Digitizing the Ehrenberg Archaeological Collection

Through the Roman Society Museum and Heritage Summer Placement, I was chosen to participate in a two week long internship with the Hellenic and Roman Library and the Institute of Classical Studies, at the University of London. My time here was spent cataloguing and 3D modelling the Ehrenberg Collection, which consists of Greek and Roman artifacts from various periods that were donated to the library by Victor Ehrenberg.

This placement interested and benefited me as a Master’s student in Digital Archaeology and Heritage Management. I will soon be completing my degree at Leiden University, where I have been researching the uses, politics and ethics of 3D imaging as a documentation tool for tangible heritage that will be repatriated to its origin communities, or for items that are difficult for researchers and the public to access.

Working with the Ehrenberg collection was an interesting addition to my research, because the goal of the project was to make the items fully accessible online. When Victor Ehrenberg donated these items, he wished they would be used for further research and education, and thanks to 3D imaging, we are now able to make the artifacts accessible for those interested to view and learn from without having to request them from the library. Furthermore, many of the items are still being held in storage either due to their fragility or lack of display room in the library, so making them available to view digitally will hopefully help carry out Ehrenberg’s wishes and benefit researchers of Greek and Roman antiquity.

3D models that are now available on Sketchfab.

During this internship, I identified and transcribed Ehrenberg’s original catalogue of artifacts into an online catalogue, which will eventually be added to the library’s database. I then began creating 3D models of the items on Agisoft Photoscan, a photogrammetric software. The models that have been created are now accessible on Sketchfab to view and download for free at https://sketchfab.com/harlehrenberg or https://sketchfab.com/awalsh/collections/harl-ehrenberg. While completing these steps, I also created a workflow with useful tips and tricks so that this project may be continued in the future by following the same methodology. This includes a standard workflow for taking photos and using Agisoft, creating a 360 degree model and uploading the completed models to Sketchfab.

A variety of challenges arose during this project. The first step was identifying and transcribing the items in the original catalogue, which contained only a brief description of the items in the collection. Perhaps with future research of these items, they will be assigned more descriptive identifies that can be included in the archive.

The 3D models were created using photogrammetry with Agisoft Photoscan Pro. Of the almost 200 items in the collection, 10 models were created and uploaded to Sketchfab. The photos were taken using a Canon Rebel t5i with varying settings depending on the item, but usually with an ISO of 3200, an aperture of F/9 and shutter speed of 1/30. The items were placed on a stable surface while I moved the camera around it, taking multiple rounds of photos at different heights, always at 70-80% overlap. The photos were always immediately added and aligned on Agisoft Photoscan at a low quality setting to ensure a sufficient amount of camera coverage before the item was moved. In many cases, I went back and took additional photos, particularly when the item such as a jug included a handle, as a significant amount of photos were needed to capture around the handle and between the handle and neck of the vessel. The amount of photos taken were       between 75-135, depending on the size of the object. Some items were particularly difficult to capture, such as the painted column krater due to its curved dark interior (for which I used the camera’s flash), and with a small red figure aryballesque lekythos, which was not modelled in the end due to the difficulty it presented having a reflective surface, and due to time constraints.

Camera alignment on Agisoft Photoscan while modelling a krater.

Once an appropriate amount of cameras aligned on a high quality setting, I proceeded with creating the dense point cloud, mesh, and texture usually using Photoscan’s default parameters. The bases of most of the items were not photographed or rendered on Photoscan because there usually was nothing of interest. In these cases, I used MeshMixer to create a flat base and filled it using a similar texture as the rest of the model. This program was also useful for closing holes that were missed in the mesh. However, there were a few items that had painted bases and were therefore necessary to capture. In these cases, I took photos of the item sitting upright, then flipped it upside down and repeated the photography. The photos were then divided into two chunks on Photoscan and automatically aligned using the align chunks and merge chunks tools. This method did create a messier dense cloud and more time was spent cleaning the cloud and aligning the two clouds, but it was worth the effort in the end to create a 360 degree view of the object.

A very exciting aspect of this project was being taught how to 3D print an item. After creating a 3D model from the original that was kept in storage, we printed a copy of a Roman Egyptian stone baboon. 3D printing is a useful method of making artifacts accessible, because they can be used as teaching tools or if the original item is too fragile to handle. Likewise, some items in the collection were broken and are in need of repair, but by 3D modelling the fragments together, I was able to “digitally repair” them so they are visible as they originally looked. For example, two goddess figurines had their heads detached, and a large column krater had a broken handle. In their 3D models you can see them reattached.

3D printing a Roman Egyptian Baboon.

Figuring out how to include in the archive Ehrenberg’s drawings and photographs, as well as the 3D models that will eventually be created of all the items has not yet been decided. With such a large data set that the models created, consideration about how to store this data is an important issue. The ten models that were made created a data set of approximately 50GB, for which a data repository will eventually have to be built. When all the items are eventually modelled, this repository could make up close to 1TB of data.

I enjoyed working with the items in this collection because it gave me an amazing opportunity to continue learning about 3D imaging and its valuable uses. Being at the HARL for two weeks showed me what a valuable resource it is to academics in the field, and I hope my contribution to the Institute through this project proves useful.  Thank you to Fiona Haarer at the Roman Society, and to Gabriel Bodard, Joanna Ashe and Valeria Vitale at the ICS for their help with planning and offering their advice and expertise on this project.

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Report: Digital Palaeography panel (at ICP, Lecce, July 2019)

On the morning on Wednesday, July 31st 2019, there was a two-hour session of the International Congress of Papyrology, in Lecce, Italy, on Digital Palaeography. This session was convened by Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello, Klaas Bentein and myself, although I only attended virtually via Google Hangout.

The session was made up of seven short papers (10 minutes each, no individual questions) and two longer sessions for general discussion between the participants and the audience.

We began with an introduction by the organizers, in which Isabelle asked how we might use computer science progress in areas such as document analysis and handwriting recognition to further the research goals of papyrology and other ancient palaeographical disciplines. Klaas gave a brief overview of his ERC project “Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt.”

The first three presentations were:

  • Vlad Atanasiu (Basel): Script Styles Panoramas by Computational Synthesis (including a nice synthesis of the conflict between computational or statistical knowledge, and human expertise, which needs different kinds of understanding and communication).
  • Fabian Wespi (Heidelberg): Digital Palaeography and Demotic studies (great summary of approaches to classification in Demotic palaeography and how digital approaches contribute to the field).
  • Gemma Hayes (Groningen): The Search for the Qumran Scribes (based on the project “The Hands that wrote the Bible: Digital Palaeography and scribal culture in the Dead Sea Scrolls” that we heard about in London in December).

Followed by ten minutes discussion, much of which focussed on the interoperability of algorithmic approaches such as those presented by the first three speakers, and in particular the possibility of applying approaches designed for one language or script to handwritten texts in other languages.

The next four presentations then, were:

  • Antonia Sarri (Manchester): Handling of Received Letters from Ptolemaic to Roman Times (very interesting overview of the difficulty in identifying and analyising handshifts in papyrological texts, and what they tell us about the re-use of papyrus correspondence).
  • Hussein A. Mohammed (Hamburg): Computational Analysis of Handwriting Styles in Heavily Degraded Manuscripts (a wonderful case-study in some very hard to read documents, and discussion of various computational approaches to improving the programmatic analysis of them).
  • Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello (Basel): D-scribes project and notary hands in Dioscorus archive (proposed futuristic database for search for handwriting similarity, described a programming competition for binarization tools, and plugged “GoRDiPal” (Group of Research in Digital Palaeography) and the D-Scribes mailing list)
  • Alberto Nodar, Lluís González Julià (Barcelona): What’s inside the cigar boxes? The carbonized papyi of the Palau-Ribes collection (the difficulty of studying the Bubastos papyri which are both fragmented and [randomly] dispersed among collections around world).

There followed another twenty minutes of general discussion, which touched on the importance of transparency in mathematical analysis, and of course therefore of open source and other permissive licences for software and data. Metadata about both tools and processes used, credit individual interventions and collaborations (including, I would say, micro-contributions) are essential to make this work academically credible.

Please join the D-Scribes mailing list if you would like to join and continue this conversation beyond the conference.

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Using the Classical Language Toolkit (Graz, November 6, 2019)

Posted on behalf of Sarah Lang:

I would like to invite you to participate in the workshop “Using the Classical Language Toolkit” at Centre for Information Modelling (ZIM) in Graz on the 6th of November 2019.

Find the German and English information below and also please consult this link if interested: https://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at/de/veranstaltungen/using-the-classical-language-toolkit/

In diesem Workshop wird das Classical Language Toolkit (CLTK) vorgestellt. Es handelt sich dabei um ein Toolkit, das auf Pythons Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) aufbaut und Funktionalitäten zur natursprachlichen Verarbeitung historischer Sprachen anbietet. Im Gegensatz zu modernen Sprachen liegen im Falle der klassischen Sprachen nur deutlich kleinere Korpora vor, was die automatische Verarbeitung erschwert. Hinzukommt der Umstand, dass die Rohdaten nicht notwendigerweise grammatikalisch und orthographisch normalisiert sind. Der Workshop zeigt die Möglichkeiten auf, die das CLTK zur Verfügung stellt, und bietet eine praktische Einführung in die Anwendung anhand des Beispiels von De re coquinaria. Der Fokus liegt besonders auf Latein, der Sprache, die im Toolkit als erste entwickelt wurde und wohl am besten erschlossen ist. Frühneuhochdeutsch soll als Anwendungsfall einer im Projekt noch weniger tief erschlossenen Sprache vorgestellt und die Übertragbarkeit des Toolkits auf diese diskutiert und erprobt werden.

Der Workshop wird auf das im Abstract genannte Textmaterial fokussieren, Interessierte sind aber prinzipiell willkommen! Von Akkadisch, Altgriechisch und Altnordisch, über Altenglisch, Mittelhochdeusch und Sanskrit bishin zu Urdu bietet das CLTK eine weite Auswahl an Sprachen an. Mehr Information über vertretene Sprachen finden Sie hier: http://docs.cltk.org/en/latest/. Die Teilnahmerzahl ist begrenzt daher bitte um rasche Anmeldung (bis spätestens 1. Oktober 2019) bei sarah.lang(at)uni-graz.at. Es wird erwartet, dass Teilnehmende ihre eigenen Laptops mit Python-Installation mitbringen.

In this workshop, the Classical Language Toolkit (CLTK) will be presented, a computational toolkit for the Python programming language, focused on processing classical languages. They need specific attention because of the very nature of accessible data: Contrary to contemporary languages, classical languages have a fixed corpus of texts and may not be precisely understood. We will show how it is possible to deal with these limitations in order to automatically extract information from texts. As an example document, De re coquinaria will be processed during the presentation in order to give an idea of the domain in a concrete situation and teach the fundamental usage of CLTK.

The workshop will focus on the languages mentioned but those interested in other languages covered by the CLTK are welcome as well (learn about available languages here: http://docs.cltk.org/en/latest/). The number of participants is limited; if you want to participate, contact sarah.lang(at)uni-graz.at; application deadline: October 1st; participants are expected to bring their own laptops with a python installed.

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Digital Classics at FIEC/CA 2019

There will be three panels (two-hour sessions of varying structures) of interest to digital classicists running as part of the joint conference of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques and the Classical Association, next week. I’ll try to get participants to write fuller reports eventually, but in the meantime, here is a brief outline of the activities.

(Full FIEC/CA 2019 programme.)

Sunday July 7, 09:30–11:30 Linked Ancient World Data

Organized by Paula Granados García & Sarah Middle (Open University)

  • Sarah Middle (Open University), Using Linked Data for Ancient World Research
  • Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies), Standards for Networking Ancient People: decentralized interoperability for prosopographical and onomastic data
  • Frank Grieshaber (University of Heidelberg), “GODOT – Graph of Dated Objects and Texts”: Ancient Chronology and Linked Data
  • Andrew Meadows (University of Oxford), Linked Ancient Numismatic Data: Τhe nomisma.org project and beyond
  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Pelagios: Linked Open Geo-Data for the Ancient World
  • Ethan Gruber (American Numismatic Society), Kerameikos.org: A Linked Open Greek Pottery Project
  • Paula Granados García (Open University), Cultural Contact in Early Roman Baetica through Linked Open Data: a proof of concept

Sunday July 7, 15:00–17:00 Rethinking Classics in the 21 century: Technology, Pedagody, and Interdisciplinarity

Organized by Eleni Bozia (University of Florida)

  • Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham) and Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies), Teaching digital epigraphy in classroom, workshop, online tutorial, and Sunoikisis Digital Classics seminar
  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Students at the interface: annotating texts, co-creating context
  • Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki), Greek Documentary Papyri, Linguistics, and Digital Methods
  • Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London), Opening the doors? New resources for new audiences

Monday July 8, 09:30–11:30 Engagement, Materiality and Play: The Use of 3D Models of Antiquities in and out of the Classroom

Organized by Valeria Vitale & Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies)

  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Learning by Remaking
  • Claudina Romero Mayorga and Amy Smith (University of Reading), Object-based teaching through a new lens: 3D scanning and printing Cypriote figurines in the Ure Museum
  • Diana Burton (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Herakles vs Pokemon: integrating 3D printing with Greek vase-painting
  • Ellen Swift and Jo Stoner (University of Kent), 3D scanning and the creation of replica objects for museum education: the ‘Sounds of Roman Egypt’ exhibition at the UCL Petrie Museum
  • Will Wootton (King’s College London), Documenting, printing and interpreting: from photogrammetry to 3D printing in the understanding and teaching of ancient craft production
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Durham Digital Classics Training, June 10, 2019

The Department of Classics and Ancient History in Durham and the Institute of Classical Studies (London) are offering a one-day training workshop in digital approaches to classical and historical texts, to be held at Durham University. The workshop will include discussion of digital philology, linguistic annotation and translation, geographical annotation and visualization, and EpiDoc encoding for epigraphic and papyrological texts. There will be opportunity for hands-on practice of a few tools and methods on the day, and pointers to further information and sources of training in this area.

The workshop will take place in the Seminar Room of the Classics Department on Monday June 10, 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00.  There is no charge for the workshop but booking is essential. To reserve a place, send an email to g.e.curtis@durham.ac.uk.

For more information contact p.j.heslin@durham.ac.uk and gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk.

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Digital Papyrology Workshops 2019-2020, Parma

Posted for Nicola Reggiani:

two workshops on Digital Papyrology will be held at the University of Parma (Italy) with the purpose of providing advanced professional training in the digital edition of ancient documents, with a particular focus on literary and paraliterary papyri.

The workshops will be held in both English and Italian and are organized within the courses of Papyrology (Nicola Reggiani) and Greek Literature (Massimo Magnani), and will feature a roster of international expert instructors: Lajos Berkes (Humboldt University of Berlin), member of the Papyri.info editorial board; Andrea Bernini (University of Naples “Federico II”), ERC PLATINUM Project; Giuseppe Celano (University of Leipzig), Ancient Greek and Latin Dependency Treebank editor; Massimo Magnani (University of Parma), MIUR-DAAD “Ekdosis” Project, Parma Unit director; Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma), member of the DCLP editorial board; Fabian Reiter (University of Bologna), associate professor of Papyrology; Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki), SEMATIA Project director.

The first workshop (21-25 October 2019) will be focused on Leiden+ encoding of literary and paraliterary texts and will provide theoretical foundations and practical training in the digital encoding of literary and paraliterary papyri in Leiden+ markup language on the Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri platform (litpap.info). Specific issues such as the digital encoding of textual variants, the Catalogue of Paraliterary Papyri (CPP), and papyrological databanking will be addressed too.

The second workshop (3-7 February 2020) will be centered on Textual encoding and linguistic annotation of literary and paraliterary texts and will be made of theoretical classes and practical sessions about the digital annotation of linguistic metadata of literary and paraliterary papyri using the SEMATIA and Arethusa platforms. Specific issues such as the technical vocabulary of the papyri and linguistic databases will be addressed too.

Participation in both workshops is open to anyone interested. A fee of 90 € is required for each workshop. The fee includes registration, lunches, and attendant’s kit (backpack with teaching and stationery material, usb key, and discounts on the purchase of books related to the meeting’s topics). Some low-rated accommodation options will be available through the University. One can choose if attending one or both seminars: attendance to one is not mandatory to attend the other one. A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of each workshop.

The applicants must provide the organizers with (a) their curriculum and (b) a letter of intent where they state why they are interested in taking part in the workshop(s) and what results they expect from it. Both can be redacted either in Italian or in English, and are to be sent to papiro@unipr.it by and not after the following dates:
September 1, 2019 to attend the first workshop
December 1, 2019 to attend the second workshop

Admission to the workshop(s) will be notified within 15 days after receiving the application, along with further directions on the payment of the participation fee and the general organization of the seminars.

The e-mail address above is also available for any possible question.

Best regards,

Nicola Reggiani

University of Parma

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Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints

The regular Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints that we used to run have stalled in the last year or so, but we will be restarting them as of next month.

For now, sprints will run on the first Tuesday of every month, at 16:00–18:00 UK time.

  • June 4, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • August 6, 2019

Information on what we get up to and what we would like to achieve can be found at the Wiki Editing page.

If you want to chat with other sprinters in real time, you may join the DigiClass IRC Channel.

If you don’t yet have an account on the Digital Classicist Wiki and would like one, please contact any of the administrators named at the Members page and we will create an account for you.

We would be happy to receive suggestions of themed sprints in the future. (In the past we have run sprints on geography, papyrology, language technologies, and other topics.) Maybe suggest them here on the Digiclass list, and see who else might be interested.

Other suggestions and ideas welcome!

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New mailing list: Greek and Latin Treebanking

A new mailing list intended for the discussion of Ancient Greek and Latin treebanking, GLTreebank, has been created.

We expect and welcome questions, announcements and colleagial conversation about all aspects of morphosyntactic annotation of the ancient languages, including but not restricted to: querying, visualising, and otherwise using treebanks; the development of treebanked corpora; use and citation of already existing corpora (e.g. AGLDT and PROIEL corpora, or Universal Dependencies); questions about the practicalities or grammatical features around annotating itself; and more theoretical discussion of the value of treebanking in research, pedagogy, and other scholarly practice. Users at all stages of scholarly advancement, including interested nonacademics, are welcome to join.

To subscribe, either go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/gltreebank while logged into your Google account, and select “Apply for membership” (you can change delivery options to a non-Gmail address once subscribed), or send a blank email to <gltreebank+subscribe@googlegroups.com> from the address you wish to use to send and receive email. Your membership will be approved as promptly as possible.

List managers:

  • Marja Vierros
  • Gabriel Bodard
  • Giuseppe Celano
  • Polina Yordanova
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Digital Classicist London 2019 programme

Digital Classicist London 2019

Institute of Classical Studies

Fridays at 16:30 in room G34*, Senate House south block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
(*except June 21 & July 12, room G11)


Seminars will be screencast on the Digital Classicist London YouTube channel, for the benefit of those who are not able to make it in person.

Discuss the seminars on Twitter at #DigiClass.

Jun 7 Chelsea Gardner (Hawai’i) & Rebecca Seifried (IMS-FORTH) The CART-ography Project: Cataloguing Ancient Routes and Travels in the Mani Peninsula (abstract)
Jun 14 Martina Astrid Rodda & Barbara McGillivray (Alan Turing Institute) Exploring the productivity of Homeric formulae through Distributional Semantics (abstract)
*Jun 21 Jari Pakkanen (RHUL) Digital Tools for Classical Archaeology and Architecture: Combining Total Station Drawing and Photogrammetry in Fieldwork Documentation (abstract) G11
Jun 28 Juliana Bastos Marques (University of Rio de Janeiro) Methodologies for teaching Ancient History with Wikipedia (abstract)
Jul 5 Julian Bogdani (La Sapienza, Rome) PAThs: a digital archaeological atlas of Coptic literature for the study of Late Antique Egypt (abstract)
*Jul 12 Georgia Kolovou (Center for Hellenic Studies) Translating the Homeric Scholia in the manuscript Venetus A: from the text to hypertext (abstract) G11
Jul 19 Tea Ghigo et al. (La Sapienza, Rome) Archeometric analysis of inks from Coptic manuscripts (abstract)
Jul 26 Kelly McClinton (Bloomington IN) The Application of Photogrammetric 3D Modeling to Roman Domestic Space (abstract)

The Digital Classicist seminar series presents innovative and collaborative digital research, teaching and practice in all areas of antiquity, including cultures beyond the Mediterranean, from classics, ancient history, cultural heritage, reception, and other perspectives.

Digital Classicist London seminar is organized by Gabriel Bodard and Valeria Vitale (ICS), Eleanor Robson (UCL) and Simona Stoyanova (Nottingham).

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Digital Classicist London 2019, call for proposals

The Digital Classicist invites proposals for the summer 2019 seminar series, which will run on Friday afternoons in June and July at the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London.

We would like to see papers that address digital, innovative and collaborative research, teaching and practice in all areas of antiquity (including cultures beyond the Mediterranean), whether from classics, ancient history, cultural heritage, reception, or other perspectives. Proposals from researchers of all levels, including students and professional practitioners, are welcome. As with previous years, most presentations will be live-cast and archived on Youtube.

There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within the UK, but we have occasionally been able to assist international presenters to attend). To submit a paper, please email an abstract of up to 300 words as an attachment to gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk by Monday, March 4, 2019.

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Digital Editions in Practice (Tufts, May 31–June 1, 2019)

Posted for Lisa M. Cerrato:

Call for applications: Digital Editions in Practice, A Two-Day Workshop

Hosted by: Perseus Digital Library
Where: Tufts University, Medford, MA
When: May 31 – June 1, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Contact: perseus_neh@tufts.edu
How to apply: complete online form (including statement of intent)

The Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University will host a two-day workshop that provides an overview of a sample, practical digital editions creation workflow. This will feature both an open-lecture component led by developers and expert users of advanced technologies and “hands-on” sessions for participants that offer in-depth demonstrations of select tools and technologies as well as discussions tailored to the attendees.

See the full announcement for more details.

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British Library PhD Research Placements (London, 2019)

Forwarded from Gethin Rees:

The British Library are advertising placements for PhD students, several of which might be of interest.


May I draw your attention to the placement titled ‘Identifying and using map images in born-digital collections’.


The deadline for applications is 18 February 2019.

This is a great opportunity for a student with an interest in geography, maps and digital research to develop their skills and experience through working with the British Library’s diverse digital collections.

Editor’s note: there are also several other placements in this call for applications that may be of interest to digital classicts, including:

And potentially many others…


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EpiDoc and digital epigraphy workshop (London, April 29-May 4, 2019)

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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“Ancient History in the Internet Age” (Manchester, Jan 30, 2019)

The Manchester and District Classical Association’s Fourth Annual Whitehead Lecture will be held in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitcan University, on Wednesday  30 January 2019, 17:30. The public lecture (open to schoolchildren and the public as well as academics at all levels) may be of interest to Digital Classicists…

Our speaker this year is Professor Helen King (The Open University), on the topic of:

‘Does the Evidence Really Say That? Doing Ancient History in the Internet Age’


The internet has changed how we do history of any kind. Primary sources are readily available to anyone with an interest in finding them, and more secondary material is available every day. But how do we evaluate the reliability of the evidence we find, and – even more importantly – how can we ensure that those with a general interest in ancient history have access to good materials? I’ve recently finished writing a book on how the internet does the ancient world, with special reference to Hippocrates. As part of this, I’ve engaged with some entirely fictional claims about the ‘Father of Medicine’ which now circulate widely, including the claims that he was the first to describe hysteria, and that he was imprisoned for twenty years for challenging the establishment. I suggest that, in some ways, there’s nothing new here: people have always told the stories they like and have played fast and loose with the evidence. But, in other ways, things have changed: access to bad history is now more widespread than ever.

This event is free and everyone is welcome but please register.

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Post-doc position in Latin and Computational Linguistics (Lausanne)

Posted for Francesca Dell’Oro:

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher SNSF in Computational Linguistics or Corpus Linguistics with a focus on Latin in the Language and Information Sciences Department.

Expected start date in position : 1st March 2019 (or to be agreed)
Contract length : 4 years
Activity rate : 75%
Workplace : Lausanne-Dorigny

The successful candidate will work on the project « A world of possibilities. Modal pathways on the extra-long period of time: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language » founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF n° PP00P1_176778).

The team will consist of the PI and of a PhD student in addition to the Post-doc.

The main tasks of the post-doc researcher will be:

– the development of suitable annotation schemes
– the creation and development of a database and of its interface
– the creation and maintenance of the website of the project
– the annotation of Latin texts
– the collaboration at various research activities connected with the project (publications and other ways of disseminating results)

Job specification and application information.

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