Guide de l’epigraphiste

A tool that can not be missing in your “epigraphic toolbox” is the Guide de l’epigraphiste.

In order to help epigraphers and “uninitiated” audience to approach epigraphy and to deal with the technicalities of such subject, a group of French scholars undertook the project of a Bibliographie choisie des épigraphies antiques et médiévales, as the self-explanatory subtitle clarifies.

Published for the first time in 1986,   updated  in a second edition in 1989 and in 2000 in its third edition, the guide contains a carefully selected bibliographical apparatus, with brief comments on individual works, a methodological introduction and a rich series of indices.

This fourth edition contains 2975 items, with titles published between 2000 and 2010.
Online, among other documents, you can find the available updates on June 2011, June 2012, and recently posted June 2013 too.

Dripsinum: a new old Roman city

Old and new at the same time: archaeologists shed light on a Roman settlement, whose location was previously unknown.

The site, known before just from literary sources, has been discovered by Paolo Visonà, a native of northern Italy and adjunct associate professor of art history at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, and George Crothers, an associate professor of anthropology at the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

Let’s hear from their own voice something about this exciting discovery!

More general information can be found here, while here you can retrieve more details on the archaeological techniques.



Londinium…is back!

wood writing tablet
wood writing tablet 

Archaeologists of MOLA working in a waterlogged trench at the Bloomberg Place1  have recovered more than 10,000 objects from Roman London, including writing tablets (more than 100 fragments!), amber, a well with ritual deposits of pewter, coins and cow skulls, thousands of pieces of pottery, a unique piece of padded and stitched leather, and the largest collection of lucky charms in the shape of phalluses ever found on a single site.

To find more about this “Pompeii of the North”, as the site has been nicknamed, check these articles from the Guardian, The Indipendent , the Telegraph, the, and the news on BBC and the CNN.

An interview to  Sadie Watson (site director) by Erin McLaughlin clarifies the importance of this exciting discovery, broadcasted on April 10th.

For more information in Italian, a gallery of pictures related to findings and a video on that, take a look at the links from the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.  The news has had a wide echo in local newspapers, from North (Friuli) to South (Sicily: ViviEnna).

Once again…Romans are back! 🙂

  1. already known for the Temple of Mithras []