New publication: La città inquieta.

A. Iannucci, F. Muccioli, M. Zaccarini,

La città inquieta. Selinunte tra lex sacradefixiones,

Milano – Udine: Mimesis Edizioni, 2015 (2016). Pp. 351. ISBN 9788857534497. € 18.

Among the Western Greek cities, Selinous seems to experience an unusual series of turmoil, strife, and unresolved issues which affect and challenge its multiethnic social and political structure. From archaic times to the Carthaginian destruction in 409 BC, these perturbations are reflected also by a significant epigraphic production, and especially by the lex sacra and a number of defixiones. This volume explores the many sides of the ‘restlessness’ of this polis, moving from an interdisciplinary approach to these sources and aiming at their detailed, accessible understanding.

Table of contents:
La città inquieta. Note introduttive a un nuovo libro su Selinunte
La Selinunte di Cartagine
I travagli dell’aristocrazia
Sélinonte et les deux Mégara. Considérations autour de l’héritage de la métropole
Le famiglie di Selinunte
Per una rilettura dei santuari di Selinunte. Paesaggio del sacro e ritualità lungo il fiume Modione
The lex sacra from Selinous. Introduction, translation and notes
La lex sacra di Selinunte. Analisi paleografica e prospettive storico-religiose di una laminetta iscritta
Rereading the ritual tablet from Selinous
Réflections sur des sacrifices et des purifications dans la ‘loi sacrée’ de Sélinonte
La lex sacra: une loi contre la malédiction? Pratiques magiques à Sélinonte au Ve siècle av. J.-C.
Diventare un dio a Selinunte? Empedocle e la bonifica/purificazione della città
Selinunte tra madrepatria e mondo coloniale. La testimonianza della lingua delle defixiones
Appendice 1
La lex sacra di Selinunte. Trascrizione e traduzioni a cura di Matteo Zaccarini
Appendice 2
La lex sacra di Selinunte. Rielaborazioni fotografiche a cura di Federico Taverni
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Oxford Epigraphy Workshop (Trinity 2016)

All meetings start at 1 pm, and are held in the First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou School, 66 St Giles, Oxford. All are welcome!

Monday, May 2: Theodora Jim, ‘Private Dedications to Hellenistic Monarchs’.

Monday, May 9: Georgy Kantor, ‘The New Municipal Law from Troesmis’.

Monday, May 16: Stephen Lambert, ‘Attic Inscriptions Online’.

Monday, May 23: Gregory Crane, ‘How to help epigraphic data play a wider role in the study of the ancient world’.

Monday June 6: Nathan Badoud, ‘Some unpublished inscriptions found on Rhodes by the Swedish explorer Johan Hedenborg (1786-1865)’.

Monday, June 13 : John Wilkes, ‘Syrian migrants in the Roman Balkans; late memorials from Odessos, Salona and other places’.

(Full programme online.)

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PhD studentship on Early Greek Alphabet, Cambridge

Posted for Philippa Steele:

The Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, is pleased to announce a fixed term fully-funded PhD Studentship on the European Research Council funded Project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS).

Further information is available here:

Interested parties should read in detail the information given on the page linked to above, which explains the application process. Please note that due to restrictions of funding, the studentship is open to UK/EU nationals only.

For further information on the CREWS project, visit the project blog here:

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Lingue dello stretto nella documentazione materiale dall’Ellenismo alla Tarda Antichità

Messina, Villa Pace, May 10-11, 2016


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Eikones Summer School (Basel, Sept 4–9, 2016)

eikones Summer School
September 4–9, 2016

Course 1: Iconicity in writing.
Practices and constraints

Complex writing systems—such as the Egyptian, the Cuneiform, the Anatolian Hieroglyphic, the Chinese or the Mesoamerican ones—display a characteristic iconic quality. To various degrees, their signs adopt forms with recognizable visual referents. Crucially, the values of these signs can be motivated in various ways by their visual referents. In a number of different manners, scribes could also deliberately enhance or obscure the iconic potential of signs. The field for this kind of playfulness or iconic manipulation is broad, yet it is constrained by certain rules. The same goes for the general level of iconicity in any complex writing system. The course aims at developing methodological approaches toward identifying the different facets of iconicity as a central phenomenon of complex writing systems. Iconicity is conceived here as an inherently pragmatic and dynamic category. It reveals its potential as a methodological framework at the interfaces between a) the text artefact in which the signs exist, b) the broader semiotics of the (visual) culture to which a writing system is more or less closely related, and c) the cognitive issues associated with sign recognition and reading.

The eikones Summer School invites applications from advanced and graduate students in any of the relevant fields (Egyptology, Assyriology, Sinology, etc.) as well as, more broadly, students with a marked interest in the semiotic, philosophical, cognitive, high-cultural or aesthetic facets of the problem. Familiarity with one complex writing system is obviously an advantage, but not a requirement.

Please send applications as a pdf to by 30 May 2016.

Full details and description in German at

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15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy – Website

Dear colleagues!
The website of the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy is finally online. Please visit < to obtain more information on the congress.
Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen!
Der 15. Internationale Kongress für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik ist nun endlich mit einer Homepage im Netz vertreten. Um weitere Informationen zum Kongress zu erhalten, besuchen Sie bitte <
On behalf of the Organising Committee with best regards,

Für das Organisationskomitee mit besten Grüßen

Theresia Pantzer
Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Papyrologie und Epigraphik
Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1
1010 Wien
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Epigraphic Database Heidelberg – survey

Dear user of EDH,

hereby we’re going to start a series of short surveys about the handling of the search options of EDH (

We’d be particularly grateful if you would be willing to spend a few minutes in order to answer these questions.
We would like to reward your effort by offering some improvements and more effective search functions.

The following episodes in this series of surveys will build up each time on the results of your answers.
Thank you in advance!

Please find here ‘episode 1’:

Kind regards,
The team of EDH

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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 << 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
<< .

Or you can read the contributions online 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

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, 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 (, marking up of epigraphic monuments, authority lists, linked open data for toponymy and prosopography: SNAP:DRGN (, Pelagios (, Pleiades (
  • Text and image annotation and alignment by Simona Stoyanova, King’s College London, and Polina Yordanova, University of Sofia: SoSOL Perseids tools (, 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 ( 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 (, Sketchup ( 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

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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