The Epidoc Aphrodisias Project was launched in 2002 to develop and apply tools for presenting ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions
on the Internet. With support from the Leverhulme Trust, as part of their Research Interchange Scheme, researchers from Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. pooled their experience and
launched a pilot project.
The longer term aim is the publication of some 1,000 inscribed texts from the ancient city of Aphrodisias in Caria, where
inscriptions have been recorded since the eighteenth century, and where excavations have been conducted by New York University
since the early 1960s Charlotte Roueché, of King’s College London, and Joyce Reynolds, of Newnham College Cambridge, are preparing
the inscriptions for publication in collaboration with other colleagues. An international group, co-ordinated by Tom Elliott
of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is working to establish uniform standards for marking up inscriptions for publication in this
way (using XML). The Leverhulme grant allowed a group of the Aphrodisias inscriptions to be used as a pilot project, to test
out the new guidelines.
The consortium held two workshops, one in the UK and one in the USA, to present the material to interested experts and invite
their input. The initial outcome was the publication of about 250 late antique inscriptions from the site, which had been
published in book form by Charlotte Roueché in 1989 as Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity, which is now out of print; this has
the added advantage of allowing direct comparison between web and book publication.