Publications: Latin Epigraphy

Roman inscriptions with Celtic theonyms from northern Spain

Authors: Francisco BELTRÁN LLORIS, Borja DÍAZ ARIÑO

In: M. Hainzman (ed.) Auf den Spuren Keltischer Götterverehrung, Graz 2007, 29-56.

Review of an important group of roman inscriptions preserved in the museums of Palencia, Valladolid and Burgos (Spain), that shows different hispano-celtic theonyms.

Keywords: Latin Epigraphy, Hispania, Celtic


Graffiti on pottery —Iberic, Latin, Greek and signs— from the archaeological site of La Cabañeta (El Burgo de Ebro, Zaragoza)

Authors: Borja DÍAZ ARIÑO, José Antonio MÍNGUEZ MORALES

In: Archivo Español de Arqueología 84, 2011, 53-88.

This paper presents an interesting group of inscriptions made on pottery, unearthed during the archaeological excavations carried out in the site called La Cabañeta (El Burgo de Ebro, Zaragoza), from 1997 to 2009. Included are fourteen Iberian documents written in Paleohispanic script, twenty-two in Latin, two in Greek, eight signs and four difficult to identify marks, all of them dated between the second half of the II century B.C. and the destruction of the settlement in the decade of the 70s of the I century B.C.

Keywords: Palaeohispanic Epigraphy, Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Hispania, Iberian, New Documents


Graffiti on pottery from Roman-republican Valentia (Valencia, Spain)


In: Palaeohispanica 13, 2013, 407-429.

This paper presents a group of inscriptions made on pottery, recovered in various archaeological excavations carried out in Valentia (Valencia, Spain), in the last decades. It includes sixteen Latin documents, three Greeks, one Iberian and five signs, all of them dated between the last quarter of the second century B.C. and destructión of the city during the Sertorian Wars.

Keywords: Palaeohispanic Epigraphy, Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Hispania, Iberian, New Documents


Ciceronian Sicily: the epigraphic dimension

Author: Jonathan PRAG

In: J. Dubouloz and S. Pittia (eds), La Sicile de Cicéron, Lectures des Verrines, Besançon 2007, 245-271.

This paper surveys the epigraphy of the island of Sicily in the Hellenistic / Roman period, and uses it as a methodological case study for the use of epigraphy alongside extensive but partial literary sources (in this case Cicero’s Verrine Orations) for trying to make sense of a region in a historical context.

Keywords: Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Sicily


Epigraphy by numbers: Latin and the epigraphic culture in Sicily

Author: Jonathan PRAG

In: A.E. Cooley (ed.), Becoming Roman, Writing Latin (JRA Suppl. 48), Portsmouth 2002, RI, 15-31.

This paper examines the epigraphic habit on the island of Sicily across antiquity (seventh century BC to seventh century AD), comparing the use of different languages, materials and categories of inscriptions over time and space across the island.

Keywords: Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Phoenico-Punic Epigraphy, Sicily


Epigraphy in the western Mediterranean: a Hellenistic phenomenon?

Author: Jonathan PRAG

In: J.R.W. Prag and J.C. Quinn (eds.), The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean, Cambridge 2013, 320-347.

This paper surveys epigraphic practices across the western Mediterranean in the period between the fourth and first centuries BC, and suggests that some broad trends are identifiable, indicative of broader socio-cultural and historical changes across the region – and the Mediterranean – as a whole. In particular, it is suggested that Romanisation should be seen as one of the indicators of these changes rather than necessarily the cause or source of such developments, with Roman epigraphic culture only one among many developing at this time.

Keywords: Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Palaeohispanic Epigraphy


Writing, Self-Representation and Power in the Iberian World

Author: Javier VELAZA

In: Cultura Escrita & Sociedad 9 (2009), 144-167.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the use of writing as a mechanism of self-representation and as an expression of power in the Iberian world. In the present state of knowledge, Iberian epigraphy during the 5th to 3rd centuries BC was by and large restricted to colonial and eminently practical uses, such as seals, markers of quality control, and the like. One has to await the arrival and spread of Roman epigraphic models during the later 2nd and 1st centuries BC to witness the development of funerary, honorific, and architectural epigraphy through which local elites represented themselves while still using the indigenous language. Also analyzed are the forms Iberian epigraphy took in the context of different urban communities, especially Ampurias, Tarragona and Sagunto, in which (despite the limitations on our knowledge of the language which hinder understanding of the texts) one can detect evidence of the co-existence in the same public spaces of the Iberian, Roman and even Greek (in the case of Ampurias) written cultures.

Keywords: Palaeohispanic Epigraphy, Latin Epigraphy, Greek Epigraphy, Hispania, Iberian


Rome and the Iberian Epigraphy on Stone in North-easter Hispania

Author: Francisco BELTRÁN LLORIS

In: Palaeohispanica 12, 2012, 9-30.

Review of the polemic about the role of Roman influence in the development of Iberian epigraphy on stone in north-eastern Hispania during the 2nd and 1st cent. BCE. Two models are suggested: one in the Mediterranean harbours of Emporion, Tarraco and Saguntum, three cities with a strong Roman presence or influence, where the principal concentrations of Iberian epigraphs are located along with other Latin —and Greek— inscriptions, and Roman epigraphic types arise in a monumental context; and another one in the rest of the Iberian north-eastern regions where stelae predominate as local response to the Roman inspired monumentalisation of the coastal cities. The emergence of Iberian inscriptions on stone is explained as a consequence of the process of romanization and the diffusion, in this context, of the incipient Roman epigraphic culture.

Keywords: Palaeohispanic Epigraphy, Latin Epigraphy, Hispania, Iberian