Workshop: Roman Republican Trials: a Digital Edition

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Gabriel Bodard

Jan 18, 2016, 1:35:20 PM1/18/16
Forwarded for Valentina Arena, who is especially keen for people
involved in digital prosopography to attend.

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Subject: Workshop: Roman Republican Trials: a Digital Edition
From: Valentina Arena <v.a...@UCL.AC.UK>

*Workshop: Roman Republican Trials: a Digital Edition*

Venue: Skutch Room, Gordon House, University College London
Date: Friday 19th February 2016, 2-6.30pm

This workshop will explores different dimensions of Roman Republican
trials, which are emerging from a current research project aimed at
the creation (alongside of a printed monograph) of a digital database
of all Republican trials, both public and private.

Traditionally, Roman trials have been perceived as generated by
personal motives or as part of political factionalism in the elite's
struggle for power. More recently, however, trials have been read as
loci where disputes about real contemporary concerns took place and
new venues for future conduct were explored. As historical analysis of
the Roman political system has widened, trials and forensic rhetoric
have taken centre stage as moments of ideological formation. Attended
not only by those involved in the trial but also their friends,
supporters, and random bystanders, trials have also constituted loci
for the formation of public opinion as well as the exercise of public
pressure beyond formal institutions. Within this context, this digital
reference work aims at providing a user-friendly research tool which
will enable to provide a quick and comprehensive answer to questions,
such as, for example, how often the same advocates and witnesses
appeared together, or the comparative frequency of over time of which
crimes were prosecuted, as well as investigating issues of daily life,
such as debts, property, and obligations.

Following Michael Alexander’s Trials of the late Roman Republic
successful model, the database will contain all essential information
concerning the trial (date, charge, etc.) in a user-friendly format.
There will be a commentary containing case summaries, discussion of
the thorniest historical and legal issues, the explanation of how
certain conclusions have been reached), and direct links to related
ancient sources The structure of the database will allow for
continuing expansion and updating.


2.00 Introduction

Chair: Valentina Arena
2.15 Federico Russo (University of Vienna, Austria)
‘The ambitus in Mid-Republican Rome: Legislative measures and
Historiographical Reflection’

Chair: Andrea Raggi
2.55 Tracy Deline (MacEwan University, Canada)
‘Vestal Virgins on Trial’

Chair: Simon Corcoran
3.35 Kirsten Jahn (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
‘A difficult inheritance - one or two trials against Pompey?’

4.15 coffee break

4.30 Chiara d’ Aloja (University of Bari, Italy)
‘The political significance of Cornelius trial and definition of maiestas’

Chair: Gabriel Bodard
5.10 Alice Borgna (University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy)
‘Let's go digital: Classics and Digital Humanities, some case-studies’

5.50 Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Black Mesa Technologies LLC, USA)
‘Technical challenges of TLRR2: infrastructure on a shoe-string for a
distributed project’

6.30 drinks

All welcome!

For information please contact Valentina Arena (

John Muccigrosso

Jan 31, 2016, 10:49:08 AM1/31/16
to Ancient People
Looks like fun!

Sadly I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic for this. Any chance for some streaming?

Gabriel Bodard

Jan 31, 2016, 11:39:51 AM1/31/16
I doubt it's been considered, but I can ask the organizer...
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Dr Gabriel BODARD
Reader in Digital Classics

Institute of Classical Studies
University of London
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