Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Latin Novella Database (LNDb)

Latin Novella Database (LNDb)

Diverse & Multicultural Identities

The methodology for LNDb's analysis of diverse and multicultural identities is adapted from Crisp et al. (2016)'s study, which looked at the multicultural and diverse identities featured in children's books.

Parallel cultures

Crisp et al. (2016) define parallel cultures as “cultural groups that have a history of marginalization in the United States,” such as “African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Americans, Latino/a Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and mixed- race Americans” (p. 33).

Applying this principle to a Roman context, stories about “parallel cultures” refers to stories about non-Roman cultures or to cultures in the process of Romanization. LNDb does not assume the cultural identity of any character unless it is explicitly stated.

Why is this important? Find out more here and here.

Gender identity

LNDb considers the gender and gender identity of each of the leading characters (i.e. the character(s) on whom the story is focused or through whose perspective the story is told).

Gender is defined in the same way as Crisp et al. (2016): "Although it reinforces binary constructions of language, when coding for gender identity, we relied on normative understandings of gendered nouns (e.g., girl, woman) and pronouns (e.g., she, he) to categorize leading characters in books as cisfemale/ciswoman, cismale/cisman, transwoman, transman, ungendered, other, or (in cases in which gender identities were entirely absent) N/A" (p. 36).

Why is this important? Find out more here and here.

Sexual identity

LNDb examines the romantic/sexual attractions and relationships in the stories. If a story only includes male–female attraction or relationships, it is coded as featuring a heterosexual identity. If it includes male–male or female– female attraction or relationships, it is classified as featuring a gay or lesbian identity respectively. Stories where a character is attracted to multiple sexes are classified as bisexual, and any relationship or attraction that does not apply to the above categories is classified as “other,” specifying the nature of the relationship or attraction.

Why is this important? Find out more here and here.


LNDb classifies a story with this criterion if it specifically identifies the religious tradition of the story or its characters. For example, a story is coded as including Roman religion if its characters perform Roman religious rituals such as sacrifices or augury. The description of religion can apply to not only main characters but secondary characters, as well; for example, if the main character learns about a certain religion through meeting a secondary character who practices that religion, the story is coded with that religion.

Why is this important? Find out more here.


LNDb classifies stories in this category if the characters’ SES or class is a clear factor in the story, with no assumptions made based on the characters' lifestyle. Also included in this category are depictions of enslaved people, which is also an area in which many Latin instructional materials are, to say the least, problematic.

Why is this important? Find out more here and here.

Disabilities, developmental differences, and chronic illnesses

LNDb classifies stories with this criterion if characters have disabilities (e.g. visual impairment, using a wheelchair or braces), developmental differences (e.g. Down syndrome, autism), or chronic illnesses (e.g. asthma, diabetes).

Why is this important? Find out more here.
Author Title Core Word Count Glossed Words Core + Glossed Word Count Proper Nouns Total Word Count
Arnold Cloelia: Puella Romana 165 52 217 23 240
Ash Camilla 207 30 237 10 247
Ash & Patrick Pluto: Fabula Amoris* 121 14 135 9 144
Belzer Lucia Heros 246 36 282 32 314
Belzer Lucia Puella Mala* 79 21 100 3 103
Belzer & Pelegrin Fortuna Fortibus Favet†

Berg Romulus Rex 97 36 133 5 140
Buczek Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae 211 15 226 17 243
Buczek Itinera Liviae et Amicorum†

Buczek Maximus et Caecilia* 129 11 140 11 151
Craft Mellisurgus†

Craft Odyssea Magistri Craft†

Craft Templum Romanum* 292

Cunning Cupido et Psyche†

Cunning Domini Secretum 182 46 228 21 249
Cunning Ira Veneris†

Cunning Medea et Peregrinus Pulcherrimus* 185 38 223 22 245
Cunning Ridiculi et Horribiles Dei et Deae†

Demuth Leo Molossus†

Demuth Ovidius Mus 160 43 203 11 214
Demuth Tres Fabulae Horrificae†

Floyd Coronis 415 0 415 22 437
Gaab, trans. Slocum Bailey Brando Brown Canem Vult* 178 43 221 15 236
Gibbins Legonium: Season One 835 11 846 35 881
Hirschler Calio: Fabula Latina†

Hirschler De Claustro Magico†

Hirschler Leonidas: De Ducibus Graecis†

Hirschler Themistocles: De Ducibus Graecis†

Olimpi Ego, Polyphemus 151 30 181 11 192
Olimpi Familia Mala: Duo Fratres†

Olimpi Familia Mala: Saturnus et Iuppiter* 133 64 197 20 217
Olimpi Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile 215 86 301 16 317
Olimpi Labyrinthus* 175 40 215 12 227
Olimpi Lars Romam Odit†

Olimpi Pandora†

Olimpi Perseus et Rex Malus†

Olimpi Perseus et Medusa†

Olimpi Via Periculosa 163 102 265 12 277
Olimpi Vox in Tenebris†

Patrick, M. Eurydice: Fabula Amoris†

Patrick, R. Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant†

Pettersson & Rosengren Pugio Bruti* 340 0 340 27 367
Piantaggini Agrippina Mater Fortis* 71 21 92 23 115
Piantaggini Drusilla et Convivium Magarum†

Piantaggini Drusilla in Subura 34 18 52 21 73
Piantaggini Fragmenta Pisonis vol. 1†

Piantaggini Piso et Syra et Potiones Mysticae†

Piantaggini Piso Ille Poetulus* 119 33 152 30 182
Piantaggini Piso Perturbatus†

Piantaggini Quintus et Nox Horrifica†

Piantaggini Rufus et Arma Atra* 43 13 56 15 71
Piantaggini Rufus Lutulentus 18 10 28 24 52
Piantaggini Syra Sola 33 11 44 26 70
Piantaggini Tiberius et Gallisena Ultima†

Piantaggini Tres Amici et Monstrum Saevum†

Rodríguez, trans. Piantaggini & Bracey Marcus et Imagines Suae Bonae* 138 35 173 46 220
Rowan, trans. Ring Dominus Quixotus: Eques Ultimus* 269 0 269 17 286
Shaw Bellovesus in Gallia* 398 125 523 29 552
Shaw Charybdis: Capellus Valde Esuriens* 175 92 267 4 271
Shaw In Vineto 389 146 535 13 548
Simpson Clavis Apollinis†

Simpson Iter Icari* 298 0 298 23 321
Sipes Sisyphus: Rex Improbus 154 13 167 11 178
Sipes Unguentum†

Vanderpool Eumachia†

Vanderpool Kandake Amanirenas, Regina Nubiae 127 31 158 41 199
Vanderpool Incitatus: Fabula Equi Senatorii†

Vanderpool Sacri Pulli 62 19 81 10 91
Vanderpool Surus Elephantus†

Open Access Journal: Ad Familiares – Classics for All’s online journal

[First posted in AWOL 29 September 20 2017, updated 1 July 2020]

Ad Familiares – Classics for All’s online journal
Welcome to Ad Familiares, our exclusive online journal. We will be publishing one article a month of current classical interest, commissioned by James Morwood (Wadham College, Oxford). We plan to add a new article every month. If any member of Classics for all would like to contribute a piece, could he or she please contact the editor at james.morwood at

Point of View Publishing: Biblical Studies eTextbooks

Point of View Publishing: Biblical Studies eTextbooks
Point of View Publishing collects academic articles from a variety of perspectives, each designed to spark student engagement in biblical studies courses. Teachers select articles suitable for their specific classes, and POV publishes the chosen set as a free Amazon Kindle ebook for students. 
We work collaboratively with numerous scholars and educators to build a large, dynamic repository of high quality, accessible, and stimulating articles. Since the collection is constantly evolving, teachers have access to timely, cutting-edge material to enhance student learning. It's our way of trying to make the world a better place through study of the Bible.

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Open Access Journal: Vulgata in Dialogue: a biblical online review

[First posted in AWOL 6 June 2017, updated 1 July 2020]

Vulgata in Dialogue: a biblical online review
ISSN: 2504-5156
Vulgata in Dialogue wurde 2016 gegründet. Sie ist eine internationale, peer-reviewed (zielgruppenrezensierte) wissenschaftliche Online-Zeitschrift mit offenem Zugang. Gehostet wird die Zeitung von der Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen, IT-Abteilung, Publikations- und eLearning-Dienste.
Einmal im Jahr bietet sie die Möglichkeit zur Veröffentlichung von Artikeln zur Bibelexegese oder über theologische, sprachwissenschaftliche, historische und interdisziplinäre Themen, die einen direkten oder indirekten Bezug zur Biblia Sacra Vulgata haben.
Die Neuübersetzung und Herausgabe der Vulgata wurde in zwei analogen Projekten fast gleichzeitig angegangen. Das deutsche Projekt Vulgata deutsch wurde 2011 vom Vulgata Verein in Chur initiiert und zusammen mit dem Walter de Gruyter Verlag (Berlin) verwirklicht. Das Projekt der Übersetzung in die rumänische Sprache startete 2010 über die A.I. Cuza Universität, Traditio Centre, Jassy und das Humanitas Verlagshaus. In beiden Projekten zeigten sich spezifische Themenfelder, deren Untersuchung auch von Interesse für die biblischen Studien im umfassenden Sinn ist und die sich damit zur Publikation anbieten. Die Zeitschrift Vulgata in Dialogue will zur offenen Diskussion in der Vulgata-Forschung beitragen.
The Vulgate in Dialogue is an international peer-reviewed on-line academic journal,
with open access, founded in 2016, that publishes once a year articles in biblical
exegesis, theology in general, philology, history and other fields related to the domain
of the Biblia Sacra Vulgata. 

The work of translating and editing the Vulgate within two similar projects almost simultaneously launched – the one in German (Vulgata Verein / Walter de Gruyter Berlin, initiated in 2011) and the one in Romanian (A. I. Cuza University, Traditio Centre, Jassy / Humanitas publishing house, that started in 2010) —, revealed specific issues that are worth publishing for the benefit of the biblical studies as a whole. Our journal intends to contribute to research in the field of the Vulgate, with approaches from various fields, including the inter-disciplinary ones.
Bd. 3 (2019)
Veröffentlicht: 2019-11-11


Published: 2018-05-30

Announcing the second beta version of EVT 2!

Announcing the second beta version of EVT 2!
30 Giu
After we published the first beta version of EVT 2, quite popular but still focused on the critical edition support only, development continued on many different fronts: catching up with EVT 1 with regard to diplomatic support, in particular, was high on our priority list. We are particularly happy, therefore, to release a second beta version for EVT 2 that catches up with EVT 1.3 under almost all that regards diplomatic edition support! But this is not the only new feature, here is a short list of all that goes into EVT 2 beta 2:
  • [NEW] support for diplomatic and interpretative editions: all the main features available in EVT 1, such us an advanced image viewer, text-image linking, support for <choice> elements, etc. are now implemented in EVT 2 as well;
Text-image linking in EVT 2
  • [NEW] navigation bar: a navigation bar similar to the one available in EVT 1 has been added;
  • [NEW] TOC page: a new table of contents page has been added to the general menu, to improve organization and presentation of introductory material;
  • [NEW] textual search engine: complete with virtual keyboard, precise word search, highlight while you type in the search field and case sensitive search this is a great addition for diplomatic/interpretative editions;
Textual search engine in EVT 2
  • [NEW] VisColl support: another feature to catch up with EVT 1, the VisColl XSLT style sheet has been added to the standard EVT 2 installation so that it is now possible to prepare a description of manuscript structure and have EVT automatically create SVG diagrams which can be browsed in a dedicated frame;
VisColl support in EVT 2
  • [NEW] 3DHOP integration: now you can have a view dedicated to present and browse 3D models thanks to the 3DHOP software; this is a very recent development, still in an experimental state, but you are welcome to play with it! after this release work will start again to add 3D model – text linking;
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  • [NEW] a Web interface for easy configuration is available for experimental purposes at this URL:; note, however, that there have been so many changes that some of the options are not yet present in the web app;
  • [NEW] EVT 2 manual available in the doc folder: this is very much a work in progress, incomplete in some parts, but may be already be useful to our users;
  • [IMPROVED] named entities support: this feature has been refined so that it can work with diplomatic editions, also it is now possible to set named entities as entries in the pin area;
Named entities support in EVT 2
  • lots of bug fixes and minor enhancements.
The release can be downloaded from the usual Sourceforge page or directly from the home page, all the source code is available on GitHub. You can also browse the sample edition(s) directly from the project home page.

Known bugs and issues

We’ve come a long way, but please remember that this is a beta release: EVT 2 is not by all means a finished product, and while it can be used to publish digital editions there are still some bugs left and some features missing which will have to wait until the next release. The most significant issues are as follows:
  • some EVT 1 features, such as support for translations and for verse visualization, are not yet implemented in EVT 2;
  • text in the <front> element is going to be shown in the Info frame, there is no support yet for <titlePage> and/or original document content;
  • textual search is not working in the critical edition level, moreover for diplomatic/interpretative editions text indexes have to be created every time the edition is loaded;
  • named entities lists are not supported in the <back>, only in <sourceDesc>;
  • entries in named entities lists may be not shown if too many;
  • full screen 3DHOP view shows a distorted 3D model.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Open Access Journal: Revue archéologique

[First posted in AWOL 29 October 2012, updated 30 June 2020]

Revue archéologique 
ISSN: 0035-0737 
ISSN en ligne: 2104-3868
Créée en 1844, la Revue archéologique est l'un des plus anciens périodiques scientifiques français. Très lu en France, il est aussi l'un des plus connus à l'étranger, et constitue une référence sur le plan international. Il n'est l'organe ni d'une institution ni d'une école et son indépendance rédactionnelle est totale : le seul critère est celui de la qualité et de l'originalité de la recherche, comme le démontrent le haut niveau et la diversité de ses collaborateurs.
Le domaine d'élection de la Revue archéologique est l'Antiquité classique, mais elle fait aussi une large part aux civilisations périphériques, de l'Italie étrusque à l'Asie centrale en passant par l'Anatolie. Sur le plan des méthodes, elle s'intéresse à tous les domaines de la recherche : géographie historique, architecture et urbanisme, sculpture, peinture et céramique, artisanat. Les études de technique, d'iconographie, l'histoire de l'art et les problèmes historiques et sociaux liés à l'archéologie sont largement représentés, sans aucune exclusive épistémologique. En outre, la Revue se distingue par sa qualité graphique, avec une illustration en couleurs chaque fois que cela est nécessaire.

Plusieurs rubriques tiennent le lecteur informé de l'actualité de la recherche : les comptes rendus bibliographiques, le Bulletin de la Société française d'Archéologie classique, avec le résumé des conférences mensuelles de cette société, et enfin des chroniques bibliographiques, parmi lesquelles les Recherches récentes sur les verres grecs et romains et le Bulletin d'architecture du monde grec.

Revue bénéficiant de la reconnaissance scientifique du CNRS. 
This journal is available in English on Cairn International
Moving wall. Open access through 2018