Dr Gabriel Bodard

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Dr Gabriel Bodard
Reader in Digital Classics
Institute of Classical Studies
Institute of Classical Studies School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
+44 (0)207 862 8752
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Ancient History, Archaeology, Classics, Digital resources, Digitisation
Research keywords:
Ancient People, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Digital Editing, Ancient Geography
Africa, Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Gabriel Bodard works in the field of digital classics, applying approaches, technologies and quantitative methods of digital humanities to the study of the ancient world. His particular expertise includes the encoding and publication of epigraphic and papyrological documents in digital form, and the capture and sharing of data about ancient people and places through Linked Open Data and the semantic web. He organizes the Digital Classicist seminar in London, and teaches classes and workshops on digital methods for classicists and archaeologists nationally and internationally. He has edited several volumes of essays in the area of digital classics, and is the author of guidelines for encoding ancient texts (EpiDoc) and sharing person databases (SNAP:DRGN).

Spoken Written
Latin - Good
French Fluent Fluent
Spanish - Good
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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01-Jan-2014 SNAP:DRGN Cookbook

SNAP:DRGN Cookbook (with Hugh Cayless, Mark Depauw, Leif Isaksen, Faith Lawrence, Sebastian Rahtz), King's College London, 2014

01-Jan-2011 EpiDoc Guidelines

EpiDoc Guidelines (with Tom Elliott, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, Scott Vanderbilt, et al.), version 8, Stoa Consortium, 2011-

01-May-2010 Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity

Digital Research and the Study of Classical Antiquity, with Simon Mahony (Ashgate Press, 2010)

01-Jan-2009 Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, by J. M. Reynolds and J. B. Ward-Perkins, enhanced electronic reissue by Gabriel Bodard and Charlotte Roueché (2009)

Publications available on SAS-space:

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Apr-2016 Epigraphers and Encoders: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Digital Epigraphy


This chapter will discuss the EpiDoc (TEI markup for epigraphy and papyrology) training workshops that have been run by colleagues from King’s College London and elsewhere for the past decade. We shall explore some of the evolving approaches used and strategies taken in the teaching of digital encoding to an audience largely of classicists and historians. Prominent among the assertions of EpiDoc training is that “encoding” is not alien to, in fact is directly analogous to, what philologists do when creating a formal, structured, arbitrarily expressed edition. We shall share some of the open teaching materials that have been made available, and consider paedagogical lessons learned in the light of EpiDoc practitioners who have progressed from training to running their own projects, as opposed to those who have learned EpiDoc directly from the published Guidelines or via the TEI (cf. Dee, q.v.). We shall also compare the teaching of EpiDoc to the teaching of epigraphy to students, and ask what the paedagogical approaches of both practices (which overlap, since many epigraphic modules now include a digital component, and very rarely teachers of epigraphy are treating EpiDoc as the native format for editing inscriptions) can offer to teachers and learners of both traditional and digital epigraphy.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea

The aims of the project include a new study of all Ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions originating from the Northern Coast of the Black Sea; and publication of Russian and English critical editions of the inscriptions in print and digital formats. The region of the Northern Black Sea was home to numerous ancient Greek settlements from the third quarter of the 7th century BCE until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 CE.

Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies (Data and Relations in Greco-Roman Names)

The SNAP:DRGN project aims to address the problem of linking together large collections of material (datasets) containing information about persons, names and person-like entities managed in heterogeneous systems and formats. SNAP:DRGN began by piloting a new approach to working with diverse person data, using as a starting point three large datasets from the classical world: the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, an Oxford-based corpus of persons mentioned in ancient Greek texts; Trismegistos, a Leuven-run database of names and persons from Egyptian papyri; Prosopographia Imperii Romani, a series of printed books listing senators and other elites from the first three centuries of the Roman Empire. We modeled a simple structure using Web and Linked data technologies to represent relationships between databases and to link from references in primary texts to authoritative lists of persons and names. Moving forward, the SNAP project will expand the services provided, and incorporate more person-data from the ancient and mediaeval Mediterranean and neighbouring worlds.

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Relevant Events

Related events:

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05-Oct-2015 "The EpiDoc Community: training, infrastructure and the future"

Given at 'Digital Epigraphy: The Use of TEI XML and Epidoc for Studying Non-Alphabetic Writing Systems', University of Bonn, Germany.

02-Sep-2015 Workshops "Introduction to EpiDoc" and "Linked open data for ancient prosopography and geography (SNAP and Pelagios)"

Workshops at 'Humanités numériques et Antiquité', University of Grenoble, France.

24-Jul-2015 Towards a virtual authority for distributed prosopographies

Paper at 'Per una Prosopografia dell'Egitto Romano', University of Padova, Italy

Workshop on digital classics, epigraphy and linked data

Workshop on digital classics, epigraphy and linked data, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, September 7–11, 2015

Consultancy & Media
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