Invitation to conference ‘Stonecutters and Mosaicists at Work: Identifying Craftspeople and Their Workshops Through the Lens of Epigraphy.’

The ERC-funded project STONE-MASTERS would like to invite you to a conference titled “Stonecutters and Mosaicists at Work: Identifying Craftspeople and Their Workshops Through the Lens of Epigraphy.”More information and the programme can be found here.The conference can be followed on Zoom. Please register separately for each day of the conference:Day One: 30 November 2023Day Two: 1 December 2023

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Greek Epigraphy Postgraduate Course (Athens, March/April 2024)

(Posted on behalf of Georgios Mouratidis.)

The British School at Athens is delighted to invite applications for our Greek Epigraphy Postgraduate Course, that will take place 27 March – 5 April 2024 in Athens, Greece.

Application deadline is 8 December 2023.

The BSA Greek Epigraphy course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. The course will allow students to deepen their understanding of the value of epigraphic material to the study of Greek history, society and culture, and to develop practical epigraphic skills: students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining first-hand experience with the stones as well as instruction in editorial practice and bibliographic skills.

The course will be taught around the BSA’s own Museum collection, which contains a large range of inscribed objects (graffiti, stamps, instrumenta domestica, weights, and weapons) and will also utilise the most significant collections of stone inscriptions around Athens, in particular at the superb facilities of the Epigraphic Museum, where students will each be assigned a stone from which they will create their own epigraphic edition.

The course is directed by Peter Liddel (Manchester) and Polly Low (Durham), with additional lectures and tours offered by guest speakers. Some prior knowledge of Greek is essential, although students with only elementary skills are advised that reading inscriptions is a very good way to advance in the language!

Applicants should make sure that two references are sent to the assistant director at by the application deadline (8 December 2023), with the subject ‘Epigraphy course reference’.

For more information about the course, visit

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New Directions in Papyrology and Epigraphy (SCS panel, 2025)

Society of Classical Studies 156th Annual Meeting

 JANUARY 2-5, 2025


Call for Papers for Joint Panel Sponsored by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy and the American Society of Papyrologists

New Directions in Papyrology and Epigraphy in the 21st Century

Organized by James Sickinger (Florida State University) and Christelle Fischer-Bovet (University of Southern California)

The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy and the American Society of Papyrologists both represent disciplines that are unique for providing new primary sources for study of the ancient world. Both societies also wish to promote dialogues between these two fields, and we therefore jointly invite proposals for papers reflecting the ongoing contributions of papyrological and epigraphic material by addressing recently discovered epigraphic or papyrological texts, novel reinterpretations of older documents, or new methodological approaches to the study of epigraphic or papyrological texts (or both). Papers may address individual texts or groups of texts, as well as similarities or differences arising from the study of documents on different materials.

Papers should deploy evidence that is preserved either epigraphically (on stone, metal, or other durable material) or on papyri, ostraka, or wooden tablets (in Greek, Latin, Coptic, demotic Egyptian, Arabic, or other pertinent languages). Papers that engage with a combination of different materials (e.g., inscriptions and papyri) or take a comparative approach, as well as multi-authored papers pairing epigraphers and papyrologists, are also welcome.

Please send abstracts that follow the guidelines for individual abstracts (see the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts) by email, as a Word or PDF e-mail attachment, to James Sickinger at jsicking [at] fsu [dot] edu or Christelle Fischer-Bovet at fischerb [at] usc [dot] edu by February 15, 2024. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words (excluding bibliography) and suitable for a 20- minute presentation. Ensure that the abstracts are anonymous. The organizers will review all submissions anonymously, and their decision will be communicated to the authors of abstracts by mid-April, with enough time that those whose abstracts are not chosen can participate in the individual abstract submission process for the upcoming SCS meeting. Please note that authors submitting abstracts must be SCS members in good standing and will need to register for the 2025 meeting.

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Postgraduate Course in Epigraphy, Rome, June 27th–July 6th 2024

(Posted on behalf of Courtney Quaintance.)

We are delighted to announce the Sixth Postgraduate Course in Epigraphy at the British School at Rome, June 27th  – July 6th 2024

Based at the British School at Rome, this taught course offers a nine-day introduction to the scholarship, publication and display of epigraphic materials from a variety of different approaches. Intended for postgraduate scholars of ancient history, archaeology, museum studies and the classics, the course examines the numerous contexts in which epigraphy is presented: in situ, museums, private collections, archives and in published formats (e.g. reference works and online databases). How do these contexts and the processes of documenting inscriptions shape our lens of perception? Experiencing epigraphy, in these different formats, is the best way to understand and address both the wonders and the difficulties of these sources.

The course consists of daily lectures, visits and practical activities at many of Rome’s museums, institutions and sites (including a trip to Ostia), with onsite instruction from leading professors and curators in the field. Practical activities such as drawing, squeezes, rubbings, object handling, a carving tutorial and a session at the CIL VI. (La Sapienza) are designed to provide unique hands-on interactions with sources, contexts and scholars in the field. Participants will also have an opportunity to further their own research through an independent project (generally a specific area of his/her epigraphic research) which will be developed during the course and presented in a short paper at the end of the course. Residence at the BSR includes accommodation (breakfast and dinner with residents from the BSR community), access to their collections (with 24-hour access to the library), and a year’s membership to the BSR.

Testimonials, reports and itineraries from previous courses, as well as an information pack for the 2024 course with details of how to apply, can be found on the BSR website:

Queries about the course can also be sent to:

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International Conference «Writing and Religious Traditions in the Ancient Western Mediterranean» (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 23-25 November 2023)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 23-25 November 2023

Ca’ Foscari, Aula Mario Baratto


Chair: Giovannella CRESCI

Maria DEL VALLE OJEDA CALVO (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Vice-Rector for Research)
Daniele BAGLIONI (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Director)
Daniele FERRARA (Direzione regionale Musei Veneto, Director)
Silvia ORLANDI (Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine, President)
Mª Dolores DOPICO (Collaborative Project «Aut oppressi serviunt aut recepti beneficio se obligatos putant II», Coordinator)
Lorenzo CALVELLI (Collaborative Project SPIN «SaInAT-Ve. Sacred Inscriptions from the Ancient Territory of Venetia», Coordinator)


Olivier DE CAZANOVE (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Ricomporre la scena cultuale. Fonti documentarie plurime per lo studio dei luoghi di culto preromani e romani


Chair: Alfredo BUONOPANE

Mª Dolores DOPICO (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, USC); Armando REDENTOR (Universidad de Coimbra)
Las divinidades politeicas de la Hispania Citerior

Silvia ALFAYE (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Naturaleza, ritual y escritura rupestre en la Hispania romano-céltica

Juan SANTOS (Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU); Santiago MARTINEZ (Museo de Segovia)
Religiosidad en la Celtiberia del Duero en época romana: divinidades y paisajes sagrados

Mª Cruz GONZALEZ (Universidad del País Vasco, UPV-EHU)
La integración de las divinidades locales en los panteones cívicos del Noroeste hispano: algunos ejemplos


Ca’ Dolfin, Aula Magna Silvio Trentin


Chair: Claudia ANTONETTI

Adriano MAGGIANI (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia); Gian Luca GREGORI (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Un dio…tanti nomi. Divinità e devoti etruschi e romani nel santuario terapeutico di San Casciano dei Bagni

Maria Cristina BIELLA (Sapienza Università di Roma); Federico CORRADI (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Da Equi a Romani. Processi di ‘romanizzazione’ religiosa



Chair: Federica Fontana


Chair: Alison COOLEY

Mike DONNELLY, Mark WILLIAMS (University of Warwick)
Applied 3D Scanning and 3D Printing in Cultural Heritage

Alex ATTRIDGE (University of Warwick)
3D Visualisation and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality

Cecilia MOSCARDO (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Per una mappatura digitale delle iscrizioni sacre della Venetia



Chair: Stefania DE VIDO

Lorenzo CALVELLI, Giovannella CRESCI, Franco LUCIANI, Anna MARINETTI, Sabrina PESCE, Luca RIGOBIANCO, Patrizia SOLINAS
Scrivere nei santuari: oggetti, formule e azioni

Le pratiche performative collettive e individuali

Il ruolo dei sacrifici e delle offerte

Discussant: Sabina CRIPPA

Ca’ Foscari, Sala Marino Berengo


Chair: Loredana CAPUIS

Giovanna GAMBACURTA, Emanuela MURGIA, Angela RUTA SERAFINI, Margherita TIRELLI
La manutenzione periodica dei santuari

Il metallo e la moneta nei santuari

Lorenzo CALVELLI, Giovannella CRESCI, Franco LUCIANI, Anna MARINETTI, Sabrina PESCE, Luca RIGOBIANCO, Patrizia SOLINAS
Scrivere nei santuari: l’atto della scrittura e il suo insegnamento

Discussant: Sabina CRIPPA


Sylvia ESTIENNE, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

If you wish to attend the Conference as an online participant, please register here:

International Conference Writing and Religious Traditions poster web



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BES Autumn Colloquium and AGM 2023

Saturday, 18 November 2023

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London (r. G37) – in person only


Registration & Coffee

Andrea Raggi (Pisa) & Pierangelo Buongiorno (Macerata), A new imperial letter from southern Etruria

Chiara Battisti (Princeton), The heroised dead and the hero cult in eastern Macedonia and Thrace: Local and regional perspectives

Jean-Sébastien Balzat (Mariemont), New epigraphic documents from Roman Sparta

11.30 Coffee Break

Paweł Nowakowski (Warsaw), STONE-MASTERS: A new ERC-funded project exploring the world of stonecutters and mosaicists in Late Antiquity

Annie Burman (Uppsala), Epigraphy’s true colours: Polychromy and the development of laboratory analysis of paint pigment on paper squeezes

13.00 Lunch Break

14.30 AGM (Members only)

Federico Ugolini (Siena) & Deborah Cvikel (Haifa), Inscriptions from the timber of the Late Antique Ma‘agan Mikhael B shipwreck

Alfredo Tosques (Tübingen), The inscription of Frentrani and Hercules Nouritanus at Lilybaeum (AE 2016, 622 = I.Sicily 4368)

Evelien de Graaf (Leuven), Saskia Peels-Matthey & Silvia Stopponi (Groningen), Potential and challenges of AGILe, the first automatic lemmatizer for ancient Greek inscriptions

16.30 Coffee Break

Marco Dosi (KCL), The dissemination of Belisarius’ consulship in Ostrogothic Italy, AD 535

James Hua (Oxford), Speleopigraphy: The spatiality of inscriptions in ancient Greek caves, ritual, and social identities

18.00-18.15 Short Report
Benet Salway (UCL), A puzzling epitaph from Cyrenaica

18.15 Finale: Posters & Drinks

  • Charlotte Bell (Liverpool), Senātus Femina: A consideration of the epigraphic evidence for the female senate in Roman Britain
  • Thijs Kersten (Nijmegen), Religion and language selection in funerary inscriptions from Roman Imperial Syracusae and Catina, 1-500 CE
  • Giordana Franceschini (Tübingen), PPRET: Inscriptions pertaining to the Praetorian Prefects from 284 to 395 AD

Please register to attend the colloquium by emailing by 13 November 2023. 

There is a registration fee (£15 for ordinary participants; £10 for student participants; £8 for BES members; £5 for BES student members), which includes light refreshments during the day (tea, coffee & biscuits, but not lunch) and a glass of wine and nibbles at the end of the colloquium.

The Colloquium is generously supported by The Institute of Classical Studies.

More information about the Colloquium and the British Epigraphy Society can be found at this link.

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Erased from Existence? Reading Revisionist History on the Urban Landscape (London, November 8, 2023)

The Cutting Edge: discussions in epigraphy.
8 November 2023, 17:00 – Senate House, Institute of Classical Studies (in person only)

Erased from Existence? Reading Revisionist History on the Urban Landscape
Led by Abigail Graham

Monumental erasures often represented with double brackets [[ ]] in published texts and/or described as “damnatio memoriae” (a modern term) can present an image of uniformity in purpose, function, and outcome. In reality, however, erasures could have very different appearances, aims, and outcomes on the monumental landscapes: some were complete, some partial, and others reinscribed. Some erasures remained legible, some rough and others polished. The physicality of an erasure played a key role in how it was interpreted by a broader audience of viewers. Rather than forgetting or obfuscating the past, the shadows cast by erasures were often more visible and likely to catch the eye of passing viewers, regardless of literacy. Do erasures present an image of uniformity, or might they reveal more about the limitations and practicalities of this process? How might these acts impact ancient viewers and their memories? Who carried out these erasures? Between the brackets, there is a great deal we don’t know about this phenomenon.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the physicality and variations in monumental erasures in a series of case studies, primarily from Roman Ephesus, that assess the many faces of condemnation (in inscriptions, accompanying art and historical accounts) as well as practical constraints in the process. In closing, we will also consider longer-term consequences and reception in modern cultural heritage.

Free to attend, but registration essential. Book at:

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Call for Papers: VIII Workshop (Berlin)


The eighth workshop will take place in Berlin (Germany), from 3-5 April 2024, hosted by the Department of Digital History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and with the courtesy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

We are planning an open meeting to discuss and try different tools related to Digital Epigraphy. If you are already part of the community or just interested in Digital Epigraphy, we warmly invite you to come to our meeting in Berlin. During the workshop, we will explain the objectives and expectations of and invite new members to get involved. The meeting is ideally planned as an in-person event, especially to present a paper or poster, but you can attend and discuss remotely. We might record some of the presentations and talks and later make them available via the Youtube channel and place the posters on the website.

The meeting will include presentations and training sessions. Part of it will be related to current Digital Epigraphy projects worldwide and we encourage scholars who work on Digital Epigraphy to present proposals adapted to a wide variety of formats:

  • Panels for those scholars who want to discuss a topic or have a specific agenda. We will provide space to promote academic discussion.
  • Papers for scholars who want to present their project or results of a Project Research.
  • Posters to present news, education projects, updates on existing projects etc.
  • Hands-on sessions. We are exploring different options such as hackathons, and presentations of a new tool followed by training (20 minutes presentation + 20 minutes training). If a group thinks it would be useful for the community, we encourage to present a proposal. If you would like to provide more extended training, please, reach out, so we can accommodate you.

For those interested, please send your abstract (around 200 words for papers and posters, 400 words for panels and hands-on sessions) before November 30th to the Steering Committee at We will notify selected participants and circulate a provisional program by the end of December.

The Steering Committee of

Call for Papers as PDF: Call_for_Papers_Epigraphy_Workshop_8

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L’Année épigraphique 2020

Mireille Corbier (, directeur de L’Année épigraphique, fait savoir que L’Année épigraphique 2020 (1720 notices et 1043 pages dont 234 pages d’index) a été publiée en août 2023 et est disponible. Les commandes doivent être adressées aux Presses Universitaires de France (

Mireille Corbier (, director of L’Année épigraphique, announces that L’Année épigraphique 2020 (containing 1720 entries, and 1043 pages, including 234 pages of index) was published in August, 2023, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at

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Digital Epigraphy vacancy, Maynooth, Ireland

The OG(H)AM project, based in Maynooth (near Dublin), Ireland is currently advertising a 9-month research position from 1 Nov 2023, focusing on encoding ogham inscriptions (IRL & UK) using EpiDoc for a database (EXist-db) on ogham. The work will probably also include some fieldwork assistance in recording ogham stones using photogrammetry. Please help to spread the word to anyone who might be interested to apply and note that although the advertisement says that knowledge of early Irish is essential, this is actually more desirable than essential and experience in EpiDoc, EXist-db and digital epigraphy generally would be equally desirable.  Application details.

Contact Dr Nora White with any queries at the email address below.

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CfP: Voiceless writing? Epigrams, performance and oral poetry

Università di Bologna, FICLIT, 30th-31st May 2024

(posted on behalf of the organizers, Flavia Licciardello and Stella Sacchetti)

Whereas the most recent debate on epigrams focused on their relationship with their material context (see e.g. Petrovic-Petrovic-Thomas 2019), in our workshop we wish to investigate the relationship between epigrams, orality and performance, from a diachronic perspective from the archaic age, through Hellenistic and imperial time up to late antiquity.

We would like to invite proposals that can address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

– What is the relationship of epigrams with famous ‘oral’ genres beyond epos and elegy, such as theatre and lyric poetry in general? Do e.g. dialogic epigrams stage a dramatic exchange in miniature and are there recognisable references to and/or points in common with tragedy, comedy or dithyramb? Do epigrams consciously compete with epinicians and in presenting themselves as an alternative or complement to these what do they retain from their oral performance? How do epigrams explicitly or allusively address their writtenness and its limit (or potential) as opposed to oral poetry?

– What form of performance can we imagine for symposial epigrams? Do the texts maintain some elements that reveal an original performance? Do, for instance, slightly different versions of a poem signal that the text had been adapted to suit different circumstances and occasions of performance? What is the relationship with popular oral genres connected to the universe of symposial epigrams (e.g. the paraklausithyron)?

– What spaces and occasions can we imagine for the performance of epigrams beyond the Hellenistic time, in Imperial Rome or in late antiquity?

– What is the relationship between books of epigrams and oral performance? Do epigrammatic papyri preserve some elements that betray, at least for some of them, their use for some form of performance (e.g. in a symposium)? Is it possible to imagine that some collections of epigrams were formed and circulated for performative contexts?

– Were some inscribed epigrams specifically destined to be read aloud and was their reading maybe part of a ritual? Were there other occasions for such performance that were analogous to those suggested by Petrovic (2016) for the oral performance of casualty lists and commemorative verse-inscriptions?

Full text of the Call for papersdeadline 30th September 2023


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International Digital Epigraphy Association small grants

IDEA call for small grants 2023 is now open. Also this year IDEA  will be able to support up to two 1.000 EUR grants and the deadline to submit your proposals is September 17th, 2023.

The grant will be assigned to small projects submitted by members of the association – info about membership here – and coherent with the scope of IDEA’s activities, as stated in the Article 5 of the Charter:

Art. 5 – “The goal of the association is the promotion of the use of advanced methodologies in the research, study, enhancement, and publication of “written monuments,” beginning with those of antiquity, in order to increase knowledge of them at multiple levels of expertise, from that of specialists to that of the occasional tourist. In order to reach its statutory goals, the association promotes, organizes, and manages conventions, conferences, exhibits (including virtual exhibits), prizes, and training courses (including online courses); it conducts editorial activities; it promotes and supports the maintenance and efficiency of the portal created by the European project EAGLE (European network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy); it participates in and promotes the participation of its members in projects and initiatives, including in collaboration with third parties; it promotes initiatives in the interest of its members; it performs and encourages studies and research; it collects data and news of interest to the activity of its members; it carries out consultations in favor of its members; it more generally carries out all activities useful for the achievement of the goals that the association proposes.”

Every application should include a budget breakdown and an explanation of how their project fits IDEA’s priorities.

The Board will evaluate all the proposals received by the deadline and communicate the winner of the grant two to three weeks after the deadline.

Looking forward to receiving your proposals at:

Alice Bencivenni

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