Sunday, March 31, 2013


Latin OWL is an iOS app for the iPhone, which I have made, and that you can download for free from the iTunes Store. The program is copyright 2013 Scot Mcphee.

LatinOnlineWordLookup (LatinOWL)

Can’t work out the root form of a irregular Latin conjugation? Confused as to whether it’s a 3rd declension neuter plural or a 1st declension feminine ablative .. or even nominative? Is that 1st/2nd pl. dative or ablative, or a 3rd m/f sing. genitive? Know how to parse the form, but don’t know the vocabulary? There’s an app that that!
The Latin Online Word Lookup (LatinOWL) is an iOS app that, by using data from the Perseus Latin Word Tool, allows a user to lookup any Latin word, locate the root (i.e. the nominative singular for nouns and adjectives or the 1st person singular present active indicative for verbs), and parse the entered form. It gives all possible forms for the word entered. The tool then links the root(s) to the online Lewis & Short dictionary from Perseus, and also from that dictionary, provides links to the works in the Perseus database that are quoted in the dictionary.
You can download it from the iTunes App Store for free by clicking on the icon above or by using this link: LatinOWL in the iTunes AppStore (this link should redirect you to your regional store, where you will be able to download it).
There are a few planned features for future versions, however, some of these may go only into the iPad version which may not be free, but a buck or two at the most:
  • save word lookup history
  • save favorite dictionary entries to local storage in the iPhone
  • a much better iPad version that will have afar better way to view the links to the source works from the dictionary, also better master/detail views, due to the increase in available screen real estate
  • possibly a Macintosh OSX version
There won’t be an Android version, I’m not interested in developing for Android. You can build your own, off my source code (see below).

Saturday, March 30, 2013

CLASSICSSTUFF: Free vocabulary resources for Latin and Greek texts

CLASSICSSTUFF: Free vocabulary resources for Latin and Greek texts
This blog will host free downloads of pdfs of vocabulary lists I made (and occasionally still do) for Classical texts. They are always line-by-line, and I hope will make it easier for more people to read more Latin and Greek, which are awesome languages with awesome things written in them. If you see any typos, please post a comment.
 Entries as of 30 March 2013

World Digital Library (WDL)

World Digital Library (WDL)
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

  • Promote international and intercultural understanding;
  • Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet;
  • Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences;
  • Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.

8000 BCE - 499 CE | + View all 144 items

Open Access Journal: SCHOLIA: Studies in Classical Antiquity

SCHOLIA: Studies in Classical Antiquity
 ISSN: 1018-9017 
Scholia features critical and pedagogical articles on a diverse range of subjects dealing with classical antiquity, including late antique, medieval, Renaissance and early modern studies related to the classical tradition. It also includes review articles, reviews and other sections dealing with classics.

This site contains information about the journal, including subscription information and submission guidelines. For a complete list of works by author in each volume, including reviews, please see Index (1992-).

Scholia and Scholia Reviews (volumes 1-20) have published 862 contributions by 392 scholars and academics at 193 universities and other institutions in 36 countries.
Scholia and Scholia Reviews completed its twenty-year joint series in 2011.

The quality of the scanned pages in Volumes 1-13 (1992-2004) will be improved progressively in 2012-2013
Volume 1 (1992) vi + 161 pp. Volume 2 (1993) vi + 166 pp. Volume 3 (1994) vi + 178 pp.
Volume 4(1995) vi + 182 pp. Volume 5 (1996) vi + 194 pp. Volume 6 (1997) vi + 186 pp.
Volume 7(1998) vi + 194 pp. Volume 8 (1999) vi + 190 pp. Volume 9 (2000) vi + 190 pp.
Volume 10(2001) vi + 194 pp. Volume 11 (2002) vi + 178 pp. Volume 12 (2003) vi + 198 pp.
Volume 13(2004) vi + 194 pp. Volume 14 (2005) vi + 190 pp. Volume 15 (2006) vi + 194 pp.
Volume 16(2007) vi + 186 pp. Volume 17 (2008) vi + 182 pp. Volume 18 (2009) vi + 194 pp.
Volume 19(2010) vi + 198 pp. Volume 20 (2011) vi + 222 pp. Index Volumes 1-20 (1992-2011)iv + 52 pp.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Open Access Journal: Scholia Reviews

Scholia Reviews
ISSN: 2306-4129
Scholia Reviews is published by the Classics Programme of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa.
Scholia Reviews is an electronic journal of reviews, a selection of which are published annually in printed form in Scholia, an international journal of the Classics.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Open Access Journal: AncientPlanet

Welcome to the AncientPlanet, a bi-monthly online journal featuring original research papers on history, archaeology and science. The purpose of this publication is twofold.  

 In the first instance, it is intended to provide a platform for both professional academics and students to present their research to the wider public. As such, we welcome contributions from individuals from all walks of life, whether undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, museum staff.. and also from the general public. 

Second to this, but equally as important, it is hoped that this journal will promote a greater understanding of this ancient planet we call home. As someone, somewhere once said: “Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on Earth is to remain a child forever and ever.” 

We at AncientPlanet are dedicated to this axiom… to preserve and foster a greater understanding of our planet’s past, to protect and preserve our planet’s future.
AncientPlanet Online Journal Vol.4

AP VOL.04: FEBRUARY | 2013 pp167


AncientPlanet Online Journal Vol.3

AP VOL.03: NOVEMBER | 2012 pp177


AncientPlanet Online Journal Vol.2

AP VOL.02: AUGUST | 2012 pp159


AncientPlanet Online Journal Vol.1

AP VOL.01: MAY | 2012 pp109


Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies

[First posted in AWOL 30 November 2010. Updated 28 March 2013]

The Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies
Modern technology in general, digital in particular, have added new dimensions as well as more sophisticated vocational requirements to the field of Library and Information Science, from which researches and knowledge lovers benefit. Amidst this tremendous quantity of forms of the technological revolution, it was natural for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to adopt the concept of digital publication in order to make it available to researchers interested in science and knowledge. This, in turn, is what propels the Calligraphy Center to provide the study of inscriptions, calligraphy, and writings of the world across the ages from the prehistoric age until now with a new approach and vision. From this premise, the idea of the Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies was generated.

This project comes at the head of the Center of the Studies of Writings and Calligraphy’s objectives, which has taken upon itself the publication of different inscriptions and writings; in particular, inscriptions in different languages and writings from Egypt and abroad, which the center has made available to scientists, researchers, and amateurs in a simplified digital content through the website.

The project of the Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies is considered a digital record for writings carved on buildings and archaeological remains across the ages. These inscriptions are presented to the user in a digital form, including a synopsis of the inscription’s data, photos, and a record of the writing’s it bears .

The project has been adopted in the present time to record a group of languages in numerous scripts, including Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Greek; developing the inscriptions of each script separately, and recording a new group of other languages’ scripts. The basic data and detailed descriptions of these inscriptions are displayed in two languages: Arabic and English.
Project organizers were keen to build a flexible, user-friendly website for the Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies in order to enable a large number of researchers to benefit from the gems of archaeological written inscriptions and further browse the images and references of each inscription separately. The inscriptions can be easily browsed by language, or the classification of the inscription; architecture, arts, or sculpture as well as the type of the archaeological remain. It is possible to find a specific inscription using the advanced search feature which allows the user to search by the artifact’s number, place of preservation, or place of discovery, and also by the period of time to which the written inscription belongs. At this moment, the researcher will find all the information related to the archaeological remain accompanied with high-quality images, analysis of the written inscription, information and a descriptive synopsis of the remain as well as a translation of the inscription.
The Calligraphy Center aspires to make the Digital Library of Inscriptions one of the most important digital libraries specializing in the field of inscriptions and writings on the internet.
And see also the full list of Digital Projects of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Viewing complete books in AMAR

Viewing complete books in AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports
The default view of digitized books in AMAR is page view.  However, by choosing the Complete Print Version from the View drop-down screen located in the upper left hand corner of the individual item screen, a complete print version is generated in PDF format.

 See the AWOL entry

See the AWOL list of
The Parthian Empire is a fascinating period of Persian history closely connected to Greece and Rome. Ruling from 247 B.C. to A.D. 228 in ancient Persia (Iran), the Parthians defeated Alexander the Great's successors, the Seleucids, conquered most of the Middle East and southwest Asia, controlled the Silk Road and built Parthia into an Eastern superpower. The Parthian empire revived the greatness of the Achaemenid empire and counterbalanced Rome's hegemony in the West. Parthia at one time occupied areas now in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

Because limited written historical sources have survived, much of what we know about the Parthians and their sub-kingdoms of Characene, Elymais and Persis must be deduced from coins. For that reason, the primary focus is on numismatics. But this site is not just a virtual coin collection; here you can also gain insight into Parthian art, history, archaeology, and geography. You will also find references to the books, articles, maps and other resources necessary for further study.

Enjoy your visit and add this page to your favorites list so you can easily return. I welcome corrections and any suggestions for improvement of content or format of this site. You may post open messages or send a private e-mail message on the feedback page.

Interested in discussing Parthia with others? Join the Parthia-L mail list! It is a lightly moderated mail list created to facilitate discussions about Parthia. It is not limited to numismatics, and discussion of all aspects of Parthia is encouraged. Numerous scholars use the list but popular topics are also welcome. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail or visit the mail list's home page.
Ancient Authors
Annotated Parthia Bibliography
Recent Publications (2007-2009)
Log of Bibliography Additions/Updates
Auction Catalogs of Parthian Coins
Collections of Parthian Coins
Internet Mail Lists & Newsgroups
On-Line Texts
Film & Video
Parthia in the News - Index
Web Links of Interest
Index of web pages on this web site
Old Nisa Bibliography
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News from CDLI: The educational pages of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative

From Jacob Dahl
We are pleased to announce that the educational pages of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, the cdli:wiki, now hosted at the University of Oxford, have been significantly updated over the last few months.

cdli:wiki remains the host for a great number of tools for Assyriology developed and written by staff of the cdli at UCLA, Oxford, and the MPIWG Berlin. In particular the Abbreviations for Assyriology page that has been widely cited in recent years, remains accessible with us, and we are happy to enter new recommendations or make corrections in our files. We have added two other bibliographical tools, "RecentPublications in Assyriology" with abstracts and links to published TOC's, and a "Bibliography of Sumerian Literature, derived from the Oxford project "Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature".

When the CDLI inherited the Mesopotamian Year-Names project of Peter Damerow and Marcel Sigrist, that in the meantime has been expanded, and for many Lagash II and Ur III year names corrected by Richard Firth, we decided to incorporate this work into a broader presentation of the chronology of Mesopotamia. The list of Assyrian limmu officials now reaches from 1972 BC to shortly before year 1000 BC (the electronic Old Assyrian limmu list was provided by Gojko Barjamovich and Thomas Hertel). We are in the process of linking this list to the data of the CDLI project, and expect to add neo-Assyrian limmu names in the near future. Among the lists of year names, the Ur III Dynasty remains the best covered in cdli:wiki.

Our writing systems pages, under development as well, will host sign lists and information about the different writing systems attested in the ancient Near East.

Finally, our list of the "One Hundred Most Important Cuneiform Objects", that attempts to draw the attention of students and informal learners to particularly significant texts, has already received some publicity on this list. As always, we encourage comments, additions, and corrections to this webpage as well as to any of the other components that make up our educational and research tools initiative.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(Partially) Open Access Journal: Kush: Journal of the Sudan Antiquities Service

Kush: Journal of the Sudan Antiquities Service 

Open Access Journal: Monumentum

"'Monumentum' has in view to express the purpose of ICOMOS and the ideals inspiring it. It presents itslef as the instrument to voice our aims and programmes and, at the same time, it may lead to a better understanding both of the universal value reprensented by the patrimony of the monuments and of the culture reflected in this patrimony." Piero Gazzola, Preseident of ICOMOS,1967

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Open Access Journal: British Numismatic Journal (BNJ)

British Numismatic Journal (BNJ)
The British Numismatic Journal (BNJ) is the Society's principal publication and has been published since 1903. The Society has recently made a complete digital archive of all issues of the BNJ to 2007 freely available available to download. New and recent volumes will be made available five years after publication. In late 2011, large PDF files of entire volumes were made freely available on the society's webspace. In 2012, the volumes have been split into their constituent articles and made available to search via the google bar below.
Each volume can be accessed by clicking the links below. This will lead to a list of the individual articles in each, each of which can be individually dowloaded. You may download the whole volume but the files are very large and may take some time to download. All of the files are PDFs and will require a reader to access them. To download a reader for free (Adobe Acrobat) please click here.

The volumes are arranged chronologically. If you are looking for a specific subject then you can either consult the Index of BNJ contents 1903-2010 or use the google search bar...
This is a new resource and there are probably some errors within it. If you find any of these please report them to the BNS Webmasters

Volume Year Series Series Volume
1 1903-1904 First Series I
2 1905 First Series II
3 1906 First Series III
4 1907 First Series IV
5 1908 First Series V
6 1909 First Series VI
7 1910 First Series VII
8 1911 First Series VIII
9 1912 First Series IX
10 1913-1914 First Series X
11 1915 Second Series I
12 1916 Second Series II
13 1917 Second Series III
14 1918 Second Series IV
15 1919-1920 Second Series V
16 1921-1922 Second Series VI
17 1923-1924 Second Series VII
18 1925-1926 Second Series VIII
19 1927-1928 Second Series IX
20 1929-1930 Second Series X
21 1931-1933 Third Series I
22 1934-1937 Third Series II
23 1938-1941 Third Series III
24 1942-1944 Third Series IV
25 1945-1948 Third Series V
26 1949-1951 Third Series VI
27 1952-1954 Third Series VII
28 1955-1957 Third Series VIII
29 1958-1959 Third Series IX
30 1960-1961 Third Series X
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

LACMA Collections Database Online

LACMA Collections Database
Nearly 20,000 images of artworks the museum believes to be in the public domain are available to download on this site. Other images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. By using any of these images you agree to LACMA's Terms of Use
LACMA provides several ways to search the collection, including chronologically
10,000-500 BC
499 BC - AD 1

1st - 9th centuries

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Breaking Ground: Women in Old World Archaeology

Breaking Ground: Women in Old World Archaeology
Breaking Ground may as well have been titled “Against all Odds,” as the women archaeologists whose lives and careers we remember here faced innumerable challenges and difficulties but prevailed to contribute significantly to the expansion of our knowledge of the ancient world. Most entered this male dominated field at a time when few educational opportunities or careers were open to women. They excavated in countries where traditional, patriarchal societies did not generally allow women leadership or even public roles. Yet we found English women as early as the 19th century gaining government permissions to excavate in Egypt and Greece. We found women traveling alone through deserts and mountains and gaining acceptance from Bedouin tribes. We found them directing fieldwork using male workers whose own wives held subservient roles. The women archaeologists’ rewards were almost purely intellectual, as many received no (or almost no) compensation for their demanding jobs, but of adventure there was plenty. Their activities were arduous, often dangerous, and required determination, stamina, a love of adventure, and certainly dedication.

This database includes women from many countries (both Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, and North America) who were, not only field archaeologists, but also some of whom also taught in universities or worked as museum curators or archaeological artists or photographers. A combination of at least two of these skills is often encountered among them. Yet whenever any of them were on expeditions they all faced the same deprivations of poor housing, primitive hygiene, limited food, and long hours in severe weather sorting or washing pottery, drawing plans, keeping records, and enduring sandstorms, searing temperatures, or heavy rains. Archaeology is not glamorous, but it is adventurous and filled with the unexpected. Such a life makes more demands on the female sex, and it takes a certain type of woman to persist and succeed. By remembering the careers of these intelligent and dedicated women, we not only honor them, but also hope to encourage other women to be drawn to archaeology as a career so that the human record may continue to be pieced together in the years ahead.
This unique collection of pioneering women’s biographies includes not only field archaeologists, but also those who have been deeply involved in the discipline of archaeology: philologists, epigraphers, writers, artists, museum curators, professors, and fund raisers. Not surprisingly, most of these women were right in the middle of the archaeological process. This web project provides a broad view of how these women became major contributors to the field, at the same time crafting their own identities. The life stories of these women, their extraordinary intellectual and archaeological accomplishments, are provocative, for they transcended the cultures they lived in and, despite the struggles they faced, achieved much of enduring importance.
This project originated in 1994 as the inspiration of Professor Getzel M. Cohen of the University of Cincinnati and Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky of Brown University. Volume I of Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists, published by the University of Michigan Presss in 2004, contains biographies of Jane Dieulafoy, Margaret Alice Murray, Gertrude Bell, Harriet Boyd Hawes, Edith Hall Dohan, Hetty Goldman, Gertrude Caton-Thompson, Dorothy Garrod, Winifred Lamb, Theresa Goell, Kathleen Kenyon, Esther Van Deman.

In Breaking Ground the impression may have been given that we have covered in full women active in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. This misconception could not be further from the truth, and that is why this web project is devoted to additional pioneering women and their lives. This was to become a dictionary and second volume of Breaking Ground, but it inevitably grew into a volume of encyclopedic proportions.

In 2003, Martha S. Joukowsky and Barbara S. Lesko, also of Brown University, decided that the stories of these many women should become a web-based project so that it could be accessed on the web and be available to worldwide readers. Taking each biography in turn, we edited them, created abstracts for each woman and keywords so that subject searches could be made. The contributions of French, German and Italian colleagues have been left in their original language, but their abstracts are presented in English. Surely we wish for more information on each subject and we invite you the browser or reader to add your comments and suggestions, perhaps supply photos, and correct any infelicities that may have crept into these portraits.

This web project was created in part because of our frustration with traditional publishing limitations of space, and we wanted this project to complement the book Breaking Ground by presenting the stories of additional archaeological women. We welcome future submissions. Our desire is also to have this database added to with additional biographies in future years. To attempt a book length manuscript would have burst the bounds of publication. It seemed sensible to create a web-based project also for more broad and detailed coverage, not only of each woman’s life, but also to give world wide viewers a glimpse of how these professionals looked in their time and place. The bibliography of each woman is presented without which, of course, her work would not be complete.
Barbara Adams

Ruth Amiran

Jeanne-Marie Aynard

Luisa Banti

Elise Jenny Baumgartel

Martha Rhoads Bell

Sarah Belzoni

Crystal-M Bennett

Margaret Benson

Sylvia Benton

Maria Ludwika Bernhard

Margarete Bieber

Anna Maria Bisi

Elizabeth Pierce Blegen

Linda Braidwood

Maria Weigert Brendel

Olwen Brogan

Myrtle Florence Broome

Elizabeth Caskey

Amice Mary Caverley

Denise Cocquerillat

Eunice Burr Stebbins Couch

Grace Crowfoot

Nina Davies

Joan Du Plat Taylor

Elisabeth E.C.L. During Caspers

Edith Eccles

Amelia Blanford Edwards

Cleo Rickman Fitch

Caroline Galt

Tania Ghirshman

Marija Gimbutas

Michela Schiff Giorgini

Beatrice Laura Goff

Janet A. Gourlay

Virginia Grace

Claireve Grandjouan

Henriette Antonia Groenewegen-Frankfort

Lucia Guerrini

Vronwy Hankey

Margaret Masson Hardie Hasluck

Phoebe Appserson Hearst

Ida Thallon Hill

Dorothy Hill

Louise Holland

Elinor Mullett Husselman

Mary Inda Hussey

Helene Kantor

Lida Shaw King

Alice Kober

Dorothy Lamb

Lucienne Laroche

Hilda Lorimer

Ersilia Lovatelli

Grace Harriet Macurdy

Jole Bovio Marconi

Alessandra Melucco Vaccaro

Alessandra Melucco Vaccaro

Lucy Wright Mitchell

Paola Montuoro

Rosalind Moss

Margaret Munn-Rankin

Eleanor Emlen Myers

Winifred Needler

Medea Norsa

Caroline Nestmann Peck

Hilda Petrie

Bertha Porter

Natacha Rambova

Caroline Louise Ransom Williams

Isabelle Raubitschek

Marion Rawson

Elizabeth Titzel Riefstahl

Barbara Ruszczyc

Marguerite Rutten

Inez Ryberg

Nora E. Scott

Mercy Money-Coutts Seiradaki

Veronica Seton-Williams

Omm Sety

Hermine Speier

Flavia Julia Helena Augusta St. Helena

Elizabeth Stefanski

Sara Yorke Stevenson

Mary Hamilton Swindler

Lucy Talcott

Bruna Tamaro

Elizabeth Thomas

Margaret Thompson

Dorothy Burr Thompson

Jeanne Marie Threse Vandier d'Abbadie

Alice Walker

Tatiana Warsher

Helen Waterhouse

Elizabeth Augustus Whitehead

Blanche Wheeler Williams

Julia Zablocka