The Cutting Edge: epigraphy seminars (London)

The Cutting Edge: discussions in epigraphy

Convenors: Abigail Graham & Gabriel Bodard
Venue: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

The Cutting Edge is an informal series of dynamic seminars and hands-on training sessions to introduce the challenges and benefits of epigraphy as an evolving discipline, where tradition and innovation meet (and sometimes clash).  Discussions explore how we engage with inscriptions: how they have been created, classified, recorded and studied (past, present, and future). Aimed at graduate students, ECRs, and any researchers with an interest in this area, this series will be particularly valuable for those who would like to develop skills in accessing and using epigraphic sources as part of broader research interests (without necessarily becoming an expert epigrapher). We welcome suggestions for future topics or speakers in this series.

June 22, 2023, 16:30–17:30: Conventional Epigraphy: Encoding the physicality of writing with the Leiden System

Free but booking required.

In this seminar we will explore the evolution of conventions for publishing epigraphy and papyrology as texts, with a focus on the Leiden system (est. 1931) of critical signs (e.g. square brackets for restorations). How did this system develop alongside other systems of transcription used in Graeco-Roman and other traditions and why are there so many variants? What do editorial choices of designers and users of these conventions reflect about their priorities and focus regarding physicality versus text?  How do features of critical signs (as opposed to apparatus, commentary, notes, diplomatic editions, photographs) enhance or clutter a text for readers? Inform your own opinion about how we present epigraphic materials to a broader audience in different contexts.

July 19, 2023, 14:00-17:00: Making the Cut: A live demo of planning and executing an inscription

Free but booking required.

Wayne Hart, a professional letter-carver, typographer and sculptor, whose work now paves the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey and Norwich Cathedral, will guide us through the labyrinth of planning, designing and executing a stone inscription. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in all stages of the process and to discuss the issues and techniques with an expert practitioner. What are the practical and logistical challenges involved in creating an inscription? Do you have a hidden talent with a chisel or is the process (like its stone medium) harder than it looks? Come along and find out!

  • August: no seminar
  • Sept, Oct, Nov: seminars to be announced
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New release of the WoPoss corpus containing now Latin inscriptions of the Republican age

Diachronic linguistics and corpus linguistics strongly rely on the availability of texts and their variety in terms of time periods, genres, geographical provenance and communicative situations.  The WoPoss corpus is a new tool in the field of Latin linguistics, enabling the study of modal notions (i.e., necessity, possibility and volition) in the ancient Latin texts. In order to enlarge the variety of annotated texts available in the corpus, the WoPoss team has recently added a sub-corpus of 74 inscriptions of the Republican age. They are accessible here along with other annotated texts: WoPoss Search Interface Other annotated texts will be added soon.

For more information about the WoPoss project and the annotation layers, cf. WoPoss guidelines for the annotation of modality. Revised version and Implemented to Be Shared: the WoPoss Annotation of Semantic Modality in a Latin Diachronic Corpus


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Book Presentation: Medieval and Early Modern Inscriptions of Schwäbisch Hall (D)

Invitation to the Book Presentation of
volume 112 of Die Deutschen Inschriften
“Die Inschriften des Landkreises Schwäbisch Hall II Altkreis Schwäbisch Hall und Limpurger Land”

April 21st, 2023 6 pm at Schwäbisch Hall, Evangelische Stadtpfarrkirche St. Michael
more information

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Eulimene editions and journal now open access

Recent news of a now 100% 🔓OA publisher of epigraphic and other editions:

We are pleased to announce that EULIMENE SERIES of Independent Publications has a new homepage and that henceforth it will be freely accessible (Open Access). Αll the volumes which were published in EULIMENE SERIES of Independent Publications from 2013 to 2020 can now be freely accessed at

EULIMENE SERIES of Independent Publications will also continue as an on-demand print edition.

A number of earlier printed volumes can be acquired for free (you will pay only P&P). Please contact

We are looking forward to receiving new contributions on Classical Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, and Papyrology, with particular interest in the Greek and Roman Mediterranean world. The time span covered by EULIMENE SERIES of Independent Publications runs from the Late Minoan / Sub Minoan / Mycenean period (12th / 11th cent. BC) through to the late Antiquity (5th / 6th cent. AD).

EULIMENE SERIES of Independent Publications also welcomes studies on anthropology, palaio-demography, palaio-environmental, botanical and faunal archaeology, the ancient economy and the history of science, so long as they conform to the geographical and chronological limits as mentioned above. Broader studies on Classics or Ancient History will be welcome, though they should be strictly connected to one or more of the above areas.

All contributions are subject to a single-blind peer review process.

The publishing directors


We are pleased to announce that EULIMENE has a new homepage and that henceforth  it will be a freely accessible (Open Access) journal. Αll the articles which were published in EULIMENE from 2000 to 2020 can now be freely accessed at EULIMENE will not continue as a print journal.

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North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Chicago, January 8-9, 2024

Fourth North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE IV)
University of Chicago, January 8-9, 2024
Epigraphy and Public Life in the Graeco-Roman World

The Fourth North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE IV) will be held at the University of Chicago on January 8-9, 2024, under the aegis of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE), and with support from the University of Chicago.

The congress will take place at the Oriental Institute on the campus of the University of Chicago and will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in Chicago (January 4-7, 2024). It will include thematic panels on a variety of topics, a poster session, a keynote lecture followed by a reception. We are hoping to organize a visit to the Oriental Institute Museum during the congress. Please note that the conference will be in-person and on-site in Chicago only. Remote participation will not be possible.

We invite papers that discuss the contribution of epigraphy to our understanding of the political, civic, economic and social life and institutions of the Greek and Roman world from the archaic period through late antiquity.

Papers may be devoted to the importance of epigraphy for our understanding of any of the following topics: civic, political and legal activity; economic production and exchange; social hierarchies and social mobility; rural communities and agrarian life; military communities. Sessions at the congress will also be devoted to discussions of new inscriptions and new techniques for reading epigraphic texts and analyzing inscriptions in bulk. A separate Call for Posters will be circulated in spring 2023.

The congress Organizing Committee is pleased to invite individual abstracts for the parallel sessions. They should be a maximum of 500 words (bibliography excluded), suitable for a 20-minute presentation. Abstracts of between 350 and 500 words should be submitted by email attachment in PDF or Word document format by Wednesday 15 April 2023 to (Poster proposals will have a later submission date.) Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the congress Organizing Committee, and the results of the review process will be made known to potential participants soon thereafter.

Panels: The Organizing Committee also invites proposals for panels. Panels should consist of three or four papers. The panel organizer should submit all abstracts of a maximum of 500 words each (bibliography excluded), along with a summary of the panel. This summary should include the names of the presenters, their affiliation and email addresses, and the titles of the papers, as well as a statement of the significance of the theme and the theoretical and/or methodological approaches to be applied. When submitting a summary for the panel, please include the term “panel session NACGLE 2024” in the subject heading.

To submit a proposal, it is not necessary to be a current member of ASGLE, but we hope that all those whose papers are accepted for presentation in Chicago will join ASGLE, if they are not already members.

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EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 25–26, 2023

EpiDoc Workshop: Training in digital epigraphy and papyrology

Date: April 25–26, 2023 (starting 11:00 Tuesday; finishing 16:00 Wednesday)
Venue: Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, University of London
Cost: £40/ £20 unwaged and unfunded
Tutors: Gabriel Bodard & Simona Stoyanova

We invite applications for a two-day intensive training workshop in the use of EpiDoc (, the de facto standard for encoding ancient epigraphic and papyrological editions in TEI XML for online publication and interchange. The workshop will introduce the encoding of ancient texts in XML, and sources of information and support on EpiDoc. No technical knowledge is required, but participants are expected to be familiar with the transcription conventions for inscriptions and papyri (the Leiden System, and similar), and either Greek, Latin or other ancient languages of their epigraphic tradition.

Booking information at:

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Workshop: Inscribing Funerary Space(s), 30 March-1 April 2023

The Cluster of Excellence Understanding Written Artefacts

cordially invites you to the Workshop

Thursday, 30 March 2023, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm CEST
Friday, 31 March 2023, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm CEST
Saturday, 1 April 2023, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm CEST

Warburgstraße 26, 20354 Hamburg
Organised by Kaja Harter-Uibopuu, Leah Mascia, Peter Schmidt (Universität Hamburg)


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Summer School: An Interdisciplinary History of Writing – Hamburg – 17-28 July 2023

The Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” at the University of Hamburg invites applications to its 2023 Summer School:

An Interdisciplinary History of Writing (Hamburg – 17-28 July 2023)

Poster / Overview

Summary: Research on written artefacts is not all about the contents of texts. It begins with the physical object itself, be it a Mesopotamian clay tablet with cuneiform writing, an ancient rock inscription, an Indian palm-leaf manuscript, or a legal document written on parchment in medieval Europe. At this summer school, students investigate the composition of writing supports, ingredients of inks, and the binding of a codex. They also learn about the circumstances of the production, use and re-use, and the attribution of certain qualities or powers to a manuscript or other written artefacts. The course takes a global and comparative approach and is characterised by the cooperation between the humanities and the natural and computer sciences.

The course is open to students from the humanities, the natural sciences, or computer sciences with an interest in research on written artefacts (they should be at least be in their 2nd year of a BA/BSc programme or in MA/MSc programme), as well as to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Potential participants can apply for a fee waiver and financial support for their travel costs.

More information on what is taught and how to apply is available on our website.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kaja Harter-Uibopuu
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Historisches Seminar – Arbeitsbereich Alte Geschichte
Überseering 35 #5, Raum 2009
22297 Hamburg
tel.: +49 (0)40 42838-4758


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Libyan Epigraphy Research Network

Leptis MagnaLaunched at the start of the academic year 2022–23, the Libyan Epigraphy Research Network, chaired by Dr Caroline Barron (Durham University) and Dr Gabriel Bodard (University of London) will promote discussion and collaboration between scholars and other researchers with an interest in inscriptions from ancient regions now in the area of Libya.

The activities of the Network are overseen by a scientific committee of representatives of the major Cyrenaican and Tripolitanian epigraphic corpora, prosopographies, gazetteers, archives and archaeological missions, interested institutions and especially Libyan universities and museums. The committee is supported by an advisory board of scholars and specialists in Libyan epigraphy, and a wider community of members with an interest in the topic. In addition to scholarly dialogue with the Network’s members and other groups, LERN aims to promote collaboration and compatibility between these various projects and related resources. These discussions and other work will take place via a mailing list, and occasional academic meetings.

If you would like to keep up with the latest research in historical inscriptions from Libya, please join us as a member.

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ENCODE/ VII Workshop in Leuven, April 24-26 2023

The seventh ENCODE/ workshop will be taking place between Monday April 24 and Wednesday April 26 2023 in Leuven.

The event will be held primarily as in-person meeting, at the campus of KU Leuven’s Faculty of Arts, but we plan for some combination of a hybrid format for participants that would otherwise be prevented from attending.

  • Monday April 24th: ENCODE training sessions on EpiDoc (focus on Mycenean inscriptions) and the READ (Research Environment for Ancient Documents) platform + poster session (followed by a reception at 16:30 CET)
  • Tuesday April 25th: workshop + (optional) social dinner (19:00 CET)
  • Wednesday April 26th: workshop + (optional) social event (visit to a museum, 13:30-17:00 CET)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee (


In order to register for the workshop, please, fill in the Google registration form (see below) until March 31st, 2023.

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Lecture: Verse and Prose Inscriptions on Jumping-Weights and Discuses

Peter J. Miller is lecturing on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario: “The Weight and Shape of Kleos: Verse and Prose Inscriptions on Jumping-Weights and Discuses”.

I don’t think it’s going to be online.

By way of:

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New inscriptions in Semitica et Classica 15 (2022)

There are several epigraphic articles in the latest issue of Semitica et Classica (Print ISSN: 2031-5937 Online ISSN: 2295-9041):

  • Émile Puech
    Le fragment de cruche inscrit de Mégiddo, p. 138
    Inscription phénicienne sur une cruche au musée de Nicosie, p. 142
    L’inscription phénicienne de Tartous RÉS 56, p. 146
    Une inscription néo-punique à Voghiera près de Ferrare, p. 149
    Les ostraca et les inscriptions de Machéronte, p. 153
  • Louise Quillien
    Une brique inscrite de Nabuchodonosor II dans la collection du Cabinet du Corpus inscriptionum semiticarum, Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, p. 177
  • Eythan Levy, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Eli Piasetzky, Israel Finkelstein
    Seeing the invisible: ostraca hunting via multispectral imaging, p. 179
  • Iwona Gajda, MounIr Arbach
    Inscription dédicatoire d’un roi de Kaminahū, Arabie du Sud, p. 205
  • François Bron
    Une inscription sabéenne inédite du Jabal Riyām, p. 215
  • Søren Lund Sørensen, Klaus Geus
    A Minaean wab-priest in the reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes: a synchronised date for M338, p. 217
  • Khaldūn H. Nuʿmān, Alessia Prioletta
    Dhamār epigraphical series. 2, An inscription mentioning the tribe of Ruṣāba and Qarīs under the reign of King ʿAmdān Bayān Yuhaqbiḍ, p. 221
  • Maria Gorea, Narmin Sadykhova, François Villeneuve
    Un cachet à pain inscrit trouvé à Ḏarīḥ (Jordanie), p. 229
  • Laïla Nehmé
    Two Developing Arabic inscriptions from the Old Town of al-ʿUlā (Saudi Arabia), p. 233
  • Maria Gorea, Gaby Abousamra
    Un ostracon syriaque de la collection du Cabinet du Corpus inscriptionum semiticarum, Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, p. 243
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