L’Année épigraphique 2018

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2018 (containing 1997 entries, and 1115 pages, including 238 pages of index) was published in August, 2021, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at revues@humensis.com.

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Funerary inscription from Pompeii

A story that’s made a few papers this morning (e.g. The Guardian) about a startlingly intact body in a tomb at the Porta di Sarno in Pompeii, includes reference to the inscription and important new information it gives us about Pompeiian culture.

An inscription on the tomb. Photograph: Cesare Abbate

An inscription on the tomb. Photograph: Cesare Abbate

Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii archaeological park, said the inscription was “the first clear evidence of performances at Pompeii in the Greek language.”

(Leaving aside the garbled headline in some lesser papers suggesting that this is the first evidence of the use of Greek in the Roman Empire…) this would indeed seem to be an important find. Does anyone have more information, or commentary, on this inscription, or would be willing speculate here?

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AIEGL Call for Memories

Dear Colleagues
In August 2022 we will be holding the 16th Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy in Bordeaux. The very first congress was held in Amsterdam in the darkening Europe of 1938 ‐ see the attached images. It was the congresses which gave birth to the Association, which was founded at the sixth congress in 1972.
Two aims of the Congresses are to meet and hear from current scholars in the field and ‐ perhaps more importantly ‐ to encourage new epigraphers. But they also present an opportunity to remember earlier scholars in our field, and to catch memories which might otherwise be lost.
In preparation for the 16th Congress, therefore, we wish to collect precious memories of earlier meetings; while we have the official Acta, we do not have any record of the personal experiences and the important interactions and meetings which are such an valuable element in such events The Athens Congress in 1982 was the first to be organised by the AIEGL; we would like to invite anyone who has memories of any Congress before 1982 to share them. This could be in the form of photographs and documents ‐ which would be very welcome, especially if they have accompanying information! But we would particularly welcome recorded reminiscences. Some members may be happy to record their memories themselves; in other cases younger members might perhaps record an interview with their seniors. Voice recordings are fine: video recording would be even better!
We would like to present these materials in Bordeaux; we also intend to add them to the Archives of AIEGL.
If you would be able to contribute please write to Charlotte Roueché
It would be good to assemble all the materials by June 2022.
With very best wishes, and all our hopes for being able to meet in person before too long,

The Organizing Committee of the 16th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy


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The Journal of Epigraphic Studies (JES) 4, 2021 just published

The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 4 (2021) has just been published. Please download the table of contents together with a subscription form below.

AIEGL members now benefit from a 25% discount for subscriptions to JES and from a 10% discount for the purchase of other journals and books published by Fabrizio Serra Editore.

For more details about subscription, the submission procedure and the editorial rules, please visit: http://www.libraweb.net/riviste.php?chiave=137&h=430&w=300

Leaflet JES 4 (2021)

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Call for Papers -17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art – May 2022

17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art
Vienna / Carnuntum, 16th–21st May 2022
Time(s) of transition and change

The main topic of the conference are the stone monuments of the Roman provinces in their various forms of appearance as components of architectural and sculptural ensembles or as bearers of inscriptions.
We aim to shed light on the wide-ranging informative value of these monuments and to place them in their cultural and historical context.

More information … (deutsch) … (english)

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Online Workshop: Scratched, Scrawled, Sprayed… and Drawn: Multigraphic Graffiti Across Times and Cultures (2 July)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Ondřej Škrabal (石安瑞), University of Hamburg

The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg, cordially invites you to an online workshop “Scratched, Scrawled, Sprayed… and Drawn: Multigraphic Graffiti Across Times and Cultures” on Friday, 2 July 2021, 1–5pm CEST. Please register hereto obtain the Zoom link. The full programme with abstracts is available here.


First Session: 01:00–02:30pm

Chair: Michael Macdonald (Oxford)

01:00–01:10pm Michael Friedrich (Hamburg): Introduction and Opening Remarks

01:10–01:50pm Sven Ouzman (Perth): Prose Has Its Cons: An Archaeological Understanding of Graffiti as Material Culture – Lessons from the Global South

01:50–02:30pm Polly Lohmann (Heidelberg): Seeing and Being Seen? Visibility, Affordance and the Roman ‘Graffiti Habit’

02:30–02:45pm Coffee break

Second Session: 02:45–05:00pm

Chair: Mia Trentin (Nikosia)

02:45–03:25pm Carlo Giovanni Cereti (Rome): Graffiti in the Iranian World: An Overview of the Middle Iranian Evidence

03:25–04:05pm Adam Łajtar (Warsaw): Devotional Graffiti in Christian Nubia. Two Case Stud-ies: Banganarti and Sonqi Tino

04:05–04:45pm Alexey Kirichenko (Moscow): Beyond the Programmed? Multigraphic Content in Buddhist Monuments of Upper Burma

04:45–05:00pm General Discussion and Concluding Remarks

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Online Workshop: Manuscripts at the Service of Epigraphy: Master Copies, Templates, and Other Exemplars in the Production of Pre-Modern Inscriptions (29 June)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Ondřej Škrabal (石安瑞), University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures

We would like to invite you to the on-line workshop “Manuscripts at the Service of Epigraphy: Master Copies, Templates, and Other Exemplars in the Production of Pre-Modern Inscriptions” hosted by the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 10am–5pm CEST. Please register here to obtain the Zoom link. The full programme with abstracts is available here.



10:00–10:10am Kaja Harter-Uibopuu (Hamburg): Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chair: Ondřej Škrabal (Hamburg)

10:10–10:50am Christelle Alvarez (Berlin): Manuscripts, Templates, and Vorlage for the Inscription of Pyramid Texts in Ancient Egyptian Tombs

10:50–11:30am Rocío Da Riva (Barcelona): Models, Variants, and Versions in the Neo-Babylonian Royal Inscriptions: The Mistakes and Errors in the Brisa Rock Monuments of Lebanon

11:30–11:40am Coffee break                      

11:40am–12:20pm Michele Faraguna (Milan): The Materiality of Texts: From Stone Inscriptions to the Original Documents in the Epigraphy of Greek Poleis

12:20–01:00pm Peter Kruschwitz & Victoria González Berdús (Vienna): Connecting the Dots: Some Thoughts on the Spread and Diffusion of Recurring Carmina Latina Epigraphica

01:00–02:00pm Lunch Break                      

Chair: Peera Panarut (Hamburg)

02:00–02:40pm Annette Schmiedchen (Berlin): Vorlagen, Drafts, Templates: The Production of Royal Copper-plate Charters in India

02:40–03:20pm Claudia Wenzel (Heidelberg): Manuscripts and Buddhist Epigraphy in Medieval China

03:20–03:30pm Coffee Break                      

03:30–04:10pm Michel Lorrillard (Vientiane): Crossed Views on Epigraphic and Manuscripts Traditions in Laos

04:10–04:50pm Peera Panarut (Hamburg): Organising before Inscribing: Manuscripts as Master Copies of Inscriptions in the 19th Century Thailand

04:50–05:00pm General Discussion and Closing Remarks

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Klaus Hallof (Inscriptiones Graecae – BBAW) is the winner of the prestigious “Karl-Christ” prize for ancient history.
“Klaus Hallof ist ein brillanter Epigraphiker, der sein ganzes Forscherleben dem griechischen Inschriftenwerk der Berliner Akademie, den Inscriptiones Graecae, gewidmet hat… er hat mit großer innerer Unabhängigkeit altertumswissenschaftliche Grundlagenarbeit geleistet und Quellen erschlossen, ohne die neue Erkenntnisse in der Alten Geschichte nicht zu erzielen sind.Mitteilung_Karl-Christ-Preis_2021
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New resource: What a Dog Called Margarita Can Teach Us about Ancient Rome

The way in which inscriptions, especially verse inscriptions, are commonly presented and utilised in many museums and collections, but also e. g. in school and university curricula, leaves a lot of their potential unexplored.

Interaction and engagement with such texts, both in the ancient world and at present, were at the heart of a Visiting Fellowship held by Dr María Limón (Sevilla), funded by the British Academy and held at the University of Reading.

In collaboration with Prof.s Peter Kruschwitz (Vienna, then Reading) and Xavier Espluga (Barcelona), with the generous support of the British Academy as well as the British Museum and drawing on the creative genius of film maker James Rattee, Dr Limón has now produced a delightful short video clip (approx. 10 min.) on this topic.

Drawing on the funerary inscription for the dog Margarita, kept in the British Museum, the film explores and explains, in an accessible and relatable way, how inscribed objects and the inhabitants of the lettered world that was ancient Rome interacted (and what we ourselves could learn from that).

The film – with subtitles currently available in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian – was recently released via the YouTube channel of Reading’s Department of Classics. It is hoped that it will be of use to a wide range of audiences, from schools and universities to stakeholders in museum, collections, and archives.

For an interview on occasion of the release of the clip follow this link.

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Epigraphic Summerschool – SAXA LOQVVNTVR – 2021, 16th-21th August

Epigraphic Summerschool

The Friulian Archaeological Society, the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the University of Udine (Laboratory of Greek and Latin Epigraphy), the Institute of Classics Dept of Ancient History and Epigraphy of the University of Graz, the Department of Culture and Civilisation of the University of Verona, the Department of History and its teaching methods of the European University of Flensburg and the Chair of Archaeology of the Roman Provinces of the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg are organising the seventh Epigraphic summerschool, from the 16 th to the 21 st of August 2021, for people who are passionate about the ancient world.

more information ….

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International Conference: Beyond Athenocentrism: Greek Cities’ Responses to Athenian Institutional and Judicial Legacy in the so-called ‘Hellenistic Polis Convergence’

We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference “Beyond Athenocentrism: Greek Cities’ Responses to Athenian Institutional and Judicial Legacy in the so-called ‘Hellenistic Polis Convergence’”, which is hosted by Trinity College Dublin. The event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15th-16th, 1:00 pm–6:30 pm (GMT). The programme is included below.

The conference is open and free, but booking for attending the event is essential. We kindly ask all those interested to contact the organisers, Davide Amendola (amendold@tcd.ie) and Shane Wallace (swallace@tcd.ie). A Zoom link will be circulated to registered attendees prior to the event.
For further information, please contact either or both of the organisers.

Best wishes,
Davide Amendola & Shane Wallace (TCD)


Beyond Athenocentrism: Greek Cities’ Responses to Athenian Institutional and Judicial Legacy in the so-called ‘Hellenistic Polis Convergence’
15–16 June 2021, Trinity College Dublin

15th June 2021

13:00–13:10 GMT Welcome address

Chair: A. Erskine (University of Edinburgh)

13:10–13:50 M. Mari (Università di Bari): Democratic institutions in the Hellenistic cities and the Athenian model: recent studies and debated issues
13:50–14:30 N. Luraghi (University of Oxford): Writing the history of Hellenistic Athens

14:30–14:50 Break

Chair: P. Paschidis (National Hellenic Research Foundation)

14:50–15:30 D. Amendola (Trinity College Dublin): Athens’ contribution to the Hellenistic institutional koine: Some Further Considerations
15:30–16:10 L. Rubinstein (Royal Holloway, University of London): Law-enforcement in the Hellenistic cities: Athenian influence, local practice or Pan-hellenic tradition? The process of praxis as a test case
16:10–16:50 A. S. Chankowski (Université de Poitiers / HeRMA EA 3811): La diffusion des institutions éducatives dans le monde hellénistique: influence du modèle athénien?

16:50–17:10 Break

Chair: C. Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck, University of London)

17:10–17:50 M. Canevaro (University of Edinburgh): Psephophoria, honours and naturalisation around the Aegean: a case of Athenian institutional influence?
17:50–18:30 J. Faguer (École française d’Athènes): Real security and property registers in the Aegean (3rd–2nd c. BCE): Between Athenian Legacy and New Archival Practices

16th June 2021

Chair: M. Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin)

13:00–13:40 P. Ceccarelli (University College London): The long shadow of Athens? Dramatic performances in the Hellenistic city-states
13:40–14:20 A. Meeus (Universität Mannheim): Hekataios of Abdera and the Alleged Egyptian Origins of Athens and the Eleusinian Mysteries

14:20–14:40 Break

Chair: B. McGing (Trinity College Dublin)

14:40–15:20 B. Gray (Birkbeck, University of London): Fourth-century and Early Hellenistic Reconciliation and Amnesty: Reception of Athens 403 and other inspirations
15:20–16:00 M. Simonton (Arizona State University): Demagogues in Hellenistic Greece: An Athenian export?
16:00–16:40 S. Wallace (Trinity College Dublin): Royal Interaction with Athenian Institutions and Ideology in the Early Hellenistic Period

16:40–17:00 Break

Chair: N. Papazarkadas (University of California, Berkeley)

17:00–17:40 F. Forster (Goethe Universität Frankfurt): Beyond Athens – Hellenistic ‘biographical’ decrees in praise of good citizens and their possible connections with the Athenian epigraphic habit
17:40–18:20 C. Müller & J. Buffet (Université Paris Nanterre): Les affaires de Madame Nikareta: a sui generis model for financial, legal, and institutional practices in the Hellenistic Boeotian Confederacy?

18:20–18:40 Closing remarks

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Regional Epigraphic Cultures Across the Ancient Wider Mediterranean (May 11, 2021)

Forwarded for Ilaria Bultrighini and Irene Salvo

We would like to invite you to the next Epigraphic Conversation hosted by the British Epigraphy Society on ‘Regional Epigraphic Cultures Across the Ancient Wider Mediterranean’ (http://www.britishepigraphysociety.org/epigraphic-conversations.html).

The Conversation will take place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 3–5 pm (UK summer time) on Zoom.

Speakers & topics:

Dan Socaciu (Liverpool) and Benjamin Cartlidge (Oxford): The roles and functions of text in the Urartian state

Rostislav Oreshko (Leiden; Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies): Language, society and cultural contact in Lydia in the 5th-4th centuries BC: an epigraphic perspective

Emanuela Borgia (Sapienza, Rome): Inscriptions from Hadrian’s Wall in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust (Carlisle): local identities and Roman influences

Organisers: Ilaria Bultrighini (i.bultrighini@ucl.ac.uk) & Irene Salvo (i.salvo@exeter.ac.uk)

Please register using the following link: https://universityofexeter.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkf-2vrTIsGNWq9E1FkVa6dKUTkxBmMnyE

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