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7 July, 2014

2014 supplement to ‘Guide de l’épigraphiste’ now available

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 05:44

Compulsive hitting of the “refresh” button on my internet browser has just paid off with the discovery that the annual summer update to the ‘Guide’ has been posted online here.


4 March, 2014

Workshop on ancient wall-inscriptions

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 00:14

(Posting on behalf of Rebecca Benefiel)

The Herculaneum Graffiti Project is pleased to announce its inaugural field program to take place on-site in Herculaneum June 18-27, 2014. Participants will receive hands-on training in analyzing, measuring, photographing and digitizing ancient wall-inscriptions. They will also directly contribute to international projects that are reediting and digitizing ancient inscriptions (Epigraphic Database Roma) and making cultural heritage more accessible (EAGLE Europeana).
The workshop takes place under the patronage of the International Association of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (AIEGL) and in collaboration with the Herculaneum Conservation Project. Please see for more information.

14 July, 2013

‘Guide de l’épigraphiste’ updated

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 23:13

Those of you who do not each year begin compulsively hitting “refresh” on your internet browser starting in mid-June will likely have missed that the newest online supplement to the Guide de l’épigraphiste has just been posted:

1 September, 2012

Announcing two online annotated epigraphical bibliographies

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 15:13

Sara Saba and I would like to announce that at the Oxford Bibliographies online site ( our annotated bibliography for Greek epigraphy has recently been joined by the one for Latin epigraphy. While there is a chance that even experts in the use of epigraphical materials may discover the existence of works they had not previously known, our intended audience was scholars with relatively little knowledge of epigraphy, as well as graduate students and the occasional undergraduate. (The bibliographies may well prove useful to those teaching epigraphy courses or seminars that focus on sources and methods for research into the ancient world.)

Following the philosophy and format of the OBO series, these bibliographies are not comprehensive, since there is an overall size limit AND for each section contributors are permitted to provide no more than eight examples, so both bibliographies represent what we believe to be some/most of the important works on a given subject, though certainly not all.

Since OBO is a web-based resource, it should be possible to update the bibliographies over time. Unfortunately, however, OBO’s rules and procedures would make this somewhat time-consuming and burdensome – i.e., it is not simply a matter of typing out the title of a new work, writing a few sentences about it, and sending in the new entry – so we shall be updating the bibliographies sparingly, and only for works that are truly essential. With that said, we would certainly welcome suggestions, given either now or in the future, for what ought to be included when we do update one or both contributions.

26 March, 2012

Conference Announcement: “Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult II”

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 05:40

Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult II:  Architecture – Context – Music
An International Colloquium in Honor of Erik Hansen
4-6 May 2012, Copenhagen

Abstracts and other information can be found here:

30 December, 2011

S.A.M.R. Call for Papers

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 01:24

The following CFP may be of interest to some:

An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Brown University, April 27-29th, 2012

The quest to determine the contours and contents of ancient religion has always been a largely constructivist endeavor, subject to the exigencies of preservation. How do we, in our respective fields, approach the problem of fragmentary evidence? How do we construct such elusive categories as “belief” or “ritual” or “praxis” from an insufficient, scattered, or occasionally inscrutable base of primary source materials?

The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions seeks papers for a conference to be held at Brown University, April 27-29th 2012, on the topic, “Religion in Pieces.” In keeping with the society’s broad interests in religions of the Mediterranean basin over the great chronological expanse from prehistory to late antiquity, we seek contributions from scholars in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Religious Studies, Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology, and Art History. We are particularly interested in papers that present case studies in reconstructing religious practice from fragmentary evidence, or which problematize or lay out the methodological challenges inherent in constructing religion from a paucity of sources. Relevant subfields include (but are not limited to) epigraphy, papyrology, codicology, archaeology, and textual studies of fragmentary or poorly attested sources; especially welcome are transdisciplinary papers which synthesize a variety of textual, archaeological, and art historical and/or material culture sources to reach new insights into ancient Mediterranean religions.

We invite abstracts from 250-500 words, accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae, to Deadline for submission is midnight of January 28thth, 2012. Participants will be contacted with an invitation to participate by the beginning of March, 2012.

28 December, 2010

Recent BMCR Reviews of Epigraphical Works

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 21:41

Reviving an earlier tradition here at “Current Epigraphy,” I’m posting links to recent BMCR entries on works with significant epigraphical content, going back three months:

Joaquín L. Gómez-Pantoja, Epigrafia anfiteatrale dell’Occidente Romano, VII: Baetica, Tarraconensis, Lusitania Vetera 17 (with the collaboration of Javier Garrido).   Rome:  Edizioni Quasar, 2009.  Pp. 313.  ISBN 9788871403779.  €47.00.

“It has now been over twenty years since the first volume of the series Epigrafia anfiteatrale dell’Occidente Romano, hereafter EAOR, was published. The founding editor, Patrizia Sabbatini Tumolesi, was convinced that a systematic collection and re-examination of the epigraphic documentation needed to be done in order to investigate properly many fundamental and sometimes neglected aspects of gladiators and gladiatorial spectacles (cf. EAOR I, 7). The latest volume is devoted to the three provinces of the Iberian Peninsula: Tarraconensis, Baetica, and Lusitania. There are two main parts: the catalogue of inscriptions (35-201) and 16 synoptic tables followed by a general discussion (203-224). The volume is rounded up with detailed indices (225-270), a line-drawn map of the Peninsula (273), and 40 plates (274-313)….  Although virtually all the Spanish inscriptions had already been published elsewhere, Gómez-Pantoja has been able to examine personally most of them and to republish them all according to much more rigorous criteria than we could have expected from Hübner and the other pioneers of Hispanic epigraphy.”

Andrej Petrovic, Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften. Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava. Supplementum, 282.   Leiden/Boston:  Brill, 2007.  Pp. xv, 345.  ISBN 9789004151536.  $134.00.


5 October, 2010

New edition of “Guide de l’épigraphiste”

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 05:00

I guess this listing by BMCR solves the mystery of why there was no June/July supplement to the “Guide” this year:

Bérard, François, Denis Feissel, Nicolas Laubry, Pierre Petitmengin, Denis Rousset and Michel Sève. Guide de l’épigraphiste: bibliographie choisie des épigraphies antiques et médiévales. Quatrième édition entièrement refondue. Guides et inventaires bibliographiques 7. Paris: Éditions Rue d’Ulm / Presses de l’École normale supérieure, 2010. 448 p. € 30.00 (pb). ISBN 9782728804436.

For those of us in the U.S., what would be the best way of obtaining a copy? Thirty Euros is about $41, but Schonhof’s wants $72. (I am informed that this disparity should not be blamed on Schonhof’s.)

Rather oddly, the ENS press’s website still lists the old edition, so it seems this new one isn’t available for sale just yet.

17 July, 2008

Major addition to PHI online database

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 00:06

I just noticed that on July 10 the PHI database was updated, and thought I’d pass along the good news. It looks like roughly 8000 inscriptions have been added or had their existing entries updated:

24 February, 2008

Ephemeris Napocensis (journal)

Filed under: publications,rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 06:40

Only five U.S. libraries (and the same number of European libraries in Worldcat) receive Ephemeris Napocensis, which is an important journal for the study of Roman Dacia and includes much epigraphical content:

Title: Ephemeris Napocensis
Published: Cluj
Language: Romanian
OCLC: 35818737
ISSN: 1220-5249

24 January, 2008

Three rare journals/monograph series

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 20:30

Three more publications that are unavailable (especially in the U.S.), and have recently carried some epigraphical content:

Five volumes of this journal published by the Istanbul museum now exist, but in the U.S. only two libraries carry it, and they only appear to have the first two volumes.  Apparently devoted to art and antiquities.
Title:  Palmet – Sadberk Hanım Müzesi Yıllığı
Publisher:  İstanbul: Sadberk Hanım Müzesi: 1997
OCLC:  46426349

This journal, which despite the title does run epigraphical articles, is not even in Worldcat (though two related book volumes are):
Title:  Kentron:  Revue du Monde antique et de psychologie historique
Publisher:  Presses universitaires de Caen
ISSN:  0765-0590
Webpage at which the table of contents for recent volumes are available (small, red link):

Also, this appears to be an irregular monograph series.  Worldcat shows that the recent volumes that have proper book titles and editors/authors were picked up by libraries (vols. 5, 7), but the ones that simply bear the series title were not (vols. 3, 6).
Title:  Daidalos:  studi e ricerche del Dipartimento di Scienze del Mondo Antico
Publisher:  Viterbo Univ. degli Studi della Tuscia
Distributed by L’Erma di Bretschneider:

22 January, 2008

Das Heiligtum für Isis und Mater Magna: Texte und Bilder

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 06:22

Worldcat reveals this book, the source of AE 2004, 1014-1025, to be unavailable in research libraries outside of Germany:

Author: Witteyer, Marion
Title: Das Heiligtum für Isis und Mater Magna: Texte und Bilder
Published: Mainz am Rhein: Von Zabern: 2004
OCLC: 76510825
ISBN: 3805334370, 9783805334372

As with the books listed below, and others that we will start listing in this space as “Rare Publications,” it would be to our collective benefit for some of us to get our libraries to acquire such overlooked volumes.

CLARIFICATION:  If you poke around in Worldcat you will find other books by this author about the sanctuary, but these appear to be guides for tourists who visit the site, not the archaeological publication that includes an epigraphical section.

Ficheiro Epigrafico CD-ROM

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 06:10

Not a rare book, or even a book, but Worldcat shows no sign of any library having the Ficheiro Epigrafico CD-ROM produced by José d’Encarnação and Joaquín L. Gómez-Pantoja, which includes in .pdf format issues 1-66 (1982-2001) as well as new and revised indexes and a concordance with AE, CIL II, and HEp.

Available for purchase from Dr. Encarnação. Information is at

21 January, 2008

Inscripţii latine din Dacia (ILD)

Filed under: rare_publication — Gil Renberg @ 22:38

The following title is not owned by any U.S. libraries, and is very rare in Europe. I am told that it contains Latin inscriptions that have appeared since IDR was published.

Author: Constantin C. Petolescu
Title: Inscripţii latine din Dacia (ILD)
Published: Bucuresti: Ed. Acad. Române: 2005
OCLC #: 162264466
ISBN #: 9732712260, 9789732712269

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