Rhodes and the Knights Hospitaller – my internship with GRAPH-EAST

As it is rare for Master’s students to get the chance to contribute to research, I was happy to hear about the possibility to do an internship with the team of the ERC project GRAPH-EAST, which they announced during a presentation of their work to first year students of Medieval Studies in Poitiers. I was interested to learn how an international project of this scale is managed and to discover more about medieval epigraphy, a field that I had not yet explored before coming to Poitiers for my ERASMUS studies. Thus, I got in contact with Estelle Ingrand-Varenne and my internship was scheduled for five weeks in May and June 2023. It presented an instructive end to my studies in Poitiers, before returning to my home university in Heidelberg, Germany.

My work was centred around the medieval inscriptions in the Latin alphabet on Rhodes. From 1309 onwards, Rhodes was the main base of the Knights Hospitaller Order, until the island was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1522. Over the two centuries of their presence, the Knights left many archaeological and epigraphic traces around the town that are still visible today. My task was to register the inscriptions in the HEURIST database of the project, based on the information that I gathered from already published works.

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Séminaire annuel d’épigraphie : les indéchiffrables

Le séminaire SEMPER sur l’écriture en dehors du monde manuscrit reprend cette année 2022-23 sous forme de séminaire/webinaire transversal, réunissant tous les projets de recherche en épigraphie liés au CESCM. Il aura lieu une fois par mois sous une forme hybride, alternant les webinaires de 2h en ligne et les séminaires d’une journée au CESCM de Poitiers. Le thème choisi cette année est : indéchiffrables.

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