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Joaquín Gómez-Pantoja, this volume contains 582 entries corresponding to bibliography published in 2010 on previously unpublished or re-edited inscriptions from the Iberian peninsula, as well as some items from 2009 that were not treated in the prior volume.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.
12 December, 2014
A small museum housing a collection of over 350 ancient Roman marble artefacts was presented at Villa Wolkonsky, the residence of the British ambassador in Rome, in the presence of Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini and Britain’s ambassador Christopher Prentice, on 10 December 2014.
The marble treasures in the Wolkonsky Collection include votive statues of goddesses, sarcophagi decorated with bas-relief, funerary portraits, friezes, architectural elements and inscriptions, almost all from burials dating from between the first century BC and the third century AD.
A particular highlight of the collection is the life-size statue known as the Music Satyr, which was reassembled from 15 fragments found in various place around the villa’s four-hectare gardens in the S. Giovanni district of Rome.
The majority of the artefacts were rediscovered on the grounds during an extensive restoration programme of the gardens, led by dedicated gardener and wife of the present ambassador, Nina Prentice.
The restored finds have been placed in two converted 19th-century greenhouses situated near the entrance gate on the villa’s grounds.
Visiting the museum will not interfere with security arrangements for the residence, according to the embassy, which is planning to open the collection to guided tours for small groups.
For further information and some interesting pictures:
6 December, 2014
Appel à communication Colloque « Humanités numériques : l’exemple de l’Antiquité » – Call for paper “Digital Humanities: the example of Antiquity”
Le colloque «Humanités numériques : l’exemple de l’Antiquité», qui aura lieu à Grenoble du 2 au 4 septembre 2015, est organisé par l’Université Grenoble 3, l’Université Grenoble 2, la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Alpes, The Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities, HISOMA.
L’ambition de ce colloque est double, tournée vers du bilan et des perspectives, dans une orientation méthodologique. Ainsi, il a pour objectif de faire le point sur les pratiques actuelles, déjà nombreuses, mais souvent éparses, dans le domaine des humanités numériques appliquées à l’étude de l’Antiquité. En outre, il contribuera à définir de nouveaux projets et à ouvrir des pistes nouvelles en établissant un dialogue entre des spécialistes déjà habitués au numérique et des enseignants-chercheurs désireux de développer leurs connaissances et leur pratique dans ce domaine.
Les keynote speakers ayant confirmé leur participation sont Gregory Crane (Tufts University & Univ. of Leipzig) et Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London).
Les deux jours de colloque proprement dit (3 et 4 septembre) seront précédés d’une journée d’ateliers destinés spécialement aux doctorants mais ouvertes aussi aux enseignants chercheurs.
Les sciences de l’Antiquité embrassent un très large domaine géographique (de la Méditerranée aux confins de l’Europe et de l’Asie), historique (de la fin de la Préhistoire au début du Moyen Âge) et linguistique (principalement grec et latin, mais sans négliger les langues du Proche- et Moyen-Orient). Elles reposent également sur des traditions disciplinaires variées : linguistique, philologie, critique littéraire, philosophie, histoire, archéologie, épigraphie, numismatique, etc. Dans toutes ces traditions disciplinaires, l’application de technologies numériques a connu, depuis plusieurs décennies, un développement considérable, qui n’a pas manqué de se marquer aussi dans les sciences de l’Antiquité. Les technologies numériques ont permis des renouvellements méthodologiques, dont nous n’avons pas encore pris toute la mesure.
Devant la diversité de ces approches, dans un contexte de plus en plus internationalisé, il semble intéressant de proposer aux enseignants-chercheurs et aux doctorants un tour d’horizon de la recherche actuelle, qui permettra de dégager des perspectives pour le futur.
Quatre axes ont été retenus : éditions de textes littéraires ; études de scholies et commentaires ; archéologie et épigraphie ; prosopographie et géographie.
Les communications devront porter sur des questions méthodologiques et/ou poser des problèmes inhérents à ces démarches. Il est également possible de proposer des posters présentant des projets en cours.
Les propositions de communication ou de posters (300 mots maximum, en français ou anglais, qui seront les langues de communication du colloque) sont à adresser au comité d’organisation :
au plus tard le 15 janvier 2015
NB : Quelques bourses sont prévues pour permettre la participation des jeunes chercheurs et doctorants. Si vous êtes intéressés par cette aide, merci de l’indiquer et d’argumenter votre demande par une lettre de motivation.
The University ‘Stendhal’ of Grenoble 3, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme-Alpes, L’Université Grenoble 2, the Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities and HISOMA organise the conference “Digital Humanities: the example of Antiquity”. The conference will take place in Grenoble, from the 2nd to the 4th of September 2015.
The goal of this conference is twofold: at the same time an assessment of existing methodologies and a looking forward to new ones. It also has the objective of evaluating current practices of the application of Digital Humanities to the study of antiquity, practices which are quite numerous but also sometimes disconnected from each other and without an overall understanding. The conference also aims to contribute toward the design of new projects and the opening new paths, by establishing a dialogue between scholars for whom the Digital Humanities are already familiar and those wishing to acquire knowledge and practice in this domain.
The confirmed Keynote speakers are Gregory Crane (Tufts University & University of Leipzig) and Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London). The conference will be preceded by a workshop, particularly aimed at doctoral students, but open to everybody.
The study of Antiquity encompass very large geographical, historical and linguistic domains: from the Mediterranean to the borders of Europe and Asia, from the end of Prehistory to the Middle Ages, and from Greek and Latin to the languages of the Near and Middle East. This study is also distributed among different disciplines: Linguistics, Philology, Literary Criticism, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, etc. In all these disciplinary traditions, the application of computational techniques has been employed for several decades now, an application that has left quite a strong mark on the study of Antiquity. The employment of digital methods has also enabled substantial changes of methodology, the extent of which remains to be assessed.
Considering the diversity of such approaches in a context of research which is more and more internationalised, it seems worthwhile to present to scholars and PhD students an overview of current research in order to develop future endeavours.
The conference will be organised around four key topics: Editions of literary texts; Study of scholia and commentaries; Archaeology and Epigraphy; Prosopography and historical geography. Papers will focus on methodological questions and/or discuss general issues emerging within such topics. We also encourage proposals of posters presenting work in progress.
Please send your proposals of up to 300 words, in French or English (which will be the languages of the conference) by the 15th of January 2015 to the organisers:
NB: In order to encourage the participation of young researchers, we will provide a limited number of bursaries. If you wish to be considered for one of these then please include a letter of motivation with your application.
25 November, 2014
International Conference Instrumenta inscripta VI
The inscriptions with didascalic-explicative function. Commissioner, recipient, content and description of the object in the instrumentum inscriptum.
Aquileia – Italy, March 26th to 28th, 2015.
The conference will organized by:
– Friuli Venezia Giulia Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage
– Department of History and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage at the Udine University
– Friulian Society of Archaeology
17 November, 2014
Posted on behalf of Michelangelo Ceci1, Gianvito Pio1, Anita Rocco2
The Epigraphic Database Bari (EDB) stores inscriptions by Christians from Rome, between 3rd and 8th cent. It provides a web-based system to search for almost all the Greek and Latin inscriptions published in the corpus of the Inscriptiones Christianae Vrbis Romae, nova series [ICVR]. For each epigraphic document, a set of data and metadata is stored, about both the artifact/support (context, conservation, support, etc.) and the inscribed text (language, graphical and onomastic notes, etc.).
EDB provides an advanced text-based system which allows users to obtain different results according to a predefined syntax. Moreover, it is possible to select whether to consider diacritical marks, Greek accents and spirits and capital letters. The text-based search can also be combined with other metadata, such as bibliographic data, context, conservation, support, dating, etc.
This wide range of possibilities allows users to retrieve the desired inscriptions according to different needs. For example, an occasional user looking for a specific inscription can type one or more words in order to search for possible matching inscriptions. On the other hand, scholars can use the system to retrieve details about inscriptions they are studying and, by exploiting the phrase matching, can identify all the epitaphs containing the so-called “formulas”, i.e. recurrent expressions that are useful, for example, for dating purposes.
EDB provides a source of noteworthy importance for the study of the history of Greek and Latin language in Late Antiquity. Indeed, in this period, language underwent a gradual transformation and was enriched with forms and expressions of common use. Moreover, the possibility that something initially appearing as an important linguistic phenomenon could actually be just a spelling mistake must not be ignored. For this reason, in EDB, the so-called aberrant forms are not normalized to the classical model, if they are grapho-phonetic outcomes of linguistic modifications. However, a standard query system is not able to match a query with the inscriptions containing different spellings of a word. To face with this issue, we store each inscription in its original form and in a lemmatized form, where each term is replaced with its corresponding lemma. The user’s query is also lemmatized and the matching between the lemmatized form of the transcription and of the query is actually performed.
For future work, we will exploit the lemmatized terms to automatically identify possible misspellings and/or currently unknown aberrant forms.
1Dip. di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”
2Dip. di Scienze dell’Antichità e del Tardoantico, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
14 November, 2014
Call for Papers
VIENNA / Austria – November 11th – 13th November 2015
3rd International Conference on the Roman Danubian Provinces – Society and Economy
13 November, 2014
Christian Marek did a very great discovery! See the article published on the University of Zurich website.
12 November, 2014
The Guardian today runs an obituary of Anna Morpurgo-Davies, “Historical linguist who unlocked the secrets of Ancient Greek and Anatolian”, who died about six weeks ago, aged 77. An epigraphist and linguist of Mycenaean and one of the discoverers of hieroglyphic Luwian, Anna remained an active member of the British epigraphic community.
30 October, 2014
The IGCyr | GVCyr demonstration site is now available.
The Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica (IGCyr) and the Greek Verse inscriptions of Cyrenaica (GVCyr) are two corpora, the first collecting all the inscriptions of Greek (VII-I centuries B.C.) Cyrenaica, the second gathering the Greek metrical texts of all periods. These new critical editions of inscriptions from Cyrenaica are part of the international project Inscriptions of Libya (InsLib), incorporating Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (IRT, already online), the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica project (IRCyr, in preparation), and the ostraka from Bu Ngem (already available on the website Papyri.info).
A comprehensive corpus of the inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica is a longstanding desideratum among the scholars of the ancient world. Greek inscriptions from Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Cyrenaica are currently scattered among many different, sometimes outdated publications, while new texts have been recently discovered and edited. For the first time all the inscriptions known to us in 2014, coming from this area of the ancient Mediterranean world, will be assembled in a single online and open access publication. An essential addition to the IGCyr and GVCyr corpora, as well as a natural outcome of the study of the inscriptions, is the planned publication of the Prosopographia Cyrenaica.
Catherine Dobias-Lalou is the main epigraphy researcher working on these comprehensive epigraphic corpora in EpiDoc in cooperation with scholars from the University of Bologna, the University of Macerata, the University of Roma Tor Vergata, the University of Paris-Sorbonne and King’s College London. Although the edition of the inscriptions is still in progress, the team working on the project wish to share with others the structure of the publications and the research approach. For this reason three of the texts which will be published and a selected bibliography are included in the demonstration site. The website, hosted by the University of Bologna, has been developed and is maintained by the CRR-MM, Centro Risorse per la Ricerca Multimediale, University of Bologna.
20 October, 2014
Prof. Sencer Şahin (https://akdeniz.academia.edu/SencerSahin), who was one of the prominent epigraphers and the founder of the Dept. of Ancient Languages and Cultures at Akdeniz University (Antalya), passed away on 16th October, at the age of 75, in the hospital of Akdeniz University, where he was treated for three weeks against respiratory insufficiency.
17 October, 2014
- its ‘state of art‘, and the related
- Internet service Epigraphisches Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum München
12 October, 2014
Greek and Latin Epigraphy in the Near East (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria): International Symposium – Lyon – February 20th and 21st, 2015
International Symposium in Lyon
February 20th and 21st, 2015
Pierre-Louis Gatier, Julien Aliquot, Jean-Baptiste Yon
CNRS, UMR 5189 HiSoMA, Lyon
In Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, Greek and Latin epigraphy have experienced a significant development in recent years. Between 2008 and 2014, six volumes have been published in the series of the Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie (IGLS XI; IGLS XXI.5; IGLS XIII.2; IGLS XVII.1; IGLS XV.1–2), as well as a Choix d’inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie (2009) intended to a wider public. The first volume of the IGLS series had been published in 1929. Since then the programme has evolved considerably. Separate projects and other publications of epigraphical corpora have also contributed to the progress of epigraphy in the various languages which were used in the Near East in Antiquity. The conference will be an opportunity to assess the present progress and to bring together researchers working in the same areas in order to strengthen the scientific network of Near Eastern epigraphy through the presentation of unpublished inscriptions and of epigraphical dossiers.
At a time when the Near East is experiencing unprecedented changes, the scientific activity has had to evolve. In addition, the publication of epigraphical corpora is now conditioned by new physical constraints and benefits considerably from technological innovations. The symposium shall contribute to update ongoing programmes and publishing methods.
To this end, the international symposium will gather in Lyon, around the Directors of Antiquities of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the Director of HiSoMA research unit (UMR 5189, CNRS / Lyon 2 University, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée), also responsible for the IGLS programme, the Directors of the French Institute for the Near East (Ifpo), editor and support of the IGLS series, and the members of the programme, as well as scholars from Europe, the Near East and Australia, for two days on the 20th and 21th of February 2015. The papers presented on this occasion will be compiled into an edition of Syria, Ifpo’s review published in Beirut.
Pierre-Louis Gatier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julien Aliquot, email@example.com
Jean-Baptiste Yon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme and further information will be published at the symposium web-page.
1 October, 2014
Mireille CORBIER (email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
26 September, 2014
September 29-30 and October 1, 2014
École Normale Supérieure
Collège de France Chaire Religion, institutions et société de la Rome antique
29 July, 2014
1. 153 new translations (by Stephen Lambert, P. J. Rhodes, Feyo Schuddeboom and Lina van’t Wout).
From the late-5th cent. BC:
(a) sacrificial calendar of Thorikos
(b) Athenian decree on the administration of the property of Kodros, Neleus and Basile (IG I3 84)
(c) accounts of payments from the treasury of Athena, 410-407? BC (IG I3 375 and 377, the “Choiseul marble” in the Louvre, Paris)
B. A selection of 27 important Athenian laws and decrees of 403-353 BC
C. A newly published inscription of ca. 340-325 BC honouring the historian of Attica, Phanodemos
D. The corpus of Athenian decrees of 229/8-198/7 BC, 121 in total, together with brief historical notes (IG II3 1, 1135-1255)
This brings the total number of translations on the site to 469.
2. Two new AIO Papers (4 and 5) and a revised version of AIO Paper no. 1. These discuss particular inscriptions, or groups of inscriptions, in greater detail:
S. D. Lambert, Notes on Inscriptions of the Marathonian Tetrapolis. AIO Papers 1.
S. D. Lambert, Inscribed Athenian Decrees of 229/8-198/7 BC (IG II3 1, 1135-1255). AIO Papers 4.
S. D. Lambert, Accounts of Payments from the Treasury of Athena in 410-407 ? BC (IG II3 375 and 377)
3. Improvements to translations and metadata already on the site
4. Upgrades, including:
(a) responsive design, which will facilitate use of the site with tablets and mobile phones and the addition of fuller notes to the translations
(b) XML and JSON outputs and API
(c) numerous other improvements to site design and functions.