Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

4 May, 2015

Summer Workshop on Ancient Greek Graffiti

Filed under: e-seminar,EAGLE,events,training — Tom Elliott @ 17:27

From Rebecca Benefiel:

We are pleased to announce, as part of the Ancient Graffiti Project, a hands-on workshop digitizing ancient Greek graffiti, to take place August 2-7, 2015, hosted at the Center for Hellenic Studies, in Washington DC.

The Ancient Graffiti Project aims to make the first-century AD handwritten inscriptions from ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum accessible to a wide audience, both for scholarly research and for public interest. We held our first field season last summer in Herculaneum. This summer we will expand the project by focusing on digitizing the Greek graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The workshop will provide epigraphic training so that participants can study and analyze ancient Greek graffiti while contributing to multiple digital humanities initiatives including the Epigraphic Database Roma and EAGLE, the Europeana Network of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Housing and some meals will be provided through generous support of the Center for Hellenic Studies; participants will be responsible for their own travel. We also have available a few spots for virtual participation in the workshop via live video-streaming. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2015.

Visit for more information or to apply.

12 December, 2014

HEp 19 for 2010 Published

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 22:13

Volume 19 of Hispania Epigraphica (ISSN 1132-6875; ISSN-e 1988-2424), covering the Iberian epigraphic harvest of 2010, has just been posted as a series of PDF files on the Revistas Científicas Complutenses website. According to the preface by Isabel Velázquez and Joaquín Gómez-Pantoja, this volume contains 582 entries corresponding to bibliography published in 2010 on previously unpublished or re-edited inscriptions from the Iberian peninsula, as well as some items from 2009 that were not treated in the prior volume. In addition to the entries themselves, the volume provides extensive documentation and reference helps, including general and generous thematic epigraphic indices.

1 October, 2014

L’Année épigraphique 2011 published

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 08:13

Mireille CORBIER (, director of L’Année épigraphique (Paris), writes to announce:

L’Année épigraphique 2011 (containing 1811 entries, and 946 pages including 206 pages of index) was published in August, 2014, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at

26 September, 2014

EAGLE 2014 International Conference

Filed under: EAGLE,events,news — Tom Elliott @ 10:35

International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World

September 29-30 and October 1, 2014
École Normale Supérieure
Collège de France Chaire Religion, institutions et société de la Rome antique
Paris, France

13 March, 2014

Workshop on ancient wall-inscriptions

Filed under: AIEGL,EAGLE,events,news,training — Tom Elliott @ 22:06

From Rebecca Benefiel by way of Laura Gawlinski for ASGLE:

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 studying, 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.

Rupestral Inscriptions in the Greek World

Filed under: ASGLE,events,news — Tom Elliott @ 22:05

From Laura Gawlinksi on behalf of ASGLE:

Tomorrow (March 14) is the Open Meeting of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In addition to a summary of recent work done by the School, there will also be a special presentation by Merle Langdon entitled “Rupestral Inscriptions in the Greek World.” This event will be livestreamed so that even those of us not in Athens can enjoy it. It will also appear on the website about 1 week after the event. More information here:

10 February, 2014

CFP: EAGLE 2014 International Conference (Paris 2014)

Filed under: EAGLE,events — Tom Elliott @ 20:09

Posted by request:

EAGLE 2014 International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World

September 29-30 and October 1, 2014
Paris, France

EAGLE 2014 International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World is the second in a series of international events planned by EAGLE. The conference will be held September 29-30 and October 1, 2014, in Paris. The event will consist of a number of lectures, panels and selected papers organized into several sessions. It is expected that the conference proceedings will be published with a major European scientific editor. The conference will also provide space for demonstrations and product display.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Susan Hazan (The Israel Museum), Tom Elliott (New York University) and Thomas Jaeger (European Commission).

Conference website:

Important dates:

Submission of Panel proposals: 31 March 2014
Submission of Papers (full, short): 30 April 2014
Submission of Posters, projects, demos: 30 April 2014
Response to the Authors: 7 June 2014
Camera-ready versions: 30 June 2014


Registration is free and open through September 19, 2014


The event will be held in English.

For more information or to submit a proposals, visit the conference website.

30 January, 2014

AIEGL Call for a Virtual General Assembly

Filed under: AIEGL,news — Tom Elliott @ 18:26

The following notice, which was recently emailed to current members of the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine is reposted here with the permission of AIEGL President Manfred G. Schmidt.

In accordance with Article 6.i of the statutes of AIEGL, the President and Secretary General, with the agreement of the Bureau, call on all active members to take part in a virtual General Assembly (Assemblée générale) in order to vote on an amendment to this very article of our statutes.

The statutes of our association were drawn up more than thirty years ago, when the number of our members was still small and there was no way to communicate via internet. But exactly this means of communication is now an absolute necessity for an international organization such as ours, for which decisions affecting all members should be supported by a broad majority of votes. We ask you therefore very sincerely for your participation and a positive vote on the proposed amendment.

In February the Secretary General will send you a voting form with the text of the amendment as provided in the President’s “New Year’s Letter”, which we ask that you kindly mark (yes or no), sign, and mail (franked or unfranked) before the end of February 2014 to:

Camilla Campedelli
Deputy Secretary General
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jaegerstr. 22/23
D-10117 Berlin

All votes will be collected and counted by an election commission, according to our procedures. The result will be announced on our homepage as soon as possible.

Many thanks in advance and all the best

Manfred G. Schmidt, AIEGL president
Berlin, January 27th 2014

László Borhy, AIEGL Secretary General
Budapest, January 27th 2014

19 September, 2013

Published: Ronald Stroud’s Corinth XVIII.6: The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Inscriptions

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 23:07

Andrew Reinhard writes to announce:

The recent publication of Ronald Stroud’s Corinth XVIII.6: The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: The Inscriptions. This is the final planned Corinth monograph on inscriptions from the excavations in the sanctuary.

Info about the book is here:

An interview with the author is here:

13 August, 2013

A New Monumental Latin Inscription at ‘Ayn Gharandal (Ancient Arieldela), Jordan

Filed under: new inscription,news — Tom Elliott @ 19:21

The ASOR Blog is reporting the discovery, in clear stratigraphic context at the main gate of the Roman fort at ‘Ayn Gharandal in Jordan, of an intact monumental inscription of Tetrarchic date (titulature). Excavated by Dr. Carrie Duncan (University of Missouri-Columbia) and team under the auspices of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project (directed by Drs. Erin Darby and Robert Darby, University of Tennessee), the discovery is described at length; the following extended quotation is taken verbatim from: Darby, R. & Darby, E., 2013. Words in the Sand: Discovering A New Monumental Latin Inscription at ‘Ayn Gharandal (Ancient Arieldela), Jordan. The ASOR Blog. Available at: [Accessed August 13, 2013]. Links by TE for CurEp.

After a concerted effort by the workmen and several students, the stone was flipped, carefully placed on its back, and immediately covered in order to preserve its red paint. From there, the massive stone (0.90 m x 0.65 m x 0.25 m in size) was raised from the excavation square and transported directly to the conservation lab at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, where it is currently being cleaned and treated by Dr. Fatma Marii, Conservator for the Jordan Museum, and Brittany Dolph, ‘Ayn Gharandal/ACOR Conservation Intern from the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation.

The text of the inscription, although still in the early stages of analysis, is well-preserved and complete, save for areas that were intentionally altered in antiquity. The inscription is set within a carved frame, or tabula ansata, also containing decorative reliefs of laurel branches and a garland. It lists the names of the two senior and junior emperors, or augusti and caesares, to whom the inscription is dedicated – Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius I. Thus the monumental inscription not only provides a date for the foundation of the fort at ‘Ayn Gharandal during the reign of the Tetrarchy (293-305 CE) but also provides a terminus post quem for all subsequent occupation at the site.

In addition, the inscription confirms the site’s name in antiquity. It has long been believed that the modern Arabic name “Gharandal” derives from Arieldela, listed in the Notitia Dignitatum (Or. 34.44) as the location of the Cohors II Galatarum, a Roman auxiliary infantry unit. A total lack of any archaeological evidence from ‘Ayn Gharandal confirming its identification left the ancient name of the place and the unit garrisoned there a matter of scholarly speculation – until now. The inscription unearthed during the 2013 season indicates that the site is the location of the Cohors II Galatarum, confirming the ancient name of ‘Ayn Gharandal as Arieldela.

Ultimately, part of the inscription’s significance relates to its archaeological context. Unlike comparable inscriptions at Yotvata and Udruh, which were not found during stratigraphic excavation, the ‘Ayn Gharandal inscription was preserved in situ above the gate collapse that occurred during an earthquake, either in 363 CE or later.

Additional information and contextual photographs (though none of the text) can be seen at the original blog post. TE has no personal knowledge of this discovery; questions should be directed to those cited in the ASOR piece.

12 February, 2013

Medieval Inscriptions from Florence, and a Blog

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 19:29

Tommaso Gramigni writes to alert us to the publication of a catalogue of medieval inscriptions from Florence and its surroundings, which derives from his PhD research at University of Florence. It is presently openly available online (PDF) and will soon appear in print from Firenze University Press: Iscrizioni medievali nel territorio fiorentino fino al XIII secolo.

Tommaso also alerts us to his blog, Epigrafia Medievale.

11 September, 2012

14th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Berlin 27-31 August 2012

Filed under: AIEGL,CIEGL — Tom Elliott @ 18:59

From Stephen Mitchell:

The 14th International Epigraphy Congress ( fittingly marked the continued importance of Berlin as a major center of epigraphic scholarship.  The introductory lecture, given by Professor Stefan Rebenich (University of Bern), traced the history of the two major long-term epigraphic projects, Inscriptiones Graecae and Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, from the first origins at the beginning of the nineteenth century through extraordinary political and economic changes until their present thriving state in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. This presentation underlined the combination of vision, professionalism and persistence required to sustain these huge projects at the highest quality through generations of scholarship. The final lecture of the Congress, given by Professor Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universty of Köln), traced the discovery and publication of the longest of all known Greek epigraphic monuments, the philosophical inscriptions of Diogenes of Oinoanda, with special emphasis on the work which was initiated by Martin Smith in the 1980s, and has now been given a major new impetus by the German Archaeological Institute at Istanbul and Professor Hammerstaedt’s collaboration.  The lecture also offered a remarkable illustration of the Congress’s main theme, summed up in the words PUBLICUM – MONUMENTUM – TEXTUS (Display, Monument and Text).  Contributors to the plenary sessions in particular were asked to use these key concepts as a guide to the interpretation of inscriptions in different public contexts:  the transformation of civic cultures; the confrontation and combination of different languages within a shared epigraphic culture;  inscriptions in rural contexts; and the epigraphy of public entertainment.  The plenary lectures will form the main content of the published record of the Congress, which should appear within two years.  Many of the thematic panels were designed to emphasise the same ideas.  These will be published in summary form.

The Congress was organised on behalf of the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL), which held its general assembly during the week.  Unfortunately, as had also happened at the Oxford Congress in 2007, attendance at this meeting fell just below the high quorum that the AIEGL constitution requires to complete elections of officers and comité members for the next quinquennium, and so the vote will have to be completed, probably by a secure on-line process, in the next 4-6 weeks.  AIEGL membership itself had risen from 325 to 395 paying members since the last Congress. One important resolution was reached by consensus, that the 15th Congress in 2017 will be held in another major epigraphic centre, Vienna.

Stephen Mitchell
AIEGL President

Two New Fascicles of David French’s Corpus of the Milestones of Roman Asia Minor

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 18:49

From Stephen Mitchell:

The British Institute at Ankara has published two new fascicles of David French’s Corpus of the Milestones of Roman Asia Minor as PDF files on the Internet, from which they can be downloaded without charge. They are available on the web-site of the BIAA (Home page: RRMAM 3.1 (63 pages) contains the Republican milestones from the province of Asia, RRMAM 3.2 (358 pages) the 132 milestones from the province of Galatia. The publications include not only the texts, concordances and other apparatus, but also schematic maps and abundant illustrations ( A fascicle with the texts from Cappadocia is due to be published shortly.

28 August, 2012

CIEGL 2012 Begins

Filed under: AIEGL,CIEGL,events,report — Tom Elliott @ 04:54

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.

23 August, 2012

L’Année épigraphique 2009 available

Filed under: publications — Tom Elliott @ 18:54

Mireille CORBIER, directeur de L’Année épigraphique (Paris), fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2009 (1838 notices, 876 pages dont 177 pages d’index) est parue en août 2012. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France :

Mireille CORBIER, director of L’Année épigraphique (Paris), announces that L’Année épigraphique 2009 (containing 1838 entries, and 876 pages including 177 pages of index) was published in August, 2012, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at

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