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Welcome! WIRE: Women in the Roman East seeks to provide resources and digital tools for the study of women’s lives in the Roman East. Within the project database, you will encounter a wide range of evidence that bears witness to women’s experiences, from epitaphs to coins. This collection is drawn from ancient texts, excavation reports, museum catalogs, and field records. The sources can be used to study any number of aspects of women’s lives in the Roman East, from women’s names to women’s roles in imperial politics and cult. The database is accessible to a range of users, including scholars engaged in research, instructors integrating WIRE into their classroom pedagogy, and interested members of the general public.

WIRE is actively developed under the supervision of Robyn Le Blanc (UNCG) and Sean P. Burrus (U. Mich). New content and features are continuously being added, and we welcome your feedback at contact@wireproject.org.

To access the database, select the "browse items" link at the top menu (or click here). Or read on for more information.

USING THE DATABASE: The database consist of entries from a wide range of material, visual, and textual culture that attest to women’s lives and roles in the Roman East. You can make use of this data in a number of ways. On the simplest level, browsing the database can be done by title and tag. In addition to a descriptive title that identifies the artifact type and any names given in inscription, each item is tagged to reflect its most important aspects, including the artifact type, titles, names, relationships, symbols, and other visual elements. Selecting one of these tags will bring you to a collection of items with the same feature. You can also browse by collections (a series of items with a similar theme or topic), or exhibits (curated explorations of special topics). Searching the database can be accomplished by simple searches, or by the use of advanced filters and regular expressions (REGEX).

We are in the process of adding additional tools to aid in exploring the database. These will expand the functionality of the database for both scholars and students, and include mapping modules, statistical analysis of database items, and a guest user role to enable more dynamic visitor exploration.

If you have any ideas for ways to improve or make the database more accessible, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at contact AT wireproject.org or find us on Twitter @ seanpburrus or @ archleblanc.