Monday, December 10, 2018

Webcast: Between foreign hegemony and expansion to the West: Phoenician society and economy from the 10th until the 5th c., 12th December at 6:00pm and on 13th December at 9:00am.

Between foreign hegemony and expansion to the West: Phoenician society and economy from the 10th until the 5th c.

This is the live stream of the Phoenicians Workshop presented at the JGU Mainz. More information see

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Commanding Texts: Knowledge-ordering, Identity Construction and Ethics in 'Military Manuals’ of the Roman Empire
Chiritoiu, D. A. (2018). Commanding Texts: Knowledge-ordering, Identity Construction and Ethics in 'Military Manuals’ of the Roman Empire (Doctoral thesis).
Summary of Commanding texts: Knowledge-ordering, identity construction and ethics in 'military manuals’ of the Roman Empire By Daniel Alexandru Chiritoiu This thesis is about ‘military manuals’ produced in the first few centuries of the Roman imperial period. It argues that these texts merit far more attention and appreciation than they have received in the scholarship so far. I will explore areas such as the way in which their authors order and rank Greek and Roman knowledge, engage with ideas about knowledge and power, help construct identity and discuss ethics and behavior. In the first chapter I will determine whether the authors operate within a specific ‘genre’, or ‘genres’, of military writing. Then I will explore how the texts relate to other traditions of technical texts, questions of audience, and finally the issue of their practicality. The second chapter will examine how authors tackle the issue of ‘Greek’ and ‘Roman’ knowledge, categorize, rank and use it for self-promotion. We will see how Roman knowledge is both subverted but also praised, and how Greek knowledge is at the same time placed above Roman knowledge and integrated into a narrative of continuity with it. The third chapter will focus on the use of Greek knowledge in the construction of Roman identity. I will explore how ‘manuals’ play a part in the identity of the Roman Empire, fitting into a picture of unity in diversity, and show how they contribute to Hadrian’s self-presentation. The fourth chapter will examine the ethical component in manuals. I will determine whether there was an ethical code of conduct in battle in the Classical world and whether it was different from general ethical norms. Then, we will examine whether our texts engage in any way with this ‘code’ and whether their individual approaches have anything in common or are fundamentally different.
Military manuals, Arrian, Aelian, Frontinus, Polyaenus, Onasander, technical literature, historiography, Roman history, Greek history, Second Sophistic, Roman Empire, Greek knowledge, Roman knowledge, military history, generalship, cultural history, tactical texts, tactics, artillery manuals, siegecraft, Greek and Roman experts
AHRC award, King's College Studentship, Faculty of Classics studentship
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Open Access Journal: Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

[Firsts posted in AWOL 17 June 2011, updated 9 December 2018]

Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
Electronic ISSN: 2162-5603
Text Encoding Initiative Consortium
The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative is the official journal of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium. It publishes the proceedings of the annual TEI Conference and Members' Meeting and special thematic issues: state-of-the-art reports on electronic textual editing, current trends in TEI encoding, and new use cases for TEI. It furthermore provides a forum for articles on the discussion of the interface between the TEI and other communities, and more generally of the role of technological standards in the digital humanities, including digital scholarly editing, linguistic analysis, corpora creation, and newer areas such as mass digitization, semantic web research, and editing within virtual worlds.

      Saturday, December 8, 2018

      Open Access Journal: El Futuro del Pasado

      [First posted in AWOL 21 June 2010. Updated 8 December 2018 (new host)]

      El Futuro del Pasado. Revista electrónica de Historia
      ISSN: 1989-9289
      El Futuro del Pasado. Revista electrónica de Historia pretende ser un espacio abierto para el diálogo y el debate entre investigadores de diferentes áreas de conocimiento que tienen como objeto de estudio el pasado en sus diferentes vertientes. Se trata de una herramienta para la investigación, la divulgación y la crítica, ajena a cualquier tipo de partidismo ideológico o clientelismo de cualquier signo.
      El Futuro del Pasado busca ayudar a superar los muros que separan a los historiadores, tratando de romper barreras entre las diferentes áreas afines de conocimiento y estableciendo lazos para la colaboración en un mundo en el que se da cada vez más importancia a la competencia.
      Las nuevas tecnologías permiten, a quienes saben hacer de ellas un aliado, superar las barreras económicas y difundir gratuitamente la cultura por todo el territorio nacional y más allá de nuestras fronteras. Se muestra como una evidencia que cada vez es más importante la generación y comunicación académica del conocimiento científico a través de la Red. El Futuro del Pasado pretende contribuir a esta transmisión libre y gratuita del conocimiento científico.
      «El Futuro del Pasado» ha sido aceptada para su indexación en el Emerging Sources Citation Index, la nueva edición de Web of Science. Los contenidos de este índice están siendo evaluados por Thomson Reuters para su inclusión en Science Citation Index Expanded™, Social Sciences Citation Index®, y  Arts & Humanities Citation Index®. Web of Science se diferencia de otras bases de datos por la calidad y solidez del contenido que proporciona a los investigadores, autores, editores e instituciones. La inclusión de «El Futuro del Pasado» en el Emerging Sources Citation Index pone de manifiesto la dedicación que estamos llevando a cabo para proporcionar a nuestra comunidad científica los contenidos disponibles más importantes e influyentes.


      Vol. 9 (2018): Historias en la Música y Músicas en la Historia

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 9 (2018)
      enero-diciembre 2018
      Coord. Judith Helvia García Martín


      Vol. 8 (2017): Desigualdad

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 8 (2017)
      enero-diciembre 2017
      Coord. David Carvajal de la Vega


      Vol. 7 (2016): Mitologías en la cultura popular actual

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 7 (2016)
      enero-diciembre 2016
      Coord. Sara Molpeceres Arnáiz


      Vol. 6 (2015): Religión, Deporte y Espectáculo

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 6 (2015)
      enero-diciembre 2015
      Coord. Juan Ramón Carbó García


      Vol. 5 (2014): Cine e Historia: revisiones metodológicas y críticas

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 5 (2014)
      enero-diciembre 2014
      Coord. Beatriz Leal Riesco


      Vol. 4 (2013): La Infancia: Historia y Representación

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 4 (2013)
      enero-diciembre 2013
      Coord. Laura Sánchez Blanco


      Vol. 3 (2012): Historia y Género: Nuevas perspectivas

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 3 (2012)
      enero-diciembre 2012
      Coord. Iván Pérez Miranda


      Vol. 2 (2011): Razón, Utopía y Sociedad

      El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 2 (2011)
      enero-diciembre 2011


      Open Access Monograph Series: Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC)

      [First posted in AWOL 12 September 2015, updated 8 December 2018]

      Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC)
      ISSN: 0081-7554
      For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

      Friday, December 7, 2018

      Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative

      Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative
      Andrews, G. (2019). Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative (Doctoral thesis).
      This thesis challenges one of the fundamental assumptions about Rome’s political upheaval in the third century CE. This period is conventionally defined by the growing political influence of the army at the expense of the Senate, after the Severan emperors made it clear that their hold on power rested on military support. The soldiers would grow bolder in asserting their position, eventually coming to overthrow emperors at will. I present a broad reassessment of the evidence for a historical model which derives from the narratives of two contemporary witnesses, Cassius Dio and Herodian. Dio is the subject of my first discussion. I address two problems. Firstly, Dio’s contemporary history survives only through Byzantine epitomes and excerpts. Its irreparable alteration means that Dio’s later books cannot be treated in their own terms, but have to be contextualised against the wider thematic framework of his thousand-year account. Secondly, I turn to Dio himself. Within that framework, Dio presents himself as the ideal senatorial historian. In doing so, he is able to define a uniform senatorial experience, which excludes everything else as deriving from military corruption. An analysis of Herodian follows, also in two parts. The first analyses Herodian’s construction of Roman society into three constituent parts, Senate, army and people. I show how these simplistically homogenous social units allow Herodian to explore imperial character, even as they cause inconsistencies in his political narrative. I then address Herodian’s account of Maximinus Thrax. This narrative has been presented as the historical culmination of the army taking over politically. I argue instead that it represents the climax of Herodian’s rhetorical scheme. Overall, the model of political conflict is built on two contemporary accounts which have specific reasons to simplify matters in their presentation of political activity. In order to understand the nature of political change in this period, I argue that it is necessary to move beyond them.
      Cassius Dio, Herodian, Roman history, third century crisis, third century, roman historiography, ancient historiography
      PhD funded by the AHRC.
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      Open Access Journal: ISIMU: Revista sobre Oriente Próximo y Egipto en la antigüedad

       [First posted in AWOL 18 February 2011. Updated 7 December 2018 (New host)]

      ISIMU: Revista sobre Oriente Próximo y Egipto en la antigüedad
      ISSN: 1575-3492
      Isimu es una revista de periodicidad anual. Sus secciones separadas -dedicadas a los ámbitos originalmente definidos como Asiriología y Egiptología- están abiertas a estudios y resultados de la investigación hoy repartida entre historia, arqueología y filología, pero también y por su propia y declarada voluntad interdisciplinar, a los de las ciencias exactas, físicas y naturales alcanzados en las mismas áreas de Oriente Próximo y Egipto.