Current Epigraphy
ISSN: 1754-0909

29 October, 2013

Current Practices and New Directions in Digital Epigraphy

Filed under: EAGLE,EpiDoc,events,news,training — Pietro Liuzzo @ 13:37

Ljubljana (Slovenia) 19-20 February 2014 

Current Practices and New Directions in Digital Epigraphy is the first in a series of international events planned by EAGLE BPN. The event will feature presentations and hands-on workshops regarding themes of the EAGLE project, led by the project’s Working Groups.


Registration is free and open through December 15, 2013


The event will be held in English.

If you have any questions or need additional information,

Please contact:

Marjeta Šašel Kos

Pietro Liuzzo


16 October, 2013

New Blog: Anathema, News on Religion in the Hellenistic Period

Filed under: news,publications — JMCarbon @ 09:20

Not exclusively to do with epigraphy, but still a related topic: announcing the recent inauguration of a new blog on religion in the Hellenistic period. Much like Current Epigraphy, this will feature news, recent publications, external links, and other blog posts and discussions. Please visit the following link: Anathema.

10 October, 2013

Call for papers: “Colonial geopolitics and local cultures in the Hellenistic and Roman East (3rd century B.C. – 3rd century A.D.)”, Celtic Conference in Classics (Edinburgh, June 25-28th, 2014)

Filed under: events — Charlotte Tupman @ 14:17

Call for papers /Appel à contributions

Celtic Conference in Classics (Edinburgh, June 25-28th, 2014)


“Colonial geopolitics and local cultures in the Hellenistic and Roman East

(IIIrd century  B.C. – IIIrd century A.D.) ”

H. Bru (Université de Franche-Comté/ISTA) & A. Dumitru (Metropolitan Library of Bucarest/Cincinnati University)

It seems clear that, in the Greek-speaking regions of the Roman Empire, Hellenistic models (civic, military or institutional) exercised considerable influence over “Italic” colonial projects. Within this field, relations between military colonists and indigenous peoples demand special attention, considering the degree of social, cultural, economic, political and geopolitical transformation brought about by the installation of certain groups upon those lands as a result of the will of the great power(s) that ruled over them.

Some questions, however, are rarely asked: e.g. how did classical colonization influence the homonymous phenomenon from the Hellenistic Age (and, further on, how many aspects of the Hellenistic colonization were kept alive by the Roman founders of cities? Also, since we know now that many “native” cities became poleis by the IInd century B.C. How did this happen exactly ? What was the metamorphosis of the native city when turning into a polis ? Was it simply a façade ? How deep – and peaceful – were the required changes ?

As for the Roman colonization, modern scholars have often described Roman colonies as vectors of Romanization inserted in alien lands, writing that these communities must have functioned as images of a “small Rome.” While the existence of Latin-speaking colonists ruled by a favorable juridical system such as the Ius Italicum cannot be denied, such a reductionist model can no longer be accepted without qualification, especially in the context of the Greek-speaking provinces of the Roman East. The regions of the Eastern Mediterranean world saw the coming of a number of groups of Roman colonists and thus their cultural climate, their agrarian structures and their geopolitical environment changed. The aim of this panel is to explore new research paths based on broader studies over time and space.

From this perspective, the papers proposed for this panel may address the following issues:

- the colonial geopolitics promoted by the States;

- the cultural and social origins of the groups being displaced by the State and established elsewhere as colonists;

- the social, economic, cultural and military consequences of the colonization over the local populations (e.g. – the loss of agricultural land, the displacement towards desert or mountainous areas, revolts, brigandage, piracy, the way of joining the armies of the States, the way of becoming mercenaries, the strengthening of the indigenous cultural identities);

- evidences of peaceful coexistence, voluntary or not, as seen through economic, cultural or social aspects (e.g. – where did the colonists get their wives? Did the colonists learn the language of the indigenous people or vice-versa)?

- (dis)continuities in the colonial practices of the Hellenistic and Roman Ages;

- documentary methodologies allowing the deepening of knowledge on the indigenous cultures in the colonial context and the phenomena of acculturation;

- the historical sociology of the colonial territories.

For a full abstract of the panel in both English and French, please see Call for papers.

Contact :

Hadrien Bru (Université de Franche-Comté / Institut des Sciences et Techniques de l’Antiquité)


Adrian Dumitru (Metropolitan Library of Bucarest)


3 October, 2013

Epigraphy Society Autumn Colloquium 2013

Filed under: BES,events — Gabriel Bodard @ 16:42

The British Epigraphy Society
Autumn Colloquium and AGM 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Institute of Classical Studies
Senate House, London (G22/26)

Epigraphy in Action

10.00-11.00 Registration and Morning Coffee

11.00-12.00 Morning Session I
Prof. Peter Kruschwitz (Reading), Inscribing the uninscribable: exploring the fringes of the ancient epigraphic habit

12.00-13.00 Morning Session II
Dr Patrice Hamon (Rouen), editing a corpus of the inscriptions of Thasos: late Classical and Hellenistic documents

15.00 AGM (Members only)

15.30-16.30 Afternoon Session I
Dr Ludwig Meier (Heidelberg), The treaty between Rome and Kibyra: new evidence and new interpretations

17.00 Afternoon Session II
Prof. Henrik Mouritsen (KCL), Status and hierarchies in the Roman Empire: the case of Pompeii

17.45 Epigraphic reports

18.30 Finale: Young epigraphy – Posters and drinks

Please see attached Programme and Flyer (PDF).

Oxford Epigraphy Workshop, Michaelmas Term 2013

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:11

Epigraphy Workshop, Michaelmas Term 2013

All meetings at 1.00 in the First Floor Seminar room, Ioannou School, 66 St Giles.  All welcome!

  • Monday, Oct. 21: Simon Hornblower, ‘The “Lokrian Maidens Inscription” (IG 9. 1 (ed. 2) 706) and Lykophron’s Alexandra (1141-1173).
  • Monday, Oct. 28: Denis Rousset, ‘The Stele of the Geleontes in the sanctuary of Claros. Purchases and gifts of land for a koinon of Colophon’.
  • Monday, Nov. 4: Ed. Bispham, ‘After Imagines Italicae: the case of Lucania’.
  • Monday, Nov. 11: Sofia Kravaritou, ‘Thessalian attitudes to death: some notes on SEG XXVIII, 528 and beyond’.
  • Monday, Nov. 18 Polly Low and Peter Liddel, ‘The koinon of the Phrikyladai: a new decree from Liverpool’.
  • Monday December 2: Giorgy Kantor, ‘Dynamis and Aspourgos in recent inscriptions from the Bosporan Kingdom’.

Charles Crowther, Robert Parker, Jonathan Prag

27 September, 2013

Report on EpiDoc training, Sofia

Filed under: EpiDoc,training — Simona Stoyanova @ 15:19

Between the 3rd and 6th September 2013 we (Gabriel Bodard and Simona Stoyanova) taught an EpiDoc training workshop at the ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ University of Sofia, Bugaria. The workshop was funded by the university’s Departments of Classics and History, and the Centre of Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater”, and organised by Dimitar Iliev. This was the first EpiDoc workshop held in Eastern Europe. The participants came from Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

The programme of the workshop (see EpiDoc Summer School at the Digital Classicist wiki) involved a basic introduction to XML and TEI; the principles of EpiDoc markup, which are based on Leiden for the text transcription and the publication practices of epigraphers and papyrologists for descriptive, historical and supporting data. Most of the week involved hands-on experience for the participants in XML encoding and use of the Papyrological Editor tags-free interface (Leiden+), and ended with discussion of project management issues and the future of the EpiDoc community, and training possibilities in general.

We asked the participants to share their impressions of the workshop, and some of their responses are herebelow. (more…)

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.

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:

5 August, 2013

Postdoc position, Greek inscriptions of Ptolemaic Egypt (Oxford)

Filed under: EpiDoc,jobs — Gabriel Bodard @ 10:54

A position is about to be advertized in Greek epigraphy at Oxford, with a salary that would probably suit a newly qualified postdoc. This project looks like it will join the many other excellent EpiDoc corpora produced by the Oxford Classics/CSAD team. If you’re thinking about this, you really should contact Alan Bowman as soon as possible. (See the note from Bowman below.)

Simon Hornblower, Charles Crowther and I are pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding by the AHRC for a 3-year project on inscriptions from Ptolemaic Egypt. This project will create a corpus of up-to-date editions of the Greek, bilingual and trilingual inscriptions on stone from Ptolemaic Egypt (323-30 BCE), based on material collected and annotated by the late Peter Fraser FBA (1918-2007). The editions will include introductory material, commentaries, translations and digital images and will be made available both in book form and an on-line version. Fraser’s manuscript will be revised and updated, inscriptions published since the mid-1970s will be added, along with editions with translations of the Egyptian sections of bilingual and trilingual texts.

We will be seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the Greek epigraphy for 3 years from October 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. We expect the maximum possible salary to be in the region of £30,000 (sterling) per annum, depending on experience and qualifications. A formal advertisement will be posted soon. In the meantime, suitably qualified researchers who might wish to indicate possible interest in the position are encouraged to contact Professor Alan Bowman offline by email at

29 July, 2013

Honouring Joyce Reynolds (Cambridge, Sept 28, 2013)

Filed under: events — Gabriel Bodard @ 10:35

A one-day conference in honour of Joyce Reynolds and celebrating the essential role of epigraphy in the ancient historical disciplines as a whole. (It would be nice to celebrate also Joyce’s central role in innovative and digital publication of epigraphy as well.)

Celebrating Epigraphy in Cambridge: Honouring Joyce Reynolds

The Faculty of Classics in Cambridge is holding a day-conference to celebrate the on-going achievements of Joyce Reynolds and of epigraphy in Cambridge. The over-arching theme is that of Joyce’s life’s work: the contribution of epigraphy to big questions of ancient history.

The conference will take place at Newnham College (Lucia Windsor Room) on Saturday 28 September, 2013. The conference is free to all participants, and a buffet lunch will be provided. But for catering (and other) purposes, it is essential that those wishing to attend register, by sending an e-mail to


10.30 Coffee, followed by Welcome from Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Classics Faculty

Session One: Chair Mary Beard.

11.00 William Harris: “What do Roman inscriptions tell us about literacy?”

12.00 Silvia Orlandi: “History from square brackets”

Lunch 1.00-2.30

Session Two: Chair Charlotte Roueché

2.30 Paola Ceccarelli “The Idiom of Interstate Communication after Alexander: Texts and Inscriptions”

3.30 Peter Thonemann “Marriage in Roman Anatolia”

The day will conclude with refreshments (tea and/or prosecco) in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, 4.45 – 6.00

On Friday 27 September, as part of the University of Cambridge Alumni weekend, Rupert Thompson will be giving a lecture on ‘Cracking the Linear Code B’ at 3.30 in the Classics Faculty, followed by a reception in the Cast Gallery of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (4:30-5:30pm).

Participants should note that as it is the Alumni weekend, accommodation in Cambridge is in very short supply. We are (regrettably) not able to offer accommodation for those attending the conference, but can give advice on where it might best be found.

14 July, 2013

‘Guide de l’épigraphiste’ updated

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 23:13

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:

2 July, 2013

NEW: Tyche Sonderband 7

Filed under: news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 07:10

Sehr geehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen!

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, daß Tyche Sonderband 7 soeben erschienen ist:
Peter Siewert, Hans Taeuber (Hrsg.)
Neue Inschriften von Olympia. Die ab 1896 veröffentlichten Texte 

Sie können den Band direkt beim Verlag (< oder bei Amazon bestellen.

Mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Wien
Im Namen der Tyche
Franziska Beutler


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Tyche Special Volume 7 has been published!
Peter Siewert, Hans Taeuber (Hrsg.)
Neue Inschriften von Olympia. Die ab 1896 veröffentlichten Texte 

You can purchase this volume at the publishing house (< or via amazon.

Best wished from Vienna
On behalf of Tyche
Franziska Beutler

8 May, 2013

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions, Oxford

Filed under: jobs — Gabriel Bodard @ 11:30

Posted for Alison Cooley:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions)

  • Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford
  • Grade 7: £31,331 p.a.
  • The ‘Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions in Britain’s Oldest Public Museum through Scholarship and Technology’ project is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a full-time, 3-year fixed-term post from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2016. The project is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant and is directed by Dr Alison Cooley (University of Warwick).
  • The Research Fellow will be based in the Ashmolean Museum and in the Classics Faculty’s Ioannou Centre in central Oxford and will work under the supervision of Dr Cooley and Dr Susan Walker (Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities). The principal responsibility of the Research Fellow will be to fulfil the project’s impact agenda by integrating the Latin inscriptions in the Museum into the Ashmolean’s Online Collections, creating additional web resources tailored to the needs of school students, designing and implementing interactive gallery activities, exploring the creation of resources for the visually impaired, and helping to run inset days illustrating the potential of the new resources for UK teachers.
  • Applicants should have a PhD in Archaeology, Ancient History, Museum Studies, or a relevant field, a demonstrable knowledge of the Social History of the Roman World, experience in working in collaboration with schools, and have proven IT skills.
  • Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 17 May 2013 can be considered.
    Contact Person : Erica Clarke
    Vacancy ID : 107580
    Contact Phone : 01865 288269
  • Closing Date : 17-May-2013
    Contact Email:

Further particulars to be found at the Oxford recruitment page.

7 May, 2013

Epigraphic Saturday (update)

Filed under: news — Simona Stoyanova @ 15:41

Held by Joyce Reynolds at the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge, Saturday 18 May 2013.

10.30    Coffee

11.00    Joyce Reynolds will present a number of problematic inscriptions from Cyrenaica, notably a document of 67 BC which appears to talk of some kind of Roman provincial census, a mid-first century BC inscription dealing with civic honours, and a group of Jewish inscriptions involving the or an amphitheatre.

13.00    Lunch

14.15    Four short papers:
Irina Levinskaya, ‘A new inscription from the Black Sea’
Margaret Williams, ‘The Jewish inscriptions of Hierapolis’
Michael Crawford, ‘The Emperor Tiberius and the epigraphy of Umbria’
Benet Salway, ‘The fate of the Roman milestone in late antiquity’

16.00    Tea

If you have not already done so, could you please let Michael Crawford know if you are coming, so that we may have an idea of numbers:

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