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9 October, 2014

EAGLE 2014 International Conference: The inscription between text and object

Filed under: EAGLE,EpiDoc — Eleonora Santin @ 12:00

What is an inscription? There are different ways to consider what an inscription is:

  • Signifiers on a physical support [linguistic perspective]
  • An artifact bearing text [archeological perspective]
  • A text carved or painted on a durable material to be posted [historical-literary perspective]

In the past, scholars opted for just one of these viewpoints and most of them approached inscriptions as texts. But now the new positive trend is to mix disciplines and see the inscription between text and object as a semantic system to describe, read and interpret by means of at least a threefold approach: archaeological, textual and historical.

The task we now have is to restructure the epigraphic edition, not just by switching from the paper to the web, but by relying on a model that combines the textual as well as the material dimensions of an artifact bearing text, and that helps to determine:

  • The arrangement of an inscription on the support;
  • The textual cuts made by epigraphers on the base of different criteria.

In this endeavor, we have to keep in mind a trivial but essential notion: editing an inscription is, from start to finish, an interpretation and a matter of personal choice.

In a digital representation, a distinct markup is utilised to encode the physical and textual dimensions. In order to combine them, we submit a definition of some epigraphic notions, which supports the theoretical model of an encoding schema compliant with the EpiDoc guidelines. This model is designed as a part of the IGLouvre project lead by Michèle Brunet (Professor of Greek Epigraphy, University Lumière-Lyon 2), which aims to publish a digital edition of the Louvre collection of Greek Inscriptions.

The project’s guidelines specify some recommendations for the representation of 3 base structures. In the <teiHeader> of the EpiDoc files, a text is represented with a <msItem> element while a physicals part will be described in a <msPart> element. The surface, which bears the inscribed words, is analysed as a physical feature, that is to say a non-detachable part. It must be explicitly represented using a texpart subdivision of the <div> containing the transcription (e.g. div[@type=’textpart’][subtype=’face’]). Texts, objects, physical features and transcriptions are related with a combination of correspondence attributes (@corresp) and milestones (<milestone unit=’block’/>) for the representation of physical and textual boundaries.

Our encoding strategy permits us to meet the following requirements:

  • The material and abstract dimensions of the items in the Louvre collection are taken into account in an EpiDoc markup, exploiting its capacity to provide fine grained identifiers and linking mechanisms that are required to build on an interface showing inscriptions not just as decontextualized texts;
  • The scientific editors keep full control on the editorial choices they made beyond the structure of the printed or digital publication;
  • The deconstruction of the notion of ‘inscription’ will also provide help for designing and implementing several extractions and data exports that will have to be developed in the near future to ensure the interoperability of the digital collection and its re-use for other projects.

You will find more information about this work in our paper:

Emmanuelle Morlock, Eleonora Santin, The inscription between text and object, in Silvia Orlandi, Raffaella Santucci, Vittore Casarosa, Pietro Maria Liuzzo eds., Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Cultural Heritage Proceedings of the First EAGLE International Conference, Rome (forthcoming).

 

Hochtor und Glocknerroute: new book by Ortolf Harl

Filed under: publications — Pietro Liuzzo @ 10:18

Ortolf Harl writes to announce his new pubblication: Hochtor und Glocknerroute. Ein hochalpines Passheiligtum und 2000 Jahre Kulturtransfer zwischen Mittelmeer und Mitteleuropa, Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut Sonderschriften 50, 2014.

This new book is about the highest situated pagan sanctuaries of the ancient world, located on the famous Hochtor pass in Austria, 2590 meters above sea level. The sanctuary discovered in 1992 by Harl together with the Glocknerroute, the path leading to it was considered one of the quickest routes to cross the alps.

Harl compares the newly discovered Hochtor Sanctuary with the well researched sanctuary of Großer St. Bernhard (2469 m) to illustrate the elaborate and costly infrastructure, necessary to regularly cross the alps.

The book puts archaeological findings in context with natural and environmental circumstances, with inscriptions, literature from ancient historians and results from numismatics and toponymy as well. It has also largely benefited from the work on the database www.ubi-erat-lupa.org by Friederike and Ortolf Harl.

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7 October, 2014

Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian

Filed under: EpiDoc,Guest post — Pietro Liuzzo @ 10:12

Posted on behalf of Annamaria De Santis, Irene Rossi, Daniele Marotta

DASI-Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions is an ERC project of the University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, directed by Prof. Alessandra Avanzini, aimed at digitizing the pre-Islamic inscriptions from Arabia.

The hybrid system, combining both the database and the XML approaches for archiving and displaying data, describes the inscribed artifacts taking into account their dual nature. Each item digitized in DASI is represented by a physical object linked to one or more epigraphs. Metadata of the “Epigraph” provide information on linguistic features, writing, chronology and type of text; in addition to the notes of apparatus, there are general and cultural notes. Texts are encoded in XML according to the EpiDoc standard and structural, grammatical, transcription phenomena and onomastics, as well as editorial interventions, are marked.

Information about the object is not embedded in the “Epigraph”, but has its own autonomy. The entity “Object” includes attributes regarding: type of support, materials and dimensions, provenance and archaeological context, and the detailed description of its decorative elements. Several contextual entities record translations, geographical information, bibliography and iconographic documentation. For instance “Site” supplies not only the information needed to contextualize artefacts, such as provenance or place of production, but also ancient and modern toponyms, geographical coordinates, country, region, ancient kingdoms, archaeological information about the sites, such as monuments, history of studies, archaeological missions and so on.

The archive that presently counts nearly 6500 inscriptions, allows to browse through filters on metadata. Moreover it is provided with sophisticated tools for studying languages of the ancient Arabia, such as the list of words and the textual search that allows to perform queries also on textual variants. Lexica of the south Arabian languages will be shortly available.

1 October, 2014

L’Année épigraphique 2011 published

Filed under: news,publications — Tom Elliott @ 08:13

Mireille CORBIER (corbier@msh-paris.fr), director of L’Année épigraphique (Paris), writes to announce:

L’Année épigraphique 2011 (containing 1811 entries, and 946 pages including 206 pages of index) was published in August, 2014, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at revues@puf.com

26 September, 2014

EAGLE 2014 International Conference

Filed under: EAGLE,events,news — Tom Elliott @ 10:35

International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World

September 29-30 and October 1, 2014
École Normale Supérieure
Collège de France Chaire Religion, institutions et société de la Rome antique
Paris, France

2 September, 2014

Women in Deccan as gleaned through inscriptions: 200 BCE-1200 CE

Filed under: Guest post,report — Gabriel Bodard @ 14:02

Guest post from Rupali Mokashi.

My stint with ancient Indian epigraphy started seventeen years ago when I commenced my Doctoral Research on ‘The Position of Women in Deccan as gleaned through inscriptions: 200 BCE-1200 AD.’

The inscriptions were always a realm of the epigraphists. Though the epigraphic data was scientifically analyzed and developed steadily it was not adequately used to understand the women in ancient India. Both epigraphy and gender studies followed their independent courses.

Inscriptions preserved valuable data about women that is well stacked in the milieu of time and space. Mostly votive, administrative and eulogistic in nature they held diverse information not only on the contemporary society, polity but also on the prevalent religious observances and the active involvement of women therein. The votive epigraphs constituted a significantly tangible source for reconstructing the history of women in India. This research work has taken into consideration the contributions of more than ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED WOMEN referred in the inscriptions but lesser known to the world of scholars and laymen.

As the Recipient of the Justice K. T. Telang Research Fellowship awarded by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for the research project on “Rekindling the History of Shilaharas of North Kokan as gleaned through the recent Epigraphical Revelations” (2013-2014).

The Shilaharas of North Kokan originated as a feudal clan of the Rashtrakutas during the reign of King Govinda III. Forty two donative Copper Plates and Rock edicts that were issued by various Śilāhāras Kings spanning a period from 843 AD – 1260 AD have been instrumental in understanding history of this dynasty. I have deciphered, compiled and analyzed the following recently discovered copper plates and rock edicts of this dynasty.

  1. Kalyan Copper Plates of King Chhittaraja (1019 AD)
  2. Panvel Copper Plate of King Chhittaraja (1025 AD)
  3. Thane Copper Plates of Mahakumara Keshideva (1120 AD)
  4. Panhale Copper Plate of King Mallikarjuna (1151 AD)
  5. Kiravalī Rock Edict of King Anantdeva III (1248 AD)

Further details and bibliography at Dr Mokashi’s blog.

1 September, 2014

‘Women as Classical Scholars’ Wikipedia editathon

Filed under: events — Pietro Liuzzo @ 10:44

23 September 2014

 This editathon is to create and/or improve the Wikipedia pages of women classical scholars. Training in Wikipedia editing will be provided by Wikimedia.

If you would like to come, but the time or location is inconvenient, why not attend via Skype? There are parallel sessions integrated into the event, and a dedicated trainer for people attending via Skype.

Cost: free (includes lunch)

Location: Room 243 of the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London

Programme:

10.00  – Welcome to those attending at Senate House

10.30  – Wikipedia presentation and training. Welcome to those joining on Skype

11.00  – Editing session for all participants

13.00  – Lunch

14.00  – Afternoon session start. Welcome to those newly joining on Skype

14.10  – Dr Rosie Wyles, Lecturer in Greek History and Literature, University of Kent: ‘Madame Dacier:    17th-century champion for access’

14.40  – Editing session.  Training for those newly arrived on Skype

18.00  – Close

For more information – and to sign up – please visit:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetups/UK/Institute_of_Classical_Studies_Sep_2014

29 July, 2014

AIO launch

Filed under: EAGLE,news,publications — Pietro Liuzzo @ 15:23

Attic Inscriptions Online (AIO) and EAGLE are delighted to announce the launch, on Tuesday 29th July, of a package of new English translations, supporting papers and upgrades to AIO:

1. 153 new translations (by Stephen Lambert, P. J. Rhodes, Feyo Schuddeboom and Lina van’t Wout).

From the late-5th cent. BC:

(a) sacrificial calendar of Thorikos

(b) Athenian decree on the administration of the property of Kodros, Neleus and Basile (IG I84)

(c) accounts of payments from the treasury of Athena, 410-407? BC (IG I3 375 and 377, the “Choiseul marble” in the Louvre, Paris)

B. A selection of 27 important Athenian laws and decrees of 403-353 BC

C. A newly published inscription of ca. 340-325 BC honouring the historian of Attica, Phanodemos

D. The corpus of Athenian decrees of 229/8-198/7 BC, 121 in total, together with brief historical notes (IG II3 1, 1135-1255)

This brings the total number of translations on the site to 469.

2. Two new AIO Papers (4 and 5) and a revised version of AIO Paper no. 1. These discuss particular inscriptions, or groups of inscriptions, in greater detail:

S. D. Lambert, Notes on Inscriptions of the Marathonian Tetrapolis. AIO Papers 1.

S. D. Lambert, Inscribed Athenian Decrees of 229/8-198/7 BC (IG II3 1, 1135-1255). AIO Papers 4.

S. D. Lambert, Accounts of Payments from the Treasury of Athena in 410-407 ? BC (IG II3 375 and 377)

3. Improvements to translations and metadata already on the site

4. Upgrades, including:

(a) responsive design, which will facilitate use of the site with tablets and mobile phones and the addition of fuller notes to the translations

(b) XML and JSON outputs and API

(c) numerous other improvements to site design and functions.

21 July, 2014

Augustus from a Distance. Conference, Sydney 29th september – 2nd october 2014

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 08:26

Augustus from a Distance.
A conference in the bi-millennial year of the death of Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus

University of Sydney, 29 September to 2 October 2014

Programme

XIV A.D. Saeculum Augustum. O Século de Augusto. Congresso Internacional – Lisbona 24th – 26th september 2014

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 08:18

Congresso Internacional

XIV A.D. Saeculum Augustum. O Século de Augusto

 

Lisbona 24th – 26th september 2014

 

Programme, contact and further information

XXe Rencontre franco-italienne sur l’Epigraphie du Monde Romain – Poitiers 18th-19th september 2014

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 08:12

XXe Rencontre franco-italienne sur l’Epigraphie du Monde Romain:
Esclaves et maîtres dans le monde romain Expressions épigraphiques des liens et relations

Poitiers (France) 18th – 19th september 2014

Programme

11 July, 2014

“2000 Jahre Augustus – Wirken und Vermächtnis”, Vienna 24th-26th September 2014

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 09:59

Meeting:

“2000 Jahre Augustus – Wirken und Vermächtnis”, Vienna 24th-26th September 2014

Augustus 2000_Programme

7 July, 2014

2014 supplement to ‘Guide de l’épigraphiste’ now available

Filed under: news — Gil Renberg @ 05:44

Compulsive hitting of the “refresh” button on my internet browser has just paid off with the discovery that the annual summer update to the ‘Guide’ has been posted online here.

 

3 July, 2014

Corpus of Inscriptions of Medieval France (CIFM): Journée d’étude, Poitiers, 17 septembre 2014

Filed under: events,news — FranciscaFeraudi @ 11:59

Programme_CIFM_17_09_14_english Programme_CIFM_17_09_14(1) CIFM_25_présentation CIFM_25_english_presentation(1)

 

Chers collègues,

L’équipe d’épigraphie de Poitiers a le plaisir de vous inviter à la journée d’étude qui se tiendra le mercredi 17 septembre 2014 au CESCM, autour des questions d’édition des inscriptions médiévales et pour fêter les 40 ans du Corpus des inscriptions de la France médiévale ainsi que la sortie du 25e volume.

Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme avec l’affiche de la journée, et la présentation du CIFM 25. N’hésitez pas à diffuser largement l’information.

En espérant avoir la joie de vous (re)voir et discuter d’épigraphie à cette occasion.

Très cordialement.

Estelle Ingrand-Varenne

———

Dear colleagues,

The epigraphy team of Poitiers is pleased to invite you to the study day which will take place on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at the CESCM, an opportunity to discuss the edition of medieval inscriptions and also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Corpus of Inscriptions of Medieval France, as well as the release of its 25th volume.

Please find the programme and the poster of the event attached, along with the presentation of CIFM 25, and feel free to spread the word about the study day.

We are hoping to see many of you there and to take the opportunity to talk about epigraphy.

Kind regards,


Estelle INGRAND-VARENNE

CNRS – Corpus
CESCM
TSA 81118
24 rue de la Chaîne 86073 POITIERS CEDEX 9
Tél : 05.49.45.47.04
<http://cescm.labo.univ-poitiers.fr
<http://www.netvibes.com/poledocberthelot#Inscriptheque

9 June, 2014

Digital Archive of Greek Historical Inscriptions (job)

Filed under: jobs — Pietro Liuzzo @ 13:38

Università di Venezia has advertised a position for an experienced researcher to work for one year on Greek Epigraphy in the project “Axon: a digital Archive of the Greek Historical Inscriptions” further details on Euraxess and the University web site.

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