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Digital Italy Part 2

On Tuesday, we held the second half of the Digital Italy seminar. Like last time, I wanted to post a links round-up so that people can find these great projects and resources and see how they develop over the coming years. Luca Rigobianco (Venice) - Building a digital corpus and a computational lexicon of the... Continue Reading →

Digital Italy Part 1

It was a real treat to host the first part of our Digital Italy seminar from my new office in Durham. We had participants and speakers from all over the world today, and we heard about a range of new and existing digital projects linked to ancient Italy. This post serves as a link round-up,... Continue Reading →

Digital Italy seminar

We are pleased to announce two seminars on the theme of ‘Digital Italy’, to be held online on Tuesday 7th September and Tuesday 14th September (afternoon only, UK time; exact times TBC). These seminars are being held as part of the events funded by the project 'Connectivity and Competition: Multilingualism in Ancient Italy 800-200 BC'... Continue Reading →

The trouble with nominatives

Quite early on in the writing of my book, Italy Before Rome: A Sourcebook (which now has a cover image!), I decided that I wanted to avoid Romanising or Hellenising the names of people, places and gods if I could help it. This seemed like a simple enough decision – if someone called himself Lúvkis... Continue Reading →

Etruscan Athens

The last two months have been incredibly busy as I scrambled to get the Italy Before Rome manuscript in before the deadline of 31st March (remind me in future not to set deadlines at the end of term). It feels great to have the manuscript finished and off my desk, at least for a little... Continue Reading →

A new member of the team

This gloomy January has been considerably brightened by a new team member joining the 'Connectivity and competition' project. Dr Livia Tagliapietra, who previously worked at Jesus College, Cambridge, has joined the project as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, and will be conducting research on language contact in the Bay of Naples and other areas of Southern... Continue Reading →

The mystery of Etruscan 4 and 6

This week is all about numbers (specifically the number 270). As we all sit here waiting for the counting to happen, I thought I'd share one of the most intriguing little pieces of detective work in Etruscan studies: the number system. As we've discussed before, it's not difficult to read Etruscan - we know what... Continue Reading →

I’m back – what a year!

Today is my first day back from maternity leave - and I think it's fair to say that this year hasn't gone at all how I'd expected! That is probably how most people feel about having a baby, but the added factor of the 2020 pandemic has made this a very strange year for many... Continue Reading →

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