Romanisation – Romanization?!?

Congress on Romanization

Heidelberg 15-17 December 2017


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New publication: “Die Heidelberger Römersteine”

Die Heidelberger Römersteine

Bildwerke, Architekturteile und Inschriften im Kurpfälzischen Museum Heidelberg

by Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais / Renate Ludwig
Heidelberg 2017
ISBN: 978-3-8253-6693-3

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CfP “Manes adite paterni!” Family Spirits in the Greco-Roman World


The research group LITTERA of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg is calling for proposals for the international conference

Manes adite paterni!”

Family Spirits in the Greco-Roman World


that will take place on the days 20-21 of July 2018 at the Department of Classical Philology of the University of Heidelberg.

The conference aims to reconsider the confused panorama concerning the different types of supernatural beings (Manes, Penates, Lares, Genii, δαίμωνες, ῞ηρωες, etc.), with special emphasis on the family circle. Focus of the conference will be the Greco-Roman world from the origins to the Early Christianity. The objective is to stress the existence of a continuity among the different traditions concerning the beliefs on the life after death. Proposals are expected to deal with the following subjects: the lexical choice to denominate spirits and ghosts; the ritual and material component of the family death cult and the magical practices against spirits; the philosophical thought about the nature of the spirits as well as on the destiny of the human soul, etc.

The approach is multidisciplinary. In this sense, not only philologists are invited to apply but also philosophers, epigraphists, papirologists, archeologists and historians.

Papers should not withdraw 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Accepted languages are: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Abstracts (2 pages max., including bibliography) should be sent by the 31 of December 2017 to the following address:

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the monographic series of the scientific review Anuari de Filologia Antiqua et Mediaevalia ( after a double peer-review.


Seminar für Klassische Philologie

Universität Heidelberg

Marstallhof 2-4

69117 Heidelberg



40 euros for speakers

20 euros for audience (registrations by the end of May 2018)

Certificates of attendance and participation will be delivered by the Organizers.


In collaboration with and under the auspices of

Seminar für Klassische Philologie – Universität Heidelberg

DAAD –  Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Facultat de Filologia – Universitat de Barcelona

LITTERA –  Laboratori per a la Investigació i Tractament de Textos Epigràfics, Romans i Antics

Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona

Scientific Committee

Alejandra Guzmán Almagro (LITTERA / Universitat de Barcelona)

Jürgen Paul Schwindt (Universität Heidelberg)

Silvia Tantimonaco (LITTERA / DAAD Fellow – Universität Heidelberg)

Javier Velaza Frías (LITTERA / Universitat de Barcelona)


Organizing Commitee

Alejandra Guzmán Almagro:

Silvia Tantimonaco:


More information



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Further information on the new “Epigrafia ostiense” book

Epigrafia Ostiense – Warning for subscribers

• The pre-order of 70 € includes shipping charges for Italy only.
• Shipping charges outside of Italy are not included and vary according to the country.
• Before making your bank transfer, please write an email to the Publisher ( where you specify the delivery address together with your phone number. We will write you back and give you an estimate of the shipping charges. When making your bank transfer remember to provide your address in the form.
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Call for papers: Graphic Display. Form and Meaning in Greek and Latin Writing

Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, San Diego, CA, January 3-6, 2019

Paula Perlman and Cristina Carusi (The University of Texas at Austin), organizers

A growing number of digitized photographs and squeezes of inscribed and painted Greek and Latin texts are available online, providing readers today easy access to significantly more information about the format of the texts and the layout of the texts on the objects that bear them than was possible prior to the digital revolution. At the same time, today’s presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, Haiku Deck) sensitizes producers and consumers of texts to the impact of text formatting (layout, letter size and font, color, etc.) on meaning and reader response.

Ancient writers of Greek and Latin texts that were inscribed and painted on stone and other materials appear to have employed strategies similarly, with the intent thereby (at least in part) of affecting (and effecting) the meaning of their texts and the response of their audience (reader and non-reader) to them. These strategies include:

  • blank lines and spaces
  • variation in the size and color of lettering
  • paragraphing
  • punctuation
  • abbreviation
  • column division
  • text that is centered or justified at right or left
  • direction of writing
  • placement of multiple texts on one object (e.g. wall, stele, vase)
  • combination of painting and inscribing in a single text

We believe that greater attention should be paid to these strategies, which we refer to collectively as “graphic display”, in the interpretation of Greek and Latin inscribed and painted texts on stone and other materials (excluding papyri). Within these parameters, we invite papers that investigate any aspect of the relationship of “graphic display”, content, and audience response. Among the questions that papers might address are the following:

  • How and why are strategies of “graphic display” used to direct the audience’s attention to the inscription/object or specific parts of the text?
  • How do strategies of “graphic display” relate to the space in which the inscription/object was set?
  • What peculiar strategies of “graphic display” characterize different categories of inscriptions?
  • What does the use of particular strategies of “graphic display” reveal about the audience’s interests and expectations?
  • Can changes in “graphic display” be connected to significant developments in politics/religion/society, etc.?
  • Do changes in “graphic display” contribute to our understanding of the audience’s literacy?

The panel invites abstracts for 20-minute papers. Abstracts should be submitted via email as an attachment with the subject line “Graphic Display. Form and Meaning in Greek and Latin Writing” by February 8, 2018. For guidelines for abstracts, see Please note, the text of the abstract should not mention the name of the author. The organizers will review all submissions anonymously and inform submitters of their decision by March 15, 2018.

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Epigraphy in China – Buddhist Stone Sutras (Claudia Wenzel, Heidelberg)

Epigraphy in China – Buddhist Stone Sutras on Cliffs and in Caves

by Claudia Wenzel, Heidelberg

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New book announcement

Fausto Zevi et alii, Epigrafia ostiense dopo il CIL. 2.000 iscrizioni funerarie, Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, Venice, forthcoming in February 2018.

Until 31 January 2018 individuals and institutions can preorder a copy of the book at 50% of the cover price. All information in the attached files.

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New Voices in Epigraphy Graduate Conference, Oxford, April 2018

Call for Papers: ‘New Voices in Epigraphy’ Graduate Conference
12-13 April 2018
Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

Keynote Speaker: Charlotte Roueché
Concluding Remarks: Riet van Bremen

We invite Masters and Doctoral students working on or with Greek and/or Latin inscriptions to submit abstracts for a conference entitled ‘New Voices in Epigraphy’. The aim of this conference is to give graduate students a forum to discuss their epigraphic research, as well as to facilitate a conversation about the future of the field. As epigraphic studies, particularly Greek epigraphy, have been somewhat dominated by male scholars in the past, we intend to achieve fair gender representation in speakers (and, we hope, attendees), and to highlight the contribution of women epigraphists.

We encourage abstracts for 25-minute papers in English relating to Greek or Latin inscriptions from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity, dealing with but not limited to:

  • Textual readings and reconstructions
  • Historical discussion and interpretation
  • Inscriptions as monuments
  • Quantitative approaches to epigraphy
  • Digital approaches to epigraphy
  • History of epigraphic studies

The conference will take place at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, which is fully wheelchair accessible, from 13:00 on Thursday 12th April to 18:00 on Friday 13th April 2018. Attendance will be open to academics and researchers at all stages of their career. Accommodation for speakers will be provided for two nights. We also intend to offer some financial support for travel costs for students who would otherwise be unable to participate.

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography (including current position and preferred pronouns) to by 15 December 2017. Any enquiries may be sent to the same address.

Organisers: Elizabeth Foley (PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin)
Martin Hallmannsecker (DPhil candidate at New College, University of Oxford)
Leah Lazar (DPhil candidate at New College, University of Oxford)

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International Spring School – Göttingen

The Material Dimension of Religions:

Transcultural Approaches to Epigraphical and Archaeological Sources from Antiquity to the Middle Ages


The Material Dimension of Religions Spring School is aimed at graduate students and intends to examine theories and methods of investigating religions through epigraphical and archaeological sources in a transcultural and transhistorical approach. The schedule includes seven workshops on Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome, Late Antique Judaism, Early Christianity, Classical Islam, Christian Middle Ages, and Jerusalem as a transcultural place, and four keynotes on Greek epigraphy and religion, religion in the public space, the materiality of texts, and the city of Jerusalem as an example of coexistence and interaction of the materialities of religions.

The spring school will provide an intensive training for interpreting non-literary sources in a historical perspective. The participants will learn how to study religions from inscriptions and material culture. Furthermore, looking at the topography of cities like Rome and Jerusalem, the participants will increase the awareness of processes of interactions and exchanges between religious traditions in antiquity.

Spring School_Call for Applications

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«La seconda vita delle iscrizioni. Mobilità, reimpiego, collezionismo, riuso». Turin, 3 November 2017

Università degli Studi di Torino – Ricerca scientifica finanziata «Linea B» 2016
«La seconda vita delle iscrizioni. Mobilità, reimpiego, collezionismo, riuso» – primo seminario

3 novembre 2017 – Università degli Studi di Torino
Sala Pellegrino, via Giulia di Barolo 3A

9.15 – 9.45
Introduzione a cura di Enrica Culasso Gastaldi
9.45 – 10.45
Lorenzo Calvelli (Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari)
«La lunga vita delle iscrizioni antiche di Venezia»
10.45 – 13.45 Presentazione dei progetti di ricerca–I
C. Lippolis – E. Devecchi – M. Viano – G. Cuniberti – D.Marchiandi – C. Lasagni
11.45 – 12.15 Coffee break
12.15-13.15 Presentazione dei progetti di ricerca–II
S.Giorcelli & D.Elia – M.C. Conti – A. Pellizzari – P. de Vingo – M. Zabbia

Locandina Linea B

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BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy, July 16-25 2018

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BSR Taught Course in Roman Epigraphy July 16th-25th 2018.

The fourth biennial taught course in Roman Epigraphy will take place on the 16th-25th of July 2018. Based at the British school at Rome, this taught course offers a ten day introduction to the scholarship, editorial practice, and publication of epigraphic materials from a variety of different approaches. The aim of the course, intended for postgraduate scholars of ancient history, archaeology, museum studies and the classics, is to provide training and a practical experience in the use of epigraphy as source. The course will examine the numerous contexts in which epigraphy is presented (in situ, museums, archives and in published formats (e.g. reference works and online databases) and explore the process of editing and publishing epigraphic materials. The use of digital resources, catalogues and the process of publishing texts in these formats will be addressed in lectures and interaction with the CIL (volume 6) archives at La Sapienza with Silvia Orlandi. Evening lectures and on site talks by international scholars and museum curators will allow participants to engage with varying epigraphic topics and ongoing research projects.

The course, which divides epigraphic materials into themes of a technical and cultural, consists of daily lectures, museum visits, epigraphic ambulatio through the city of Rome as well as research sessions at the British School’s library and a trip to Ostia. Museum and site visits will include gallery lectures by curators and special permits to collections that are not generally open to the public. Workshops at a series of different sites will develop skills in creating practical study materials such as drawings, rubbings, squeezes and photographs of inscriptions. A component of this will be an epigraphic journal, which will be used to record one’s work at each stage of the research process. Participants will also have an opportunity to further their own research through an independent project (generally a specific area of his/her epigraphic research) which will be developed during the course and presented in a short paper on the final day.

Notes for Applicants:
Applications are invited from postgraduate and Ph.D track students in Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Museum Studies and related disciplines. Please note that this course is physically demanding with hours of walking in (at times) intemperate heat, students are expected to prepare accordingly. Further details of the upcoming course, reports from previous courses (including a Syllabus), as well as application information can be found on the courses webpage:

Please email any further queries to the course coordinator Dr. Abigail Graham

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Visible Words workshop (Brown, Oct 6-7, 2017)

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Visible Words: Digital Epigraphy in a Global Perspective
An international workshop at Brown University, Providence, R.I.
John D. Rockefeller Library, 6-7 October 2017

This workshop, which is free and open to the public, will bring together experts in the epigraphic cultures of different languages and scriptural traditions from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, South and East Asia, and Mesoamerica who are also involved in creating (or developing) digital editions and databases of inscriptions, to explore shared interests and challenges during a day-and-a-half of short presentations and group round-table discussions.

The workshop will be immediately preceded by an EpiDoc workshop (5-6 October) designed to introduce the basics of the EpiDoc editing system; the Epidoc workshop is also free and open to the public but space in it is limited and advanced registration is required. For further information about both workshops, see here:

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Herculaneum Society lecture: Roger Tomlin on Roman Writing-Tablets (Oxford, Oct 7, 2017)

Posted for Robert Fowler:

The Herculaneum Society is very pleased to sponsor a talk by Dr Roger Tomlin, Wolfson College, Oxford, entitled ‘Roman London’s First Voices: New Writing-Tablets from Roman Britain’, Saturday 7 October in the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford, at 4:00 pm. A drinks reception will follow. All are very welcome; an RSVP would be helpful to

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EpiDoc Workshop — Brown University, Oct. 5-6 2017

Posted for Scott DiGiulio:

We are pleased to announce a 1.5 day Introduction to EpiDoc workshop at Brown University on Oct. 5-6, to be held in conjunction with the conference “Visible Words: Epigraphy in a Global Perspective,” taking place Oct. 6-7 (for more information on the conference itself, please see

This workshop will provide an introduction to the EpiDoc schema for editing epigraphic and papyrological texts. EpiDoc ( is a community of practice as well as a specialized customization of the XML schema developed by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital epigraphic projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (, the US Epigraphy Project (,the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (, the Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (, and many more. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and project workflow and management.

Draft Schedule:

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, so we ask you to please fill out the application form:

Instructors will include Scott DiGiulio (Mississippi State University), Elli Mylonas (Brown University); Hugh Cayless (Duke University); Tom Elliot (NYU) and others.

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Theodor Mommsen in Italia settentrionale. Milan, 21-22 September 2017

Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903) in Italia settentrionale: una ‘presenza’ non ancora passata. Studi in occasione del bicentenario della nascita

Milan, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 21-22 September 2017–2017.html

Programme attached


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