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

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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: gp63@st-andrews.ac.uk

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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: epidoc.sf.net; EFES) e sulla papirologia digitale (Leiden+ e Papyrological Editor: papyri.info). 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 alice.bencivenni2@unibo.it 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 (alice.bencivenni2@unibo.it). 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: tamar.kalkhitashvili.1@iliauni.edu.ge 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” (https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-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 grenberg2@unl.edu.  (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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Workshop on Digital and Practical Epigraphy (London, April 29–May 4)

We invite applications for a six-day training workshop in digital and practical epigraphy at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 29 April – 4 May 2019.

The workshop will be organised by Gabriel Bodard (ICS) and Katherine McDonald (Exeter), with additional training provided by Charlotte Tupman (Exeter), Charles Crowther (Oxford), Valeria Vitale (ICS) and Caroline Barron (Birkbeck). There will be no charge for the workshop. There will be a limited number of bursaries available to assist students and other unfunded scholars with the costs of travel and accommodation, provided by the AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship ‘Connectivity and Competition’ (PI Katherine McDonald).

The focus of the workshop will be on skills for Greek and Latin epigraphy, including squeeze-making, photogrammetry, reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), and EpiDoc. EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice, recommendations and tools for the digital editing and publication of ancient texts based on TEI XML. No expert computing skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek/Latin or other ancient language, epigraphy, and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors and professionals. Although the focus is on Greek and Latin epigraphy, we welcome applications from those in other adjacent fields.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 15 February 2019, including the following information:

  • a brief description of your reason for interest
  • your relevant background and experience
  • if you would like to request a bursary, an estimate how much you would need.

If you have any questions before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact Katherine (k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk) or Gabby (gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk).

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International Digital Epigraphy Association Annual Meeting

The following notice appeared shortly before the winter break. Please direct inquiries to the IDEA leadership team.

IDEA Annual Meeting

What is the Future of Digital Epigraphy?

The annual meeting of IDEA – International Digital Epigraphy association will be held on January 21st, 2019 in Rome, at the Aula Teleconferenze in the Vetrerie Sciarra – Università “La Sapienza”.


10.30 – Silvia Orlandi, “Future perspectives of IDEA”

11.00 – Giulia Sarullo, “Report on the Zadar epigraphy.info workshop”

11.30 – Claudio Prandoni and Franco Zoppi, “Technical report on the maintenance
activities of the portal”

12.00 – IDEA General Assembly

13.30 – Lunch

15.00 – Visit of the cloister of San Lorenzo fuori le mura

The participation fee is 100 € (75 € for AIEGL members) and will include the annual IDEA membership fee.

Those who will not be able to be present can participate to the event via Skype (in this case, please contact Giulia Sarullo).

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Doctoral Workshop on Roman Epigraphy (Madrid, February 20-22)

Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) – Universidad de Alcalá.
February 20 – 22, 2019. 

Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) – Universidad de Alcalá.
20 – 22 février 2019.

Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) – Universidad de Alcalá.
20 – 22 de febrero de 2019.

Latin Epigraphy in the Roman World: Researching, Editing and Enhancing the Value of Inscriptions

L’épigraphie latine dans le monde romain: recherche, édition et valorisation

Epigrafía latina en el mundo romano: investigación, edición y puesta en valor

In the context of the project to produce the pertinent fascicules of the new edition of CIL II covering the inscriptions of the colony of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain), members of the research team are organizing a Doctoral Workshop on Roman Epigraphy at the Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) and at the University of Alcalá, home of the Centro CIL II, from 20 to 22 February 2019. Continue reading

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Postgraduate Course in Greek Epigraphy (Athens, June 2019)



16th June – 29th June 2019

Whether publishing new inscriptions, reinterpreting old ones, or critically analysing editions, this course provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars alike in the discipline of reading and interpreting epigraphic evidence. Students will be guided through the process of producing editions of inscriptions, gaining practical first hand experience with the stones as well as instruction in editorial and bibliographic skills. Guest lectures on historical and thematic subjects will explore the ways in which epigraphic evidence can inform a wide range of Classical subjects. The course will be taught primarily by Prof. Graham Oliver (Brown) and Robert Pitt (BSA) and will utilise the most significant epigraphic collections around Athens, where students will be assigned a stone from which they will create a textual edition. The importance of seeing inscriptions within their archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during site visits around Athens and Attica. 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!

The course fee of £780 includes accommodation in shared rooms at the BSA, where self-catering facilities are available, as well as 24 hour access to the superb library, entry to all sites and museums, and BSA membership. Free membership for the remainder of the session will be offered to students wishing to remain at the BSA after the course to continue their research. Travel to and from Greece is the sole responsibility of the course participant.

The course is limited to 12 places, and open to students of any university pursuing Masters or Post-graduate degrees.

Further information can be obtained from the BSA website (www.bsa.ac.uk). Completed application forms and an academic reference letter should be emailed to the Assistant Director, Dr. Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, (assistant.director@bsa.ac.uk) no later than January 31st 2019.

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Oxford Epigraphy Workshop, Spring term 2019

Mondays, 1-2pm
First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford
All welcome (attendees are free to bring a sandwich lunch).

Monday 14 January
Nikolaos Papazarkadas (Oriel College, Oxford)
The contributions for the refoundation of Thebes: a new epigraphical and historical analysis

Monday 21 January
Oliver Clarke and Dan Etches (New College, Oxford)
A new inscription from Antandros

Monday 28 January
Hüseyin Uzunoğlu (Antalya)
The Roman Army Marching through the Imperial Estates: a new inscription from the museum of Eskişehir

Monday 4 February
Dario Calomino (Warwick)
An ‘obol’ for Hermes? Interpreting festival payments in OGIS 484

Monday 11 February
Ed Bispham (BNC, Oxford)
Elections, Curiae, Incolae and Voters in Early Imperial Spain

Monday 18 February
No workshop

Monday 25 February
Christian Wallner (Klagenfurt)
New epigrams from Pisidian Antioch

Monday 4 March
Lorenzo Calvelli (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Epigraphic forgeries: research methodology and a case study

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