Toward a Digital Ektypotheke 

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

May 7-8, 2020

Toward a Digital Ektypotheke 

Digitizing Archives of Epigraphic Squeezes:  Theoretical and Practical Issues


May 7, 2020 Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sala Milone

15.00 Michèle BRUNET (Université Lumière Lyon 2 – Musée du Louvre)

E-STAMPAGES : an E-Companion to Greek Epigraphy

16.30 Claudia ANTONETTI, Eloisa PAGANONI  (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

The Venice Squeeze Project : Achievements and Future Perspectives


May 8, 2020 Biblioteca di Area Umanistica, Cooperative Learning Room

9.30 – 17.00 Michèle BRUNET, Claudia ANTONETTI, Eloisa PAGANONI

Workshop Digitizing Epigraphic Squeezes: a Practical Introduction

For more information contact Claudia Antonetti ( or Eloisa Paganoni (


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Inscriptions of Libya: an update

The Inscriptions of Libya project is a collaboration between King’s College London, the Institute of Classical Studies (University of London), the Universities of Bologna and Macerata, and the University of Paris IV–Sorbonne (Centre de recherche sur la Libye Antique). Our intention is to produce a publication portal and joint search facility for several publications of inscribed Greek and Latin texts from ancient Libya. For the present this will include:

  1. Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (published 2009):
  2. Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica and Greek Verse Inscriptions of Cyrenaica (published 2018):
  3. Ostraka from Bu Njem (currently only at
  4. Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (forthcoming 2020)

Leptis Magna Severan BasilicaThese publications will be connected by reference tools including indices, bibliography and geographical data, the latter based on:

We hope to be able to offer access to other relevant online publications, as these become available.

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CfP: Layout and materiality of writing in ancient documents

Posted on behalf of Davide Amendola (Trinity College Dublin), Cristina Carusi (University of Parma), Emilio Rosamilia (Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, University of Pisa), panel convenors

Call for Papers

Layout and materiality of writing in ancient documents from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity: a Comparative Approach

Panel to be held at the International Conference in Classics and Ancient History

(Coimbra, June 22-25, 2020) 

Over the last few years, an increasing number of scholars have drawn attention to issues relating to format and layout in ancient Greek texts, techniques of reading, and the importance of writing in the legal practices of the ancient world. The goal of this panel is to explore systematically the possible similarities in aspects of layout among different categories of documents (primarily inscriptions and papyri, but also graffiti, ostraka, and wooden tablets). We also aim at discussing whether and to what extent the strategies adopted by ancient scribes and letter-cutters meant to improve the overall readability of ancient documents. Our purpose is thus primarily that of bringing together a diverse range of scholars from different backgrounds in order to examine a number of specific case studies, as well as to foster an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas on these issues.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • issues of mise en page (e.g. ekthesis and eisthesis, division into columns, consistency in the use of blank spaces);

  • rubrication, use of titles or subtitles, variations in the size of letters;

  • interpuncta and lectional signs, especially vacat, paragraphos, and coronis;

  • abbreviations;

  • strategies of correction, such as rasurae, interlinear additions, overwriting;

  • functionality versus ornamentality;

  • terminology and references to specific formal features of ancient documents in Graeco-Roman literary and non-literary sources;

  • treatment of such aspects in antiquarian research from Renaissance Humanism onwards (for instance, in the works of Ciriaco d’Ancona, Scipione Maffei, Jean Mabillon, etc.).

In addressing these issues, we seek to provide an answer to the following questions of more general interest: What is the relation between formats and typologies of documents? Do inscriptions mirror contemporary archival documents and to what extent? Can some features of the epigraphic practice be influenced by texts written on perishable materials? Does the use of specific lectional signs relate to specific typologies of documents? If so, is it possible to reconstruct a taxonomy of signs or to outline any developmental lines in their evolution? Is a certain level of standardisation clearly recognisable in specific categories of texts?

We invites abstracts for 40-minutes or 20-minute papers. Those who are interested in joining our panel should submit via email a 250-word abstract as attachment to by March 15, 2020. For any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at the same address.

Preferably, abstracts should be written in English. However, proposals and presentations in other languages – such as Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish – are welcome as well. Proponents should also make clear whether they are interested in giving a 20-minute or 40-minute presentation. We will review all submissions and inform submitters of our decision by March 31, 2020.

Abstracts should have: Title of communication; E-mail; University; Abstracts (max 250 words); Keywords (5 to 10 words).

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EpiDoc Workshop – 20-24th April 2020 in London

Call for applications for a one-week EpiDoc workshop
– apply by Sunday 23rd February

Date: April 20–24, 2020 (starting 11:00 Monday; finishing 16:00 Friday)
Venue: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Cost: £100 for one week (£50 if unwaged and no source of funding*)
Tutors: Gabriel Bodard, Laura Löser, Christopher Ohge, Charlotte Tupman

We invite applications for a five-day training workshop in the use of EpiDoc (, the de facto standard for encoding ancient epigraphic and papyrological editions in TEI XML for online publication and interchange. The workshop will cover the encoding of ancient texts in XML, sources of information and support on EpiDoc, and publication of editions through the EFES platform ( No technical knowledge is required, but participants are expected to be familiar with the transcription conventions for inscriptions and papyri (“Leiden”), and either Greek, Latin or other ancient languages of their epigraphic tradition.

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send a brief explanation of your motivation for seeking EpiDoc training (including any projects you will work on) to Dr Gabriel Bodard at <> by February 23rd, 2020.

*If you would like to request the unwaged rate, please confirm that you have sought funding from your institution to cover the fees and that none is available.

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CFP Inscriptions and Literacy, Jan 2021, Chicago

Call for Papers for the SCS/ASGLE Panel
at the 2021 Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting
January 7-10, 2021, Chicago:

Inscriptions and Literacy

Sponsored by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE).
Organized by Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University.

What does the ubiquity of inscriptions in the ancient world communicate about ancient literacy?

The aim of this panel is to consider the relationship of epigraphy and literacy in, as Peter Kruschwitz has described it, a “fundamentally lettered world.” Scholars have profitably examined the interrelated concepts of orality and literacy (cf. the Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World series), and recent publications are bringing archaeological material to bear on the question. Yet following Harris’ Ancient Literacy (1989), work ranging from Literacy in the Roman world (JRA Supp. 1991) to Literacy in ancient everyday life (De Gruyter 2018) demonstrates that epigraphy offers particularly productive ways to approach the topic of ancient literacy.

How do inscriptions rely on the abilities of the viewer to communicate their message? Should we consider ancient literacy or ancient literacies? Each type of material, from monumental inscriptions to ostraka, from lead tablets to dipinti and graffiti, provides a different perspective on the use and the ability to read and write.

Papers might address the topics of literacy or literacies, audience and viewer, the concept of working literacy or subcategories of literacy, the variety of written material from the ancient world, or other points of contact between epigraphy and literacy.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words (bibliography excluded), and will be evaluated anonymously by two reviewers. Please follow the SCS “Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts” ( Send abstracts as a Word or PDF file that does not include your name by March 1, 2020 to Rebecca Benefiel at  (Please note that authors submitting abstracts must be SCS members in good standing and will need to register for the 2021 meeting.)

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Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy, Rome, June 17-July 3, 2020

Posted for John Bodel:

The Summer Program in Roman Epigraphy at the American Academy in Rome is an intensive two-week course designed to introduce advanced graduate students and early career scholars to the study of Roman epigraphy, particularly the reading, interpretation, and editing of Latin inscriptions from the city of Rome. Participants will learn how to read and classify the main types of Roman inscriptions (on stone, metal, and clay) and how to edit Greek and Latin inscriptions, both in print and according to the EpiDoc conventions for digital editing of epigraphic texts. Instruction will include hands-on practice in reading and recording inscriptions at the American Academy in Rome; epigraphic walks in Trastevere and the old city; visits to major museum collections (notably those of the Museo Nazionale Romano and the Capitoline Museums); and field trips to one or more sites with Roman epitaphs and burials in situ: on the Gianiculum (Doria Pamphili columbaria and tombs), or Vatican (Santa Rosa cemetery), or at Ostia and Isola Sacra. By the end of the course, participants will have had practice editing unpublished inscriptions and will be able to read and understand most basic types of Latin inscription on stone.

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History of Classical Scholarship, 1 (2019), now online

We are glad to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of History of Classical Scholarship (HCS). The journal hosts papers on any aspect of the history of classical studies, in any geographical context, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, covering the whole range of the discipline: from ancient history to literary studies, from epigraphy and numismatics to art history and archaeology, from textual criticism to religious and linguistic studies. We also welcome editions of significant items from the Nachlässe of classical scholars, including letters and documents that may shed light on matters of historical or historiographical interest. We publish articles in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The contents of the journal are accessible at Submissions and informal queries may be addressed to the Editors, Lorenzo Calvelli ( and Federico Santangelo (

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PhD Scholarship in “Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)” at St Andrews

Posted on behalf of Carlos Machado

Application window December 2019 to 16 January 2020, for entry in autumn 2020

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project:

Remembering the Dead on the Edge of Empire: Epitaphs and Social Change in Late Antique Italy (300-600 CE)

Project Desciption

This project will examine the transformations of north Italian society between 300 and 600 CE, analysing key developments in the relationship between memory, identity, and social power. Focusing on funerary inscriptions as part of the strategies for social promotion used by inhabitants of Italian cities – including both migrant and ‘indigenous’ groups – it will examine their contribution to the redefinition of the communities in which they lived. The resulting thesis will provide an original picture of late antique Italy, giving voice to new and often neglected social groups and identities. It will also focus directly on a relatively neglected, yet crucially important, set of Late Antique data – inscribed epitaphs. Scholars have recently paid great attention to funerary rites as a means of establishing social standing within a community. Our proposed project goes one step further, focusing on how this activity continued beyond death and burial – through the medium of inscribing words on stone. In doing this, it will represent an innovative and ground-breaking study in late antique studies, whether in terms of its interdisciplinary methodology, approach, and results. Continue reading

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Summer School: The Epigraphy of the Aegean Islands — Studying Greek Inscriptions on Paros (Greece)

This course aims at introducing the participants to the study of Greek inscriptions from the Archaic period to the Roman era with an emphasis on the inscriptions of the Aegean islands. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the nature of epigraphic documents, will be introduced to the expertise required in the field of Greek epigraphy and will understand how inscriptions are invaluable documents for the knowledge of ancient history. The course will have a strong on-site element as students will be asked to study and copy the stones that record ancient Greek inscriptions. Prior knowledge of ancient Greek is strongly recommended. Continue reading

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Collezionisti e collezioni di antichità e di numismatica a Venezia nel Settecento (Trieste, 6-7 December 2019)

A conference to be held in Trieste on 6-7 December 2019 and devoted to the study of 18th-century antiquarian collections in Venice, including collections of inscriptions

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Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (2nd part) – published (Tyche Suppl. 10)

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass der zweite Teil der Publikationen zum 15. Internationalen Kongress für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik erschienen ist. Es handelt sich um die Fest- und Plenarvorträge, die unter dem Titel Sprachen – Schriftkulturen – Identitäten der Antike. Beiträge des XV. Internationalen Kongresses für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik, Wien, 28. August bis 1. September 2017: Fest- und Plenarvorträge als Tyche Supplementband 10 erschienen sind.

Nähere Informationen dazu finden Sie unter

Mit herzlichen Grüßen aus Wien

Theresia Pantzer und Franziska Beutler


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the second part of the proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy with the title Sprachen – Schriftkulturen – Identitäten der Antike. Beiträge des XV. Internationalen Kongresses für Griechische und Lateinische Epigraphik, Wien, 28. August bis 1. September 2017: Fest- und Plenarvorträge has been published as Tyche Supplementband 10.

Further information may be found here

Best wishes from Vienna

Theresia Pantzer and Franziska Beutler

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The dates for the fourth workshop 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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