The Institute of Classical Studies supports and contributes to a range of activities on behalf of the EpiDoc Collaborative, including authoring of guidelines and documentation, teaching, training and other events, and the creation of the publication platform EFES. Key activities are listed below.

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EpiDoc is a tool-set and a community of practice for encoding digital editions of ancient texts, including inscriptions, papyri, seals, coins, and related objects, in TEI XML, the de facto standard for digital literary and historical editions. EpiDoc is used by dozens of projects relating to the classical world and beyond (see partial listing at Digital Classicist) and hundreds of people worldwide have been trained in the use of EpiDoc practices and tools. 


  ● Dr Gabriel Bodard (Reader in Digital Classics)
  ● Lucia Vannini (PhD Candidate)

Tools and resources

Training activities and resources

  ● London EpiDoc Workshop - usually held in April at the Institute of Classical Studies
  ● Online EpiDoc Tutorials - video tutorials and other materials for the remote and self-managed learning of EpiDoc (under development)
  ● EpiDoc and digital epigraphy/papyrology training events worldwide, most recently:
       ○ Humboldt University Berlin, September 2019
       ○ University of Helsinki, April 2019
       ○ Bilkent University & British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, March 2019
       ○ Ilia State University, Tbilisi, February 2019
  ● Sunoikisis Digital Classics sessions on digital epigraphy and papyrology, and EpiDoc, including:
       ○ EpiDoc, February 2020: YouTube videoSession outline
       ○ EFES, February 2020: YouTube videoSession outline
       ○ Epigraphic Markup: Leiden to EpiDoc, January 2019: YouTube videoSession outline
  ● EpiDoc and digital epigraphy/papyrology sessions in ICS02 Intercollegiate MA module

PhD supervision

  ● Lucia Vannini, ICS, Digital Humanities in Papyrology (submission expected 2021)
  ● Irene Vagionakis, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (external supervisor), Kretikai Politeiai: Cretan Institutions from VII to I century BC (completed 2019)
  ● Tamara Kalkhitashviki, Ilia State University, Tbilisi Georgia (external supervisor), Epigraphic Corpus of Georgia (started 2017)

Development and community activities

 ● Participation in EpiDoc Action Group
  ● Co-authorship: Inscriptions of Libya
  ● Membership of advisory boards: DHARMAIGCyrIOSPEiSicilySigiDocUS Epigraphy
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  ● Keynote and EpiDoc training, EAGLE workshop
  ● HittiDoc community (encoding Hittite and other Cuneiform in EpiDoc)
  ● EpOnt forum (planning an Epigraphic Ontology)
  ● Editorial and development contributions to

Relevant publications from ICS

● Joyce M. Reynolds, Charlotte Roueché & Gabriel Bodard. 2020. Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica. Society for Libyan Studies. Available:
  ● Gabriel Bodard & Poline Yordanova. 2020. “Publication, Testing and Visualization with EFES: A tool for all stages of the EpiDoc editing process.” Studia Digitalia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai 65.1 (2020), pp. 17–35. Available:
  ● Lucia Vannini. 2018. "Review of". RIDE 9 (2018). Available:
  ● Gabriel Bodard & Simona Stoyanova. 2016. “Epigraphers and Encoders: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Digital Epigraphy." In Bodard/Romanello (eds.) Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement. (London: Ubiquity Press, 2016). Pp. 51–68. Available:
  ● Gabriel Bodard. 2010. “EpiDoc: Epigraphic documents in XML for publication and interchange” in ed. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais, Latin on Stone: Epigraphic Research and Electronic Archives, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield), 101-118. (PDF)
  ● Hugh Cayless, Charlotte Roueché, Gabriel Bodard & Tom Elliott. 2009. “Epigraphy in 2017” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.1 (2009). Available:
  ● Gabriel Bodard. 2008. ”The Inscriptions of Aphrodisias as Electronic Publication: a user's perspective and a proposed paradigm.” Digital Medievalist 4 (2008), available:


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