CONF: The Epigraphic Culture(s) of Late Antiquity (Heidelberg, June 2009)

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The Epigraphic Culture(s) of Late Antiquity

Dates: Friday 26 – Saturday 27 June, 2009

Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, Hauptstrasse 242 – Heidelberg (


Friday, 26th of June 2009

9.00 Christian WITSCHEL/Carlos MACHADO: Welcome and Introduction

I – The Late Antique Epigraphic Habit in the Western and Eastern Parts
of the Roman Empire – Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects

9.10: Christian WITSCHEL (Heidelberg): “Spätantike Inschriftenkulturen
im Westen des Imperium Romanum – ein Überblick”

10.10: Charlotte ROUECHÉ (London): “Late Antique Inscriptions in the
East: Evidence and Problems”

11.10 – 11.30: Coffee Break

II – Late Antique Inscriptions in their Social and Physical Context

11.30: Carlos MACHADO (São Paulo/Heidelberg): “Dedicated to Eternity?
The Re-Use of Statue Bases in Late Antique Italy”

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break

14.00: Dennis FEISSEL (Paris): “Elites et magistratures municipales dans
l’épigraphie protobyzantine”

15.00: Silvia ORLANDI and Mara PONTISSO (Rome): “Discorsi su pietra:
oratoria ed epigrafia nel Tardo Impero”

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

16.30: Rudolf HAENSCH (Munich): “Zwei unterschiedliche epigraphische
Praktiken: Kirchenbauinschriften in Italien und im Nahen Osten”

III – Regional Studies

17.30: Judit VÉGH (Heidelberg): „Inschriftenkultur(en) und Christentum
im spätantiken Hispanien“

18:30: Lennart HILDEBRAND (Heidelberg): „Die Entwicklung der spätantiken
Epigraphik Südgalliens – Inschriften als Indikator für gesellschaftliche

Saturday, 27th of June 2009

09:00: Ignazio TANTILLO (Rome): “Some Observations on the Evolution of
the Epigraphic Habit in Late Roman Africa (with special reference to

10.00: Stephen MITCHELL (Exeter): “The Epigraphy of Asia Minor in Late

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11:30: Leah DI SEGNI (Jerusalem): “Late Antique Epigraphy in the
Provinces of Palaestina and Arabia: Realities and Change”

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break

IV – The New World of Christian Epigraphy

14.00: Claire SOTINEL (Paris): “How Christian is Christian Epigraphy?”

15.00: Lucy GRIG (Edinburgh): “Cultural Capital and Christianization:
the Metrical Inscriptions of Late Antique Rome”

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30: Final remarks

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This Day in Ancient History

pridie nonas junias

  • 468 B.C. — birth of Socrates (by one reckoning)
  • 218 B.C. (?) — dedication of the Temple of the Great Custodian Hercules (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 105 A.D. — The emperor Trajan departs on his second campaign against the Dacians
  • 204 A.D. — ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 1)