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The 6th Supplement to the Guide de l'Epigraphiste is now available to download.



Inscriptions of Eleusis

The Stoa site reports that "Cornell University Library is pleased to announce the availability of Mysteries at Eleusis: Images of Inscriptions: a digital collection of approximately 800 images from the sanctuary of the Eleusinian Mysteries, at Eleusis, a town belonging to Athens. “The Mysteries,” as they were officially called, are usually recognized today, as they were in ancient times, as one of the most important religious cults in ancient Greece. The images currently available are derived from photographs by Professor Kevin Clinton (Department of Classics). The new digital collection is one of the largest contributions to a worldwide effort to make available on the Internet both texts and images of all ancient Greek and Latin documents on stone."




20.11.05 (updated 23.02.06)

New tombstone from Lancaster; new 'map' from Italy

The Morecambe Visitor reports the discovery of a 'particularly gruesome' Roman tombstone in Lancaster (and a fuller report has since appeared in The Times); while the Daily Telegraph reveals that 'the oldest map of anywhere in the western world' has been discovered on an South Italian ostrakon.



5th Suppplement to the Guide de l'Epigraphiste

This is now available to download from (and covers publications which appeared between June 2004 and June 2005).




Thirteenth International Congress of Epigraphy, Oxford 2007

The British Epigraphy Society and Oxford University are pleased to announce the 13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, to be held in Oxford 2-8 September 2007, on the subject of 'Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences'. Details of the programme, accommodation arrangements and pre-registration procedure can now be found at the web-site

Academics and students with interests in inscriptions and the history of Classical Antiquity are warmly invited to attend. Scholars are invited to make proposals for organising thematic panels, for delivering papers, and for presenting posters at the conference. A bursary scheme is also available.



Mommsen Prize

Martin Ferguson Smith has been awarded the international Theodor Mommsen Prize, 2004, for the Supplement to Diogenes of Oinoanda, The Epicurean Inscription, published by Bibliopolis of Naples in 2003 (ISBN 88-7088-441-4. Price Eur. 40.00.)

The book and the edition it supplements can be ordered through booksellers or direct from the publisher. For further details, see the notice in the BES News, Spring 2004, p.5, and on this website.



Inscriptions from the Land of Israel
The primary goal of this site is to create a searchable database of inscriptions, along with their contextual information (e.g., images and
geographical data), of published inscriptions that are roughly within the geographical boundaries of the modern State of Israel and that date from between 500 BCE - 640 CE. The database can be searched according to a broad range of criteria, and the text of the inscriptions can be searched in both the original language (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic) and English translation. The site also includes bibliographies and research and teaching resources connected to these inscriptions.

Presently in the database are only some inscriptions from Caeserea and Hammat Gader (none in Hebrew). It will be regularly updated.

The site can be found at:



2004 Supplement to the Guide de l'Epigraphiste

The 4th supplement, prepared by Fr. Birard, D. Feissel, P. Petitmengin, D. Rousset and M. Shve (with contributions from D. Briquel, Fr. Briquel-Chatonnet, P. Carlier, L. Coulon and G. Pinault) is now available to be downloaded at  Suggestions, corrections and comments are welcome, and should be sent to:


New release of CLAROS

The editors of the Diccionario Griego-Espaqol (DGE) are pleased to announce the new release of CLAROS, the online concordance of Greek inscriptions that can be accessed at

CLAROS is a part of the DGE project. It is an electronic database containing the successive publications of epigraphical Greek texts re-edited during the last 125 years (and before). Users of CLAROS can consult the data relative to the edition of Greek inscriptions (name and date of publication, and the editor's name; but not the epigraphic text itself). More interestingly, users can retrieve the concordance among inscriptions, that is, the different editions of the same inscription.  In addition to the bibliographical reference to the main editions of an epigraphical text, CLAROS contains the reference to numerous corpora of translations of the same Greek texts.

The third release of CLAROS (May 2004) contains more than 384,000 concordances among inscriptions published (in text or translation) in about 3,400 publications. This data was collected through the inspection of about 600 epigraphical collections (including SEG and the Bull.Ep.). Compared with the previous version (September, 2002), this new edition of CLAROS adds 80,000 new concordances, 300 new bibliographical references and 180 collections of texts, out of which we can outline IRhamn., CID 4 or RECAM 4 among the newer, and among the older ones some classical collections like IGR, Guarducci EG, Ramsay CB and Schwyzer Exempla epigraphica.

The database can be consulted in Spanish, French and English at In this page you can learn more about the editions used, the criteria for the inclusion in the data base, and a full list of the bibliographical abbreviations. The editors of CLAROS would appreciate any suggestion for the improvement and enlargement of the data base. Please contact:


The Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda
The massive Greek inscription (the largest known) set up by the Epicurean philosopher Diogenes at Oinoanda, in the mountains of Lycia, in the second century AD, is one of the most extraordinary documents to come down to us from the ancient world. British investigations at Oinoanda in 1968-1983 more than doubled the number of known fragments of the inscription, and in Diogenes of Oinoanda, the Epicurean Inscription, published by Bibliopolis of Naples in 1993 (ISBN 88-7088-270-5), Martin Ferguson Smith presented all that had been discovered down to that date. Since then more of Diogenes' work, including the largest piece yet found, has come to light. The latest texts, together with many new readings and suggestions relating to the texts in the 1993 edition, are contained in Smith's Supplement to Diogenes of Oinoanda, the Epicurean Inscription, published by Bibliopolis in December 2003 (ISBN 88-7088-441-4). The Supplement is priced at Eur.40.00, and there is a special offer price of Eur.100.00 for the 1993 edition and the Supplement. The volumes, both hardbacks, can be ordered through booksellers or direct from the publisher (postage is extra). Orders to the publisher may be sent by post (Bibliopolis, Via Arangio Ruiz 83, 80122 Napoli, Italy), fax (+39-081-7616273), or e-mail (, or via


  The Establishment of Literacy in State Societies: The Ancient Mediterranean
The Ancient Literacy Project now has its own website.  It is also running a series of seminars this year: details of the programme are on the conferences page.


A Roman military diploma, awarded to a Pannonian soldier serving in Britain, has been found in Norfolk; it is, allegedly, the oldest such document found in Britain.  The find (and others from the same site) will be reported in the next issue of British Archaeology, but a shorter (and perhaps less sober) account can be found in the Guardian.



Margaret Roxan, whose contribution to the study of Roman military diplomas was celebrated by the BES at the 2002 Spring Colloquium, died on June 26 2003.  A copy of the Guardian's obituary  can be found on their website:,3604,1012942,00.html



Artist Shane Cullen has inscribed the full (11,500 word)  text of the Good Friday Agreement onto 55 stone panels, "as a democratic gesture to recover ownership of a landmark public document with implications for Anglo-Irish relations".  The inscription is being displayed in a variety of locations in the UK and Ireland: its next stop will be Manchester.   Further details are available at .


An online edition of the Vindolanda tablets was launched on March 20th 2003. The website includes texts, translations, notes and new high-resolution 'zoomable' digital images of all the published tablets. A virtual exhibition also uses the texts and archaeological evidence from Vindolanda and other sites on Britain's northern frontier to introduce the content and context of the
tablets to a non-specialist audience. Other resources within the website include the scholarly introductions to the tablets, an account of the creation of digital texts and images and a reference guide to specialised aspects of Roman life encountered in the documents, such as currency and military terminology.

This freely accessible site is a resource for research and teaching in classics, ancient history and archaeology in universities and schools as well as for everyone with a general interest in the ancient world.   

The website is a collaborative project between the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (Faculty of Classics) and the Academic Computing Development Team at Oxford University, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

Further information:





Albert Schachter reports that work is progressing on the preparation of the late Paul Roesch's corpus of the inscriptions of Thespiae.  There are over 1350 texts, of which about 100 are unpublished.  The project, based in Lyon, has been running for two years, and is expected to take (at least) another three. Anyone interested is welcome to get in touch with the team.  



A new Roman inscription was found in excavations at Tabard Square (junction of Tabard St. and Long Row, Southwark, SE1) in London on 3 October 2002.  It is a marble plaque bearing a religious dedication by one Tiberinius Celerianus, citizen of Beauvais and 'moritix Londiniensium', to the divine powers of plural emperors and the god Mars Camulus.  A full discussion of the inscription, together with photographs, can be found here .


·         The ASGLE website has been improved and updated.  Comments and suggestions (particularly updates concerning sites already linked and notices of new sites  not yet included) are welcome.

·         Another supplement to the 3rd edition of the Guide de l'Epigraphiste has been released, and can be downloaded from


Epidoc project: a message from Tom Elliot

A pre-release version of the EpiDoc DTD (Document Type Definition) is now available for testing and comment (see instructions below). I hope to make the first 'official release' of the DTD sometime during the coming week. At that time, the DTD and accompanying information will be made available for download via the world-wide release mechanisms of, and we will also post a permanent copy somewhere on the web that (we intend) will never change (URL to be decided).

To download a copy of the DTD:
The latest version of the DTD is available from the CVS repository associated with our new EpiDoc sourceforge site.
* entry point:
* cvs repository:
* DTD rev 1.2:*checkout*/epidoc/dtd/tei-epidoc.dtd?rev=1.2

NB: the latter URL will change each time we make a modification to the DTD, so you may want to take the time to get familiar with how to navigate tothe DTD from the other two links.

For now, please make any comments on the DTD or bug reports via the MARKUP list, provided by the Stoa ( ) rather than using the sourceforge bug tracking or request fora.     

May I also suggest that, if you plan to develop your own tools or software for working with EpiDoc, or you would like to be involved in writing portions of the guidelines or further developing the DTD, please join sourceforge using the "New User" link at and then send me your sourceforge username so I can make you part of our EpiDoc development community.

For background information on the EpiDoc project, see


Director, Ancient World Mapping Center    



·         Kathemerini reports that: 

"A marble slab recording the names of a few of the many thousands of Athenians who fell in the calamitous Sicilian expedition in the 5th century BC has been found under a neoclassical building beside the ancient Kerameikos cemetery of Athens". Further details can be found here .

·         A new dedication to the god Viridius?   Guy de la Bedoyere's website reports the unearthing of a fragmentary inscription to apparently dedicated to DIO (sic) VIRID[IO].  The D seems originally to have been marked out as an O and the IR of Viridio are in ligature (possibly).  It is possible that there is the remains of a foot of a letter before DIO in which case the dedication to Viridius may be wishful thinking and that in fact DIO represents the end of a gentilicium. Details here .



CLAROS: On-line concordance of Greek inscriptions

The web page of the Greek-Spanish Dictionary (DGE, ) now contains a bibliographical data
base of Greek Inscriptions, called CLAROS, available for public consultation at the following address:

CLAROS is a collection of the concordances included at the end of many epigraphical collections that were published since the end of the Nineteenth Century, as well as a number of concordances prepared by the authors of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum or by ourselves for volumes that had an incomplete concordance or had no concordance at all.
In all, CLAROS contains near 140.000 records coming from more than 350 epigraphical collections.              

The purpose of CLAROS is to make easier the location of new editions and translations of Greek Inscriptions, and we hope that it will be a valuable resource for epigraphists, classicists, historians and linguists alike.

For further information about this page and to provide comments and suggestions, to notify errata, etc., please mail to Juan Rodrmguez Somolinos at

Daniel Riaqo Rufilanchas
Madrid, Espaqa        



The EpiDoc collaboration, mentioned by Charlotte Roueche in her recent announcement concerning EPAPP, now has its own web site . Please feel free to visit, to comment, and to consider participating in our discussions. Our goal is to develop a proposal for a software and hardware-independent interchange specification for scholarly and educational editions of inscribed and incised texts in Greek, Latin and other languages emanating from the ancient Greek, Roman and nearby civilizations.

Tom Elliott


Imagines Italicae

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and under the direction of Professor Michael Crawford, a volume of Italic inscriptions is in preparation that we hope will become an essential research resource for linguists, historians, archaeologists, and local historians.

We are putting together, for epigraphic material written in the Italic languages, a publication similar to that of Attilio Degrassi's Imagines of Latin Inscriptions of the republican period. This will, in particular, make accessible in a single volume a body of photographic material and a systematic account of each inscription's archaeological context in order to direct attention to the inscription as monument. This work will make available for the first time the basis for establishing a text, dating it, and attributing it to its context.

In brief, the aim of the project is to collect and publish for every inscription included, the following information:

1.      a photograph of the original or of a squeeze (with scale); very occasionally, a drawing may be appropriate in addition to, or instead of, a photograph

2.      a brief description, to include the nature of the material and measurements

3.      a transcription, according to the now standard conventions for Latin inscriptions

4.      an account of the archaeological context; once again, where the monument does not survive, emphasis will be placed on reproducing the original accounts

5.      Latin and English translations, as far as possible

6.      present location and inventory number, where possible.

Our volume will be published in summer 2004. In the meantime we will be glad to draw on our collection of material and assist scholars, as far as we can, as part of what we hope will be a collaborative endeavour. In due course we will set up a website, to provide updates on our data collection and to post requests for information.

We would welcome your thoughts and contributions. In particular, please do contact the project, if you know of any of the following:

1.      collections of Italic inscriptions in preparation

2.      recently discovered, and as yet unpublished, inscriptions

3.      bibliography (on the archaeology, historical significance, language or interpretation of texts and monuments), especially new publications or those less accessible.

Please contact us either by e-mail: or by mail:
Imagines Italicae Project
c/o The Library,
Institute of Classical Studies
Senate House,
Malet Street

Will Broadhead -
Michael Crawford
Margaret Watmough



·         CIL II images online

All the images from the two new volumes of CIL II for Spain are available on a website . These volumes published some of their images on microfiche, so this is far and away the most accessible version of the images. There are nearly 2000 photos and drawings.

·         Corpus of Inscriptions from Aphrodisias

News from Charlotte Rouechi:
Joyce Reynolds and Charlotte Rouechi are working to publish a full corpus of the Aphrodisias inscriptions, and Charlotte is trying to create a www version. On this website you will find a full description of what they are hoping to achieve; what they hope is that this can produce not only a useful publication, but also tools which can be of value to others. Do please feel free to get in touch, and do follow the progress of the project over the year. The project is being made possible by generous support from the Leverhulme Trust.

Note from Tom Elliott, Director, Ancient World Mapping Center:
The above project is further intended to go beyond these immediate goals to help push forward the work of the Epidoc Project ( latest guideline draft ), which currently operates under the auspices of the Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities.
The Epidoc group is working to craft guidelines for the preparation of digital epigraphic texts using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) tag set in the Extensible Markup Language (XML). The goal of Epidoc is to streamline the planning process for other digital epigraphic projects and to ensure the highest possible degree of portability and compatibility of data sets produced by such projects. One important aspect of the initiative is to offer the possibility for existing projects to connect with, and use, each others' data, even when that data is produced and stored in different formats. The epidoc guidelines would then function as a "linking technology" to relate disparate systems already in use without requiring those projects to merge their underlying technological infrastructures or working methods. The success of these collaborative efforts, which are intended to be of use to a broad international community, depends entirely upon public discussion and critique. Please do therefore send comments and suggestions to Tom Elliott as well.


Cambridge squeezes online

A first version of the Cambridge Classics Faculty Squeeze Collection Catalogue is now available online.
The collection is the second largest in Britain, and contains squeezes (paper impressions) of inscriptions from Greece - especially Athens, Asia Minor, Cyrenaica, Cyprus, Syria, Egypt, and Italy. This database includes records of most of the squeezes in the Faculty's collection (the catalogue of the Cypriot inscriptions is not yet complete). It is possible to search for a specific inscription, by publication details or to perform more general searches, by region, period or topic.

Further details of the collection:

·         Greece. The majority of the squeezes are from Athenian inscriptions (Epigraphical Museum; Agora Inscriptions; Athenian Tribute Lists). There are a small number of squeezes from other parts of Greece (Peloponnese, Boeotia, Delphi, Northern Greece, Aegean Islands). The collection also includes the former squeeze collection of the British School at Athens, which includes squeezes from various parts of Greece, but especially Sparta.

·         Asia Minor. The collection includes over 1000 squeezes (made by I.W. MacPherson), mainly from North Galatia and Ankara, but also from Byrsa and various sites in Phrygia. MacPherson's photographs of these inscriptions are also held by the Faculty of Classics. There are also squeezes from Cilicia (made by Professor M. Gough), from Aphrodisias, and from various other parts of Asia Minor, together with a large number of squeezes, made by T.B. Mitford and G.E. Bean in their travels through southern Asia Minor (the Faculty also has Mitford's Field Books for Asia Minor).

·         Cyprus. T.B. Mitford's squeezes, collected from 1936 onwards, together with a number of photographs, notebooks and manuscripts, form an important resource for Cypriot epigraphy (they were intended to form the basis of Mitford's uncompleted corpus of Cypriot inscriptions). The collection includes alphabetic and syllabic texts. PLEASE NOTE: not all of this collection is yet available online.

·         Other regions: there are a large number of squeezes from Cyrenaica; as well as a few squeezes from Syria, Egypt and Italy.

·         Museum of Antiquities, Leiden. The collection includes squeezes of most of the Greek inscriptions from the Museum of Antiquities at Leiden (mainly from Asia Minor). (Donated by H.W. Pleket.)

·         Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. There are a few squeezes taken from inscriptions that are now kept in the Fitzwilliam Museum.



RIVA Publishers still have a limited number of copies of the book: INSCRIPTIONES GRAECAE IN BULGARIA REPERTAE by Gueorgi Mihailov , 696 pp., 514 photos, 5 maps, 165/235 mm, hard cover ISBN 954-8001-03-09. This is the last, fifth volume of Georgi Mihailov`s collection of inscriptions. The book is in Latin and includes 936 inscriptions found on the territory of Bulgaria. 516 of them were discovered after the publication of the previous volumes, while the other ones are addenda et corrigenda of already published ones. 16 indexes are supplied, comprising more than 3000 units. Georgi Mihailov (1915 - 1991) was President of the Association Internationale d`Epigraphie Grecque et Latine from 1972 to the end of his life. He was Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Sofia, Corresponding Fellow of the Deutsches Archaologisches Institut since 1972, Corresponding Fellow of the Royal British Academy since 1972, Membre correspondant de l`Acadimie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres since 1979.

The price is $ 140 (postage included) You can order the book from: Riva Publishers 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria 53B, Graf Ignatiev Str., fl. 3 Payments by: Check (payable to Riva Publishers on the same address) Wire transfer to Bank account: Bulgaria, CB BIOCHIM, SWIFT CODE CBIBGSF, Batenberg Branch, Branch Code 66084219, Account 1110223202 Please confirm the order with name and address to:


A recent announcement has been made of an important new epigraphic discovery (authenticity still to be confirmed):

ARQUEOHISPANIA has announced the discovery of a bronze in the province of Leon carrying a text claimed to be an edict of Augustus concerning the organisation of communities in the 'provincia Transduriana' .

Further information can be found at


See now the brief publication :

C. Rascon Garcia, 'Un edicto de Augusto concedidendo la inmunidad a Paemeiobriga', Labeo 46 (2000) pp. 7-9.

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