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Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

An online corpus of more than 2,000 inscriptions in Greek and Latin of the Roman period from Cyrenaica (eastern Libya), of which Joyce Reynolds is the Principal Author has been published to mark her 102nd birthday.

Joyce Reynolds FBA, Reader Emerita at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Fellow of Newnham, celebrated her 102nd birthday on the 18th December 2020. Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica was published to mark the occasion.

In 1948 Joyce Reynolds was based at the British School at Rome, from where she started a series of regular visits to Libya, to study the inscriptions of the Roman period. She worked initially in Tripolitania (western Libya): her epigraphic corpus, the Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, written with John Ward-Perkins, was published in 1952, and an enhanced edition was published online in 2009.

In 1951 Joyce first visited Cyrenaica, and since then she has collected and studied the inscriptions of the Roman period, working with local archaeologists and others from Italy, France, the UK and the USA; in particular, she worked closely with Richard Goodchild until his death in 1968. She continued to visit Libya almost every year until 2008, and assembled materials for a corpus of over 2,000 inscriptions from Roman Cyrenaica.

The transcriptions of the texts were made and organised by Joyce Reynolds; in 2007 they were entrusted by her for publication to Gabriel Bodard, Charlotte Roueché and Hafed Walda, at King’s College London. All the materials have been hosted and maintained by King's Digital Lab at King’s College London.

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