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Dr Gabriel Bodard (he/him) is Reader in Digital Classics at the Institute of Classical Studies and Digital Humanities Research Hub, School of Advanced Study (ror), University of London (ror).

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. After university he worked at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at the University of California, one of the oldest major Digital Humanities projects dealing with Classical texts, and that shared standards and practices with the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and Cornell Greek Epigraphy. He then worked from 2002—2015 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.

He is the principal investigator on the SNAP:DRGN project, networking ancient person-data. He was a researcher on and co-investigator of Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, 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 (2007-2011) to convert the DDbDP and other papyrological materials into EpiDoc XML in a new browse and editing platform.

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 from 2008-2013 of the Technical Council of the TEI, an academic group that makes decisions on guidelines and carries out 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
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

University Activity Pages


Monograph-scale works

  • Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (2021) with Charlotte Roueché, Caroline Barron, Irene Vagionakis et al. Society for Libyan Studies. Available:
  • Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (2020) with Joyce M. Reynolds & Charlotte Roueché. Society for Libyan Studies. Available:
  • EpiDoc Guidelines (with Tom Elliott, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, Scott Vanderbilt, et al.), version 9, Stoa Consortium, 2018-2020, available:
  • Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (2009), by J.M. Reynolds and J.B. Ward-Perkins, enhanced electronic reissue by Gabriel Bodard and Charlotte Roueché. Available:
  • Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (2007) with J.M. Reynolds, C.M. Roueché, available

Edited volumes

Articles and chapters

Memberships and service

Board memberships

Professional memberships

Programme committees

  • Convenor and tutor, Sunoikisis Digital Cultural Heritage (a module of the Sunoikisis Digital Classics programme), School of Advanced Study and University of Leipzig (plus collaborators in Ain Shams [Egypt], Amsterdam, British Library, Cyprus Institute, Exeter, Furman University, Lancaster, Lausanne, KCL, New York University, Open University, Royal Holloway, Sofia [Bulgaria], UMass Amherst & Wikimedia UK (2016-2018).
  • Administrator and editor of the Stoa Review. Founder editor of the Digital Classicist community, promoting collaboration between computer science and the study of the ancient world.
  • Organiser, Digital Classicist London seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies (2006-present), and panels at various conferences (Classical Association 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2019; Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts, 2008; Digital Humanities, 2009, 2011; American Philological Association, 2010)
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Open Humanities Data (2019–2022)
  • Programme committee of Linked Pasts symposium (2015–present) (programme chair, 2020)
  • Programme committee of Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web conference (WHiSe) (2015–2020)
  • Programme committee of Humanities and Linked Data Workshop at Extended Semantic Web Conference, Crete (May 29–June 2, 2016)
  • Programme committee of Humanités numériques et Antiquité/Digital Humanities and Antiquity conference, Grenoble, France (Sept 2–4, 2015)
  • Programme committee of Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities workshop, University of Lisbon (November 29–December 1, 2012)
  • One of the architects of the EpiDoc Collaborative, schema and guidelines for the encoding of ancient epigraphic and papyrological documents in XML
  • Member of editorial board of Digital Marmor Parium project, Leipzig (ed. Monica Berti)
  • Advisor and collaborator on the DHARMA Project
  • 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).
  • 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)