Ancient Documents and their Contexts contains the proceedings of the First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (San Antonio, Texas, 4-5 January 2011). It gathers seventeen papers presented by scholars from North America, Europe, and Australia at the first formal meeting of classical epigraphists sponsored by the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Ranging from technical discussions of epigraphic formulae and palaeography to broad consideration of inscriptions as social documents and visual records, the topics and approaches represented reflect the variety of ways that Greek and Latin inscriptions are studied in North America today. Contributors are: Bradley J. Bitner, Sarah Bolmarcich, Ilaria Bultrighini, Patricia A. Butz, Werner Eck, John Friend, Peter Keegan, Jinyu Liu, Kevin McMahon, John Nicols, Nadya Popov-Reynolds, Carolynn E. Roncaglia, Stephen V. Tracy, Dennis E. Trout, Georgia Tsouvala, Steven L. Tuck, and Arden Williams.
John Bodel is W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Brown University. He writes about ancient social, economic, and cultural history and Roman inscriptions and since 1995 has directed the U.S. Epigraphy Project. Nora Dimitrova Clinton, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 2002) is an independent scholar, affiliated with the American Research Center in Sofia, of which she is Co-Founder and Vice Chair. She has written several books, book chapters, and numerous articles in Classics and Epigraphy.
The book will be of interest to classicists, ancient historians, linguists, and archaeologists, and especially to students and scholars specializing in the study of ancient documents and the information they provide about Greco-Roman civilization.