ISicily in action

The director and principal researcher of the I.Sicily project is Dr Jonathan Prag, Professor in Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Merton College. Jonathan has been working on Ancient Sicily since he started work on a PhD on Roman Sicily in 1999 at the University of London. He has published articles on the history, historiography, and epigraphy of Hellenistic and Roman Sicily, and currently co-directs excavations at Halaesa in northern Sicily. He is constantly on the look-out for any excuse to get back out to Sicily.

Technical guidance for I.Sicily was originally provided by Dr James Cummings, then Senior Academic Research Technology Specialist at IT Services in the University of Oxford, and now Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Newcastle.

The principal developer for I.Sicily is James Chartrand of Open Sky Solutions.

Dr Michael Metcalfe is responsible for the work to create and maintain the database of museums.

Dr Ilenia Gradante, Research Associate of the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, is working on the integration of material from the Siracusa catacombs, first while holding a Shohet scholarship from the International Catacomb Society, and now as a researcher on the Crossreads project

Dr Valentina Mignosa, Researcher on the Crossreads project

Dr Simona Stoyanova, Researcher on the Crossreads project.

Tuuli Ahlholm (doctoral student in the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford) worked as a research assistant on the project (2018-2019), coordinating the editing and curation of files and data.

I.Sicily is very actively supported by many individuals in Sicily and beyond, and is most grateful to the following (among many others) for their ongoing support: Beatrice Basile (ex-Soprintendente per i Beni Archeologici, Siracusa), Mariella Musumeci, (responsabile del polo regionale di Siracusa per i siti e i musei archeologici), Angela Maria Manenti (Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Siracusa), Gioconda Lamagna (formerly of the Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Siracusa and the Museo Archeologico Regionale, Agrigento; now in the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici, Catania), Gabriella Tigano & Rocco Burgio (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici, Messina), Maria Grazia Branciforte (ex-Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici, Catania), Valentina Noto (Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania), Orazio Licandro (formerly Assessore Saperi e bellezza condivisa, Catania),  Daria Spampinato (ISTC-CNR, Catania), Lorenzo Campagna (University of Messina), Rebecca Henzel (formerly at the Frei Universitat, Berlin), and many others. We look forward to continually expanding the list!

3 responses to “People”

  1. Hello, I was using the inscription search page and I noticed that in the language options there was not the option for Elymian. I just wanted to know if you’ll be adding the few Elymian inscriptions that exist or perhaps are they classified as being not Elymian? Perhaps there are too few inscriptions. Just curious to see what Elymian inscriptions there are.


    1. apologies, missed this, we do now have the elymian texts in there – we didn’t in July 2020! sorry about that!


  2. Hi great readingg your post


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