Scribal Identity and Agency

The Early Text Cultures research cluster at the University of Oxford is pleased to present its seminar series in Michaelmas Term 2021 (Autumn), which will be on ‘Scribal Identity and Agency’,

Each session will last 1h and 30mins, comprising two 25-min talks focusing on two culturally diverse sets of sources, followed by 40 mins of general discussion.
The seminar will be held in a hybrid form, with Zoom connection complementing a limited on-site presence at the Dickson Poon Building, China Centre, Oxford, on Thursdays 14.30–16.00 UK time. Auditors are most welcome to attend in person. Zoom links will be provided in advance of the sessions to those who sign up here:

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Ronald S. Stroud (1933-2021)

With a very heavy heart, I am writing to report that Ron Stroud, one of the most eminent Greek epigraphists of the last 50 years, passed away after a long illness on October 7, 2021.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has set up a tribute page (here).
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Colloquio Bartolomeo Borghesi in ricordo di Angela Donati

L’iscrizione come strumento di integrazione culturale nella società romana

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà Bertinoro, Centro Residenziale Universitario, October 28-30, 2021

and online:

The full programme of the event here.

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XXIVe Rencontre Franco-Italienne sur l’Épigraphie du Monde Romain


Vaison-La-Romaine, 7-9 octobre 2021

Programme de la Rencontre

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17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art, Vienna / Carnuntum, 16-22 May 2022

Dear colleagues,
please find here – (Rundschreiben-deutsch) (circular-english) – the 3rd circular concerning the 17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art. The modalities of registration and further information can be found on the homepage, which will be continuously completed and updated:

We kindly ask you to forward the information to colleagues who might be interested in the topic.

The Organizing Committee CRPA 2022 (Franziska Beutler, Christa Farka, Julia Kopf, Gabrielle Kremer, Bernadette Malkiel, Fritz Mitthof, Eduard Pollhammer, Andreas Pülz, Günther Schörner)

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L’Année épigraphique 2018

Mireille Corbier (, 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

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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‐0002‐3606‐2049
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:

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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