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:
14 July, 2013
1 September, 2012
Sara Saba and I would like to announce that at the Oxford Bibliographies online site (http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com) 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
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
The following CFP may be of interest to some:
RELIGION IN PIECES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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: http://epigraphy.packhum.org/inscriptions/main?url=recent
24 February, 2008
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
24 January, 2008
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
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
Webpage at which the table of contents for recent volumes are available (small, red link): http://www.unicaen.fr/services/puc/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=58
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: http://www.lerma.it/D_Editore.asp?ID=24517
22 January, 2008
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
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.
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 http://www1.ci.uc.pt/iauc/pub/fe.html.
21 January, 2008
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