Dr Gabriel Bodard
Research Associate in Digital Epigraphy
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1388
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
Dr Gabriel Bodard’s 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 moved to 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 is the principal investigator of the Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies (SNAP:DRGN) project.
- Ancient Greek and Latin texts
- Epigraphy & Papyrology
- Digital philology
- Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
- Open Access publication
- Ancient prosopography and geography
- Ancient Greek religion and magic
Research and Teaching
- EpiDoc Guidelines (with Tom Elliott, Charlotte Tupman, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Scott Vanderbilt, et al.), version 8, Stoa Consortium, 2011–, available: http://www.stoa.org/epidoc/gl/latest/
- ‘EpiDoc: Epigraphic documents in XML for publication and interchange’ in ed. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais, Latin on Stone: Epigraphic Research and Electronic Archives, (Rowan & Littlefield, 2010), 101-117.
- Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (2009), by J. M. Reynolds and J. B. Ward-Perkins, enhanced electronic reissue by Gabriel Bodard and Charlotte Roueché. Available: http://inslib.kcl.ac.uk/irt2009/
- ‘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.
- ‘The Inscriptions of Aphrodisias as Electronic Publication: a user’s perspective and a proposed paradigm’ in Digital Medievalist 4 (2008).
- Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (2007) with J. Reynolds, C. Roueché, available http://insaph.kcl.ac.uk/iaph2007/
For a complete list of publications, please see Gabriel's full research profile
Gabriel’s research interests are in digital study, encoding and publication of classical texts, especially ancient Greek inscriptions. In 2004 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. 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 is the principal investigator on the SNAP:DRGN project, networking ancient prosopographies.
Gabriel directs the module 7AAVMARC Communication and Consumption of Digital Heritage on the MA Digital Humanities, and also teaches occasional lectures on digital publication, linked data, collaborative editing, Greek epigraphy, and introductions to digital humanities for classicists and Byzantinists. He runs regular training workshops in digital epigraphy both in London and around the world.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Gabriel welcomes applications for PhD topics related to digital editing and publication, especially of classical texts or inscriptions, ancient prosopography and geography, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient world, and any other of his research interests.
- Technical council of the TEI (2008-2013)
- Steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society (2005-2012)
- Founder of the Digital Classicist
- Organises Digital Classicist London seminars in Institute for Classical Studies (2006-present)
- Administrator, Stoa.org
- Technical observer, Pleiades project
- Consults on digital epigraphy and papyrology, electronic editing and publishing, and crowdsourcing of classical work."