IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica


The first sponsors of our work in EpiDoc were the Leverhulme Trust, who, in 2002, funded Charlotte Roueché and Tom Elliott to work on the development of EpiDoc for publishing the Inscriptions of Aphrodisisias in 2002 (see EPAPP). The resultant publications were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (later the Arts and Humanities Research Council) (see InsAph)

In 2007 we received a new grant from the Leverhulme Trust to publish the corpus of the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica, eastern Libya. The project has taken a long time, but there have been gains along the way.

In 2008 Elliott and Roueché received a grant from JISC in the UK and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA for a collaborative project to explore the publication of inscriptions in association with geodata (see Concordia); this enabled the publication of the Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, western Libya, in 2009, from which we gained important understandings of how to publish the material from Cyrenaica.

On the basis of the geographical data collected for the Concordia project Dr Hafed Walda went on to collect the relevant geodata for Cyrenaica; he was funded by a Libyan Heritage Management Fellowship provided by Global Business Services. These data were then deployed in the Heritage Gazetteer of Libya; some of the underlying structure was drawn from work funded by the A.G Leventis Foundation, for the Heritage Gazetteer of Cyprus, but the main grant came from the Society for Libyan Studies.

In 2016 Dr Gabriel Bodard, a member of the team, received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop EFES, a new publication platform for texts prepared in EpiDoc. In 2018 Roueché received a grant from the Society for Libyan Studies to set up the Cyrenaican corpus in EFES. A further grant from the Society has enabled the current publication.