Summer School in Advanced Tools for Digital Humanities and IT

The event is organized by the Centre for Excellence in the Humanities to the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, with lecturers and trainers from the School of Advanced Studies to the University of London and the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

The event will take place in September 2017 in a mountain retreat near Sofia, Bulgaria (location tbc). The school will offer the following teaching modules:

  •     Linked Spatial Data, Geo-annotation, Visualisation and Information system (Geography and Topography) – with Valeria Vitale and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     Python for data extraction, enriching and cataloguing – with Simona Stoyanova and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     EpiDoc and TEI markup, use of vocabularies, and web delivery (including external URI use, XSLT customization, and entity normalization) – with Simona Stoyanova and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     Big Data and Information Extraction – Dimitar Birov (University of Sofia) and Eduardo Miranda (Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh).

In the framework of the event, a round table on the current trends and the future developments of Digital Humanities in South-East Europe.

The event will take place between 7th and 11th September. The participation fee is 50 euros. If you are interested in the Summer School, please send a Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter stating your main areas of interest and expertise, the projects on which you are currently working, as well as which module(s) are most relevant for your work and why you would like to attend them. The applications should be sent to no later than 1 June 2017.

The organizing team

Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Birov, University of Sofia, Dr. Dimitar Iliev, University of Sofia, Dr. Maria Baramova, University of Sofia, Dobromir Dobrev, University of Sofia

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Epigraphical Conference in Hamburg

Epigraphische Notizen:

Inschriften aus dem Hellenistischen und Kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien

On May 22nd Peter Herrmann, one of the most influential German epigraphers, would have turned 90. We take this occoasion to host a conference Epigraphische Notizen. Inschriften aus dem hellenistischen und kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien at the University of Hamburg on May 22nd and 23rd 2017. The event will take place at the University’s Guesthouse, Rothenbaumchaussee 34, 20146 Hamburg. For further information please contact

Keynote:  Georg Petzl, Köln: Zum In­schrif­ten­cor­pus von Sard­eis – einem Vor­ha­ben Peter Herr­manns

Speakers (alphabetically):

Mus­tafa Adak, An­ta­lya: Mar­mor Lu­culleum und Teos
Wolf­gang Blü­mel, Köln: Pla­ra­sa in Ka­ri­en  –  deu­te­rai phron­ti­des­
An­ge­los Cha­nio­tis, Prin­ce­ton : Syn­e­ta: eine hel­le­nis­ti­sche Sied­lung und ihre In­schrift­en
T­ho­mas Cors­ten, Wien: Die Ka­bal­eis in spät­hel­le­nis­ti­scher Zeit
Wer­ner Eck, Köln: Ehre wem Ehre ge­bührt. Große Sta­tu­en­mo­nu­men­te als Eh­rung in den klein­asia­ti­schen Pro­vin­zen wäh­rend der Kai­ser­zeit
Nor­bert Ehr­hardt, Müns­ter: Peter Herr­mann als Epi­graphiker Mi­lets
Ru­dolf Ha­ensch, Mün­chen: Über­grif­fe rö­mi­scher Sol­da­ten in den öst­li­chen Pro­vin­zen des Im­pe­ri­um Ro­ma­num­
Hel­mut Half­mann, Ham­burg: Die Rei­sen Kai­ser Ha­dri­ans: Altes und Neues zum Iti­ner­ar­
Klaus Hal­lof, Ber­lin: Eine neue Pries­ter­ver­kauf­sur­kun­de aus Kos
Ka­ja Har­ter-Ui­bo­puu, Ham­burg: Tes­ta­men­te auf Stein: letzt­wil­li­ge Ver­fü­gun­gen für die Ewig­keit pu­bli­ziert
Ma­ri­et­ta Hors­ter, Mainz: Stif­tungs­si­che­rung im kai­ser­zeit­li­chen Osten: „Rö­mi­sche“ Sank­tionen und öko­no­mi­sche In­ter­es­sen­
Ma­ri­ja­na Ricl, Bel­grad – Hasan Malay, Izmir (in ab­sen­tia): Two new Hel­le­nis­tic in­scrip­tions from Aio­lis and Ly­dia
Chris­tof Schuler, Mün­chen: Zwei neue Mei­len­stei­ne aus Pa­ta­ra: Stra­ßen­bau und In­frastruk­tur im fla­vi­schen Ly­ki­en
El­mar Schwert­heim, Müns­ter: Zur Be­deu­tung ein­zel­ner Na­mens­lis­ten aus Ky­zi­kos
Hans Ta­eu­ber, Wien: Epi­gra­phi­sche Feld­for­schung zwi­schen Mysi­en und Ly­di­en
Mi­cha­el Wörr­le, Mün­chen: Ai­z­a­noi und Peter Herr­manns Kol­le­gen in schwie­ri­ger Mis­si­on. Ein alt­be­kann­ter Kai­ser­brief neu be­trach­tet
Klaus Zim­mer­mann, Müns­ter. Opra­mo­as in Pa­ta­ra

Peter-Herrmann-Tagung, Hamburg, 22.-23.5.2017

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Research Fellows: Latinization of the north-western provinces

I should like to draw your attention to the advertisement for 2 Research Fellows for the 5-year ERC project: the Latinization of the North-Western Provinces: Sociolinguistics, Epigraphy and Archaeology (LatinNow).

The RFs will be based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, University of Oxford, and will start, at the earliest, in September 2017. The positions will be for 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

Although the RFs will be located in Oxford, their contracts will be with the project host, the University of Nottingham, so applications must be made via the Nottingham online system:

Please note that the panel requires basic details to be filled in online and a CV and covering letter to be uploaded (apologies, the generic application system is not clear on what needs to be uploaded). The deadline for applications is the 14th April.

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Investigator, Dr Alex Mullen.

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EpiDoc training workshop, Athens, May 2017

Call for Participation

A four-day training workshop on “EpiDoc” will be held in Athens (Greece), from Tuesday, 2 May to Friday, 5 May 2017, at the Academy of Athens. The workshop is organized by the Academy of Athens within the framework of the DARIA-EU project “Humanities at Scale”.

The topic of the training workshop “EpiDoc” will be digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts and will focus on the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. 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 project workflow and management. Continue reading

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2017 BES Spring Meeting – Programme

The 2017 BES Spring Meeting will take place on 6 May 2017 in Cambridge. The meeting is free of charge. No formal registration needed.

BES Spring Meeting 2017: Cambridge, 6 May


11.00-12.30 CREWS

Presentation from members of the Cambridge Project CREWS (Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems)

12.30-2.00 Break

Lunch can be purchased individually at the local pub on the river!

2.00 Nicholas Zair

Old-fashioned spelling in imperial Latin inscriptions

2.45 Olivia Elder

ABCΔ: Script and language games in the Pompeian graffiti

3.30 Break

4.00 New and noteworthy

James Clackson

A new Arcadian Lex Sacra

Benet Salway

Two neo-Punic inscriptions from Roman Tripolitania reported by Professor Abdulhafid Elmayer

 The meeting will take place in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA. For maps and directions, see

A printable version of the programme is obtainable here:

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Silvio Panciera. In memoria di un maestro

Rome, 21 March, 2017.

Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Museo dell’Arte Classica. Odeion.

Programme of the event in memoriam.

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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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