Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

4 March, 2014

INSCRIPTA-Workshop “Rome outside Rome II”

Filed under: events,methodology,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 14:23

INSCRIPTA-Workshop “Rome outside Rome II”
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, 12 – 14 June 2014

Schedule and contact for information:


7 August, 2013

Grasby’s Processes in the Making of Roman Inscriptions full set available

Filed under: methodology,publications — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:58

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:

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.

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:

16 August, 2010

Dalla pietra all’immagine digitale, Udine, October 18-22, 2010

Filed under: events,methodology — Gabriel Bodard @ 10:32

Workshop “Dalla pietra all’immagine digitale. Tecniche e metodologie del rilievo e della ricostruzione digitale dei monumenti iscritti”

18-22 ottobre 2010, Aquileia (Udine, Italia)

Il corso intende far conoscere e imparare ad utilizzare le moderne tecnologie disponibili per il rilievo, la riproduzione fotografica e in 3D, la ricostruzione virtuale e la diffusione su supporto informatico dei monumenti epigrafici e delle scritte su instrumentum domesticum.


Le domande devono essere fatte pervenire entro il 16 settembre 2010 preferibilmente come allegato di un e-mail all’indirizzo:, oppure per fax al numero +39 040 5582814.

Il Formulario per l’iscrizione:

Eventuali comunicazioni epistolari possono essere inviate a : Prof. Claudio Zaccaria, Dipartimento di Storia e Culture dall’Antichità al Mondo Contemporaneo, Università di Trieste, Via del Lazzaretto Vecchio 6, 34123 Trieste (Italia).

29 October, 2008

A Census of Digital Epigraphy

Filed under: AIEGL,ASGLE,methodology,news,publications,query — Tom Elliott @ 17:16

Dear colleagues and friends:

(Apologies for cross-postings to lists. Please feel free to forward to colleagues, students and other discussion fora.)

Please send me ( information about digital projects, publications and computer-aided research in epigraphy. This information will be used to update or inform multiple resources including:

  • The “ASGLE links” resource (currently out of date):
  • A section on “digital epigraphy” in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Latin Epigraphy
  • A review of the state of the discipline to be presented at the ASGLE-sponsored session of the Joint Meetings of the APA/AIA in Philadelphia in January 2009

I am interested in any undertaking that involves computational approaches or digital data, whether it has resulted in publication or not. Any subdiscipline of epigraphy (Latin, Greek, other) is of interest. Information about papyrological and palaeographical projects whose methodology, technology or content has direct application in epigraphic study is also welcome.

The ASGLE links update will include a software upgrade, and will be carried out in collaboration with the editorial board of Current Epigraphy and the leadership and appropriate committees of the Association Internationale d’ Épigraphie Grecque et Latine and of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. All information presented in the resulting “new” links collection will be released to the public under terms of a Creative Commons Attribution license so that it can be re-used freely by others. All information sent to me will be assumed to be the intellectual property of the person submitting it, and will be treated under terms of the CC license.

Ideally, I would like to have as much of the following information as possible (please feel free to use your native language):

  • Title of project, resource or publication
  • Principal investigator(s), author(s) or editor(s)
  • Intitutional affiliation(s)
  • URLs for websites
  • Publication citation(s)
  • A short description
  • Status (e.g., experimental, complete, published, in progress, continuing, private)
  • Technologies, methodologies used
  • Sources of funding (past and present)
  • Contact email address

Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


Tom Elliott
Associate Director for Digital Programs
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
New York University

27 April, 2008

Online seminar on unpublished inscriptions from Corinth

Filed under: events,methodology — Tom Elliott @ 14:41

CurEp will soon play host to a virtual seminar on some unpublished Greek and Latin inscriptions from Corinth. The seminar will be directed by Donald Laing and Paul Iversen, with collaboration from Gabriel Bodard and myself. These inscriptions were unearthed on Temple Hill during excavations conducted under Henry Robinson† in the 1970s. We are particularly grateful to Guy Sanders (Director of the ASCSA dig at Corinth) and Charles Watkinson (Chair, ASCSA Publications Committee) for their support of this project.

Starting in mid to late May, about every two weeks throughout the summer Iversen and Laing will upload a preliminary text of an unpublished Greek or Latin inscription along with a photo. They will then invite comments and suggestions for restorations, context, date, etc. The ideas that result from this virtual seminar will then be incorporated into the final print article for Hesperia, with proper attribution to those who proposed any particular idea or reading. Elliott and Bodard will also work up an EpiDoc version of the resulting texts.

The idea behind the seminar is to promote a new model of collaboration and publication of epigraphical texts with the following benefits: a preliminary text will be made available very quickly; scholars or those interested will be able to “attend” the seminar at their leisure from anywhere in the world with an internet connection; students will see how epigraphers work and it may raise more interest in the discipline; the project will introduce epigraphers to the advantages of EpiDoc; there should be more interest in the final print version, which will include comments on this experiment.

Those who monitor CurEp via a feed reader will receive automatic notification whenever a new inscription is posted. The editors of CurEp will also post a corresponding notice to the Inscriptiones-l discussion list.

25 April, 2008

Inscriptions, language, and txting

Filed under: methodology — Gabriel Bodard @ 12:29

Yesterday Mark Liberman over at the Language Log posted a short comparison of abbreviations in ancient Latin inscriptions, and the shorthand comminly used (and much reviled) in text-messaging and instant-messaging today (article titled “pont max tr pot lol“).

While this article is light-hearted and only skims the surface of issues such as space saving, the ability of a fluent community to understand abbreviated jargon, and the potential ambiguity of messages sent in this way, there may be a serious point in all this. Is there value in the comparison with other cultures of condensed writing (including but not restricted to text messaging and 1337-speak) as a tool in the teaching and the study of epigraphic and palaeographic abbreviation?

Why do ancient scribes abbreviate? Is there any evidence that abbreviation ever led to ambiguity and misunderstanding of important documents? Is epigraphic abbreviation a completely different phenomenon from digital shorthand, or is there something to be learned from comparisons of this kind–or contrasts?

(Thanks to JLavagnino for pointing out this web log.)

22 February, 2008

Epigraphic Digitization and Imagery Annotation

Filed under: methodology — Tom Elliott @ 16:06

My query about a Hadrianic boundary marker from Bulgaria was occasioned by a demo that Sean Gillies and I (mostly Sean) worked up for online epigraphic image annotation using some free, open-source software called OpenLayers. Sean blogged about the demo, and this has provoked some inquiries from folks in the geospatial computing community, like this one from Paul Ramsey:

What’s the use case for digitized inscriptions? I don’t comprehend.

I thought readers of CurEp might be interested in the demo. I also hope I can encourage a discussion on the potential merits and pitfalls of digitally tracing and annotating inscriptions. Can we answer Paul’s question, both for him and ourselves?

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