Recent BMCR Reviews of Epigraphical Works

Reviving an earlier tradition here at “Current Epigraphy,” I’m posting links to recent BMCR entries on works with significant epigraphical content, going back three months:

Joaquín L. Gómez-Pantoja, Epigrafia anfiteatrale dell’Occidente Romano, VII: Baetica, Tarraconensis, Lusitania Vetera 17 (with the collaboration of Javier Garrido).   Rome:  Edizioni Quasar, 2009.  Pp. 313.  ISBN 9788871403779.  €47.00.

“It has now been over twenty years since the first volume of the series Epigrafia anfiteatrale dell’Occidente Romano, hereafter EAOR, was published. The founding editor, Patrizia Sabbatini Tumolesi, was convinced that a systematic collection and re-examination of the epigraphic documentation needed to be done in order to investigate properly many fundamental and sometimes neglected aspects of gladiators and gladiatorial spectacles (cf. EAOR I, 7). The latest volume is devoted to the three provinces of the Iberian Peninsula: Tarraconensis, Baetica, and Lusitania. There are two main parts: the catalogue of inscriptions (35-201) and 16 synoptic tables followed by a general discussion (203-224). The volume is rounded up with detailed indices (225-270), a line-drawn map of the Peninsula (273), and 40 plates (274-313)….  Although virtually all the Spanish inscriptions had already been published elsewhere, Gómez-Pantoja has been able to examine personally most of them and to republish them all according to much more rigorous criteria than we could have expected from Hübner and the other pioneers of Hispanic epigraphy.”

Andrej Petrovic, Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften. Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava. Supplementum, 282.   Leiden/Boston:  Brill, 2007.  Pp. xv, 345.  ISBN 9789004151536.  $134.00.

“Briefly, Petrovic’s book has many chapters that can be warmly recommended as sound basis for further research (e.g., 3-5) and everywhere displays learning and common sense. The commentary, especially on the epigraphical matters, constitutes a major upgrade of FGE, even though Page’s edition will continue to be the reference work.”

John F. Healey, Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions: IV. Aramaic Inscriptions and Documents of the Roman Period.   Oxford/New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009.  Pp. xvii, 369.  ISBN 9700199252565.  $150.00.

“Den in den Jahren 1971 bis 1982 erschienen drei Bänden des Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions, in denen J.C.L. Gibson hebräische und moabitische, aramäische und phönizische Inschriften für die Wissenschaft und den akademischen Unterricht aufbereitet hatte, gesellt sich jetzt ein vierter Band mit aramäischen Inschriften und Dokumenten der römischen Zeit hinzu. Der Bearbeiter, John F. Healey, musste hierbei angesichts der Anzahl von über 10 000 Inschriften aus diesem Bereich eine repräsentative Auswahl der Quellen vornehmen. Dies ist ihm grundsätzlich gelungen, so dass er den Leserinnnen und Lesern des Bandes insgesamt 80 unterschiedliche Inschriften präsentieren kann. Im Unterschied zu den ersten drei Bänden des Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions, in denen nur Inschriften auf Stein, Ton und Metall geboten sind, werden von Healey jetzt auch Inschriften auf Pergament und Papyrus vorgestellt.”

Clarisse Prêtre, Philippe Charlier, Maladies humaines, thérapies divines: analyse épigraphique et paléopathologique de textes de guérison grecs. Archaiologia.   M. Villeneuve-d’Ascq:  Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2009.  Pp. 192.  ISBN 9782757400029.  €22.00 (pb).

“Maladies humaines, therapies divines is an epigraphic study of the medical rationale of the therapeutic procedures described in 23 Greek inscriptions starting from the early fourth century BCE Epidaurian iamata (IG IV² 1,121, 5) and ending with a third century CE Epidaurian inscription (IG IV² 1,127)….  The book’s main value lies in the commentaries Prêtre and Charlier offer for these inscriptions. In these commentaries they focus on the medical aspects of the inscriptions.”

Jorma Kaimio, The Cippus Inscriptions of Museo Nazionale di Tarquinia. Archeologica 154; Materiali del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Tarquinia 18.   Roma:  Giorgio Bretschneider editore, 2010.  Pp. xii, 217.  ISBN 9788876892424.  €230.00 (pb).

“This typological collection of Etruscan tomb inscriptions in the Museo Nazionale di Tarquinia includes 39 cippi that have not been published before, but it is much more than a catalogue. As Mario Torelli points out in his presentation, we are dealing with a valuable document concerning the city of Tarquinia in the II and I centuries BC, a society where Romanisation was far advanced and therefore was felt in both language and artistic expression….  The catalogue includes 13 Etruscan and 26 Latin inscriptions that had not be published before, in addition to 35 Etruscan and 33 Latin inscriptions previously published, all in the Museo Nazionale di Tarquinia although some have now disappeared. In addition, there is a catalogue of other cippi which have inscriptions related to Tarquinia. In total, there are 323 epigraphic titles.”

Andreas Kakoschke, Die Personennamen in der römischen Provinz Gallia Belgica. Alpha-Omega 255.   Hildesheim/Zürich/New York:  Olms-Weidmann, 2010.  Pp. 565.  ISBN 9783487143187.  €198.00.

“Despite its title the book is in fact more than just a collection of personal names from the imperial province Gallia Belgica. It is rather a prosopography of persons who left (mainly epigraphic) traces in this region or are known (or supposed) to stem from there.”

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