1st Edition

Greek and Roman Painting and the Digital Humanities

Edited By Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Valérie Toillon Copyright 2022
    204 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume is a groundbreaking discussion of the role of digital media in research on ancient painting, and a deep reflection on the effectiveness of digital media in opening the field to new audiences.

    The study of classical art always oscillates between archaeology and classics, between the study of ancient texts and archaeological material. For this reason, it is often difficult to collect all the data, to have access to both types of information on an equal basis. The increasing development of digital collections and databases dedicated to both archaeological material and ancient texts is a direct response to this problem. The book’s central theme is the role of the digital humanities, especially digital collection,s such as the Digital Milliet, in the study of ancient Greek and Roman painting. Part 1 focuses on the transition between the original print version of the Recueil Milliet and its digital incarnation. Part 2 addresses the application of digital tools to the analysis of ancient art. Part 3 focuses on ancient wall painting.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, classics, archaeology, and digital humanities.

    1 Introduction: The Digital Milliet, Between Ancient Painting and Digital Technologies

    Marie-Claire Beaulieu and Valerie Toillon

    Part 1 From the Recueil Milliet to the Digital Milliet

    2 Adolphe Reinach and the Modernity of the Recueil Milliet

    Agnes Rouveret

    3 Commenting the Digital Milliet: From the Print to the Digital Version

    Valerie Toillon

    4 The Digital Milliet: Development and Roadmap

    Zachary Fletcher

    5 Dire le Décor Antique (DDA): When Greek and Latin Texts meet Realia

    Delphine Lauritzen

    Part 2 Applying Digital Tools to the Analysis of Ancient Art

    6 Enhancing Digital Publications with Alpheios

    Bridget Almas

    7 Texts on Artifacts: How to Improve Epigraphic Publication in a Digital Ecosystem

    Michele Brunet

    8 Danaids at Rest: Images in Context, Images in Networks: New Keys for the Study of Italiote Funerary Eschatology: Methods, Tools and Initial Results

    Fabien Bievre-Perrin

    Part 3 Ancient Wall Painting

    9 How Were Roman Wall Paintings Made? Material and Textual Evidence

    Francesca Bologna

    10 Surface and Suggestion: The Materiality of Curtains in Roman Wall Painting

    Shana O’Connell

    11 Adsere Caelo: Gladiators, Pictorial Space and Visual Culture in Pompei

    Jorge Tomás García

    12 Conclusion

    Marie-Claire Beaulieu and Valerie Toillon


    Marie-Claire Beaulieu is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Tufts University. Her research focuses on Greek mythology and religion with a special interest in animals in antiquity. She combines this work with the development of digital pedagogical initiatives and digital editions on related topics.

    Valérie Toillon has a PhD in history of art. The Digital Milliet was her postdoctoral research project (2015–2017). She is now an independent researcher and is pursuing a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in Arts and Culture Management.