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The grave stone of a blacksmith from the Municipium Flavia Solva – or : The Meaning of holistic approach

CC by on Sep 16, 2015

Posted on behalf of Ortolf Harl. Translated from german original The simple monument from  Kalsdorf in the region of Styria[...]

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Inscriptions and beyond

CC by on Jul 2, 2015

Honorific inscriptions to Roman emperors use standard formulae to praise the virtues of a good ruler. This is particularly true[...]

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How many lives could an inscription live?

CC by on Jun 16, 2015

When we think of ancient inscriptions we instinctively associate them with the idea of a message engraved in stone meant[...]

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A Silver Statue and a Golden Mouth

CC by on Jun 12, 2015

A statue base with two inscriptions carved on opposite sides, one in Greek, one in Latin, stands in the courtyard[...]

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1 fragmentary epigraph, 1 anonymous relief fragment, and 2 gods

CC by on Jun 10, 2015
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This is the story of a document and of many people. The document is a red stone in the vault of a small church in Sinsheim (Germany) that no one would look at really; to the expert eye of the epigraphist, however, even this apparently unimportant stone with a small cluster of scattered letters ("RIO / SION / L") is sufficient to raise intriguing questions and open up a window on the Ancient World.