Tyche 30: published!

Sehr geehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen!

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, daß Tyche 30 erschienen ist (Inhaltsverzeichnis).

Den Band können Sie direkt beim Verlag bestellen

Online können Sie die Beiträge unter <<www.tyche-journal.at lesen.

Mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Wien
Im Namen der Tyche
Franziska Beutler


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Tyche 30 has been published! (Content)

You can place an order for this volume at the publishing house
<<https://shop.verlagholzhausen.at/hhshop/buch.wissenschaft/Tyche/Jahresbaende.htm .

Or you can read the contributions online at <<www.tyche-journal.at .

Best wished from Vienna
On behalf of Tyche
Franziska Beutler

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Epigraphical Museum – Rencontres épigraphiques

On Tuesday March 29, Dr. Georgios Steinhauer (Ephor Emeritus, Greek Archaeological Service) will present a paper entitled “Ostraka from Piraeus” at the lecture hall of the Epigraphical Museum (1 Tositsa Street). The lecture starts at 3.00pm, and admission is free.

[The Rencontres épigraphiques are co-organized by the Epigraphical Museum, the École française d’Athènes, the British School at Athens, and the Greek Epigraphic Society].


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International Conference “Le curae cittadine nell’Italia romana”, Siena, 18-19 April 2016


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Epigraphische Sommerakademie (6.-16.10.2016)

Ausschreibung für eine EPIGRAPHISCHE SOMMERAKADEMIE in Südspanien 2016

Bewerbungen bis zum 22. April 2016

Leitung und Durchführung: A. Caballos (Univ. Sevilla), R. Haensch (Komm. f Alte Geschichte u. Epigraphik d. DAI), C. Witschel (Univ. Heidelberg)

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Some useful epigraphic links

Epigraphy Enchiridion: A List of Open Access Books for Teaching Greek and Roman Inscriptions

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EAGLE Storytelling App available on wordpress.org

The EAGLE Storytelling App is a WordPress plugin that allows users to write blogpost, news, stories and narratives by citing and embedding content from various web repositories related to the Ancient World (like Pelagios, the iDAI.gazetteer, Finds.org and many more).

The web app is available on the EAGLE project’s official website. Users can create an EAGLE account and start writing their epigraphic-related narratives right away and publish them on the Stories page.

the interface to insert epigraphy-related content

the interface to insert epigraphy-related content

But right now, epigraphers that want to experiment with the application can also install it on their WordPress-powered site easily from the official plugin repositories!

The application is designed to work within the EAGLE user-dedicated ecosystem (the search engine and the EAGLE collection of inscriptions and images), but it’s easily customizable: new plugins to parse and embed content from various sources can be implemented with minimal effort.

Currently, the EAGLE Storytelling App support content from:

What’s more, we provide an “EpiDoc generic reader” that can transform any EpiDoc-compliant XML file into a human-readable edition, with formatted text, images and all the information.

 a map displaying the locations cited in the EAGLE stories

a map displaying the locations cited in the EAGLE stories


Embedded content is visualized as a compact interactive box that can be expanded by the users or (in the case of maps inserted from the iDAI.gazetteer and Pleiades) navigated. Users can also visualize the object in its original webpage or launch a query to retrieve all other stories that embed the same item.

The app makes it very easy for authors to insert their content from the supported repositories. A simple interface allows users to search in the supported websites from the “Add Media” menu of WP. Alternatively, authors can use the native search pages on the supported sites and then copy-paste the URL in the search interface of the App or even directly into the story editor!

If you want to know more about our application, visit our FAQ page or simply browse some of the stories that our users have published.


Francesco Mambrini, Philipp Franck

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EpiDoc at Summer School in Digital Humanities (Sep 2016, Hissar, Bulgaria)

The Centre for Excellence in the Humanities to the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, organizes jointly with an international team of lecturers and researchers in the field of Digital Humanities a Summer School in Digital Humanities. The Summer School will take place between 05-10 September 2016 and is targeted at historians, archaeologists, classical scholars, philologists, museum and conservation workers, linguists, researchers in translation and reception studies, specialists in cultural heritage and cultural management, textual critics and other humanitarians with little to moderate skills in IT who would like to enhance their competences. The Summer School will provide four introductory modules on the following topics:

  • Text encoding and interchange by Gabriel Bodard, University of London, and Simona Stoyanova, King’s College London: TEI, EpiDoc XML (http://epidoc.sourceforge.net/), marking up of epigraphic monuments, authority lists, linked open data for toponymy and prosopography: SNAP:DRGN (http://snapdrgn.net/), Pelagios (http://pelagios-project.blogspot.bg/), Pleiades (http://pleiades.stoa.org/).
  • Text and image annotation and alignment by Simona Stoyanova, King’s College London, and Polina Yordanova, University of Sofia: SoSOL Perseids tools (http://perseids.org), Arethusa grammatical annotation and treebanking of texts, Alpheios text and translation alignment, text/image alignment tools.
  • Geographical Information Systems and Neogeography by Maria Baramova, University of Sofia, and Valeria Vitale, King’s College London: Historical GIS, interactive map layers with historical information, using GeoNames (http://www.geonames.org/) and geospatial data, Recogito tool for Pelagios.
  • 3D Imaging and Modelling for Cultural Heritage by Valeria Vitale, King’s College London: photogrammetry, digital modelling of indoor and outdoor objects of cultural heritage, Meshmixer (http://www.meshmixer.com/), Sketchup (http://www.sketchup.com/) and others.

The school is open for applications by MA and PhD students and postdoc and early researchers from all humanitarian disciplines, as well as employees in the field of cultural heritage. The applicants should send a CV and a Motivation statement clarifying their specific needs and expressing interest in one or more of the modules no later than 15.05.2016. The places are limited and you will be notified about your acceptance within 10 working days after the application deadline. Transfer from Sofia to Hissar and back, accommodation and meal expenses during the Summer School are covered by the organizers. Five scholarships of 250 euro will be accorded by the organizing committee to the participants whose work and motivation are deemed the most relevant and important.

The participation fee is 40 еurо. It covers coffee breaks, social programme and materials for the participants.

Please submit your applications to dimitar.illiev@gmail.com.

Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Birov (Department of Informatics, University of Sofia)
Dr. Maria Baramova (Department of Balkan History, University of Sofia)
Dr. Dimitar Iliev (Department of Classics, University of Sofia)
Mirela Hadjieva (Centre for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Sofia)
Dobromir Dobrev (Centre for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Sofia)
Kristina Ferdinandova (Centre for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Sofia)

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Inscribing texts in Byzantium (Oxford, March 18-20)

Byzantine Spring Symposium 2016

Exeter College, Oxford

In spite of the striking abundance of extant primary material—over 4000 Greek texts produced in the period between the sixth and fifteenth centuries —Byzantine Epigraphy remains largely uncharted territory, with a reputation for being elusive and esoteric that obstinately persists. References to inscriptions in our texts show how ubiquitous and deeply engrained the epigraphic habit was in Byzantine society, and underscore the significance of epigraphy as an auxiliary discipline. The SPBS Symposium 2016 has invited specialists in the field to examine diverse epigraphic material in order to trace individual epigraphic habits, and outline overall inscriptional traditions. In addition to the customary format of panel papers and shorter communications, the Symposium will organize a round table, whose participants will lead a debate on the topics presented in the panel papers, and discuss the methodological questions of collection, presentation and interpretation of Byzantine inscriptional material.

PROGRAMME: Continue reading

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E-pigraphia: digital epigraphy conference (April 7, 2016, Madrid)

The next 7th of April, the Uned Tudela, in Spain, with the cooperation of the University of Navarre will held a conference on digital epigraphy in which some exciting projects on that field will be presented, such as:

The conference will be streamed worldwide and the registration (required) is free.

To register, please follow the indications in the area “Matrícula online” of this site, with all the information on the activity: https://extension.uned.es/actividad/11248

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EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 11-15, 2016

We invite applications for a 5-day training workshop on digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts, to be held in the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, April 11-15, 2016. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (ICS), Simona Stoyanova (KCL) and Pietro Liuzzo (Heidelberg / Hamburg). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) 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 in TEI, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and use of the online Papyrological Editor and Perseids platforms.

No technical skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek/Latin or other ancient language, epigraphy or papyrology, and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors and professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email pietro.liuzzo@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant background and experience, by 6th March 2016. Please use as subject of your email “[EPIDOC LONDON 2016] application <yourname>”.

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EAGLE resources and search

The EAGLE portal has several new and updated features.

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Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions Conference April 1-2 2016



1-2 APRIL 2016

Provisional Programme:

Friday 1 April:

9.30 – 10.30: Alan Bowman, Introduction, the CPI project;

Dorothy Thompson, Peter Fraser and the Epigraphy of Ptolemaic Egypt

10.30.-11.00: Coffee

11.00-11.45: Kyriakos Savvopoulos, The Content of the Corpus (overview with


11.45-12.30: Rachel Mairs, The Bilingual Inscriptions: Egyptian Language Texts

12.30-1.15: Simon Hornblower, The Metrical Inscriptions

1.15-2.15: Lunch

2.15-3.00: Alan Bowman: Inscriptions of the Greek Cities

3..00-3.45: Charles Crowther: Palaeography of Ptolemaic Inscriptions

3.45-4.15: Tea

4.15-5.00: Imaging inscriptions – the Kingston Lacy obelisk [speaker tbc]

5.00-5.45: Charles Crowther and Supratik Baralay – Dedications [title tbc]

6.00: Reception

Evening: Dinner at Queens College


Saturday 2 April

9.30-10.15: Mario Paganini, Epigraphic Habits of Private Associations

10.30-11.15: Christelle Fischer Bovet [title tbc]

11.15-12.00: Willy Clarysse, Inscriptions and Papyri, two worlds with some overlaps

12.00-12.45: Closing discussion

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Call for Papers: Materiality of Communication

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 16-19, 2016

This new session is devoted to examining the ways in which the material of inscribed artifacts provides information regarding their use as objects of communication. We invite applications from scholars from all disciplines and periods who are interested in investigating the materiality of communication. The session will offer new perspective into the materiality of writing, by shifting the focus from traditional linguistic analysis to the means by which inscribed texts were created, shaped, and used as social tools in the different regions of the ancient Near East and Classical World. Priority will be give to papers that consider the art historical and metapragmatic aspects of writing and/or the ways in which the text-artifact was designed to enhance communication. In particular, we solicit papers that will offer new insight into the means by which aesthetic, form, placement, context, medium, or execution informed the communicative function of the text, both in linguistic and non-linguistic ways.

Chairs: Emily Cole (emilycole@ucla.edu) and Alice Mandell (mandell.alice@gmail.com) (University of California, Los Angeles)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2016.  The following links to ASOR’s Online Abstract Submission Site: http://asor.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=4981&language=en-uk

Membership in ASOR and registration for the Annual Meeting is required in advance for participants. For more information, please visit http://www.asor.org/am/2016/rules.html

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Epigraphic training (École Française de Rome, September 2016)


12-16 SETTEMBRE 2016
École Française de Rome, Piazza Farnese 62 – Roma

Sotto il patronato del Comité delle Rencontres franco-italiennes sur l’épigraphie du monde romain, l’École Française de Rome, Labex ARCHIMEDE e l’Università di Poitiers organizzano un laboratorio di formazione avanzata in epigrafia a Roma dal 12 al 16 settembre 2016. Questa iniziativa parte dalla constatazione della difficoltà di offrire corsi di livello avanzato nelle università francesi e italiane. Al di fuori di qualche sede privilegiata, l’offerta si limita a una iniziazione a questa disciplina, che pure è essenziale per la conoscenza dell’Antichità.

Questo laboratorio è aperto agli studenti a partire dalla Laurea Magistrale e fino al dottorato (con tesi sostenuta da meno di 3 anni), di ogni nazionalità, iscritti in un’università francese o italiana. Si richiede la conoscenza di base del francese o dell’italiano. Le lezioni saranno in queste due lingue, con il supporto di un PPT in inglese.

Il tema prescelto riguarda “Le carriere al servizio dell’Impero romano
Le domande, che devono comprendere una lettera con le motivazioni, un CV, l’attestazione del superamento di un esame relativo a un corso introduttivo all’epigrafia latina e una lettera di presentazione di un docente o di uno studioso, dovranno pervenire entro il 16 febbraio ai seguenti indirizzi di posta elettronica:

I candidati saranno informati dell’esito della loro domanda prima della fine di marzo.

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