Monday, February 27, 2017

The Aleppo Codex

[First posted in AWOL 10 January 2011, updated 27 February 2017]

The Aleppo Codex
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The Aleppo Codex, the most splendid, old, and accurate manuscript of the Bible, is presented here for the first time in full color photograph, permitting the reader to examine the handiwork of the greatest of the Masoretes, who were active in Tiberias in the tenth century, Aharon Ben Moshe Ben Asher, and to gain an impression of the way the Masoretes worked to preserve the accurate text of the Bible and the reading tradition. 
The Aleppo Codex is a full manuscript of the entire Bible, which was written in about 930. For more than a thousand years, the manuscript was preserved in its entirety in important Jewish communities in the Near East: Tiberias, Jerusalem, Egypt, and in the city of Aleppo in Syria. However, in 1947, after the United Nations Resolution establishing the State of Israel, it was damaged in riots that broke out in Syria. At first people thought that it had been completely destroyed. Later, however, it turned out that most of the manuscript had been saved and kept in a secret hiding place. In 1958, the Aleppo Codex was smuggled out of Syria to Jerusalem and delivered to the President of the State of Israel, Izhak Ben-Zvi.
Once the Aleppo Codex reached Israel, precise study of it began in many areas. Scholars of the Masora and of the text of the Bible took note of its special status among the manuscripts related to it. It was found that the match between the spelling of the Aleppo Codex and the comments of the Masora was excellent, far better than the match of other manuscripts. Similarly, the vocalization signs in the Aleppo Codex were examined and described, along with the cantillation marks, the system of ge’iyot (a kind of accent mark), and the apparatus of the Masora. All of these terms will be explained and demonstrated in this site...
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Introduction
The Bible and its Transmission - Scrolls, Manuscripts, Printings
The Masoretes
The Aleppo Codex
The Vicissitudes of the Aleppo Codex
The Aleppo Codex Today
 See also Codex Sinaiticus



Open Access Journal: Prometheus. Rivista di studi classici

 [First posted in AWOL 8 August 2013, updated 27 February 2017]

Prometheus: Rivista di studi classici
ISSN 0391-2698 (print)
ISSN 2281-1044 (online)
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Fondata da Adelmo Barigazzi nel 1975, la rivista Prometheus si è dedicata programmaticamente alla ricerca scientifica sui testi letterari classici greci e latini, nella convinzione che uno studio analitico e filologicamente approfondito dei testi antichi possa giovare ancora fortemente alla formazione culturale dei giovani della nostra età.
La rivista si richiama alla più genuina tradizione fiorentina degli studi classici, che ebbe in Giorgio Pasquali un grande interprete del mondo antico, maestro impareggiabile di ricerca e di metodo. Si occupa quindi di testi sia greci che latini, considerati espressione di un'unica letteratura in due lingue, e si caratterizza per una vocazione squisitamente critico-testuale ed esegetica.
Ampio spazio viene dato da un lato agli studi sulla tradizione manoscritta, alla costituzione e alla critica del testo e, dall'altro, all'analisi filologica, all'interpretazione e al commento degli scritti, per una loro valorizzazione e comprensione letteraria storicamente inquadrata.

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Open Access Journal: Zephyrus

[First posted in AWOL  29 July 2014, updated 27 February 2017]

Zephyrus
ISSN: 0514-7336
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ZEPHYRVS es una Revista científica internacional de PREHISTORIA y ARQUEOLOGÍA, editada por la Universidad de Salamanca. ZEPHYRVS aparece semestralmente. Las secciones de ARTÍCULOS, VARIA y NOTAS CRÍTICAS/RESEÑAS publican, respectivamente, trabajos originales de investigación, informaciones científicas novedosas o hallazgos importantes, producidos en diversas partes del mundo, y estados de la cuestión o recensiones de monografías de calidad, seleccionadas entre aquellas obras recibidas en la Redacción de la Revista.
Spanish/Catalan/Portuguese Open Access Journals on the Ancient World

Open Access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT Open)

[First posted in AWOL 20 January 2011. Updated 27 February 2017]

PQDT Open
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PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Open Access Publishing

The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access dissertations and theses over time.

The database includes hundreds of theses and dissertations related to antiquity from American academic  institutions.

For other aggregations of open access dissertations see also:




Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University
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The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (circa. 1904-1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use. Since moving to Harvard in 2011, the Project has expanded its scope, partnering with other institutions around the world that excavated at Giza, to bring together as much data as possible about this complex site. The process of integrating and standardizing all of these records is ongoing.

In addition, the Project has utilized this vast quantity of information to begin building a 3D virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau as it may have looked when first built, providing new ways to sightsee, explore, and learn about the pyramids and their surrounding cemeteries. To date, we have modeled approximately 20 tombs and monuments in detail, with many hundreds more still to be done.

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are currently developing Digital Giza, a website which seeks to integrate this virtual environment with more than a hundred years of scholarly research about Giza, using cutting edge technology to study the distant past and preserve knowledge about this important cultural heritage site for the future. We continue to explore and develop new interactive ways to experience ancient Giza, including virtual and augmented reality apps, 3D printing of ancient artifacts, and online teaching initiatives. 

For more information about how you can support the Giza Project, please see our support page.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Demotische Wortliste (DWL)

Demotische Wortliste (DWL)
In erster Linie soll hiermit den Demotisten ein Suchwerkzeug für die Editionsarbeit an die Hand gegeben werden, das über die Möglichkeiten mit den herkömmlichen (gedruckten) Wörterbüchern hinausgeht. Jede elektronische demotische Wortliste, in der die Umschrift berücksichtigt ist, erlaubt die Suche nach Wortteilen, was bei der Arbeit an fragmentierten Texten schon sehr hilfreich ist. 

Bei der Textentzifferung ergibt sich aber oft die Situation, daß die Determinierung eines ansonsten ganz oder teilweise zerstörten Wortes erhalten ist - ebenfalls ganz oder nur zum Teil. Daher ermöglicht die hier bereitgestellte Datenbank auch die Suche nach Determinierungen der demotischen Wörter, selbstverständlich in Kombination mit Recherchen nach dem Lautkörper der Wörter...
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dissertations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Approved by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

[First posted in AWOL 25 June 2014, updated 24 February 2017]

Dissertations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Approved by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago
Solange Ashby
June 2016: Calling Out to Isis: The Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae

Rozenn F. Bailleul-LeSuer
June 2016: The Exploitation of Live Avian Resources in Pharaonic Egypt: A Socio-Economic Study

Aaron Alexander Burke
June 2004: The Architecture of Defense: Fortified Settlements Of The Levant During The Middle Bronze Age

Katherine Strange Burke
June 2007: Archaeological Texts and Contexts on the Red Sea: The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim

Aaron Michael Butts
June 2013: Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context

David Michael Calabro
June 2014: Ritual Gestures of Lifting, Extending, and Clasping the Hand(s) in Northwest Semitic Literature and Iconography

Dennis R. M. Campbell
March 2007: Mood and Modality in Hurrian

Cameron Lindley Cross
August 2015: The Poetics of Romantic Love in Vis & Rāmin

A. Asa Eger
August 2008: The Spaces Between The Teeth: Environment, Settlement, And Interaction On The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier

Humphrey Hill Hardy II
June 2014: Diachronic Development in Biblical Hebrew Prepositions: A Case Study in Grammaticalization

Michael Dean Jennings
June 2015: Beyond the Walls of Jericho: Khirbet al-Mafjar and the Signature Landscapes of the Jericho Plain

Helene J. Kantor
March 1945: Plant Ornament: Its Origin and Development in the Ancient Near East

Michael Kozuh
March 2006: The Sacrificial Economy: On The Management Of Sacrificial Sheep And Goats At The Neo-Babylonian/Achaemenid Eanna Temple Of Uruk (c. 625-520 BC)

John S. Nolan
June 2010: Mud Sealings And Fourth Dynasty Administration At Giza

Tate Paulette
March 2015: Grain Storage and the Moral Economy in Mesopotamia (3000-2000 BC)

Foy D. Scalf
March 2014: Passports to Eternity: Formulaic Demotic Funerary Texts and the Final Phase of Egyptian Funerary Literature in Roman Egypt

Stephanie Lesan Selover
June 2015: Excavating War: The Archaeology of Conflict in Early Chalcolithic to Early Bronze III Central and Southeastern Anatolia

Randy L. Shonkwiler
March 2014: The Behdetite: A Study of Horus the Behdetite from the Old Kingdom to the Conquest of Alexander

Jason Alik Ur
December 2004: Urbanism and Society in the Third Millennium Upper Khabur Basin

Grace White
December 1993: The Religious Iconography of Cappadocian Glyptic in the Assyrian Colony Period and its Significance in the Hittite New Kingdom

Bruce Williams
December 1975: Archaeology and Historical Problems of the Second Intermediate Period

Ilya Yakubovich
June 2008: Sociolinguistics of the Luvian Language
And see Open Access Publications at the Oriental Institute Research Archives

And note also that many dissertations from the University of Chicago are accessible, open access, via PQDT Open. Among them are:

The prophet and the lying pen: Jeremiah's poetic challenge to the Deuteronomic school
by Silver, Edward, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2009: 364 pages; AAT 3387053.

Agents, archives, and risk: A micronarrative account of Old Assyrian trade through Salim-ahum's activities in 1890 B.C.
by Stratford, Edward Paul, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 492 pages; AAT 3419777.

Jordan first: A history of the intellectual and political economy of Jordanian antiquity
by Corbett, Elena Dodge, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2009: 532 pages; AAT 3362463.
  
by Kim, Koowon, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 469 pages; AAT 3397291.

Pushing the boundaries of myth: Transformations of ancient border wars in Archaic and Classical Greece by Bershadsky, Natasha, Ph.D.  The University of Chicago. 2013: 450 pages; 3557392.