PhD Scholarship in “Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)” at St Andrews

Posted on behalf of Carlos Machado

Application window December 2019 to 16 January 2020, for entry in autumn 2020

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project:

Remembering the Dead on the Edge of Empire: Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)

Project Desciption

This project will examine the transformations of north Italian society between 300 and 600 CE, analysing key developments in the relationship between memory, identity, and social power. Focusing on funerary inscriptions as part of the strategies for social promotion used by inhabitants of Italian cities – including both migrant and ‘indigenous’ groups – it will examine their contribution to the redefinition of the communities in which they lived. The resulting thesis will provide an original picture of late antique Italy, giving voice to new and often neglected social groups and identities. It will also focus directly on a relatively neglected, yet crucially important, set of Late Antique data – inscribed epitaphs. Scholars have recently paid great attention to funerary rites as a means of establishing social standing within a community. Our proposed project goes one step further, focusing on how this activity continued beyond death and burial – through the medium of inscribing words on stone. In doing this, it will represent an innovative and ground-breaking study in late antique studies, whether in terms of its interdisciplinary methodology, approach, and results.

Late antiquity was a period of profound transformations, as imperial structures of power crumbled, Christianity redefined traditional cultural values, and social hierarchies were redrawn. North Italian society was particularly marked by these developments, as Roman emperors and ‘Barbarian’ kings established their courts in the region, fostering social and cultural changes that gave the area North of Rome a specific identity. This project will challenge existing frameworks through an analysis of this area’s rich but still neglected corpus of funerary inscriptions, placing our understanding of late antique history on a much firmer and sophisticated base. Christian epigraphists consider this material in terms of its religious aspects, overlooking its potential for historical studies. Epitaphs recorded the name and standing of a variety of agents across a wide social and economic spectrum; being commissioned by the living, they affirmed social and cultural identities, publicising different views of the social world. They provide information about social structures, gender relations, and personal identities. They thus constitute a crucial source of information for the social history of a world otherwise only accessible through the writings of a narrow group of men. In spite of being relatively overlooked, late antique epitaphs are readily available to scholars, being published in epigraphic collections like Inscriptiones Christianae Italiae and the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.

This project will require establishing a corpus of inscriptions that will serve as basis for the research and identifying potential case-studies such as well documented cities like Aquileia or provinces like Tuscia et Umbria, for which there is a wealth of comparative material. Quantitative analysis will help to identify the trends that defined the period, and the qualitative and stylistic examination of these texts will be used to assess the forms of personal display adopted by different agents in affirming their ambitions, identities, and standing in late antique society. Focus on case studies will not only make this study feasible, but will also allow the incorporation of archaeological evidence (including field trips), providing a more comprehensive and complex picture of local life, including migrant populations. Probing the chronological and geographical edge of the later Roman empire, sitting at the crossroads between history, archaeology, and Christian epigraphy, this project will thus provide a crucial reconsideration of social and economic developments which shaped the very construction of Europe and the modern world.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Carlos Machado and Professor Caroline Humfress and based in the School of Classics and the School of History.


Geographical criteria

No restrictions.

Domicile for fee status

No restrictions.

Level of study

Postgraduate Research (Doctoral)

Year of entry

2020-2021 academic year; applicants should be able to start their degree in September 2020. In exceptional circumstances, candidates may be allowed to start their degree at any of the approved entry points during the 2020-2021 academic year.


School of Classics and School of History

Additional criteria

Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at the University of St Andrews or another institution.


What does it cover?

Duration of award

Up to 3.5 years. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.

Value of award

The award covers full tuition fees for the award term as well as an annual stipend payable at the standard UK Research council rate (the 2019-2020 annual rate is £15,009).

Tuition or maintenance award

Tuition and maintenance.


Finding out more

For more information, see the university’s website.

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Summer School: The Epigraphy of the Aegean Islands — Studying Greek Inscriptions on Paros (Greece)

This course aims at introducing the participants to the study of Greek inscriptions from the Archaic period to the Roman era with an emphasis on the inscriptions of the Aegean islands. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the nature of epigraphic documents, will be introduced to the expertise required in the field of Greek epigraphy and will understand how inscriptions are invaluable documents for the knowledge of ancient history. The course will have a strong on-site element as students will be asked to study and copy the stones that record ancient Greek inscriptions. Prior knowledge of ancient Greek is strongly recommended.
The program will start with a 2-day stay in Athens where the students will pay a visit with expert guidance to the Epigraphical Museum of Athens, which houses the largest collection of ancient Greek inscriptions worldwide. The program will continue on the island of Paros to which we shall all travel as a group by ferry boat. On the island classes will take place both at the archaeological museum of Paros, on site outdoors and in the classroom. During the weekend a visit will be scheduled to the island of Naxos where the archaeological museum houses a very interesting collection of ancient Greek inscriptions. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to swim in the blue waters of the Aegean sea and engage in constructive recreation.

Head Instructor: Dr. Angelos P. Matthaiou (Greek Epigraphic Society)
Faculty: Prof. Nicholas Papazarkadas (UC Berkeley), Dr. Georgia Malouchou (Athens Archaeological Society), Dr. Andronike Makres (HERC).
Dates: June 20th -July 5th
Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic to Roman
Notes: Epigraphy, Greek inscriptions, Aegean Islands, Archaic to Roman
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of program
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: Preference will be given to students who have knowledge of ancient Greek
Room and Board Arrangements: Students will share furnished apartments or hotel rooms on the island of Paros. The program fee also includes snacks that will be taken on site (museum or outdoors) for the break that will take place ca. 11am.
Academic Credit:
Recommended credit: 3 credits offered by The applicant’s home institution. Tuition is €1,950.

Dr. Andronike Makres
17 Agias Filotheis Street
Athens 10556
Phone: +306944571283
Fax: +302103248596

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Collezionisti e collezioni di antichità e di numismatica a Venezia nel Settecento (Trieste, 6-7 December 2019)

A conference to be held in Trieste on 6-7 December 2019 and devoted to the study of 18th-century antiquarian collections in Venice, including collections of inscriptions

Collezionismo TS _06-07.12.2019_def

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Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (2nd part) – published (Tyche Suppl. 10)

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass der zweite Teil der Publikationen zum 15. Internationalen Kongress für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik erschienen ist. Es handelt sich um die Fest- und Plenarvorträge, die unter dem Titel Sprachen – Schriftkulturen – Identitäten der Antike. Beiträge des XV. Internationalen Kongresses für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik, Wien, 28. August bis 1. September 2017: Fest- und Plenarvorträge als Tyche Supplementband 10 erschienen sind.

Nähere Informationen dazu finden Sie unter

Mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Wien

Theresia Pantzer und Franziska Beutler


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the second part of the proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy with the title Sprachen – Schriftkulturen – Identitäten der Antike. Beiträge des XV. Internationalen Kongresses für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik, Wien, 28. August bis 1. September 2017: Fest- und Plenarvorträge has been published as Tyche Supplementband 10.

Further information may be found here

Best wishes from Vienna

Theresia Pantzer and Franziska Beutler

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The dates for the fourth workshop have been fixed for the days of 19th-21st February  2021 at the University of Hamburg (Germany) — preceded by an epidoc & technical training (17th-19th February). Read more …

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Attic Vase Inscriptions — News & Colloquium

Dear colleagues,
we would like to give you some news regarding our project Attic Vase Inscriptions (AVI), … (read more)

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Posted on behalf of Chiara Lasagni.



Topography & Communication in Attic Epigraphy

edited by Irene Berti, Chiara Lasagni, Daniela Marchiandi

The purpose of this book is to shed fresh insight into a theme not yet extensively addressed, that is, the relation between epigraphy and urban topography, with a special focus on the places of publication of Athenian public inscriptions.

In recent times, scholarly research in Greek Epigraphy has devoted an ever-increasing attention to the material and visual aspects of the inscriptions. It is now well accepted that epigraphic documents cannot be regarded as mere texts (although written on non-perishable materials), to be analysed, for the most part, through an essentially “philological” approach.

Conversely, inscriptions perform as actual communication media, speaking their own specific language as expression of their twofold nature as texts and as monuments. Inscriptions, in other terms, prove to be capable of conveying complex messages always combining textual and para-textual elements, both worth investigating in their complex interaction.

Among these para-textual elements, the place of publication plays no secondary role. Indeed, the choice of the place of display was never casual, but carefully planned in order to frame and enhance the communicative potential of the inscription within the polis-space.

The semantic relationship between public inscriptions and monumental landscape can be explored in two directions; on the one hand, from the point of view of the urban space, which complements – and at times enriches with further ideological or cultural overtones – the original message of the inscribed texts; on the other hand, from the point of view of the inscriptions, which, by means of their very presence in the city, change the nature of the space that surrounds them, producing a different sort of public space as “written space”. Consequently, an analysis of public inscriptions that focuses on their location in the polis-space can provide us with valuable information for the study of both epigraphy and topography, eventually improving our understanding of how public inscriptions were perceived and fruited in the ancient polis.

We kindly invite submission of original articles on this theme, focusing on, but not limited to, public epigraphy in the city of Athens from the Classical to Imperial periods. Articles devoted to study cases from Attica or from non-Athenian contexts will be also welcomed, to be collected in a special section of the volume.

The volume originates from the conference «Inscribing Space. The topography of Attic Inscriptions» (Heidelberg, 29-30 May 2015), organised by Irene Berti and Daniela Marchiandi, in the frame of SFB 933 «Materiale Textkulturen. Materialität und Präsenz des Geschriebenen in non-typographischen Gesellschaften», and from the final conference of the project SIR-MIUR 2014 «The Epigraphic Landscape of Athens», coordinated by Chiara Lasagni («“Le vie come pagine scritte”. Incontro di Studio del Progetto The Epigraphic Landscape of Athens», Turin 27-28 May 2019).

Proceedings articles from either conference will be collected in a single volume, together with selected articles gathered in response to the present Call.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to the address (please, write in the email object «Call for Papers 2019»), providing:

1. Provisional title (in English)

2. Abstract (min 2.000 – max 4.000 characters, including spaces)

3. Faculty position and abridged CV (max. 1500 characters including spaces)

For queries and requests of further infos, please, direct them to, again «Call for Papers 2019» as the email object.

 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 21th December 2019

The Authors of the selected proposals will be invited to submit their articles (English only) by the end of July 2020 (editorial norms and space limits will be provided; note, however, that no article can be longer than 50.000 characters).

Articles will be submitted to Double-Blind Peer Review on the advice of the Scientific Committee.

The Publisher, with a solid reputation in the field of Ancient History, Philology and Epigraphy, guarantees publication in a short period of time, both in print and online (Open Access Gold).

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The community held its third meeting in Vienna, Austria at the end of May 2019. The following short report has been published in anticipation of a fuller report of the meeting, now in preparation. Continue reading

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The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 2 (2019) just published

The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 2 (2019) has just been published. Attached is the table of contents together with a subscription form. The Journal now welcomes articles written in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish for the issue number 3 (2020).

Articles submitted for publication in JES 3 (2020) should be sent by February 15, 2020 to:

More details about subscription, the submission procedure and the editorial rules are accessible through:

Table of contents JES 2 (2019) – subscription form

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NACGLE 2020, Washington DC (January 5-7, 2020)

Forwarded for Jorge J. Bravo III:

I write as a member of the Organizing Committee of the 3rd North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy to share an announcement about the Congress and to ask your help in spreading the word to those with an interest in epigraphy:

NACGLE 2020 — Washington DC (January 5-7, 2020)

The program for NACGLE 2020 is now available and it is shaping up to be a great congress.

We are now issuing a call for posters, and we especially encourage graduate students to submit. The deadline to submit poster abstracts is October 15, 2019. Abstract guidelines and a template for posters has been provided at the NACGLE website. There will be two poster sessions during the Congress – both will take place with continental breakfast provided (Posters and Pastries).

More info about the 2020 North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy can be found at:

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Epigraphica 81 (2019) table of contents

Circulated by Prof. Attilio Mastino on the Africa Romana mailing list:

Epigraphica LXXXI (2019)

È uscito oggi il LXXXI volume di «Epigraphica» (2019, F.lli Lega Editori).

740 pagine, bellissimo, con tante novità, con molte iscrizioni inedite, con uno sguardo internazionale e in un orizzonte di fortissimo rinnovamento, nel quale vorremmo coinvolgere tutto il mondo degli specialisti. Sempre più intendiamo procedere insieme sui differenti versanti di una disciplina pienamente vivace che non si limita a presentare le scoperte delle nuove iscrizioni greche o latine, ma che investe pienamente il tema della comunicazione nel mondo antico, dell’acculturazione e della formazione dell’opinione pubblica, si allarga alla storia degli studi, alle relazioni con l’archeologia e con la storia dell’arte, con la papirologia e con la numismatica; oggi ancor più grazie all’informatica, alle nuove tecnologie digitali, alla fotogrammetria, alla computer vision, al trattamento delle immagini, alla modellizzazione in 3D.

Table of Contents as PDF

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Ancient South Arabian inscriptions from Najran

A collection of nearly a hundred Ancient South Arabian inscriptions from the site of Najran (Saudi Arabia) has been published by Mohammed Ali al-Hajj in the recent volume (in Arabic): On the history of Najran before Islam. Musnad inscriptions from the site of al-Ukhdud, Chair of Cultural Heritage, College of Tourism and Archaeology, King Saud University, 2018.

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