course in Epigraphy July 16-24 2012

Filed under: training — Gabriel Bodard @ 13:03

Posted for Abigail Graham:

British School at Rome Postgraduate course in Epigraphy July 16th-24th 2012

As you may know, the great success and popularity of the Epigraphy training course at the British School at Athens has prompted efforts to establish a similar course in Roman Epigraphy at the British School in Rome (which will run in alternate years to its sister course at the BSA). I am pleased to announce that the first Roman Epigraphy summer programme will run this July 16th-24th at the British School in Rome.

The 9 day intensive course, intended for postgraduate scholars of ancient history, archaeology, and the classics, is designed to provide training and practical experience in the use of epigraphy as a source. The course will examine the numerous contexts in which epigraphy is presented (in situ, museums, archives and published formats (including online catalogues) exploring the process of editing and publishing epigraphic materials. The course, divided into themes of a technical and cultural nature, will consist of daily epigraphic ambulatio throughout the city of Rome, museums visits, a trip to Ostia, as well as research sessions at the British School’s library and Guest lectures on various topics from scholars regarding ongoing research projects.

We are now inviting applications for the course (the deadline is January 30th 2012). Further particulars about the course can be found on our website

Queries and Applications may be addressed to

1 September, 2011

Imaging Inscriptions Workshop, Manchester, Sept 21

Filed under: events,methodology — Gabriel Bodard @ 10:46

Reflectance Transformation Imaging of Inscriptions: a workshop at the Manchester Museum; Wednesday 21st September, 10am – 4pm.

Dr George Bevan and Prof Daryn Lehoux (Queen’s University, Canada) will lead a workshop demonstrating the use of ‘reflectance transformation imaging’* in the study of inscribed objects (on metal and stone). The aim of the day is both to provide a general introduction to the technique and its potential, and to provide opportunities for hands-on practice (using material from the collections of the Manchester Museum).

There is no charge for the workshop and all are very welcome, but places are limited: please contact Peter Liddel ( if you would like to attend (or if you would like any more information).

(*For an overview of reflectance transformation imaging, see, and the case-study of its use on the Antikythera Mechanism:

28 July, 2011

Symposium: epigraphy of Boeotia, September 2-3, 2011

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:45

Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Sara B. Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy (UCB), would like to announce an international symposium:

The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia:
New Finds, New Developments

September 2-3, 2011
University of California, Berkeley
370, Dwinelle Hall

Friday, September 2

Session 1: The New Epigraphy of Thebes


16 July, 2011

BES Student Travel Bursaries

Filed under: BES,events — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:50

British Epigraphy Society Student Travel Bursaries for the BES Autumn Colloquium 2011

The British Epigraphy Society is pleased to announce a number of student travel bursaries to help with attendance at the BES Autumn Colloquium on 19 November 2011. The value of each bursary is £50. To apply for one of the bursaries, please write to the BES Secretary by e-mail at, providing the following information:

1. Your name and institutional affiliation
2. Degrees awarded and current programme of study/research
3. A brief description of how attendance at the Autumn Colloquium would benefit your studies/research
4. The name and e-mail address of one referee whom the BES may contact
5. An estimate of travel costs to and from London

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2011.

The programme for the colloquium, and the registration form, can be found on the Society’s website:

The BES gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and the Classical Association towards these bursaries.

Ulrike Roth
Honorary Secretary, The British Epigraphy Society

7 June, 2011

Post-doc scholarship for epigraphist: Madrid

Filed under: jobs — Gabriel Bodard @ 15:29

Casa de Velázquez

École des Hautes Études Hispaniques et Ibériques

Recrutement d’un chercheur contractuel

Recherche Scientifique

La Casa de Velázquez recrute un(e) jeune docteur en histoire ou en archéologie antique pour le programme DETROIT

Voir le détail

La Casa de Velázquez recrute un(e) jeune docteur dans le cadre du programme DÉTROIT (« Le détroit de Gibraltar, à la croisée des mers et des continents. Époques ancienne et médiévale », ANR-10-ESVS-009). Le contrat débutera le 1er octobre 2011 pour une durée de six à quatorze mois (à déterminer). Les candidats doivent s’engager à résider à Madrid. Le montant mensuel brut de rémunération est fixé à 3 000 €.

Profil. Les candidats doivent avoir soutenu récemment une thèse d’histoire ou d’archéologie antique. La préférence sera donnée à un(e) candidat(e) qui aura démontré son savoir faire en matière d’épigraphie latine. Une bonne connaissance du français et de l’espagnol (oral et écrit) est requise, ainsi qu’une expérience directe de la recherche en Espagne et/ou au Maroc ; une bonne connaissance de l’anglais (oral et écrit) est souhaitée. La candidature n’est soumise à aucune condition de nationalité.

Tâches. La personne recrutée devra contribuer à la collecte et à la préparation en vue de leur saisie des données destinées à l’atlas en ligne DÉTROIT. Un corpus lui sera assigné en fonction des compétences qu’il/elle aura acquises à l’occasion de la préparation de sa thèse. Par ailleurs, la personne recrutée aura en charge : la préparation des missions de terrain, aussi bien au Maroc qu’en Espagne, pour tous les membres de l’équipe (contacts avec les responsables de sites et de musées, demandes d’autorisation d’accès, reproductions…) ; et la préparation de réunions qui se tiendront à Madrid.

Procédure. Les candidats sont invités à envoyer une lettre de motivation dans laquelle ils indiqueront la durée souhaitée du contrat, un Curriculum vitae détaillé et un résumé de la thèse ou des recherches en cours (deux à trois pages, en français ou en espagnol) à La date limite de dépôt des dossiers est fixée au 15 juillet 2011. Les résultats de la sélection seront connus avant le 25 juillet 2011.

1 June, 2011

Inscriptions from Libya

Filed under: EpiDoc,news,report — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:05

An announcement from Charlotte Roueché, Catherine Dobias-Lalou and Lucia Criscuolo:

We are delighted to announce a new project to develop and co-ordinate research on the Greek and Roman epigraphy of Libya. The collaborative undertaking involves scholars at King’s College London (Centre for Hellenic Studies and Department of Digital Humanities), the Universities of Bologna and Macerata, and the University of Paris IV–Sorbonne (Centre de recherche sur la Libye Antique).

We propose 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. It is our hope that other scholars publishing material from Libya will make use of this opportunity to present their material.

Multiple language versions of this announcement can be found at Sito Italiano di Epigrafia Greca.

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