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Dr Gabriel Bodard is reader in digital classics at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, since September 2015.

His background is in classics, with training and experience in both papyrology and epigraphy; his PhD was titled, “Witches, Cursing and Necromancy: Archaic and Classical Greek Representations of Magic”. While a graduate student he acquired extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in both classics and information technology. His first employment after university was at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at the University of California, one of the oldest major Digital Humanities projects dealing with Classical texts (and one that shared standards and practices with the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and Cornell Greek Epigraphy).

He then worked for fourteen years in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where he built upon his experience in text encoding and markup with work on various digital projects, especially the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (of which he is co-author), Inscriptions of Libya, and the Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea. He acquired broad and in-depth knowledge of text encoding and processing, especially the use of TEI XML and XSLT. He led the King’s team on the internationally collaborative Integrating Digital Papyrology project (2007-20011) to convert the DDbDP and other papyrological materials into EpiDoc XML in a new browse and editing platform. He is the principal investigator on the SNAP:DRGN project, networking ancient prosopographies.

He founded the Digital Classicist, a community of expertise in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of the ancient world, and is an administrator of the Stoa. He was on the steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society from 2007-2012, and was an elected member of the Technical Council of the TEI from 2008-2013, an academic group that makes decisions on guidelines and technical development. He is one of the lead authors of the EpiDoc Guidelines, and regularly organises and teaches training workshops in digital epigraphy and papyrology.


Institute of Classical Studies
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU


  • SNAP:DRGN Cookbook (with Hugh Cayless, Mark Depauw, Leif Isaksen, Faith Lawrence, Sebastian Rahtz), King's College London, 2014, available:
  • EpiDoc Guidelines (with Tom Elliott, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, Scott Vanderbilt, et al.), version 8, Stoa Consortium, 2011-, available:
  • 'Digital Epigraphy and Lexicographical and Onomastic Markup' (composed 2003, archived at Stoa Consortium, Sept 2010), available:
  • 'EpiDoc: Epigraphic documents in XML for publication and interchange' in ed. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais, Latin on Stone: Epigraphic Research and Electronic Archives, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield, 2010), 101-118. (PDF)
  • Digital Research and the Study of Classical Antiquity, with Simon Mahony (Ashgate Press, 2010) (intro+several chapters archived)
  • Concordia Final Report, with Charlotte Roueché, Tom Elliott, JISC, 2009, available:
  • 'Realising Interoperability for Digital Classics Resources' with T. Blanke, M. Hedges, (et al.), in ed. Gerhard Heyer, Text Mining Services (Leipzig, 2009)
  • 'Building Bridges between Islands of Data: An Investigation into Distributed Data Management in the Humanities', with M. Antonioletti, T. Blanke (et al.), Fifth IEEE International Conference on e-Science (2009), 33-39 (PDF)
  • 'Open Source Critical Editions: A Rationale' with Juan Garcés, in edd. Marilyn Deegan & Kathryn Sutherland, Text Editing, Print, and the Digital World (Ashgate Press, 2009), 84-98 (Google Books) (PDF)
  • "Though much is taken, much abides": Recovering antiquity through innovative digital methodologies with Simon Mahony, Digital Classicist special issue, Digital Medievalist 4 (2008), available:
  • 'The Inscriptions of Aphrodisias as Electronic Publication: a user's perspective and a proposed paradigm' in Digital Medievalist 4 (2008), available:
  • 'The EpiDoc Example Stylesheets' (2005--) with Zaneta Au, Tom Elliott (et al.), available:
  • Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (2007) with J. Reynolds, C. Roueché, available
  • 'Workshop report: Open Source Critical Editions' with Juan Garcés (2006), Methods Network, available:
  • 'Position Paper on Markup' (2006), presented at Open Source Critical Editions workshop. Available:
  • Contributions to C. Roueché (2004), Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity: The Late Roman and Byzantine Inscriptions, revised second edition, available
  • 'The EpiDoc Aphrodisias Pilot Project' (with C. Roueché), Forum Archaeologiae Zeitschrift für klassische Archäologie 23/VI/2002, available:



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  • Founder editor of the Digital Classicist community, promoting collaboration between computer science and the study of the ancient world. Administrator and editor of the Stoa Consortium weblog.
  • Organised Digital Classicist seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies (2006-present), and panels at various conferences (Classical Association 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011; Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts, 2008; Digital Humanities, 2009, 2011; American Philological Association, 2010)
  • Organizer of the internal seminar series, Department of Digital Humanities (2005-2014)
  • Organizer of the Digital Humanities seminar, King's College London, (2014-2015)
  • Organizer of the History Down the Pub seminars (2013-2014).
  • Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative (2007-2013)
  • Steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society (2005-2012)
  • One of the architects of the EpiDoc Collaborative, schema and guidelines for the encoding of ancient epigraphic and papyroological documents in XML
  • Technical Observer on the Pleiades Project, providing geographical information on the ancient world
  • Member of editorial board of Digital Marmor Parium project, Leipzig (ed. Monica Berti)
  • Organiser of Object, Artefact, Script workshop, NeSC, Edinburgh (October 8-9, 2009)
  • Organiser of Enhancing and Exploring Epigraphic and Archaeological Data through e-Science workshop, NeSC, Edinburgh (February 10-11, 2009)
  • Co-organiser of the Open Source Critical Editions workshop, sponsored by the Methods Network (September 2006)

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