Practical Epigraphy Workshop 2017 – Lincoln, 20- 22 June

Practical Epigraphy Workshop 2017
Lincoln, 20- 22 June

The Practical Epigraphy Workshop 2017 will take place this summer from 20 to 22 June at Lincoln. With the help of expert guidance participants will gain direct experience of the practical elements of how to record and study inscriptions in museums or in the field. The programme will include: the making of squeezes; imaging and measuring inscribed stones; and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries. Instructors will include Roger Tomlin (Oxford) and Abigail Graham (Warwick).

The workshop is aimed primarily at graduates in any year and undergraduates who will be entering their third and / or final year of study next September, though we will consider applications from others who wish to develop hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material. The workshop is open to those with or without previous epigraphic training and participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts. We anticipate that the course fee will be £150 for this three-day event including accommodation and some food.

To apply for a place please contact Maggy Sasanow ( for further details and an application form.

Completed application forms are to be sent to Peter Haarer (, copying in Abigail Graham (

Closing date for applications and receipt of references: 10 April 2017.

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Engineer Position in Bordeaux (Papyrii, Inscriptions, etc.) for the project PATRIMONIVM

The European funding scheme ERC Starting Grant rewards the most innovative research projects led by young researchers in all scientific areas. Among those selected for funding in the 2016 call, the project PATRIMONIVM, hosted by the University Bordeaux Montaigne, aims at realizing the first global study of the economic, social and political role of the properties of Roman emperors using a complete documentary base of all relevant sources. The project lasts 5 years and will involve 9 historians and a web engineer responsible of the database. The documentary system of PATRIMONIVM is one of the most ambitious features of the project, not only because of the number and the variety of the data (epigraphic, papyrological and literary sources, prosopographical data, archaeological descriptions, images, georeferenced data, bibliographic references), but also because of the implementation of the latest XML standards for the digital presentation of ancient sources. These features make PATRIMONIVM one of the leading digital humanities projects at international level.

The engineer responsible for the documentary system is one of the most important members PATRIMONIVM’s research team. She/he will work in close coordination with the Principal Investigator and collaborate with the other team members. She/he will participate to the scientific programme of the project and contribute to the visibility to the project thanks to her/his participation to conferences and workshops on the digital humanities in France and abroad. She/he will be part of the project for its entire duration: full time during the first three years, part time for the remaining months.

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Arabian Epigraphic Notes 2017

Arabian Epigraphic Notes online journal announces the publication of the first three articles of 2017’s volume:

“A New Nabataean Inscription from the Moab Plateau”, by Z. Al-Salameen, Y. Shdaifat

“Betwixt and Between the Bactrian Camel and the Dromedary: The Semantic Evolution of the Lexeme udru during the 11th to 8th Centuries BCE”, by S.A. Al-Zaidi

“A selection of Safaitic inscriptions from al-Mafraq, Jordan: II”, by A.Q. Al-Housan

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Epigraphy and Religion Revisited (ASGLE panel at the 2018 SCS in Boston)

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE) invites submissions for a panel at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston.

The study of Greco-Roman religions has been one of the greatest, some even claim the greatest, beneficiaries of the advancement of epigraphy from the nineteenth century onwards. Knowledge of numerous aspects of ancient religion, from the genos of the Salaminioi in Athens to the Fratres Arvales in Rome, would have been either severely defective or outright non-existent had it not been for our epigraphic record. Nor has the contribution of epigraphy to religion taken the form of the accumulation of obscure scraps of information. Ancient magic, for instance, a phenomenon whose study has thrived in recent years, came into existence as an autonomous field within Classics almost exclusively thanks to the thousands of inscribed magic tablets that have been found all over the Greco-Roman world.

Fully cognizant of the enormous potential of epigraphy in this respect, the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy devoted one of its first thematic panels to Epigraphy and Religion, back in 1999. Almost two decades later, ASGLE intends to revisit the topic in order to find out what the status quaestionis looks like for the current generation of scholars.

The main objective of this panel is to bring together papers that explore religious phenomena primarily from an epigraphic perspective. Detailed analyses of old texts and presentations of newly discovered documents are more than welcome, as are theoretically informed discussions of dossiers of inscriptions bearing on religion. Panelists are encouraged to engage with an array of diverse inscribed documents from decrees of religious content and dedications to boundary stones of shrines and sacred calendars. Topics that could be explored include, but are not limited to, cultic associations, cultic regulations, dedicatory formulas and practices, early Christianity, festivals, funerary rites, hero cult, imperial cult, Judaism, lived or personal religion, magic, polytheism, priesthoods, religious poetry, religious networks and communities, ruler cult, sacred finances, sacred space, syncretism, theophoric names.

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by members of the ASGLE Executive Committee and external readers, and should not be longer than 650 words (bibliography excluded): please follow the SCS “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts.” All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The Abstract should be sent electronically as a Word file, along with a PDF of the Submission Form, by March 3, 2017 to Nikolaos Papazarkadas at


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2016 journals on pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy

Arabian Epigraphic Notes 2
Sarah Rijziger: The Kāniṭ Museum Collection
Phillip W. Stokes: A New and Unique Thamudic Inscription from northeast Jordan
Ali al-Manaser & Sabri Abbadi: Remarks on the etymon trḥ in the Safaitic inscriptions
Ahmad Al-Jallad & Ali al-Manaser: New Epigraphica from Jordan II: three Safaitic-Greek partial bilingual inscriptions
Fokelien Kootstra: The Language of the Taymanitic Inscriptions & its classification
Hekmat Dirbas: Abd al-Asad and the Question of a Lion-God in the pre-Islamic Tradition: An Onomastic Study
Zeyad Al-Salameen: A New Dedicatory Nabataean Inscription Dated to AD 53
Hani Hayajneh: Dadanitic Graffiti from Taymāʾ Region Revisited

Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 27, 1-2: epigraphic titles
Jérémie Schiettecatte and Mounir Arbach, The political map of Arabia and the Middle East in the third century AD revealed by a Sabaean inscription (pages 176–196)
María del Carmen Hidalgo-Chacón Díez, Three Dadanitic inscriptions from al-ʿUḏayb (oasis of al-ʿUlā) and the occurrence of the word s¹ṭ (pages 72–78)
Mahdi Alzoubi and Sahar Smadi, A Nabataean funerary inscription from the Blaihed Museum (pages 79–83)
Ahmad Al-Jallad, An ancient Arabian zodiac. The constellations in the Safaitic inscriptions, Part II (pages 84–106)
Bruno Overlaet, Michael Macdonald and Peter Stein, An Aramaic−Hasaitic bilingual inscription from a monumental tomb at Mleiha, Sharjah, UAE (pages 127–142)

Bulletin of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia 21, 2016
The bulletin provides an overview of the state of archaeological and epigraphic research in the Arabian peninsula in 2016, with useful links to editorial news, calls, events, dedicated journals and associations. Noteworthy is the focus on the “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Yemen” (pp. 72-73) by the British Museum curator St. John Simpson (see also

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Call for Papers: Seminar for Arabian Studies 2017

The Seminar for Arabian Studies 2017 will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August at the British Museum, London. To celebrate the completion of Phase 2 of the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia in March 2017, the next Seminar for Arabian Studies will include a Special Session on “Languages, scripts and their uses in ancient North Arabia”.

Abstracts of paper and posters can be sent to on or before the 28th of February 2017 for consideration by the Steering Committee (

The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the annual international forum for the presentation of the latest academic research on the Arabian Peninsula. The subjects covered include archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, etc. from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922).

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CFP: Theorizing Contacts in the Roman Empire

The editors have received the following call for papers from the organizers listed. They should be contacted directly with questions.

Theorizing contacts in the Roman Empire
University of Edinburgh, 8-9 December 2017

We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

We invite scholars from a range of fields, including epigraphists and papyrologists, philologists, legal historians, and archaeologists to consider if and how the multiculturalism and multilingualism models can be applied in the following areas:

  • Language: onomastics; ancient bilingualism; language preservation and change.
  • Law: the interaction between native and Roman law; issues of status.
  • Literature: the response of Roman and Greek authors to “others”.
  • Art and visual culture: interactions of Roman and indigenous styles; religious and cult imagery.

Papers that consider the role of the individual within these topics are especially welcome.

Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge), Alex Mullen (Nottingham), Olivia Elder (Cambridge), Christian Djurslev (Edinburgh)

Proposals: We welcome proposals from scholars at any stage of their career. PhD students, early career and independent researchers are highly encouraged to participate.

Papers will be 25 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. For your proposals please include title, name(s) of speaker(s), affiliation(s), an abstract of 300 words, and a select bibliography. Please send to

Posters on particular case-studies or specific concepts will be accommodated in a designated poster session and prizes will be awarded to the three best entries. Proposals for posters should have the same format as that of the papers. Please, use POSTER as the “Subject” of your email.

The deadline for all proposals (papers and posters) is 28th February.

For further information please contact the organizers: Kimberley Czajkowski ( and/or Andreas Gavrielatos (

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Three 2016 titles on pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy

Abraham J. Drewes, Jacques Ryckmans. Les inscriptions sudarabes sur bois dans la collection de l’Oosters Instituut conservée dans la bibliothèque universitaire de Leiden. Texte révisé et adapté par Peter Stein, édité par Peter Stein et Harry Stroomer. Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016.ISBN 9783447105897
The South Arabian minuscule inscriptions on wood of the collection of the Oosters Instituut in Leiden, originally studied by J. Ryckmans and A.J. Drewes, have been published by P. Stein and H. Stroomer. The corpus includes 340 texts in either Sabaic or Minaic language, representing various genres such as correspondence, legal and business texts, school exercises or oracular records, whose study helps the reconstruction of the linguistic, social, economic and religious history of the ancient South Arabia.

Alessandra Avanzini. By land and by sea. A history of South Arabia before Islam recounted from inscriptions. Arabia Antica 10. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016. ISBN 9788891311108
The history of the Ancient South Arabian culture was very long, from the 8th century BC to the 6th century AD.The events, the characters, the history of art, together with the beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of South Arabia, will be recounted in this book starting from direct written sources: the wealthy corpus of ancient South Arabian epigraphic public texts.

Alessandra Lombardi (with contributions by F.E. Betti). South Arabian funerary stelae from the British Museum collection. Arabia Antica 11. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016. ISBN 9788891311269
The funerary stelae are the most widespread and important typology of epigraphic funerary objects of pre-Islamic Arabia. Starting from the large British Museum collection, this study organizes and classifies material coming for the most part from the international antique trade, reconstructing a picture rich in regional styles. Foreign artistic influences coming during the first centuries AD are analysed in depth in the Appendix by Fabio E. Betti.

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Judaism and Rome: New Website

Posted for Aitor Blanco:

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the website for the ERC project “Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd century BCE – 4th century CE” (short title: “Judaism and Rome”). To visit the website and learn about the project, please go to:

The website gives access to ancient sources connected to the theme of Roman imperialism and its reception by the provincials, providing as much information as possible: images, original text, translation…

It also provides the reader with an original and detailed analysis of each source, a service that is very rarely offered on the web, and which makes this website comparable to a rich sourcebook in Open Access.

Finally, it seeks to promote interdisciplinary discussion between scholars working on Roman history, Jewish Studies, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Classics, Patristics, History of Christianity, etc.

We welcome your feedback!

Best wishes,

Katell Berthelot, PI of the ERC project “Judaism and Rome,” together with the “Judaism and Rome” team

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Novità epigrafiche in movimento, Giornata Terra Italia Onlus (Venice, 31 January 2017)

Programme attached

Locandina Giornata Terra Italia Venezia 2017

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Congressus2017: Poster application deadline

The deadline to submit poster proposals for the XVth International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy expires next week (<
In order to have your proposal considered, please make sure that it reaches me (< until Wednesday, January 31 (23:59 Pacific Standard Time).

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Congressus 2017 – deadlines for poster proposals and Géza Alföldy stipends

Last chance to apply for a Géza Alföldy stipend: application deadline Friday, 28 January 2017. See:

Poster proposals deadline Tuesday, 31 January 2017. See:


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EpiDoc training workshop, London, April 2017

We invite applications to participate in a training workshop on digital editing of papyrological and epigraphic texts, at the Institute of Classical Studies, London, April 3–7, 2017. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard and Lucia Vannini (ICS) and Simona Stoyanova (KCL). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc: Ancient Documents in XML

EpiDoc ( is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and EAGLE Europeana Project. 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 use of the online Papyrological Editor tool.

The workshop will assume knowledge of papyrology or epigraphy; Greek, Latin or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to professors, are welcome. To apply, please email with a brief description of your background and reason for application, by February 14, 2017.

(Revised to bring back deadline for applications to Feb 14th.)

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BSA Course in Greek Epigraphy (June 4-17, 2017)


4th June – 17th June 2017

Whether publishing new inscriptions, reinterpreting old ones, or critically analysing editions, this course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars alike in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. Students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining practical first hand experience with the stones as well as instruction in editorial and bibliographic skills. Guest lectures on historical and thematic subjects will explore the ways in which epigraphic evidence can inform a wide range of Classical subjects. The course will be taught primarily by Prof. Graham Oliver (Brown) and Mr. Robert Pitt (BSA) and will utilise the most significant epigraphic collections around Athens, where students will be assigned a stone from which they will create a textual edition. The importance of seeing inscriptions within their archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during site visits around Athens, Attica, and Delphi. Some prior knowledge of Greek is essential, although students with only elementary skills are advised that reading inscriptions is a very good way to advance in the language!

The course fee of £780 includes accommodation in shared rooms at the BSA, where self-catering facilities are available, as well as 24 hour access to the superb library, entry to all sites and museums, and BSA membership. Free membership for the remainder of the session will be offered to students wishing to remain at the BSA after the course to continue their research. Travel to and from Greece is the sole responsibility of the course participant.

The course is limited to 14 places, and open to students of any university pursuing Masters or Post-graduate degrees.

Further information can be obtained from the BSA website ( Completed application forms and an academic reference letter should be emailed to the Assistant Director, Dr. Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, ( no later than January 31st 2017.

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Greek verse inscriptions – Venice, February 16, 2017


 Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sala Geymonat

 Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

 16 Febbraio 2017


10.00   Ettore Cingano (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Epigramma iscrizionale, epos ed elegia nell’Attica arcaica: CEG 432 e CEG 47

10.45   Sara Kaczko (Sapienza Università di Roma)

“Dialoghi” (in)tra monumenti: riflessioni su alcuni epigrammi arcaici

11.30   Pausa caffè

12.00   Lucia Floridi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Guarigioni miracolose nell’epigramma greco, tra epigrafia e letteratura

12.45   Pausa pranzo

14.30   Valentina Garulli (Università di Bologna), Eleonora Santin (CNRS, Lyon)

Oltre le parole: comunicazione non verbale nella poesia epigrafica bilingue greco-latina

16.00   Discussione finale

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