- Jonathan Prag
I.Sicily is a project to create a comprehensive corpus of inscribed texts from ancient Sicily in TEI-XML/EpiDoc, together with bibliography and images. The corpus aims to include all inscriptions in all languages, including Greek, Latin, Phoenician/Punic, Oscan, Hebrew, Sikel and Elymian, spanning the period from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD.
The project is based at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Oxford. The project is directed by Jonathan Prag (University of Oxford, UK). The project is currently (2020-2025) part of the ERC Crossreads project , of which Jonathan Prag is the Principal Investigator.
The corpus was founded on a legacy dataset of metadata records for c.2,300 inscriptions (created 2000-2005), which was converted into EpiDoc (2013-2015) and published online (January 2017) with a grant from the University of Oxford. The project is now steadily expanding the corpus through bibliographic work and a long-term programme of autopsy of inscriptions in the collections across the island of Sicily. The corpus currently contains c.3,300 records, primarily of inscriptions on stone (expected total c.4,500) and is in the process of expanding to include other categories of epigraphic material (instrumentum domesticum, texts on ceramic and metal, etc.). As part of the Crossreads project, the corpus aims to incorporate palaeographic, linguistic, and petrographic data in the coming years.
A major focus of the project is collaboration with the museums and collections of Sicily, and the ongoing programme of autopsy aims to locate and identify texts in collections. The project maintains a database of sites and collections on the island, and through this offers searchable catalogues of each museum collection.
- About I.Sicily, the project's blog
- Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Syracuse, Italy
- Crossreads project
- Prag, J.R.W. 2019. I.Sicily, Open Scholarship, and the Epigraphic Landscape of Hellenistic/Roman Sicily. Ktema: Civilisations de l'Orient, de la Grece et de Rome antiques 44: 107–22. Online at: https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02444349
- Prag, J.RW. and Chartrand, J. 2018. I. Sicily: Building a Digital Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient Sicily. In A. De Santis and I. Rossi (eds.), Crossing Experiences in Digital Epigraphy (Warsaw: De Gruyter Open), 240-252. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110607208-020.
- Agodi, S., Cristofaro, S., Noto, V., Prag, J. and Spampinato, D. 2018. Una collaborazione tra museo, enti di ricerca e scuola: l'epigrafia digitale e l'alternanza scuola lavoro. Umanistica Digitale 2 (May 2018). ISSN 2532-8816. Available at: <https://umanisticadigitale.unibo.it/article/view/7298>. Date accessed: 30 May 2018. Doi: https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2532-8816/7298.
- Prag, J.R.W., Chartrand, J., and Cummings, J. 2017. I.Sicily: an epidoc corpus for ancient Sicily. In S. Orlandi, R. Santucci, P.M Liuzzo and F. Mambrini (eds), Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context. Proceedings of the Second EAGLE International Conference. Rome 27-29 January 2016. Rome: Sapienza Università Editrice. Pp. 83-96.
- Jonathan Prag, Sicily: A digital corpus of inscriptions from ancient Sicily, a poster presented at the EAGLE2014 International Conference.