epigraphy.info workshop IV

The dates for the fourth workshop epigraphy.info 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 epigraphic.landscape@gmail.com (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 epigraphic.landscape@gmail.com, 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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Epigraphy.info Third Meeting Short Report

The Epigraphy.info 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: jes@libraweb.net.

More details about subscription, the submission procedure and the editorial rules are accessible through: https://www.libraweb.net/riviste.php?chiave=137

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: https://www.asgle.org/nacgle-2020-washington-d-c/

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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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Giornata in memoria della prof. Angela Donati

Giovedì 10 ottobre 2019, ore 15 Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna, Via Zamboni 31 – Bologna

Saluto delle Autorità

Prof. Walter Tega, Presidente dell’Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna

Prof. Paolo Capuzzo, Direttore del Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà

Prof. Francesca Cenerini, Responsabile della Sezione di Storia Antica


Proff. Giovanni Brizzi e Gabriella Poma (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Accademici dell’Istituto delle Scienze)

Prof. Silvia Orlandi (Presidente AIEGL)

Dott. Vittorio Lega (Casa Editrice Fratelli Lega)

Prof. Antonio Sartori (Università degli Studi di Milano Statale), Presentazione del volume Atti del Colloquio B. Borghesi, L’iscrizione nascosta, Bertinoro, 8-10 giugno 2017, Epigrafia e Antichità, vol. 42, 2019, Fratelli Lega Editori, Faenza 2019

prof. Attilio Mastino (Università degli Studi di Sassari), Presentazione del volume “Epigraphica”, Rivista Internazionale di Epigrafia, LXXXI, 2019

Studiosi e studenti sono invitati a partecipare. Per informazioni: daniela.rigato@unibo.it

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Relaunch of the expanded Roman Inscriptions of Britain Online

Relaunch of the expanded Roman Inscriptions of Britain Online

RIB Online, the digital library of Roman inscriptions from Britain, has been relaunched on the anniversary of Claudia Severa’s birthday, with enhanced existing records and a large number of new texts. 1,508 new texts have been added, drawn from RIB Volume III and the corpus of Bloomberg tablets, Roman London’s First Voices (each digitally published for the first time), as well as new and enhanced digitisations of the Vindolanda Tablets, some of which are also making their digital debuts. All the new material includes images where available and relevant non-textual information from the corpora.

The entire corpus of RIB Online now comprises 3,909 inscriptions in all, representing a substantial milestone in the aim to make available digitally every published text from the province of Britannia. Future instalments will include all eight fascicules of RIB Volume II (Instrumentum Domesticum), the curse tablets, writing tablets from Carlisle, and all texts published in the annual updates of the journal Britannia to date.

By using EpiDoc encoding (XML mark-up designed for epigraphy) and Linked Open Data this resource enables detailed searching and linking to other epigraphic and non-epigraphic resources: users can check which inscriptions are in their local museums, search for Latin words, assemble references to specific military occupations, for example. All of this is made possible by the generous support of the European Research Council (project LatinNow, grant number 715626) and epigraphers, archaeologists and institutions across the country (especially MOLA, the Vindolanda Trust, the Centre for the Study of Roman Documents (Oxford), the British Museum, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies).

RIB Online is part of the ERC research project LatinNow (https://latinnow.eu/), based at the University of Nottingham.

RIB Online is freely accessible at https://romaninscriptionsofbritain.org/.

Scott Vanderbilt (RIB Online and LatinNow), Alex Mullen (PI, LatinNow)

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Inscriptiones Segestanae

Recently published:

“Inscriptiones Segestanae. Le iscrizioni greche e latine di Segesta”, edizione, traduzione e commento di C. Ampolo e D. Erdas, Edizioni della Normale, Pisa, 2019, ISBN 978-88-7642-665-0

The volume offers the critical edition of the Greek and Latin inscriptions of ancient Segesta, in their historical and archaeological context, with a commentary, a translation, images and plates. It includes 54 already known and new inscriptions and an appendix of 6 epigraphic texts concerning Segesta and its history. Many among them resulted from the excavations of the Scuola Normale in the Segestan agora. The entire corpus allows us to approach in a new manner the Hellenistic and Roman polis, its history, institutions, town planning and, above all, the ancient Segestans, also offering a contribution to the knowledge of ancient Sicily and beyond.

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L’Année épigraphique 2016

News from Mireille Corbier:

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), directeur de L’Année épigraphique, fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2016 (2036 notices et 1206 pages dont 214 pages d’index) a été publiée en août 2019 et est disponible. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France (revues@humensis.com).

Mireille Corbier (corbier@msh-paris.fr), director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2016 (containing 2036 entries, and 1206 pages, including 214 pages of index) was published in August, 2019, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at revues@humensis.com

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