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Documentary Research on Greek Inscriptions

➤ Directors

Laurent Dubois (EPHE)
Denis Rousset (EPHE)

Bulletin épigraphique of the Revue des études grecques (ed. L. Dubois)

The Bulletin épigraphique has been published in the Revue des études grecques since 1888. Its purpose is to present and critically identify publications related to ancient Greek inscriptions. The Bulletin épigraphique was published by Jeanne Robert and Louis Robert from 1938 to 1984, then under the direction of Philippe Gauthier from 1987 to 2006. Since 2007, the Bulletin has been edited by a team of philologists and historians under the direction of L. Dubois.
The Bulletin is divided into two parts : a thematic part of various “Rubriques” (Généralités, Rapports avec l’archéologie, Mots nouveaux et mots rares, Onomastique, Institutions) and a geographical part, from Gaul to Egypt. Every two years, the Bulletin contains an important Christian dossier edited by D. Feissel. It thus covers the entire Greek world, both in time (from the 8th century B.C. to the proto-Byzantine era) and space (from Spain to Afghanistan).
We also may mention a number of volumes :
– The Bulletin épigraphique from the years 1987 to 2001, republished in 4 vols., Epigraphica 3-6, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2007 → publisher’s website
– The index for the years 1978-1984, by J. Marcillet-Jaubert, A.-M. Vérilhac, and Cl. Vial, in collaboration with D. Rousset, Epigraphica 7, 2010, 400 p., → publisher’s website
– Index of the Bulletin épigraphique (1987-2001), directed by M. H. Hatzopoulos, by S. Aneziri, N. Giannakopoulos et al., 3 vols., Meletèmata, 43.1-3, Paris, 2005-2006 → publisher’s website
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➤ The Thracians in the Greco-Roman World (D. Dana)

– Monograph titled Onomasticon Thracicum (OnomThrac). Répertoire des noms indigènes de Thrace, Macédoine Orientale, Mésies, Dacie et Bithynie, Athens, 2014.
– Monograph titled Les Thraces dans l’Égypte hellénistique (papyrus, inscriptions, graffites, sources littéraires) : prosopography and social history ; criteria for identification, origin and recruitment, social and legal status, marriage and onomastic strategies, identity and evolution in a multicultural society.

➤ Greek Inscriptions in the Louvre (edited on behalf of ANHIMA by D. Rousset)

The collection of Greek inscriptions preserved in the Louvre consists of approximately 1,000 documents spread over nearly ten centuries, from the 6th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. Given the chronological, geographic, and thematic variety of the texts and the inherent originality of many of their media – stelae, architectural elements, statues, and other votive objects, etc. – the scholarly and heritage interest of this collection is undeniable.
The goal of the program E-PIGRAMME, “Épigraphie et Muséographie : édition numérique et valorisation de la collection des inscriptions grecques du Louvre” (“Epigraphy and Museography : Digital Edition and Enhancement of the Collection of Greek Inscriptions in the Louvre”), the ANR-funded project for the years 2013-2015 is to produce a printed and digital edition of this collection. The consortium brings together four partners : two research centers, UMR 5189 Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques (HiSoMA – “History and Sources of the Ancient World”), the coordinator, UMR 8210 ANHIMA, the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre (DAGER), and the French School at Athens (EfA). This research project is also intended to promote the development of digital editions in Greek epigraphy.
Collaborators (from ANHIMA) : A. Alonso Déniz, D. Dana, Y. Kalliontzis, P. Kossmann.

➤ Collections of Greek Inscriptions

Several members of this program are preparing the establishment or the continuation of corpora of Greek inscriptions :
Greek letters inscribed on lead and on potsherds (Madalina Dana)
This project aims to create a corpus of letters on lead and potsherds from the Greek world, with text, critical apparatus, translation, commentary, and updated bibliography. At present, the project includes 39 letters. The book will consist of two parts : the corpus proper and a synthesis that covers various aspects : epistolary conventions, commercial practices, legal aspects of commercial exchange, the degree of literacy of the traders, and the relations that Greeks living on the “periphery” maintained with local peoples.

International arbitration in the Greek world (D. Rousset)
Collections of records of arbitration between Greek states from the Archaic period to 197 B.C. were published by L. Piccirilli (1973) and later by A. Magnetto (1996). Now it is indispensable to cover the subsequent history of the Greek cities by collecting all the texts from the first two centuries B.C. This third and final volume in the series will be a collaborative work between Paris and Pisa under the joint direction of D. Rousset and A. Magnetto.

Ancient inscriptions of Phocis and Doris (D. Rousset)
In the series of Inscriptiones graecae published by the Academy of Berlin, Central Greece represents the part 1 of volume IX. The first edition, by W. Dittenberger in 1897, contained 235 inscriptions from Doris and Phocis. The second edition, Inscriptiones Phocidis Doridisque, now being prepared by D. Rousset for publication in 2015 by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, will contain 750 inscriptions, dozens of which have not previously been edited. A series of preliminary articles was published from 2011 to 2014 : see the bibliography of D. Rousset.

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