Journal of Roman Studies

Research Article

Roman Inscriptions 1966–1970

Joyce Reynoldsa1*

a1 Newnham College, Cambridge

The harvest of new inscriptions from the past five years seems to be larger than ever, which is, no doubt, to be attributed to new developments in agriculture and building, especially in those countries which had hitherto changed little since antiquity; these are sharply increasing the number of monuments found (and sometimes destroyed) by chance, while more systematic search organized ahead of the machines in some areas (Italy is notable) has also increased the number found by design. It must be admitted that not all the new texts are being published very well; and that some are appearing only in sketchy or popular accounts and in newspapers or journals which are either irrelevant to Classical studies, or are mushrooms which die after a few numbers and so do not find their way into most Classical libraries. This is tedious, but better, surely, than that they should remain quite unreported. In any case, although the writer's own record in this matter is blacker than it should be, it seems reasonable to urge again that excavators and epigraphists should be more willing to give quickly an initial publication which does not aim to be definitive on the first round.


* In preparing this survey I have had generous and invaluable help from a number of friends, especially Miss L. Baumbach, Mr. J. A. Crook, Dr. R. J. Duncan Jones, Mr. M. W. Frederiksen, Mr. Jeremy Paterson, Dr. Mario Torelli and Mr. R. D. Wilkinson. I should stress that, as always, the selection of items for mention is heavily biassed by my personal ignorances and interests. For new inscriptions from Roman Britain, which are not here considered, readers of the Journal will already be acquainted with the valuable surveys of Mr. R. P. Wright; these appear as part of the Annual Report on Roman Britain, which has now passed logically to Britannia (vol. I (1970), ‘Roman Britain in 1969’).