Inscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond
The present book, the first collective volume entirely devoted to aspects of Byzantine epigraphy, mainly comprises papers delivered at two international meetings (Vienna 2010, Sofia 2011). The book is divided into four sections and includes among others the following contributions: after an introductory article about the “history” of the discipline of Byzantine epigraphy Cyril Mango tries to define the term “Byzantine inscription” and its limits. Vincent Debiais offers some interesting observations by comparing medieval Latin inscriptions from the West with Byzantine epigraphic traditions. The second section of the book bears the title “Methods of Editing Byzantine Inscriptions”: while the paper of Peter Schreiner discusses the urgent necessity of creating a new epigraphic initiative within Byzantine Studies, Walter Koch describes the Western medieval inscription projects in detail. Both Guglielmo Cavallo and Erkki Sironen discuss editorial guidelines while Charlotte Roueché stresses the advantages of creating online-corpora, and Joel Kalvesmaki describes his recently published epigraphic font “Athena Ruby”. The third section covers articles which report current epigraphic projects: two projects from Greece presented will be published within databases. Maria Xenaki discusses the epigraphic wealth of Cappadocia and its hardly studied graffiti. The last section is devoted to case studies articles. Their content ranges from Late Antiquity (Sencer Şahin, Mustafa Sayar) until the middle and the late Byzantine period (Ida Toth, Linda Safran).
Volume V of IOSPE3 (Inscriptiones orae septenrionalis Ponti Euxini, 3rd ed.) contains 345 lemmata of Greek inscriptions dated between the late 4th century and 1475 and originating from the northern coast of the Black Sea, from the mouth of the Dniester in the west to the eastern shore of the Taman peninsula in the east. The volume includes all the lapidary inscriptions, as well as painted inscriptions on frescoes and graffiti on stone monuments and rock surfaces. Building, dedicatory, invocative, demonstrative and funerary inscriptions prevail. The majority of inscriptions come from Early Byzantine Pantikapaion, Early and Middle Byzantine Cherson and Late Byzantine south-western Crimea, which had distinct palaeographic traditions. The material most commonly used was limestone, while 73 inscriptions are on marble (including spolia) and only 6 on sandstone; 28 inscriptions are on rock surfaces. In the Early Byzantine period, two local dating systems were in use: in Cherson and Pantikapaion. Dialect features can be distinguished in some inscriptions. The corpus will be accessible starting in 2015 at https://iospe.cch.kcl.ac.uk/corpus/index.html