Assyriology – Cuneiform texts and culture (Stefan Jakob, Heidelberg)

Assyriology – Cuneiform texts and culture
by Stefan Jakob, Heidelberg

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Digital Edition of IGCyr and GVCyr

The  Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica and Greek Verse Inscriptions of Cyrenaica have been published and are now available at

Dobias-Lalou, Catherine. Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica in collaboration with Alice Bencivenni, Hugues Berthelot, with help from Simona Antolini, Silvia Maria Marengo, and Emilio Rosamilia; Dobias-Lalou, Catherine. Greek Verse Inscriptions of Cyrenaica in collaboration with Alice Bencivenni, with help from Joyce M. Reynolds and Charlotte Roueché. Bologna: CRR-MM, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, 2017. ISBN 9788898010684,

The corpus, edited in TEI EpiDoc, is available in English, French, Italian and Arabic. It contains almost 1000 inscriptions including numerous new texts, with metadata, images, translations in English, Italian  and French, apparatus, commentary and bibliography.

Texts and descriptions can be searched and browsed by a number of indexes provided.

Images are also separately available at

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L’Année épigraphique 2014

Mireille Corbier (, directeur de L’Année épigraphique, fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2014 (1661 notices et 1000 pages dont 230 pages d’index) a été publiée en août 2017 et est disponible. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France (

Mireille Corbier (, director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2014 (containing 1661 entries, and 1000 pages, including 230 pages of index) was published in August, 2017, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at

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Cultic Graffiti, Bari, Sept 27-29, 2017

Cultic Graffiti across the Mediterranean and beyond

Full programme (PDF)

The ‘Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’ is a major five-year project funded by the European Research Council and based primarily at the University of Oxford. The project, which runs until December 2018, is investigating the origin of the cult of saints across all the languages of early Christianity (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Georgian and Armenian), from its very beginnings in around AD 300 to c. AD 700, by which time almost all the practices we associate with saintly cult were firmly established.


In order to explore these graffiti in their fullest possible context, the conference, while focused primarily on the Christian graffiti of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, will also examine earlier ‘pagan’ practice, and the very active cultic graffiti of early Islam.

Bryan Ward-Perkins, ‘Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity’ ERC Project P.I.
Antonio E. Felle, ‘Epigraphic Database Bari’ Project Coordinator

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Great epigraphic news from Pompeii

Pompei, scoperta tomba monumentale con iscrizione lunga 4 metri

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The Theodosian Code: Compilation, Transmission, Reception Collegium of Roman Law – Pavia, January 2018

very interesting, even if not strictly epigraphic:


The Theodosian Code:

Compilation, Transmission, Reception

Collegium of Roman Law – January 2018

The Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law CEDANT of the University of Pavia is committed to the encouragement of advanced education and research in the eld of Roman and Ancient law. Founded in 2002 thanks to the support of the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS), CEDANT became a Research Center within the Department of Law of the University of Pavia in 2015. It operates in partnership with Collegio Ghislieri. CEDANT avails itself of an international Scholarly Advisory Board and carries out its activities in collaboration with specialists who are selected as appropriate according to the theme under study, and with respect for the broadest participation of the scholarly community and for the wide range of di erent methodologies. For the academic year 2017-2018, CEDANT is organizing the fourteenth «Collegium of Roman Law», an intensive residential course of study. The «Collegium» brings together, for three weeks in January 2018 at Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, professors from Italian and foreign universities and early career scholars interested in the proposed theme as auditors. The professors will conduct a series of seminars – in Italian and in English – characterized by strong educational unity and coherence, and which also represent an opportunity for scholarly exchange and discussion. Each participant is invited to contribute actively to the development and pursuit of the research undertaken. A second stage, which will last a week in the month of September 2018, allows the professors and the early career scholars to discuss and critique the research of the early career scholars. The aim is a joint publication in a volume to be published by Pavia University Press. The scholarly theme of the «Collegium» 2018 falls within the project “Redhis – Rediscovering the hidden structure. A new appreciation of juristic texts and patterns of thought in Late Antiquity” (ERC advanced grant 2013, P.I. Dario Mantovani, host University: University of Pavia).

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Axon – Iscrizioni storiche greche

Forwarded on behalf of Stefania De Vido (, to whom enquiries should be addressed:

È uscito per le Edizioni Ca’ Foscari il primo numero della Rivista ‘AXON. Iscrizioni storiche greche’, liberamente scaricabile al link:

I contributi della Rivista sono collegati alle schede del Database Axon, consultabile all’indirizzo:, anch’esso liberamente interrogabile.

La rivista è semestrale e la prossima uscita è prevista per dicembre 2017. Collaboratori e proposte sono benvenuti.

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CfP “Instrumenta inscripta VII”

CALL FOR PAPERS “Instrumenta inscripta VII. Testi e simboli di ambito cristiano su oggetti di uso comune”.
Convegno internazionale di studi, 9-11 October 2017, in beautiful Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy


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OEDUc: Images and Image metadata working group

Participants: Sarah Middle, Angie Lumezeanu, Simona Stoyanova

The Images and Image Metadata working group met at the London meeting of the Open Epigraphic Data Unconference on Friday, May 15, 2017, and discussed the issues of copyright, metadata formats, image extraction and licence transparency in the Epigraphik Fotothek Heidelberg, the database which contains images and metadata relating to nearly forty thousand Roman inscriptions from collections around the world. Were the EDH to lose its funding and the website its support, one of the biggest and most useful digital epigraphy projects will start disintegrating. While its data is available for download, its usability will be greatly compromised. Thus, this working group focused on issues pertaining to the EDH image collection. The materials we worked with are the JPG images as seen on the website, and the images metadata files which are available as XML and JSON data dumps on the EDH data download page.

The EDH Photographic Database index page states: “The digital image material of the Photographic Database is with a few exceptions directly accessible. Hitherto it had been the policy that pictures with unclear utilization rights were presented only as thumbnail images. In 2012 as a result of ever increasing requests from the scientific community and with the support of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences this policy has been changed. The approval of the institutions which house the monuments and their inscriptions is assumed for the non commercial use for research purposes (otherwise permission should be sought). Rights beyond those just mentioned may not be assumed and require special permission of the photographer and the museum.”

During a discussion with Frank Grieshaber we found out that the information in this paragraph is only available on this webpage, with no individual licence details in the metadata records of the images, either in the XML or the JSON data dumps. It would be useful to be included in the records, though it is not clear how to accomplish this efficiently for each photograph, since all photographers need to be contacted first. Currently, the rights information in the XML records says “Rights Reserved – Free Access on Epigraphischen Fotothek Heidelberg”, which presumably points to the “research purposes” part of the statement on the EDH website.

All other components of EDH – inscriptions, bibliography, geography and people RDF – have been released under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, which allows for their reuse and repurposing, thus ensuring their sustainability. The images, however, will be the first thing to disappear once the project ends. With unclear licensing and the impossibility of contacting every single photographer, some of whom are not alive anymore and others who might not wish to waive their rights, data reuse becomes particularly problematic.

One possible way of figuring out the copyright of individual images is to check the reciprocal links to the photographic archive of the partner institutions who provided the images, and then read through their own licence information. However, these links are only visible from the HTML and not present in the XML records.

Given that the image metadata in the XML files is relatively detailed and already in place, we decided to focus on the task of image extraction for research purposes, which is covered by the general licensing of the EDH image databank. We prepared a Python script for batch download of the entire image databank, available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. Each image has a unique identifier which is the same as its filename and the final string of its URL. This means that when an inscription has more than one photograph, each one has its individual record and URI, which allows for complete coverage and efficient harvesting. The images are numbered sequentially, and in the case of a missing image, the process skips that entry and continues on to the next one. Since the databank includes some 37,530 plus images, the script pauses for 30 seconds after every 200 files to avoid a timeout. We don’t have access to the high resolution TIFF images, so this script downloads the JPGs from the HTML records.

The EDH images included in the EAGLE MediaWiki are all under an open licence and link back to the EDH databank. A task for the future will be to compare the two lists to get a sense of the EAGLE coverage of EDH images and feed back their licensing information to the EDH image records. One issue is the lack of file-naming conventions in EAGLE, where some photographs carry a publication citation (CIL_III_14216,_8.JPG, AE_1957,_266_1.JPG), a random name (DR_11.jpg) and even a descriptive filename which may contain an EDH reference (Roman_Inscription_in_Aleppo,_Museum,_Syria_(EDH_-_F009848).jpeg). Matching these to the EDH databank will have to be done by cross-referencing the publication citations either in the filename or in the image record.

A further future task could be to embed the image metadata into the image itself. The EAGLE MediaWiki images already have the Exif data (added automatically by the camera) but it might be useful to add descriptive and copyright information internally following the IPTC data set standard (e.g. title, subject, photographer, rights etc). This will help bring the inscription file, image record and image itself back together, in the event of data scattering after the end of the project. Currently linkage exist between the inscription files and image records. Embedding at least the HD number of the inscription directly into the image metadata will allow us to gradually bring the resources back together, following changes in copyright and licensing.

Out of the three tasks we set out to discuss, one turned out to be impractical and unfeasible, one we accomplished and published the code, one remains to be worked on in the future. Ascertaining the copyright status of all images is physically impossible, so all future experiments will be done on the EDH images in EAGLE MediaWiki. The script for extracting JPGs from the HTML is available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. We have drafted a plan for embedding metadata into the images, following the IPTC standard.

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XXIIème Rencontre Franco-Italienne sur l’Épigraphie du Monde Romain

Pratiques du grec dans l’épigraphie d’Occident. Contextes, origines, pratiques culturelles.

Autun, 22-24 Juin 2017


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Research fellowship on “Venice Squeeze Project: Digital library of epigraphic squeezes open access” – Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

The project aims at the creation of an online digital collection (2D and 3D) of the paper squeezes of Greek inscriptions preserved at the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory (DSU) through the collaboration with the program E-STAMPAGES (M. Brunet, Lyon II CNRS-EFA) and the University of Florida (E. Bozia, A. Barboutis,). Another goal is to contribute to the international recognition, valorization and preservation of archives of squeezes (especially in Italy).

The fellowship is intended to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to pursue his/her own research while benefiting from the range of expertise at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

More information in Italian: Bando ITA; in English: Bando ENG.


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  1. Vom Aussterben der luwischen ziti-Namen, lykisch Ipresida und dem kaunischen Imbros – Diether Schürr
  2. Two Galatian Cults in DaciaStephen Mitchell
  3. Beiträge zur kleinasiatischen Münzkunde und Geschichte 13-14 Johannes Nollé
  4. Zwei neue kaiserzeitliche Grabinschriften im Museum aus AfyonkarahisarMehmet Ertan Yıldız, Ahmet İlaslı
  5. Aus der epigraphischen Werkstatt: Bemerkungen zu einigen jüngst veröffentlichten militärischen KleininschriftenPeter Rothenhöfer
  6. Heliodoros: A Christian from Cios died in Heraclea ThraceMehmet Alkan, Johannes Nollé
  7. The Anastasian Military Decree from Perge in Pamphylia: Revised 2nd Edition Fatih Onur
  8. Dionysiac and Pyrrhic Roots and Survivals in the Zeybek Dance, Music, Costume and Rituals in the Aegean TurkeyRecep Meriç
  9. Rezension zu: Peter Herrmann, Kleinasien im Spiegel epigraphischer ZeugnisseJohannes Nollé

Publisher: Archaeology and Art Publications

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“L’iscrizione nascosta”, Bertinoro, 8-10 June 2017

Colloquio Borghesi 2017 “L’iscrizione nascosta”, Bertinoro, 8-10 June 2017

Programme attached

programma Bertinoro 2017

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Epigraphy Masterclass, University of Kent, 17-18 May 2017

Posted for Efrosyni Boutsikas (to whom queries should be addressed):

We are pleased to announce a  Research Seminar and free Epigraphy Masterclass by Dr Dan Dana from the Centre of Anthropology and History of the Ancient World (ANHIMA) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The event will be held at the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies of the University of Kent, on 17-18 May 2017.

The Masterclass is aimed at training PG students on recording inscriptions, interpretation and analysis. It will give insights on techniques and methods applicable across the field of epigraphy.

Below are further details on both events.

17 May, 11:00 (DPeter Brown)
Research Seminar

Auxiliary soldiers recruited from Britain according to Roman military diplomas

18 May, 11:00 – 14:00 (CNE SR2)

Unit 1: Signatures of artisans in ancient Thrace

The analysis of several signatures of artisans in ancient Thrace, on various supports, is relevant for the diffusion of the epigraphic habit, but also meaningful if such documents are reinserted in the context of the circulation of persons, objects and techniques. Accordingly, we may have a glimpse of the activity and the mobility of artisans (both Greek and Thracian) in a space better known thanks to recent investigations.

Unit 2: Natives, Greeks and Romans : the case of a city from Thrace

The choice of an ancient Greek city from Thrace allows to use the considerable evidence of imperial times (mainly epigraphic and iconographic) in order to substitute the common and simple ‘ethnic’ registers or categories by more pertinent questions about epigraphic visibility, regional creations, and particularly processes of mutual adaptation

Everyone is welcome, but please email if you are interested in attending the Masterclass as spaces are limited.

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Parole per gli dei

Parole per gli dèi. Dediche religiose in lingue epicoriche del Mediterraneo Occidentale, Rome, 18-19 May 2017

Roma, Academia Belgica, 18-19 maggio 2017.

18 maggio 2017



Sessione 1.

09h 30. P. Poccetti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), “Uno sguardo sociolinguistico ed interlinguistico alle dediche votive dell’Italia tardorepubblicana”.

10 h 10. K. McDonald (University of Exeter), “Women’s inscribed dedications in the Veneto, 600-50 BC”.

10 h 50. E. Benelli (CNR), “La ceramica, la pietra, il metallo: tradizioni e culture epigrafiche del sacro in Etruria”.

Pausa café Continue reading

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