Thursday, May 21, 2015

Open Access Journal: The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES)

 [First posted in AWOL 12 October 2011, updated (full text of vol. 3) 21 May 2015]

The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES)

The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES) is published by the Bulgarian Institute of Egyptology. It is issued on an annual basis since September 2004. The JES is a result of the development and expansion of Egyptology in Bulgaria. It gives Egyptologists an opportunity to publish new original ideas, new approaches and data in connection with the language, literature, religion, archeology and history of the “place where our hearts live”.

The Journal of Egyptological Studies is open to the international Egyptolgical society, but also aims to establish a bridge between Western schools of Egyptology and their colleagues from Eastern Europe. As a result of World War II and the political changes, which took place afterwards, part of the connections between scholars from different countries in Europe has been interrupted. Nowadays, for example, few Egyptologists abroad know about fundamental achievements of Russian scholars in the field of socio-economic, political and cultural history of Ancient Egypt. We want to cooperate in filling this gap, encouraging young scholars to contribute to the process of exchange of ideas and experience in our field.
See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

A Catalog of Digital Scholarly Editions

v 3.0, snapshot 2008ff

compiled by Patrick Sahle, last change 2015/02/03
by title
by general subject area
literature (153), history (176), philosophy (21), music (5)
by material
by language of material
latin (67), english (154), french (27), german (70), italian (13), other (30)
by epoch
antiquity (10), early (23) / high (32) / late (58) middle ages, early modern (64), modern (169)

New in ARTA: A New Inscription of Xerxes? One More Forgery

Schmitt, Rüdiger, with contributions of Hamid Rezai Sadr. “A New Inscription of Xerxes? One More Forgery.” ARTA: Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology 2015, no. 003 (2015): 1–8.

CDLI News: Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

Detroit Institute of Arts—Cuneiform too!
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported research project “Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library (CSDCL),” are delighted to announce the addition of new resources to the web in support of online research and of the digital preservation of shared world cultural heritage. Under the general direction of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, an initial agreement of cooperation was reached in December of 2013 between Prof. Robert K. Englund, CDLI Principal Investigator, and Lina Meerchyad, DIA Collection Research Associate, who managed communication, catalogued objects, compiled and shared photographs, and translated texts of DIA cuneiform objects. With the generous support of the Department of Collections Management and the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World at the DIA, the collection was scanned in May of 2014 by CDLI member and UCLA graduate student Michael Heinle, working closely with Lina Meerchyad in Detroit. The results of that collaboration have now been added to the CDLI website, viewable here; they can also be viewed via the project’s search page (type DIA in “Collection number”). 
The DIA is one of the top art museums in the United States. In addition to having great collections of famous artworks, the Museum also possesses discoveries from ancient Middle East, Africa, Egypt, Europe, Greece, America, etc. The art of Ancient Middle East collection consists of significant archaeological artifacts from the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Arabia. Within the collection is a group of 34 administrative cuneiform clay tablets, cones, and bullae that were formerly in the collection of Prof. Albert T. Clay, Yale University, donated to the museum by Henry Glover Stevens in 1919. The objects date back to the Sumerian kings of the Third Dynasty of Ur, Shulgi, Amar-Sin, Shu-Sin, and Ibbi-Sin, and were mostly found at Puzrish-Dagan, Umma, and Girsu (ca. 2112-2004 BC). Among them are documents from the time of Sin-kashid of the Early Old Babylonian (ca.1790 BC), as well as from the Old, Middle, and neo-Babylonian periods, dated from the 19th-6th centuries BC. Other inscribed objects are neo-Assyrian reliefs of Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC), a brick of Shalmaneser III (858-824 BC), a relief from the Palace of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC), all from Nimrud, and a statue of Gudea, the governor of Lagash (ca. 2150-2125 BC). Three publications in the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts on the latter objects can be viewed here.
With the goals of ensuring the long-term digital preservation of ancient inscriptions on cuneiform text artifacts, of furthering Humanities research, and of providing free international access to all objects data, we hope that the DIA-CDLI collaboration will be welcomed by Assyriologists, scholars of related fields, and all those generally interested in the history of the ancient Near East. We look forward to their investigation of the DIA digital content, and are grateful for their corrections and interest in our catalogue and in publishing unedited texts in the collection. For publication purposes, any inquiries about the cuneiform collection should be directed to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
For the Detroit Institute of Arts:
Lina H. M. Meerchyad, Collection Research Associate, Collections Management, DIA
For the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative:
Robert K. Englund, Director, CDLI, and Professor of Assyriology, UCLA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


[First posted in AWOL 7 April 2012, updated 20 May 2015]

The focus of this ambitious series is on the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel and its literature, from the early Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras. Studies that are heavily philological or archaeological are both suited to this series, and can take full advantage of the hypertext capabilities of “born digital” publication. Multiple author and edited volumes as well as monographs are accepted. Proposals and manuscripts may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two scholars in the area before acceptance. Published volumes will be held to the high scholarly standards of the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente. The partnership between the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente was initiated under the auspices of SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and represents the type of international scholarly exchange that is the goal of ICI. 

Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient Near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription
by Richard C. Steiner
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Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew: Steps Toward an Integrated Approach  
by Robert Rezetko and Ian Young
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Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and the Nature of Subversion  
by C. L. Crouch
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Divination, Politics, and Ancient Near Eastern Empires  
edited by Alan Lenzi and Jonathan Stökl
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Deuteronomy-Kings as Emerging Authoritative Books: A Conversation  
edited by Diana V. Edelman
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The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel 
by Israel Finkelstein
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Constructs of Prophecy in the Former and Latter Prophets and Other Texts 
edited by Lester L. Grabbe and Martti Nissinen
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Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction 
Alan Lenzi
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El Intercambio de Bienes entre Egipto y Asia Anterior: Desde el reinado de Tuthmosis III hasta el de Akhenaton 
Graciela Gestoso Singer
Centro y periferia en el mundo antiguo: El Negev y sus interacciones con Egipto, Asiria, y el Levante en la Edad del Hierro (1200-586 a.C.)
Juan Manuel Tebes

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks 
Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing. Further information about these holdings may be found here.
The manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection available as digital facsimiles are listed below, along with links to high-resolution images provided by Harvard Page Delivery Service, the HOLLIS catalog records, and further information on the museum website.
Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 1, fol. 32r

Gospel Lectionary

Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript One (Acc. No. BZ.1939.12)

Gospel lectionaries compiled episodes from the life of Christ, not in natural narrative order, but in the order they were read according to the liturgical calendar, beginning with Easter. One intriguing aspect of this manuscript is that there is a radical change between folios 41 and 42 from the more common columns to a text block in the shape of a cross, a form known only in a handful of surviving lectionary manuscripts.
Digital facsimile | Table of lections | High-resolution images | HOLLIS record | Further information

Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 3, fol. 266v

Psalter and New Testament

Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Three (Acc. No. BZ.1962.35)

Compact manuscripts such as this one were primarily produced in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, as expressions of personal piety. Dumbarton Oaks’ MS 3, combining the Psalter, Odes and New Testament in a single column, is a luxurious, generously illustrated book with much of the text written in gold. It includes a table with dates for Easter for the years 1084 to 1101, and so can be dated with confidence to 1084.
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Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 4, fol. 151r

Gospels of Luke and John

Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Four (Acc. No. BZ.1974.1)

This Gospel book contains only Luke and John, and so was perhaps part of a two-volume set. Scholars originally dated it to the latter twelfth century based on the style of the paintings. More recent paleographical study has indicated that the text is written in an archaizing script of a kind that was current in the latter half of the thirteenth century. This suggests that we may need to reevaluate the earlier date, given that the miniatures appear to be later additions.
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Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 5, fol. 2v

Gospel Book

Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Five (Acc. No. BZ.2009.033)

This twelfth-century Greek manuscript is a fine example of a complete middle Byzantine Tetraevangelion. It contains a full set of elaborately decorated canon tables, Eusebios’ letter to Carpianus explaining the canon tables, chapter headings for each gospel, evangelist portraits, and the text of each gospel. Five folios have full page illuminations—Christ enthroned and the four Evangelist portraits—with figures painted against framed gold backgrounds.
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Open Access Monograph Series: Mondes méditerranéens antiques

Mondes méditerranéens antiques