The program and the book of abstracts can be downloaded here:

Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity


Thursday, October 3, 2019

9:15-9:45 Registration
9:45-10:00 Welcome Greetings

Morning session: Genre and multimodality
Chairperson: Klaas Bentein

10:00-10:30 Klaas Bentein (Ghent University)

10:30-11:00 Sarah Béthume (INCAL/CEMA, UCLouvain)
“The ‘exposed writings’: how the study of the ‘pluricode’ message of ancient Greek inscriptions can shed light on the archaic and classical dialectal variation”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma)
“Towards a socio-semiotic analysis of Greek medical prescriptions on papyrus”

12:00-12:30 Jimmy Wolfe (The Ohio State University)
“Imagining faith: images, scripts, and texts of early Christian inscriptions from the Roman Near East”

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon session: Texts and intra-semiosis
Chairperson: Yasmine Amory

14:00-14:45 Key-note speaker, Antonella Ghignoli (Sapienza – University of Rome)
“This is the catalogue! A so far unknown latin documentary papyrus from 6th century Italy”

14:45-15:15 Martti Leiwo (University of Helsinki)
“Hands and language in ostraca letters from Roman praesidia in Egypt”

15:15-15:45 Giulio Iovine (University of Naples “Federico II”)
Descriptum et recognitum. A survey of Latin closing and acknowledging formulae in Latin and Greek papyri and ostraca

15:45-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-16:45 Antonia Apostolakou (Ghent University)
“How to sign a contract in Late Antique Egypt: a study of linguistic variation”

16:45-17:15 Simona Russo (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”)
“Rome as New York, fashion capital?”


* Reception at Alice


Friday, October 4, 2019

Morning session: Sociolinguistic variation
Chairperson: Mark Janse

9:15-10:00 Key-note speaker, James Clackson (University of Cambridge)
“Standard languages, language standards and language norms in the Greco-Roman world”

10:00-10:30 Polina Yordanova (University of Helsinki)
“Тhe forest’s broken branches: discontinuity in Greek word order in documentary papyri from III c BCE to III c CE”

10:30-11:00 Alek Keersmaekers (UK Leuven)
“Sociolinguistic variation in the Greek papyri: a corpus-based, bottom-up approach”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Emmanuel Roumanis & Geert De Mol (Ghent University)
“The Abinnaeus archive: lexical and orthographic features”

12:00-12:30 Alessandro Papini (Ghent University)
“A preliminary investigation on the <e>/<i> and <o>/<u> graphemic oscillations in Italian Latin inscriptions of the Republican age”

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon session: Visual and material aspects of texts
Chairperson: Joanne Stolk

14:00-14:45 Key-note speaker, Jean-Luc Fournet (Collège de France – EPHE)
“Beyond the text: the contribution of the ‘paléographie signifiante’”

14:45-15:15 Marco Stroppa (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”)
“Big & small: the size of documents as a semiotic resource for Graeco-Roman Egypt?”

15:15-15:45 Nina Sietis (Sapienza – University of Rome)
“Abbreviations in Greek documentary texts. A case study of ‘significant palaeography’”

15:45-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-16:45 Eleonora Conti (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”)
“Spread and persistence of Latin document features in some Greek letters of high chancery on papyrus”

16:45-17:15 Yasmine Amory (Ghent University)
“Visual signs of deference in Late Antique letters”

* 17:30 Visit at the Archaeological Collection of Ghent University at Het Pand

* 19:30 – Dinner at Sint Jorishof (optional, pre-reservation required)


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Morning session: Multimodal aspects of writing
Chairperson: Giovanbattista Galdi

9:15-10:00 Key-note speaker, Mark Depauw (UC Leuven)
“Splitting words in Greek letters and petitions. Quantitative research based on Trismegistos”

10:00-10:30 Joanne Stolk (Ghent University/University of Oslo)
“The social meaning of scribal corrections in final versions of papyrus letters”

10:30-11:00 Giuseppina di Bartolo (University of Cologne)
“Sociolinguistic and semiotic remarks on Greek petitions”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Sonja Dahlgren and Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki)
“Coptic spelling variations transferred onto Greek – visually pleasing or phonologically based?”

12:00-12:45 Key-note speaker, Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden University)
“After God I turn to you: The rhetoric of persuasion in Arabic request letters”

12:45-13:00 Conclusions and discussion