Funerary Landscapes of the Late Antique oecumene. Contextualizing Epigraphic and Archeological Evidence of Mortuary Practices (Heidelberg, 30 May – 1 June 2019)

Funerary practices and epitaphs are a central research field of Classical Studies. Especially in times of social, political and religious change, evidence from the tombs and their surroundings is a key factor in our understanding of continuity and transformation processes on multiple cultural levels. Late Antiquity was doubtlessly one of such transitional phases. However, research on burial practices and tomb inscriptions of this period is still very uneven. Although hundreds of necropoleis, coemeterial churches and individual tombs are known across the Late Antique World, a holistic documentation including epigraphic, iconographic, spatial and social analysis, as well as anthropological examination and natural scientific data, is mostly lacking. Through this conference we would like to undertake a start to fill some lacunae on Late Antique funerary research. First, we will try to link as many disciplines as possible in order to draw a more complete picture of sepulchral habits of Late Antiquity as it hitherto has not been done. Secondly, we intend to give – for the first time – a Mediterranean-wide overview on Late Antique funerary landscapes, not only examining global trends, but also local and regional habits. Thirdly, we want to illustrate the potential of new contextual approaches; questions on the materiality and design of epitaphs and tombs, their visibility, perception and accessibility will be central guidelines of our conference.

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Attic Inscriptions Online

New and revised material on Attic Inscriptions Online: this includes dedications by soldiers and military officials, complete coverage of early Assembly decrees (before ca. 454 BC), and up-to-date Greek texts for key 5th-century inscriptions not available elsewhere online in open access:

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Three EpiDoc Epigraphy Jobs with the DHARMA Project

I see where Arlo Griffiths has just announced on the Markup list that the DHARMA Project is seeking to hire three collaborators as follows:

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COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL Lenguas y escrituras paleoeuropeas: retos y perspectivas de estudio

13-15 de marzo de 2019 – EEHAR, via di S. Eufemia 13, 00187 – Roma (Sala de Conferencias).

Detailed programme here:

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3rd North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (new deadline: April 15, 2019)

The Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy will be held January 5-7, 2020, in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE), and with support from Georgetown University.

The congress will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in Washington DC (January 2-5, 2020), and will include thematic panels on a variety of topics, a poster session, and possible excursions.  We invite papers that present epigraphy related to the ancient world from the archaic period through late antiquity. The theme is broadly designed to encompass discussions of texts and monuments as well as the people involved and the social environment behind the creation or display of inscriptions.

Panels may be devoted to some of the following themes: The epigraphic habit, inscribed instrumentum, late antiquity, monuments and identity, religion, magic, the ancient city, the family in antiquity, ancient graffiti, curse tablets, slavery, writer and audience, text and context, literacy, and newly discovered or edited texts.

The congress organizing committee is pleased to invite individual abstracts for the parallel sessions (for papers of 20 minutes) and for the poster session. Panels may be devoted to some of the following themes: the epigraphic habit, inscribed instrumenta, late antiquity, monuments and identity, religion, magic, the ancient city, the family in antiquity, ancient graffiti, curse tablets, slavery, writer and audience, text and context, literacy, and newly discovered or edited texts.

Abstracts: Abstracts of ca. 350-500 words, or no more than 1 page, should be submitted anonymously (i.e. without your name on the attachment) by email attachment in PDF or Word document form by April 15, 2019 to the congress email address at Abstracts will be reviewed by the members of the congress organizing committee and the results of the review process will be made known to potential participants after June 1, 2019.

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Epigraphy and Literature (St Andrews, March 4, 2019)

Posted for Giuseppe Pezzini:

University of St Andrews – Sapienza Università di Roma

International workshop

Epigraphy and Literature in the Imperial Age, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

(Monday 4 March 2019; St Mary’s College Hall, St Andrews)

Funded by the British Academy


Gianfranco Agosti (La Sapienza), Carlos Machado (St Andrews),
Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews)

For info and registration:

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Bologna EpiDoc Workshop 2019

Vi invitiamo a presentare domanda di partecipazione al workshop di addestramento in epigrafia e papirologia digitale che si svolgerà dal 27 maggio al 31 maggio 2019 presso il Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà dell’Università di Bologna.

Il workshop è organizzato e tenuto da Alice Bencivenni (DiSCi, Unibo) e prevede l’intervento, in qualità di istruttori, di Pietro Liuzzo (Universität Hamburg), Giuditta Mirizio (Universität Heidelberg), Irene Vagionakis (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), Marta Fogagnolo (Università di Pisa).

Il workshop, in lingua italiana, è incentrato sull’epigrafia greca e latina digitale (EpiDoc:; EFES) e sulla papirologia digitale (Leiden+ e Papyrological Editor: Non sono richieste abilità informatiche specifiche o avanzate, ma la conoscenza del greco e del latino, dei princìpi e delle convenzioni per l’edizione critica di un testo epigrafico o papiraceo saranno condizioni necessarie. Il workshop è aperto a partecipanti di ogni livello, dagli studenti delle lauree triennali e magistrali, ai dottorandi, ai docenti, agli studiosi, ai professionisti. Nell’eventuale mancanza di altri finanziamenti potrebbe essere richiesto il pagamento di una piccola quota di iscrizione.

Per presentare domanda di partecipazione occorre inviare entro il 31 marzo 2019 a una mail con oggetto ‘domanda di partecipazione Bologna EpiDoc Workshop 2019’, includendo:

  • nome, cognome, qualifica
  • breve descrizione dell’interesse a partecipare
  • esperienza pregressa nello studio delle lingue classiche, dell’epigrafia, della papirologia, delle digital humanities.

Per informazioni non esitate a contattare Alice Bencivenni ( Il workshop di Bologna è il primo di una serie di workshop dedicati all’epigrafia e alla papirologia digitali. Il secondo workshop (La codifica Leiden+ e i papiri letterari e paraletterari) e il terzo (Codifica testuale e annotazione linguistica di papiri letterari e paraletterari) si terranno in autunno presso l’Università di Parma.

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Tbilisi Digital Epigraphy Workshop, February 11-15, 2019

Digital Epigraphy Workshop will be held between February 11 and 15, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia with support from Ilia State University and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG) under scope of the project “Epigraphic Corpus of Georgia” (FR17_62). Training language: English. We welcome applications from students and scholars at any stage of their career.
To apply for the workshop please email: before January 31, 2019

Room: Ligamus, Ilia State University, A building Chavchavadze St. №32, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tutors: Gabriel Bodard, Valeria Vitale

Monday Feb 11
16:30 Open Lecture in Digital Humanities
EpiDoc projects, EFES, Pelagios Commons

Tuesday Feb 12
intro to Geo-annotation of texts and images. Recogito. Exercises.
Geo-visualization. Linked Open Geodata. Digital Maps. Exercises.

Wednesday Feb 13
intro to QGis. Summary of geo-technologies.
intro to XML. EpiDoc. Oxygen. Object description.

Thursday Feb 14
Transforming EpiDoc files with EFES. EpiDoc and Leiden.
EpiDoc and indexing. Authority lists & gazetteers.

Friday Feb 15
EpiDoc and text variants. Apparatus.
Bringing the workshop together. Feedback. Discussion.

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Inscriptions and Dates (ASGLE panel, Washington DC, January 2020)


The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy invites submissions for a panel to be held during the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C.  As we have been reminded by the recent and well publicized discovery of a simple charcoal graffito at Pompeii that potentially shifts the city’s destruction from August to autumn of 79 C.E., even the most minor of epigraphical texts can have a significant impact on issues of historical dating, and the history of Greek and Latin epigraphy is filled with examples of inscriptions great and small that have done so.  But before one can employ an inscription in a historical inquiry it is essential for epigraphers to be satisfied as to its date – which sometimes is clearly written on the stone, but other times requires the deciphering of poorly preserved text or the weighing of paleographical probabilities (e.g., dating by letter forms, letter-cutters, archaization), or else the analysis of clues such as nomenclature or archaeological context.  This panel will be devoted to papers pertaining to dating inscriptions and dating by inscriptions, and thus abstracts on a range of topics will be welcome, from studies of how epigraphers of the past resolved particular problems, to issues concerning previously published texts on stone, walls, ostraca, and other objects, to the dating of freshly discovered materials.

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by members of the ASGLE Executive Committee and external readers, and should not be longer than 650 words (bibliography excluded): please follow the S.C.S. “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts” (  All Greek should either be transliterated or employ a Unicode font. The abstract should be sent by e-mail as a Word or PDF file that does not include your name by March 4 to Gil H. Renberg at  (Please note that authors submitting abstracts must be S.C.S. members in good standing and will need to register for the 2020 meeting.)

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Dinamiche politiche e istituzionali nell’epigrafia delle Cicladi

Università degli Studi di Roma «Tor Vergata»

31.1 – 1.2 2019

Detailed programme can be found here: 2019 – Epigrammata 5

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ERC-funded project on South and Southeast Asian epigraphy

Colorful roofs of an Indian temple complex seen projecting above a wall of rectangular stones.

The temple of Sundareshvara at Nangavaram, Tamil Nadu, India (photo by E. Francis, 2007).

The content of this post was provided by M. Francis and A. Griffiths.

Two Paris-based research units, the Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS, UMR 8564, EHESS & CNRS) and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), the Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin (UBER) and the university « L’Orientale » in Naples (UNO), will collaborate in a six-year research project granted by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of its “Synergy” scheme.

The project DHARMA: The Domestication of “Hindu” Asceticism and the Religious Making of South and Southeast Asia (2019–2025), will be launched on May 1st 2019. The ERC funds are awarded through the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. The project’s three Principal Investigators are Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS), Arlo Griffiths (EFEO) and Annette Schmiedchen (UBER).

The project will focus on the religion known today as “Hinduism”, a major world religion and the main religion of the world’s largest democracy, India. But this history is not limited to India. DHARMA will study the history of “Hinduism” in comparative perspective, focusing on the period from the 6th to the 13th century. During this period, the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway for intense cultural exchange. The resulting process of “Indianization”, marked notably by the spread of “Hinduism”, of an Indian writing system, and of India’s sacred language Sanskrit, touched large parts of South and Southeast Asia.

The Sanskrit word DHARMA can designate the cosmic law that is upheld both by gods and humans. But it is also often used to refer to any of the numerous temple-related foundations made to support this law. The DHARMA project seeks to understand the process of “institutionalization” of “Hinduism” by investigating the roles of various agents, from kings and noblemen to priests, monks and local communities. It emphasizes the social and material contexts of “Hinduism”. This emphasis requires a multi-regional, multi-scalar and multidisciplinary methodology in order to forge a real synergy of scholarship on premodern South and Southeast Asia.

Our approach will be based on the correlation and contextualization of written evidence from inscriptions and manuscripts, as well as material evidence from temples and other kinds of archaeological sites. The project will be carried out in four task forces. Three regional task forces will focus, respectively, on the inscriptions and archaeological sites of the Tamil-speaking South of India (A), of Central through North-Eastern South Asia into what is today Myanmar (B), and of mainland plus insular Southeast Asia (C). A fourth, transversal task-force (D), led by Dominic Goodall (EFEO) and Florinda de Simini (UNO), will focus on textual material transmitted in manuscript form. For our operations in Asia, the EFEO regional centres in Pondicherry, Siem Reap, and Jakarta will serve as anchors.

South and Southeast Asian manuscripts, normally written on palm-leaf, preserve a rich textual archive relevant to the history of “Hinduism”. We will produce editions with translations of texts that have so far remained unpublished, and therefore untapped, by historical research. These include descriptions of religious practices, as well as prescriptions that deal both with lay religiosity and with religious life in temples and monasteries. As for archaeological evidence, we are in an ideal position — thanks to the long-term collaboration between French and Asian archaeologists — to initiate surveys and contribute the data from excavated sites which are known to be rich in data and which will thus enable us to confront our findings in the inscriptions and texts with the archaeological record. Inscriptions are the main sources for the history of premodern South and Southeast Asia. But they are not all accessible, even less so in a machine-processable format. For the large-scale comparative research that we propose to undertake, making as much as possible of South and Southeast Asian epigraphy available, in a digital database, is therefore a core objective of this project. By making the epigraphy of South and Southeast Asia (in Sanskrit and vernacular languages) enter the digital age, the DHARMA project will create exciting new pathways to comparison across regions. The project will participate in the ERC’s Open Research Data Pilot, and will publish all of its epigraphic data in the form of TEI/EpiDoc encoded XML files under a Creative Commons license.

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Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems

Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th March 2019.

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge.

The conference schedule has now been released. It can be downloaded here: crews conference 2019 programme.

More about the project at
the Crews Project website.

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