Monday, July 29, 2013


Over the next three weeks or so activity on AWOL will be light as I move and make the transition from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World to Penn State University, where I take up the post of Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne

[First posted in AWOL 25 October 2009.  Updated 27 July 2013]

Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.
Babyloniaca, études de philologie assyro-babylonienne.

Audio: Lemaire, Levantine Epigraphy and History in the Achaemenid Period

Levantine Epigraphy and History in the Achaemenid Period

ImageProfessor André Lemaire, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Tuesday 25 June, Wednesday 26 June and Thursday 27 June 2013, 6.00pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

The Achaemenid period in the Levant is generally considered an obscure part of history. However, since 1980, epigraphic discoveries and research have thrown new light on this period.  A variety of aspects will be presented across three evening lectures on this subject.

Tuesday 25 June 2013
Levantine Epigraphy and Phoenicia: the kingdoms of Byblos, Sidon and Tyre during the Achaemenid period

The Persian “king of kings” had to rely on the Phoenician navy in his wars against Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean and Phoenicia played the most important part in the satrapy of ‘Avar-Nahara. Since 1980, the dates of important royal Sidonian inscriptions have been revised and various new inscriptions from Byblos, Sidon and Tyre as well as new numismatic studies have been published. They shed new light on the history and extent of the Phoenician kingdoms, especially on their relations with Palestine.

Wednesday 26 June 2013West Semitic Epigraphy and the Judean Diaspora during the Achaemenid Period: Babylonia, Egypt, Cyprus
According to the Biblical texts Kings and Jeremiah, after the fall of Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar deported part of the Judean population to Babylonia while other Judeans took refuge in Egypt. Apart from in the book of Ezekiel, the Bible does not tell us much about their life there. New epigraphic data can now reveal how the Judean refugees’ lived.
Thursday 27 June 2013
Levantine epigraphy and Samaria, Judaea and Idumaea during the Achaemenid period

The historical interpretation of the Biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah is much debated and these books essentially concern Jerusalem and Judea. The publication of various – mainly Aramaic – contemporary inscriptions (papyri, ostraca, seals, seal-impressions, coins etc) sheds new light on the daily life and religion of the Persian provinces of Samaria, Judaea and Idumaea, especially during the 4th c. BCE. They help us to understand several Biblical texts in their historical and economical context.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Online

Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Online
Coin hoards of the Roman Republic Online (CHRR Online) is a database of Roman Republican coin hoards mainly from the period 155 BC to AD 2. This database began life as a personal research database constructed by Kris Lockyear using a combination of published data and Michael Crawford's personal archive now housed in the British Museum. The online database, which utilises the Numishare application developed by Ethan Gruber, is a joint project between Kris Lockyear (Institute of Archaeology, University College London) and the American Numismatic Society. Project coordination provided by Rick Witschonke of the ANS.
The database is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of hoards of that date. For a detailed discussion of the construction of the database and the data contained within it, please see the FAQ, Lockyear 2007, Lockyear 2013 or Lockyear and Gruber forthcoming.
The database is currently Version 1 (beta).
The data is freely available to scholars for use in their research. We only ask that you:
(a) identify each hoard in your publications using the unique three-character hoard identifier;
(b) cite the database in the following manner:
Lockyear, Kris (2013). Coin hoards of the Roman Republic Online, version X. New York: American Numismatic Society. Data retrieved from <> on <enter date>.
CHRR Online is a Numishare tool based on the stable numismatic identities established by the Nomisma project. The Roman Republican coin data served by Nomisma has been supplied by the British Museum’s Roman Republican Coinage project.

Open Access Journal: Heritage Daily

Heritage Daily

Heritage Daily is an independent online archaeology and palaeontology magazine, dedicated to the heritage and history of the world. We identified the need for a central resource offering the latest archaeological/palaeontological news, journals, articles and press releases.

Our contributors range from students currently studying archaeology at University, professional academics working in the field, historians and those with an interest in the archaeological discipline. We accept stories from anyone wishing to contribute and publish their material on a leading editorial platform.

HeritageDaily is staffed by a volunteer team of archaeologists, corresponding from all corners of the world. Staff are based in Norway, the United States, Egypt, Australia and with our main editorial team based in the United Kingdom London.

Gershom Scholem's Zoharic Lexicon Card Catalogue Online

Scholem Card Index
The Zohar is among the preeminent spiritual works of all time. Its history attests to its importance: within three hundred years of its creation (at the end of the 13th century) it had become the central text Kabbalistic text. The Kabbalists regarded it as an authoritative source, a model to be emulated, and an interpretive subject.  Gershom Scholem (1897-1982), the father of Kabbalah scholarship, followed suit and made the Zohar the focus of his endeavors.

Scholem's words about various passages, verses and words from the Zohar can be found in the many notations he made in his copy of the Zohar, on notes that he tucked between its pages, which were published in facsimile in 1991/21 as well as in his Milon HaZohar card index, which is now available on the National Library's website.

The catalogue is not a book per se, but personal notes that Scholem took in anticipation of the future writing of a Zohar lexicon. The notes are in the form of white cards, which Scholem stored in impeccable order in a long narrow wooden drawer that fit them perfectly, in his impressive writing desk (which today serves as the Scholem collections librarian's desk at the National Library). Each card deals with a word from the Zohar and includes citations that include this word in its various senses, with references to the Zohar, clarifications of formulation and important notes on the lexicon of the Zohar.

The notes written on the cards include, first and foremost, the meaning of the word and its various connotations, both in linguistic and Kabbalistic terms, and sometimes also symbolic ones.  In addition, the cards contain other usages and explanations that elucidate the origin of the word and it etymological development from the ancient texts (Bible, Talmud and Midrashim) or medieval texts – philosophy and Kabbalah, in particular allusions to the works of Moses de Leon who Scholem, for most of his life, regarded as the author of the Zohar. The notes also contain etymological considerations and parallel words in other languages, as well as reference to usage in later Kabbalistic texts and discussion of these words in works by both early and modern Zohar commentators.

To conclude, even though the Scholem card catalogue cannot be regarded as a fully realized dictionary of the Zohar, it is still of tremendous value as the only attempt thus far to prepare a comprehensive dictionary of this kind.  Today, the card index is accessible via the Internet and everyone is free to get a glimpse of the greatest Kabbalistic scholar at work, and learn much about his subject as well as his method.

STEP: Scripture Tools for Every Person from Tyndale House, Cambridge

STEP: Scripture Tools for Every Person from Tyndale House, Cambridge

STEP: Scripture Tools for Every Person

This is Tyndale House’s ongoing project to make the best resources for biblical studies freely available to everyone who needs them.  The goal is to make the tools capable of working on phones and low-spec computers (even with intermittent or no internet access). The STEP Project aims to grant all believers access to a wealth of resources previously only available to specialist scholars.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Crowdsource Project: Mummipedia Wiki

Mummipedia Wiki 
The Mummipedia Project taps into the power of the overwhelming popular interest in mummies, and into the firsthand access that individuals and interested societies have to local museum holdings, to expand the depth and breadth of our knowledge of all mummy holdings worldwide. 

Have you seen a mummy? Add it to our pages, or add details to existing mummy pages. We want a page for every mummy on earth! Photos, lists, and articles on mummification will help us all to put these mummies into perspective. 

Want to see a mummy? Here is a list of mummies that we know about. Find a mummy near you, look-up or visit the museum, and share the information you find! Go ahead and add a page for the museum while you are at it. 

Want to learn about the latest mummy research? Check out the AreYouMyMummy blog

Monday, July 22, 2013

Open Access Journal: Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA

Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA
Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes 

L'IFEA est un Institut de recherche français en Turquie. Dépendant du MAE et du CNRS, il a pour vocation de faciliter, de fédérer et d'impulser des recherches en sciences humaines et sociales et en archéologie. C'est une structure de services (bibliothèque, documentation, cartographie) et d'accueil des chercheurs, doctorants et stagiaires. L'institut propose une programmation scientifique ouverte au public.  
Les Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA sont le lieu d'échange sur l'actualité de l'archéologie française en Turquie et un point de rencontre entre chercheurs turcs, français et étrangers, qu'ils soient jeunes chercheurs ou confirmés

Rencontres d'Archéologie

Rencontres d'Archéologie

Les Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA sont le lieu d'échange sur l'actualité de l'archéologie française en Turquie et un point de rencontre entre chercheurs turcs, français et étrangers, qu'ils soient jeunes chercheurs ou confirmés
Elles sont organisées avec le soutien financier de TOTAL Turquie TOTAL_LOGO_COUL_Q
Olivier Henry (éd.), Le Mort dans la ville Pratiques, contextes et impacts des inhumations intra-muros en Anatolie, du début de l'Age du Bronze à l'époque romaine, actes des 2e Rencontres d'Archéologie, Istanbul 14-15 novembre 2011, Istanbul, IFEA-Ege Yayınları 259p, ISBN 978-2-36245-009-9
Télécharger le volume complet (16 Mb) Les Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA bénéficient du soutien financier de TOTAL Turquie. TOTAL_LOGO_COUL_Q

couv rencontres2011Sommaire

O. Henry

P.J.P. Mc George
Christine Kepinski

Bérengère Perello

Nicola Laneri

Julie Patrier

Alexander Herda

Olivier Henry

Raymond Descat

Damien Aubriet

Elizabeth McGowan

Anne Marie Carstens

Oliver Hülden

Martin Seyer

Hadwiga Schörner

Christof Berns

Martin Steskal

Archéologies et espaces parcourus

Olivier Henry (éd.), Archéologies et espaces parcourus. Premières Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA Istanbul, 11-13 Novembre 2010, Istanbul, Institut Français d'Études Anatoliennes, 2012, 173p, ISBN 978-2-36245-006-8
Télécharger le volume complet (PDF, 15Mb)
Les Rencontres d'Archéologie de l'IFEA bénéficient du soutien financier de TOTAL Turquie. TOTAL_LOGO_COUL_Q


N. Seni

O. Henry
B. Varoutsikos / C. Chataigner

B. Perello
C. Kepinski
D. Beyer
N. Gailhard
N. de Chaisemartin

D. Kassab Tezgör
M. Kohl
J.-Ch. Moretti
A.-S. Rivalland
E. Goussé

Open Access Journal: Sudan Studies Association Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL 3 August 2010. Updated 22 July 2013]

Sudan Studies Association Newsletter

2010: Volume 28 No. 1
No. 2

2009: Volume 27 No. 1
No. 2

2008: Volume 26 No. 2
No. 3
No. 4

2007: Volume 25 No. 3

2006: Volume 24

2005: Volume 24

2003: Volume 22

2002: Volume 21
No.1 January

No.2 May

No.3 September

2001: Volume 20
No.1 January
No.2 May
No.3 September

2000: Volume 19
No. 1&2 March

No.3 July

1999: Volume 18
No.3 March
No.4 August
No.5 December

1998: Volume 18
No.1 May

No.2 October

No.3 March

1997: Volume 17




1996 : Volume 16

No. 2

No. 3&4

1995 : Volume 15
No. 1

No. 2


1994 : Volume 14



1993 :Volume 13
No. 1

No. 2&3


1992 : Volume 12

No. 2


1991: Volume 11
No. 1



1990 : Volume 10
No. 1



1989 : Volume 9
No. 1 Winter 1988

No.2 Spring


1988: Volume 8
No.1 Winter


No.3 Summer

No.4 Fall

1987 : Volume 7
No.1 Winter

No.2 Spring

No.3 Summer

No.4 Fall

1986 : Volume 6
No. 1 Winter

No.2 Spring

No.3 Summer

No.4 Fall

1985 : Volume 5
No.1 Spring

No.2 Summer

No.3 Fall

No.4 Winter

1984 : Volume 4
No.1 Winter

No.2 Spring

No.3 Summer

No.4 Autumn

1983: Volume 3
No.1 Winter

No.2 Spring

No.3&4 Summer / Fall

1982: Voulme 2
No.1 Winter

No.2 Spring

No.3&4 Fall

1981: Volume 1
No.1 Spring

No.2 Summer

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Open Access Journal: Religious Studies News

Religious Studies News
Religious Studies News (RSN) is the newspaper of record for the field especially designed to serve the professional needs of persons involved in teaching and scholarship in religion (broadly construed to include religious studies, theology, and sacred texts). Published quarterly online by the American Academy of Religion, RSN is received by some 9,000 scholars and by libraries at colleges and universities internationally. Religious Studies News communicates the important events of the field and related areas and examines critical issues in education, pedagogy (especially through the biannual Spotlight on Teaching), theological education (through the annual Spotlight on Theological Education), research, publishing, and the public understanding of religion. It also publishes news about the services and programs of the AAR and other organizations, including employment services and registration information for the Annual Meeting and related activities. It does not accept books for review.
Online Issues
Print Issues (2001–2009) Available in PDF 
Spotlight on Teaching 
Spotlight on Theological Education

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Online from The Oriental Institute: Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World

OIS 9.  Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World
Edited by Deena Ragavan

Oriental Institute Seminars 9

The volume is the result of the eighth Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar, held on March 2-3, 2012. Seventeen speakers, from both the US and abroad, examined the interconnections between temples, ritual, and cosmology from a variety of regional specializations and theoretical perspectives. The seminar revisited a classic topic, one with a long history among scholars of the ancient world: the cosmic symbolism of sacred architecture. Archaeologists, art historians, and philologists working not only in the ancient Near East, but also Mesoamerica, Greece, South Asia, and China, re-evaluated the significance of this topic across the ancient world.
Table of Contents
1. Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World. Deena Ragavan

Part I: Architecture and Cosmology
2. Naturalizing Buddhist Cosmology in the Temple Architecture of China: The Case of the Yicihui Pillar. Tracy Miller
3. Hints at Temple Topography and Cosmic Geography from Hittite Sources. Susanne Görke
4. Images of the Cosmos: Sacred and Ritual Space in Jaina Temple Architecture in India. Julia A. B. Hegewald

Part II: Built Space and Natural Forms
5. The Classic Maya Temple: Centrality, Cosmology, and Sacred Geography in Ancient Mesoamerica. Karl Taube
6. Seeds and Mountains: The Cosmogony of Temples in South Asia. Michael W. Meister
7. Intrinsic and Constructed Sacred Space in Hittite Anatolia. Gary Beckman

Part III: Myth and Movement
8. On the Rocks: Greek Mountains and Sacred Conversations. Betsey A. Robinson
9. Entering Other Worlds: Gates, Rituals, and Cosmic Journeys in Sumerian Sources. Deena Ragavan

Part IV: Sacred Space and Ritual Practice
10. “We Are Going to the House in Prayer”: Theology, Cultic Topography, and Cosmology in the Emesal Prayers of Ancient Mesopotamia. Uri Gabbay
11. Temporary Ritual Structures and Their Cosmological Symbolism in Ancient
Mesopotamia. Claus Ambos
12. Sacred Space and Ritual Practice at the End of Prehistory in the Southern Levant. Yorke M. Rowan

Part V: Architecture, Power, and the State
13. Egyptian Temple Graffiti and the Gods: Appropriation and Ritualization in Karnak and Luxor. Elizabeth Frood
14. The Transformation of Sacred Space, Topography, and Royal Ritual in Persia and the Ancient Iranian World. Matthew P Canepa
15. The Cattlepen and the Sheepfold: Cities, Temples, and Pastoral Power in Ancient Mesopotamia. Omur Harmansah

Part VI: Images of Ritual
16. Sources of Egyptian Temple Cosmology: Divine Image, King, and Ritual Performer. John Baines
17. Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions in Greek Temple Decoration. Clemente Marconi

PART VII: Responses
18. Temples of the Depths, Pillars of the Heights, Gates in Between. Davíd Carrasco
19. Cosmos and Discipline. Richard Neer

  • Oriental Institute Seminars 9
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-96-7
  • Pp. viii+463; 174 illustrations
  • $29.95
Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS) | List of volumes in print

For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

The British School at Rome Library and Archive Digital Collections

The British School at Rome Library and Archive Digital Collections
In July 2007, The Getty Foundation awarded a generous grant to the British School at Rome Archive to support the arrangement and description of part of the John Bryan Ward-Perkins photographic collection. As a result of this 2-year project, this website ( of the BSR digital collections was created to present not only the photographic material (Photographs) but also other types of resources which follow into different categories: Maps, Prints, Documents, Postcards, Drawings, Paintings and Manuscripts. The majority of the digital images displayed on this website are represented by the photographs catalogued during the second Getty Foundation funded project (2007-2009).
• In May 2013 the following new collections were added:

- 409 photographs of aqueducts in Lazio from the Thomas Ashby Collection published in I giganti dell’acqua, 2007
- a selection of photographs from the John Henry Parker Collection
- 56 photographs from the Robert Gardner Collection

• Visit the BSR website  

Archimedes Project

Archimedes Project
This is the homepage of the Archimedes Project at Harvard University.
The Archimedes Project aims to develop model interactive environments for scholarly research on the history of mechanics and engineering from antiquity to the Renaissance. It is designed to integrate research and knowledge dissemination in new ways and to serve as a proof-of-concept project for open digital libraries on topics in the history of science. The project is funded by the Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 2 program of the National Science Foundation and is a joint endeavor of the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, Germany. Numerous treatises on mechanics as well as other forms of documentation of mechanical knowledge and practices constitute the project corpus. Ongoing research at Harvard University and the MPIWG on the long-term development of mechanical knowledge and its manifestation in technical terminology and the inferences of practitioners, engineers, and scientists plays an important role in the testbed design. The project demands powerful, linguistically based information technology for handling the variety of languages occurring in the source materials. Source documents are being prepared with tools such as automatic morphological analysis of Latin, Greek, Italian, and Arabic, as well as the automatic linking of sources to modern and historical dictionaries and reference works.

Research tools on Euclid's Elements

Index of propositions with links to online manuscript images.
New technologies for the study of Euclid's Elements: paper by Mark Schiefsky including a description of Archimedes project technology and its application to the study of technical terminology and deductive structures in the Elements.

Project technology developed at Harvard

Other tools

  • ficus (automatic insertion of page image and figure attributes for Archimedes documents)
  • Tools for the CDLI

For more information...

The Archimedes Project was featured in an article in the Harvard University Gazette (11-13-2003).
Read more about the project's goals, methods, and personnel.
Visit the main Archimedes Project web site (at MPIWG, Berlin).

Research notes

Project documentation