Sunday, March 1, 2015

Open Access Journal: Prosopon: The journal of Prosopography

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Prosopon: The journal of Prosopography

Prosopon has been published in newsletter format by the Unit of Prosopographical Research since 1994. With the foundation of the Prosopography Centre at the Modern History Research Unit Prosopon has transformed into bi-annual scholarly Journal.

The purpose of Prosopon is to disseminate information about current research into subjects relevant to mediaeval prosopography. As such its contents include: descriptions of major ongoing research projects concerned with any aspect of prosopography; short notices of forthcoming publications (editions of primary sources as well as secondary works) of a prosopographical interest; a forum for contact between scholars whose research has a prosopographical element. Contributions with prosopographical implications concerned with the auxiliary disciplines such as onomastics, genealogy, biography, and computing are also welcome.

Newly Open Access Journal: Ephemeris: The Classical Journal of Denison University

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Ephemeris: The Classical Journal of Denison University
Ephemeris, the Classical Journal of Denison University, is published once a year and seeks to offer an opportunity for those interested in classical studies to publish their work in an undergraduate forum. It promotes the coming together of history, literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture and creative works inspired by the classics.

Ephemeris was originally published between 2002-2004 and has now been revived in a fully on-line format. We accept submission from any undergraduate institution and look forward to a future of engaging with both traditional scholarly submissions and those made using the increasingly creative technologies provided by the on-line environment.

Current Issue

Table of Contents
Oath Making and Breaking in Euripides’ Medea
Karyn Greene, Denison University
Shakespeare and Ovid
Paul Filippelli, Ohio State University
Channeling Tradition and Self: An Examination of the Allusivity and Originality of Theognidean Verse
Paul Bisagni, Kenyon College
Rachel Mazzara, University of North Carolina
Dalton Tracey, Muskingum University
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Open Access Journal: Metropolitan Museum Journal

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Metropolitan Museum Journal
P-ISSN: 0077-8958
E-ISSN: 2169-3072
The Metropolitan Museum Journal is an annual publication that serves as a forum for the latest scholarly findings about works of art, chiefly in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, and topics related to them.
 Recent Content Includes:

"Redeeming Pieter Coecke van Aelst’s Gluttony Tapestry: Learning from Scientific Analysis": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Carò, Federico, Giulia Chiostrini , Elizabeth Cleland, and Nobuko Shibayama (2014)

"Another Brother for Goya’s “Red Boy”: Agustín Esteve’s Portrait of Francisco Xavier Osorio, Conde de Trastámara": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Salomon, Xavier (2014)

"A New Analysis of Major Greek Sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum: Petrological and Stylistic": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Lazzarini, Lorenzo and Clemente Marconi (2014)

"Nature as Ideal: Drawings by Joseph Anton Koch and Johann Christian Reinhart": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Reiter, Cornelia (2014)

"Trade Stories: Chinese Export Embroideries in the Metropolitan Museum": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Yoshida, Masako (2014)

"Honoré de Balzac and Natoire’s The Expulsion from Paradise": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Santoleri, Carol (2014)

"Hellenistic Etruscan Cremation Urns from Chiusi": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Huntsman, Theresa (2014)

"A Buddhist Source for a Stoneware “Basket” Designed by Georges Hoentschel": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Leidy, Denise Patry (2014)

"The Treatment of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A New Approach to the Conservation of Monumental Marble Sculpture": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Riccardelli, Carolyn, Jack Soultanian, Michael Morris, Lawrence Becker, George Wheeler, and Ronald Street (2014)

"Adam by Tullio Lombardo": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Syson, Luke and Valeria Cafá (2014)

"Ancient Sources for Tullio Lombardo’s Adam": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014) Cafá, Valeria (2014)

"A Greek Inscription in a Portrait by Salvator Rosa": Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 49 (2014)
Zellmann-Rohrer, Michael

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Oriental Institute News: Smart Tabs Enabled for Online Collection Search

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Smart Tabs Enabled for Online Collection Search
February 28, 2015
The online Collections Search has been updated with a smart tab feature to improve efficiency and user experience. Users will no longer find a search all tab after queries. Only tabs with results will be displayed and tabs without results will be hidden. Further, facet tools on the right side of the page will now always be visible following a query. Another new feature is the ability to search all the collections for items with multimedia. Over 50,000 multimedia images are available between the Research Archives, Museum Archives, and Photo Archives collections.

Open Access Journal: Teiresias: A Review and Bibliography of Boiotian Studies

[First posted in AWOL 9 November 2009. Updated 28 February 2015]

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Teiresias: A Review and Bibliography of Boiotian Studies
ISSN 1206-5730

Teiresias (ISSN 1206-5730) is a review and continuing bibliography of Boiotian studies. It has been published since 1971, and since 1991 has been available electronically. It is edited by Albert Schachter, Emeritus Professor of History.
Teiresias comes out twice a year, and in addition to the bibliographical section, it publishes notes on Works in Progress submitted by scholars working on Boiotian subjects. The Work in Progress section also regularly contains annual reports from the Leiden-Ljubliana Tanagra Survey Project. Anybody interested can be added to the recipient list of Teiresias by writing to Albert Schachter.
Teiresias 44.1 (2014) [.pdf]
Teiresias 43.2 (2013) [.pdf]
Teiresias 43.1 (2013) [.pdf]
Teiresias 42.2 (2012) [.pdf]
Teiresias 42.1b (2012) [.pdf]
Teiresias 42.1a (2012) [.pdf]
Teiresias 41.2b (2011) [.pdf]
Teiresias 41.2a (2011) [.pdf]
Teiresias 41.1 (2011) [.pdf]
Teiresias 40.2 (2010) [.pdf]
Teiresias 40.1 (2010) [.pdf]
Teiresias 39.2 (2009) [.pdf]
Teiresias 39.1 (2009) [.pdf]
Teiresias 38.2 (2008) [.pdf]
Teiresias 38.1 (2008) [.pdf]
Teiresias 37.2 (2007) [.pdf]
Teiresias 37.1 (2007) [.pdf]
Teiresias 36.2 (2006) [.pdf]
Teiresias 36.1 (2006) [.pdf]
Teiresias 35.2 (2005) [.pdf]
Teiresias 35.1 (2005) [.pdf]
Teiresias 34.2 (2004) [.pdf]
Teiresias 34.1 (2004) [.pdf]
Teiresias 33.2 (2003) [.pdf]
Teiresias 33.1 (2003) [.pdf]
Teiresias 32.2 (2002) [.pdf]
Teiresias 32.1 (2002) [.pdf]
Teiresias 31.2 (2001) [.pdf]
Teiresias 31.1 (2001) [.pdf]
Teiresias 30.2 (2000) [.pdf]
Teiresias 30.1 (2000) [.pdf]
Teiresias 29 (1999) [.pdf]
Teiresias 28 (1998) [.pdf]
Teiresias 27 (1997) [.pdf]
Teiresias 26 (1996) [.pdf]
Teiresias 25 (1995) [.pdf]
Teiresias 24 (1994) [.pdf]
Teiresias 23 (1993) [.pdf]
Teiresias 22 (1992) [.pdf]
Teiresias 21 (1991) [.pdf]

Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

[Most recently updated 28 February  2015] 

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Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire
In the seventh century BC the Assyrian monarch was the most powerful human being in the whole Middle East. Hundreds of letters, queries and reports survive from Neo-Assyrian capital of Nineveh PGP  in northern Iraq. They show scholars advising the Assyrian royal family on matters ominous, astrological and medical, often with direct impact on political affairs. Along with court poetry and royal prophecies, they give an extraordinary vivid insight into the actual practice of scholarship in the context of the first well-documented courtly patronage of scientific activity in world history.

Letters, queries, and reports

These letters, queries, reports, and other materials were first published in the State Archives of Assyria series. They are reproduced here with the kind permission of the authors and the The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project (NATCP). Copyright remains with the authors and the NATCP. They may not be reproduced for non-educational purposes, beyond fair use, without the permission of the authors and the NATCP.
Browse or search the letters, queries, and reports, etc.
Abbreviations Original Publication
SAA 3 (poetry) A. Livingstone, Assyrian court poetry and literary miscellanea (State Archives of Assyria 3), Helsinki 1989
SAA 4 (queries) I. Starr, Queries to the Sungod: divination and politics in Sargonid Assyria (State Archives of Assyria 4), Helsinki 1990
SAA 8 (reports) H. Hunger, Astrological reports to Assyrian kings (State Archives of Assyria 8), Helsinki 1992, with the author's corrections and additions incorporated into this online publication
SAA 9 (prophecies) S. Parpola, Assyrian prophecies (State Archives of Assyria 9), Helsinki 1997
SAA 10 (scholarly letters) S. Parpola, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian scholars (State Archives of Assyria 10), Helsinki 1993
SAA 13 (priestly letters) S. Cole and P. Machinist, Letters from priests to kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal (State Archives of Assyria 13), Helsinki 1999
SAA 16 (political letters) M. Luukko and G. Van Buylaere, The political correspondence of Esarhaddon (State Archives of Assyria 16), Helsinki 2002
SAA 18 (Babylonian letters) F. Reynolds, The Babylonian correspondence of Esarhaddon (State Archives of Assyria 18), Helsinki 2003

Knowledge and Power is a component of The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (ORACC)

The Central Palace of Tiglath-pileser III at Nimrud and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology’s Excavation (1974-1976): A Digital Publication

[First posted in AWOL 19 February 2013, updated 28 February 2015]

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The Central Palace of Tiglath-pileser III at Nimrud and the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology’s Excavation (1974-1976): A Digital Publication
The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology returned to re-excavate the site of the Central Palace of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BCE) at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) near the city of Mosul in northeastern Iraq in 1974, because the Palace was the least known and least understood of the buildings on Nimrud's citadel.  It was hoped that new excavations would elucidate this poorly preserved Palace with more up-to-date excavation techniques and new finds.  The excavation was supposed to make the Central Palace a source for the study of the life and times of this important ancient Assyrian king.  Many fragments of Assyrian bas-relief, not only those of Tiglath-pileser III, were discovered, some re-excavated in the trenches of the previous excavator, Austen Henry Layard. Then the field director, Janusz Meuszynski, died in 1976, and the final reports were never completed.

There are too few examples of Tiglath-pileser’s bas-reliefs in the total corpus of Assyrian bas-relief to allow the results of the Polish project to remain unpublished.  The Polish finds are an extremely valuable resource.  An additional and disturbing fact is that individual bas-relief sculptures (some with inscriptions) have been appearing on the antiquities market, looted from the site museum storerooms at Nimrud.  Some of the bas-reliefs have been broken up into pieces to obscure their origin and in order to obtain more money from several rather than from the one original fragment.  Many of the better examples of bas-relief from this excavation are now on the international art market as a result of illicit activities (theft) at Nimrud subsequent to the Gulf War of 1991 (there is increasing anxiety among scholars -- expressed in a 2003 interview -- that war in Iraq will lead to further destruction of key monuments, like those at Nimrud).

What we know of Tiglath-pileser’s Palace is that many of the themes of earlier and later sculpture are to be found on its wall decoration.  And, there are new motifs and the syntax of the sculpture, the way scenes were portrayed, the placement of the vignettes of individual parts of scenes on the faces of the slabs, and details of the garment decorations have their own character and style. 

Richard Sobolewski and (the late) Samuel Paley were to publish the results of the excavation in digital format with top plans, photographs, and comparative material from museums and Layard’s archives.  Learning Sites will finish the publication. The digital format will allow the reader to access all the relevant data through appropriate links from interactive 3D computer models of the remains and in reconstructed panels of the wall decorations.  Fragments of bas-relief and inscriptions from the periods of Ashur-nasir-pal II and Shalmaneser III discovered during the course of the excavation will also be incorporated into this publication, as well as the scant remains of the post-Assyrian buildings built on the Central Palace site.  The corpus of photographs of the Polish Center's excavation will be available permanently on this Website.  The final computer model and the publication will be prepared, marketed, and distributed by Learning Sites, Inc., in collaboration with scholars from around the world.

These Webpages will be where the computer visualizations of the remains, photographs, drawings, descriptions, and analyses will be collocated en route to their full publication.  Material here will expand and change as the project progresses.  From the Index above you may access the various pages of text and images.

The research and compilation of the manuscript for this final publication were made possible through a generous grant from The Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications (,  and  the generosity of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology,  the UB Foundation, and individual supporters.