Summer School: An Interdisciplinary History of Writing – Hamburg – 17-28 July 2023

The Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” at the University of Hamburg invites applications to its 2023 Summer School:

An Interdisciplinary History of Writing (Hamburg – 17-28 July 2023)

Poster / Overview

Summary: Research on written artefacts is not all about the contents of texts. It begins with the physical object itself, be it a Mesopotamian clay tablet with cuneiform writing, an ancient rock inscription, an Indian palm-leaf manuscript, or a legal document written on parchment in medieval Europe. At this summer school, students investigate the composition of writing supports, ingredients of inks, and the binding of a codex. They also learn about the circumstances of the production, use and re-use, and the attribution of certain qualities or powers to a manuscript or other written artefacts. The course takes a global and comparative approach and is characterised by the cooperation between the humanities and the natural and computer sciences.

The course is open to students from the humanities, the natural sciences, or computer sciences with an interest in research on written artefacts (they should be at least be in their 2nd year of a BA/BSc programme or in MA/MSc programme), as well as to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Potential participants can apply for a fee waiver and financial support for their travel costs.

More information on what is taught and how to apply is available on our website.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kaja Harter-Uibopuu
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Historisches Seminar – Arbeitsbereich Alte Geschichte
Überseering 35 #5, Raum 2009
22297 Hamburg
tel.: +49 (0)40 42838-4758


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Libyan Epigraphy Research Network

Leptis MagnaLaunched at the start of the academic year 2022–23, the Libyan Epigraphy Research Network, chaired by Dr Caroline Barron (Durham University) and Dr Gabriel Bodard (University of London) will promote discussion and collaboration between scholars and other researchers with an interest in inscriptions from ancient regions now in the area of Libya.

The activities of the Network are overseen by a scientific committee of representatives of the major Cyrenaican and Tripolitanian epigraphic corpora, prosopographies, gazetteers, archives and archaeological missions, interested institutions and especially Libyan universities and museums. The committee is supported by an advisory board of scholars and specialists in Libyan epigraphy, and a wider community of members with an interest in the topic. In addition to scholarly dialogue with the Network’s members and other groups, LERN aims to promote collaboration and compatibility between these various projects and related resources. These discussions and other work will take place via a mailing list, and occasional academic meetings.

If you would like to keep up with the latest research in historical inscriptions from Libya, please join us as a member.

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ENCODE/ VII Workshop in Leuven, April 24-26 2023

The seventh ENCODE/ workshop will be taking place between Monday April 24 and Wednesday April 26 2023 in Leuven.

The event will be held primarily as in-person meeting, at the campus of KU Leuven’s Faculty of Arts, but we plan for some combination of a hybrid format for participants that would otherwise be prevented from attending.

  • Monday April 24th: ENCODE training sessions on EpiDoc (focus on Mycenean inscriptions) and the READ (Research Environment for Ancient Documents) platform + poster session (followed by a reception at 16:30 CET)
  • Tuesday April 25th: workshop + (optional) social dinner (19:00 CET)
  • Wednesday April 26th: workshop + (optional) social event (visit to a museum, 13:30-17:00 CET)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee (


In order to register for the workshop, please, fill in the Google registration form (see below) until March 31st, 2023.

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Lecture: Verse and Prose Inscriptions on Jumping-Weights and Discuses

Peter J. Miller is lecturing on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario: “The Weight and Shape of Kleos: Verse and Prose Inscriptions on Jumping-Weights and Discuses”.

I don’t think it’s going to be online.

By way of:

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New inscriptions in Semitica et Classica 15 (2022)

There are several epigraphic articles in the latest issue of Semitica et Classica (Print ISSN: 2031-5937 Online ISSN: 2295-9041):

  • Émile Puech
    Le fragment de cruche inscrit de Mégiddo, p. 138
    Inscription phénicienne sur une cruche au musée de Nicosie, p. 142
    L’inscription phénicienne de Tartous RÉS 56, p. 146
    Une inscription néo-punique à Voghiera près de Ferrare, p. 149
    Les ostraca et les inscriptions de Machéronte, p. 153
  • Louise Quillien
    Une brique inscrite de Nabuchodonosor II dans la collection du Cabinet du Corpus inscriptionum semiticarum, Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, p. 177
  • Eythan Levy, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Eli Piasetzky, Israel Finkelstein
    Seeing the invisible: ostraca hunting via multispectral imaging, p. 179
  • Iwona Gajda, MounIr Arbach
    Inscription dédicatoire d’un roi de Kaminahū, Arabie du Sud, p. 205
  • François Bron
    Une inscription sabéenne inédite du Jabal Riyām, p. 215
  • Søren Lund Sørensen, Klaus Geus
    A Minaean wab-priest in the reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes: a synchronised date for M338, p. 217
  • Khaldūn H. Nuʿmān, Alessia Prioletta
    Dhamār epigraphical series. 2, An inscription mentioning the tribe of Ruṣāba and Qarīs under the reign of King ʿAmdān Bayān Yuhaqbiḍ, p. 221
  • Maria Gorea, Narmin Sadykhova, François Villeneuve
    Un cachet à pain inscrit trouvé à Ḏarīḥ (Jordanie), p. 229
  • Laïla Nehmé
    Two Developing Arabic inscriptions from the Old Town of al-ʿUlā (Saudi Arabia), p. 233
  • Maria Gorea, Gaby Abousamra
    Un ostracon syriaque de la collection du Cabinet du Corpus inscriptionum semiticarum, Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, p. 243
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Review of The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Ankara (Ancyra) 2

Noted in the latest issue of JRA:

  • Nowakowski, Paweł. “More than a Corpus of Inscriptions – S. Mitchell, and D. French. 2019. The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Ankara (Ancyra) 2: Late Roman, Byzantine, and Other Texts. Vestigia 72. Munich: Verlag C. H. Beck. Pp. Viii + 347, 6 Figs. ISBN 978-3-406-73234-8.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 35, no. 2 (December 2022): 1069–76.

Thanks to exemplary efforts of M. & F., an important work is now completed. Readers certainly get more than a corpus of inscriptions: this is a new reference book for the history of a principal city in the age of transition between the Early and Middle Byzantine periods.

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The Epigraphy of the Aegean Islands: Studying Greek Inscriptions on Paros, 11-24 June 2023

The summer school ‘Epigraphy of the Aegean Islands’ is back for a third year in a row.
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 the students will be asked to study and copy the Ancient Greek texts from the stones kept in the Archaeological museum on Paros. A prior knowledge of Ancient Greek is strongly recommended. Taught by world experts in the field of Greek Epigraphy (see program description ) it overall a most valuable academic and personal experience (see program highlights )

Head Instructor: Dr. A. P. Matthaiou (Greek Epigraphic Society)


Prof. N. Papazarkadas (UC Berkeley)

Prof. Adele Scafuro (Brown University)

Prof. G. Oliver (Brown University)

Prof. A. Chaniotis (IAS School of Historical Studies)

Dr. A. Themos (Director of the Epigraphical Museum)

Elena Zavvou (Head Curator of the Epigraphical Museum)

Dr. Georgia Malouchou (Archaeological Society of Athens/Greek Epigraphic Society)

Prof. Dr. K. Hallof (Director of the Inscriptiones Graecae program; Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Robert Pitt (DIKEMES)

Prof. P. Hamon (Sorbonne Université)

Dr. Zozi Papadopoulou (Head Curator of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades)

Prof. Scarlet Kingsley (Agnes Scott College)

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Job announcement: 48-month full-time positions (1 October 2023–30 September 2027)

As the ERC Stone-Masters Project will enter the phase of collecting data in the second half of this year, we invite applications for four 48-month full-time positions (1 October 2023–30 September 2027).
Research assistant (predoc) – Eastern Roman Empire
Research assistant (predoc) – Western Roman Empire
Postdoc – Eastern Roman Empire
Postdoc – Western Roman Empire
Applications from early career researchers specializing in epigraphy, history of art, and archaeology are especially welcome!
The whole team will be based at the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw (Wydział Historii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego), in a cosy research office, with full access to all the university facilities and benefits. A lively international community of the visiting fellows of the Warsaw Centre for Research on Ancient Civilizations (Centre for Research on Ancient Civilizations UW – CRAC UW) and our seminars, held weekly in English, will give lots of opportunities to interact with top-level researchers in history, archaeology, philology, epigraphy, and papyrology. The positions envisage travel (conferences, workshops, research) and book allowance.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2023.
More info at the project website and Euraxess.
Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested!

Paweł Nowakowski, Ph.D.
University of Warsaw
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Ottavo Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca

Posted on behalf of Massimo Nafissi and Emilio Rosamilia

Massimo Nafissi and Emilio Rosamilia (Università degli Studi di Perugia) would like to bring to your attention the following conference that will take place in Perugia on January 12-14, 2023. Attendance is free, although the event will be accessible in person only. For any questions on this event feel free to write to

The programme of the event is here: SAEG 8 Locandina

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Artificial Intelligence and Ancient Writing Cultures – ENCODE

The ENCODE team is pleased to announce the ENCODE Project Conference “Artificial Intelligence and Ancient Writing Cultures” (26 January 2023, 9:15AM–1:00PM CET), which will be held in presence at the University of Bologna and online. 

To participate in the conference, please register before Thursday, January 19th, through the ENCODE website: 

Detailed programme here:

Connected to the conference is the ENCODE Workshop “AI and Ancient Writing Cultures” (23-27 January 2023), which will be held in presence at the University of Bologna. Participants of all levels are welcome to apply, BA, MA and PhD students, scholars, and professionals. Three scholarships will be available to cover expenses of trainees (priority will be assigned to trainees coming from Asia and Africa). 

To participate in the workshop, apply before Wednesday, December 21st writing to Alice Bencivenni ( with the email object ‘ENCODE AI’ and sending a file with the following data:  

– name, surname, qualification, affiliation (if any)  

– brief description of your interest in participating and of your data  

– CV and intention to apply for the scholarship.

Selected participants will be informed by Friday, December 23rd. Please contact Marta Fogagnolo ( if you need any further information.

Call for application and detailed programme here:

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Officina di IG XIV²

It is a pleasure to announce, on behalf of Roberta Fabiani, the creation of a website, ‘Officina di IG XIV²’, which aims to support and accompany the development of the new edition of volume XIV of Inscriptiones Graecae, stimulating knowledge, scientific debate and the publication of Greek epigraphic documents from Italy.

Homepage:  (an English version is also accessible from here).

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L’Année épigraphique 2019

Mireille Corbier (, director of L’Année épigraphique (1 place Paul Painlevé – 75005 Paris),  announces that L’Année épigraphique 2019 (containing 2090 entries, and 1253 pages, including 265 pages of index) was published in August, 2022, and is now available. Orders should be sent to Presses Universitaires de France at

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