From The Digital Classicist Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search


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), since 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.

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

Edited volumes

Articles and chapters

  • “Linked Open Data for Ancient Names and People,” in Linked Open Data for the Ancient Mediterranean: Structures, Practices, Prospects (edd. Bond, Dilley, Horne). ISAW Papers 20 (2021). Available:
  • “Publication, Testing and Visualization with EFES: A tool for all stages of the EpiDoc editing process” (with Polina Yordanova). Studia Digitalia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai 65.1 (2020), pp. 17–35. Available:
  • “Standards for Networking Ancient Person-data: Digital approaches to problems in prosopographical space.” (with Hugh Cayless, Mark Depauw, Leif Isaksen, K. Faith Lawrence, Sebastian Rahtz†). Digital Classics Online 3.2 (2017). Available:
  • "Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites" (with Valeria Vitale). Talking Humanities Oct 19, 2017. Available:
  • "Epigraphers and Encoders: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Digital Epigraphy" (with Simona Stoyanova) in Bodard/Romanello (eds.) Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement. (London: Ubiquity Press, 2016). Pp. 51–68. Available:
  • "Prosopography is Greek for Facebook: The SNAP:DRGN Project" (with K. Faith Lawrence), in Proceedings of the ACM Web Science Conference (New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 2015). DOI: (PDF)
  • 'Networking Ancient People - Engaging New Researchers,' in ed. Andrew Prescott, Big Data in The Arts and Humanities: Some Arts and Humanities Research Council Projects (University of Glasgow Press, 2015)
  • SNAP:DRGN Cookbook (with Hugh Cayless, Mark Depauw, Leif Isaksen, Faith Lawrence, Sebastian Rahtz), King's College London, 2014, available:
  • ca. 85 contributions, corrections and translations to Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. Available: <> (2011–2021)
  • 'Digital Epigraphy and Lexicographical and Onomastic Markup' (2003, archived at Stoa Consortium 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)
  • "Epigraphy in 2017" (with H. Cayless, C.M. Roueché, et al.) Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.1 (2009). Available:
  • 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 (paywalled)
  • '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)
  • ca. 12 contributions to Pleiades. Available <> (2009-2016)
  • '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, version 8 (2005–17), with Zaneta Au, Tom Elliott (et al.). 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:
  • ca. 30 contributions and translations to Suda Online. Available: <> (1998-2001)



Seminars and conferences

  • "The EpiDoc Community: training, infrastructure and the future" at Digital Epigraphy: The Use of TEI XML and Epidoc for Studying Non-Alphabetic Writing Systems (University of Bonn, Germany, October 5, 2015)
  • Workshops "Introduction to EpiDoc" and "Linked open data for ancient prosopography and geography (SNAP and Pelagios)" at Humanités numériques et Antiquité (University of Grenoble, France, September 2, 2015)
  • "Towards a virtual authority for distributed prosopographies" at Per una Prosopografia dell'Egitto Romano, University of Padova, Italy, July 24, 2015)


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • One of the architects of the EpiDoc Collaborative, schema and guidelines for the encoding of ancient epigraphic and papyroological documents in XML
  • Reviewer on the Pleiades Project, providing geographical information on the ancient world
  • 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)

Committee and Board memberships

  • Editorial Board of University of London Press Digital Cultural Heritage monograph series (2020–present)
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Open Humanities Data (2019–present)
  • Trustee of Gilbert Murray Trust (2018–present)
  • Programme committee of Linked Pasts conference (2015–present) (programme chair, 2020)
  • Programme committee of Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web conference (WHiSe) (2015–present)
  • 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)
  • Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative (2007–2013)
  • Steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society (2005–2012)