Thursday, October 31, 2013

‘Digital Humanities 2012: Digital Diversity: Cultures, Languages and Methods’

 This issue free for three months.

Literary and Linguistic Computing Volume 28, Issue 4
Special Issue ‘Digital Humanities 2012: Digital Diversity: Cultures, Languages and Methods’
Edited by Paul Spence, Susan Brown and Jan Christoph Meister
Lit Linguist Computing (2013) 28 (4): 491-492 doi:10.1093/llc/fqt062

Attalus: Over 25,000 links to Greek & Latin authors on the web

Attalus: Over 25,000 links to Greek & Latin authors on the web
This site contains detailed lists of events and sources for the history of the Hellenistic world and the Roman republic. It includes links to online translations of many of the sources, as well as new translations of some works which have not previously been easily available in English. To look at what's available, click on one of the links below. 
This site contains detailed information about the written sources for Greek and Roman history in the period between the conquests of Alexander the Great and the start of the Roman Empire. Its geographical scope is Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East - essentially, the countries which were later part of the Roman Empire (see map). Its scope in time is currently from 322 to 42 B.C.

  How to use this site
  Overview of sources
  A - Z
  Attalus, the king
  Background Info.
  Inscriptions & Papyri
  Latin Texts
  Index of References
  Related Sites
  What's New? 

Open Access Journal: The Oriental Institute Archaeological Newsletter (1950-1973)

The Oriental Institute Archaeological Newsletter

From the 1950s to early 1973 (Oct 15, 1950-Mar 11, 1973) the Oriental Institute issued these archaeological newsletters to members and friends. The newsletters were written mostly by Oriental Institute faculty and researchers about their travels and work at more than thirty sites in the Middle East. Issued infrequently, in 1973 Director John A. Brinkman initiated an expanded newsletter, News & Notes, that continued the field reports and included other news from the Institute.

Archeological Newsletters: Oct. 15 1950 - Mar. 11, 1973

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

Fragmentary Texts: Quotations and Text Re-uses of Lost Authors and Works

[First posted in AWOL 18 February 2010. Updated 31 October 2013]

Fragmentary Texts: Quotations and Text Re-uses of Lost Authors and Works
Fragmentary Texts is a project directed by Monica Berti and devoted to methodologies and tools for collecting and representing quotations and text re-uses of Classical sources.
In the field of textual criticism, “fragments” are the result of a work of extraction and interpretation of information pertaining to lost works that is embedded in surviving texts. These fragments of information derive from a great variety of text re-uses that range from verbatim quotations to vague allusions and translations.

One of the main challenges when looking for traces of lost works is the reconstruction of the complex relationship between the fragment and its source of transmission. Pursuing this goal means dealing with three main tasks: 1) weighing the level of interference played by the author who has reused and transformed the original context of the fragment; 2) measuring the distance between the source text and the derived text; 3) trying to perceive the degree of text re-use and its effects on the final text.

The first step for rethinking the role of the fragment within its context is to provide a new methodology for identifying and representing historical sources based on information technologies. Such an achievement enables the building of digital collections designed not only to preserve but also to extend principles that traditional scholarship has developed over generations, while also representing every element of print conventions in a more dynamic and interconnected way.

Collecting text re-uses is a well-established tradition and the great enterprises of scholars from the Renaissance onward have permitted us to rediscover and preserve an inestimable cultural heritage otherwise lost and forgotten. At the same time, looking for remains of lost works is a very useful methodological exercise for practicing reconstruction of ancient testimonies, and it is also a stimulus for interdisciplinarity, given that an editor has to face a lot of problems deriving from the great variety of subjects and from many different kinds of texts that usually form a collection of fragments.

The main goal of this project is to discuss models and tools for representing quotations and text re-uses in a digital library, building a collaborative environment for scholars, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in the topic.


In this page we collect papers concerning topics related to Fragmentary Texts. Go to Documents for other contributions on quotations and text re-uses.
  • M. Berti, M. Romanello, A. Babeu, G. Crane. “Collecting Fragmentary Authors in a Digital Library.” In Proceedings of the 2009 Joint International Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL ’09). Austin, TX, 259-62. New York, NY: ACM Digital Library (download PDF)
  • M. Berti, M. Romanello, A. Babeu, G. Crane. “When Printed Hypertexts Go Digital: Information Extraction from the Parsing of Indices.” In Hypertext 2009: Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, Turin, Italy, 357-58. New York, NY: ACM Digital Library (download PDF)
  • M. Berti, M. Romanello, F. Boschetti, A. Babeu, G. Crane. “Rethinking Critical Editions of Fragmentary Texts by Ontologies.” In ELPUB 2009: 13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing: Rethinking Electronic Publishing: Innovation in Communication Paradigms and Technologies, Milan, Italy, 155-74 (download PDF)
  • G. Crane. “From Subjects to Citizens in a Global Republic of Letters”. In Going Digital. Evolutionary and Revolutionary Aspects of Digitization. Ed. K. Grandin. Nobel Symposium 147. The Nobel Foundation, 2011, pp. 251-254 (download PDF)


  • Fragmentary Texts and Digital Libraries (Monica Berti) (download PDF)
  • Representing Citations in Athenaeus’ Deipnosophists (Monica Berti & Virgilio Costa) (download PDF)
  • The Edition of Fragmentary Texts: Scattered Remarks (Virgilio Costa) (download PDF)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Open Access Series: Antichistica

La collana, diretta da Lucio Milano, è dedicata agli studi sul mondo antico e tardo-antico. Essa è destinata ad ospitare pubblicazioni che scaturiscono dalle attività di ricerca di Ca’ Foscari e pubblicazioni di studiosi e istituzioni italiane e straniere che contribuiscano a mettere in evidenza la rete delle collaborazioni nazionali e internazionali dell’Ateneo in ambito antichistico. È suddivisa in quattro sezioni: Storia ed epigrafia; Archeologia; Orientalistica; Filologia e letteratura.
Aspetti del sistema preposizionale dell’eblaita
maria vittoria tonietti
The possibility to penetrate the meaning of a text largely depends, as we know, on the correct understanding of the semantic value of prepositions. However, in the case of the ancient languages, this value is not always easy to reconstruct. After the most recent studies on this topic, the publication in the last ten years of the first two volumes of Chancery Texts from the Ebla Archives has provided an important corpus to better investigate the use of prepositions in the Ebla language. More than the previously studied Lexical and Administrative Texts, similar to and more appropriately than the Ritual ones, the Chancery Texts (besides letters, several treaties, accounts, legal texts, etc.) do reflect the language used, even if in different registers, and in some cases in diachronic and diatopic variations. The present study concentrates both on the Chancery and the Ritual Texts, treating them separately. The numerous occurrences of each preposition of the new corpus have been carefully analyzed, in order to better understand their «basic value» and verify all of their previously suggested derived meanings, ambiguity or «interchangeability», always considering, among the other things, the possibility of a different «perspective» between the translator’s and the translated languages, and of idiomatic verb/preposition usages. A similar analysis has been undertaken for the Ritual Texts, but more focused on the diachronic aspects: the presence in the new corpus of some texts belonging to the older phase of the Archives (the reign of Yirkab-Damu) allows in fact for a fruitful comparison with the more ancient version of the Ritual for the Royal Wedding. Some relevant data for the diachronic analysis can also be derived from the recently published Administrative Texts of the same ancient period. The synchronic and diachronic analysis of all the prepositions led eventually, on the one hand, to the definition of a much clearer and more coherent picture of their usage and value, and on the other hand to detect some important changes the system went through during the forty years of the Archives. The most relevant case is that of ašta, ašti, aštu, which, contrary to their generally assumed interchangeability, revealed clear distinctions in their usage. A tentative diachronic explanation of their rare overlaps is also suggested by the texts. But other interesting data emerge from the analysis of prepositions: their usage in the Abarsal Treaty, for instance, points to a different dialect from the one of Ebla, which seems confirmed by some peculiar linguistic and graphic features of this same text.

Microstorie di romanizzazione Le iscrizioni del sepolcreto rurale di Cerrione 
Giovannella Cresci Marrone, Patrizia Solinas

This volume contains the edition and commentary of sixty funerary inscriptions found at the archaeological site of Cerrione in the province of Biella, in north-eastern Piedmont, near the Bessa ancient gold district, in the territory once belonging to the Roman colony of Eporedia. Seven inscriptions were written in the so-called Lepontic alphabet, while fifty-three were written in the Latin alphabet. All these inscriptions were found in a rural necropolis, which appears to have been used from the early first century BC to the late fourth century AD. More than two hundred tombs were brought to light in this necropolis of which about eighty were marked with stone slabs. The burials that are identified by inscriptions can be dated through their archaeological contexts to a period that goes from the early first century BC to the third century AD.Studying these epigraphic texts with special attention to onomastics allows the book’s author to investigate the juridical status, the social ranking, the family networks, and the ethnic identification of the people who were buried in the tombs. Furthermore, the analysis of the graphic and linguistic features of these funerary inscriptions facilitates the understanding of the characteristics and the peculiarities of the cultural transition that this area went through when they were written. In fact, not only does this work offer a socio-cultural investigation of the individuals who lived in this settlement and made use of its cemetery, but, reconstructing a number of micro-histories, it also contributes to understanding the dynamics of the contacts between the indigenous Celtic element and the exogenous Roman influence. The meeting of these two different cultural systems gave birth to the phenomena of hybridization and transition that eventually led to the Romanization of this area.
Festòs protopalaziale. Il quartiere ad ovest del Piazzale I. Strutture e ritrovamenti delle terrazze mediana e superiore
Ilaria Caloi 
This work, based on my 2007 MA dissertation for the Italian Archaeological School at Athens focuses on two Protopalatial structures of Phaistos (Crete), located in an area known as the ‘Quarter West to the West Court’ (Piazzale I) of the Phaistos palace. The analytical study of stratigraphical/contextual data and MM IB-MM IIB ceramics retrieved from these two structures has been my starting point for attempting a new definition of the ceramic sequence of Protopalatial Phaistos, which consists of four ceramic phases (A-B-C-D) corresponding to Early MM IB, MM IB, MM IIA and MM IIB. The publication of the architecture and large ceramic assemblages from these two structures provides an important illustration of the first crucial phases of the palatial site of Phaistos and contributes to a better understanding of the history of this important Aegean Bronze Age site.  

Open Access Journal: Instrumentum: Bulletin du Groupe de Travail Européen sur l'Artisanat et les Productions Manufacturées dans l'Antiquité
 Instrumentum, Association de type loi 1901, regroupe toutes les personnes intéressées par l’artisanat antique et l’étude précise des productions manufacturées de l’Antiquité (Age du Fer, archéologies grecque et romaine) : historiens, archéologues, ethnologues, etc.
Du point de vue géographique, le champ d’action d’Instrumentum couvre l’Europe et le Bassin méditerranéen.

L’association favorise les relations entre les chercheurs intéressés par les mêmes thèmes de réflexion, publie deux fois par an (juin et décembre) un Bulletin de liaison destiné à entretenir un contact régulier et à informer les membres des travaux récemment publiés en Europe sur les thèmes d’Instrumentum. Toutes les rubriques de ce Bulletin sont alimentées par les correspondants nationaux et largement ouvertes aux membres de l’Association.
Depuis 1996, Instrumentum a commencé à organiser des réunions de travail thématiques sur les thèmes proposés par les membres actifs. L’Association a également lancé sa collection de Monographies (Editions Monique Mergoil) dont le premier volume a paru en juin 1997.

Instrumentum aims to bring together scholars interested in crafts and industry in the ancient world , whether historians, archaeologists, ethnologists or economists. The time scale to be covered is wide : Iron Age, Greek and Roman periods, although some overlap from the late Bronze Age and into early Middle Ages is expected.

Geographically, Instrumentum covers Europe and the Mediterranean.

It is hoped that all research on crafts and industry (bar too specialised ceramology) will be brought together by bringing attention to published work, and thus elucidating the conditions in which crafts, industries and manufacturing techniques evolved before the Middle Ages. Twice a year, Instrumentum issues a news Bulletin, disseminating information, encouraging research and facilitating international communications. An up-to-date bibliography, brief notices on current research and requests for information are included in an attempt to promote and facilitate research on objects, their use and manufacture.

From 1996 onwards, Instrumentum started organizing scientific meetings, on the proposal of active members. The working group also started a collection of Monographs (Editions Monique Mergoil), with a first volume issued in June 1997.
Publié le samedi 8 avril 2006 par Laurent Chrzanovski
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006
Publié le vendredi 7 avril 2006 par Laurent Chrzanovski
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006
Publié le jeudi 6 avril 2006 par Laurent Chrzanovski
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006
Publié le mercredi 5 avril 2006 par Michel Feugere
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006
Publié le mardi 4 avril 2006 par Laurent Chrzanovski
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006

Publié le lundi 3 avril 2006 par Michel Feugere
Mis à jour le dimanche 12 novembre 2006

Open Access Journal: Anabases: Traditions et Réceptions de l’Antiquité

[First posted in AWOL 20 December 2011. Updated 30 October 2013]

Anabases: Traditions et Réceptions de l’Antiquité
ISSN électronique 2256-9421
Depuis sa naissance en mars 2005, Anabases se veut une revue internationale, transdisciplinaire et comparatiste portant sur la réception et les traditions de l’Antiquité à travers le temps. En bref : qu’advient-il de l’Antiquité après l’Antiquité ?

La démarche interculturelle – qui est à la base des problématiques de l’équipe É.R.A.S.M.E. – sous-tend une perspective transversale dans trois registres d’analyse : 1) entre disciplines, comme l’histoire, la philosophie, les littératures, l’archéologie, les sciences politiques ; 2) entre aires culturelles touchant la Méditerranée, l’Europe, le Proche-Orient et le Moyen-Orient ; 3) entre périodes, depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’au très contemporain. 

Derniers numéros

Numéros en texte intégral

Women of ASOR Map

 Women of ASOR Map
The “Women of ASOR” Map will act as a networking resource for ASOR’s membership, as it displays the locations of professional female members around the globe – pinpointing the universities, museums or other organizations where they work and the sites at which they excavate. Each red dot opens a pop-up box that contains the profile of a member at this geographic location (latitude and longitude coordinates) and information of any affiliated archaeological projects. Each blue star is located at the geographic location of the archaeological projects affiliated with the members represented on the map (red dots). Helpful Hints: Zooming in on the map allows users to see the more specific locations of the members. To search for a particular member or specialty keyword, use the search box at the bottom left of the screen. Also, on the upper left toolbar is the “Identify” button/link, which needs to be clicked on or highlighted in order to explore the points (red dots and blue stars) on the map. For more in-depth help, click here!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Excavations in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt

Excavations in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt
The Dakhleh Oasis Project (DOP) is a long-term regional study of the interaction between environmental changes and human activity in the closed area of the Dakhleh Oasis, Western Desert of Egypt, but including the larger area of the Palaeoasis. The study includes all the time since the first incursion of humans in the Middle Pleistocene, perhaps 400,000 years ago, down to the 21st century oasis farmers, and all the human activity and all the changing environmental conditions for which there is evidence within the time period.

To achieve such an assessment, it is necessary to gather data on the modern environment and all past environmental conditions. The environment is seen as one of the most important influences on all human activity. The evidence for this is sought in the geological, geomorphological, the botanical and the faunal records. These data are collected by various field workers, specialists in their particular fields, who ultimately will provide a consensus of the environmental history of the region. The DOP environmentalists to date are Professor R. F. Giegengack, Jr., Dr. Jennifer Smith, Professor C. S. Churcher, Dr. Ursula Thanheiser and Mag. Johannes Walter. Formerly, there have also been Professor J. C. Ritchie and Professor I. A. Brookes.

The activities of humans within these environmental settings must be investigated by a wide range of expertise. The settling and development of cultural evolution within the oasis area, the expansion into and from other Saharan regions and, of course, connections with the Nile Valley are all of interest. These studies are performed by geoarchaeologists, Old Stone Age African specialists, Holocene-Neolithic archaeologists, historical periods specialists – Pharaonic, Ptolemaic-Roman-Christian archaeologists, Islamic archaeologists; by physical anthropologists, and by linguists.

So far, no social or cultural anthropologists have participated in the DOP. These investigators include Professor M. R. Kleindienst, Dr. M. M. A. McDonald, Dr. C. A. Hope, Professor A. J. Mills, Professor F. Leemhuis, Dr. O. E. Kaper, Professor R. S. Bagnall, Professor J. E. Molto, Professor M. Woidich, Professor K. A. Worp, Professor I. Gardner, and a great number of field assistants and experts brought into the project to study specific specialized aspects of our finds...

Annual Reports

Ain Birbiyeh Temple Project

Ain Gazzareen

DOP Prehistory Group

Qasr Dakhleh Project

Open Access Journal: Orientalia Parthenopea Journal

Orientalia Parthenopea Journal
ISSN 1972-3598
A group of young researchers who completed their studies within the milieu of the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” or carried out their post-graduate research work in the same university started the publication of Orientalia Parthenopea Journal in June 2005. The journal collects essays on Eastern Cultures from Eastern Europe to Far East Asia and Comparative Studies.

The editorial board of Orientalia Parthenopea reserves for itself the right to use experienced national or even international referees to evaluate the quality of the articles. Among our referees figure the following scholars: Giorgio Amitrano, Michaela Böhmig, Gianluca Coci, Riccardo Contini, Lorenzo Declich, Francesco De Sio Lazzari, Amedeo Di Francesco, Salvatore Diglio, Gennaro Gervasio, Hayashida Kenzo, Giancarlo Lacerenza, Amedeo Maiello, Luigia Melillo, Shyam Manohar Pandey, Adriano Rossi, Domenico Silvestri, Adolfo Tamburello, Giovanni Verardi.

All scholars for whom qualitative research methodology are basic perspectives of orientalistic disciplines, are welcomed to submit their articles and support our initiative. There will be published empirical, theoretical and methodological articles applicable to all fields and specializations within orientalistic disciplines.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
History, Archeology, Art, Medicine, Linguistics, Literature, Comparative Studies, Philosophy, Religion, etc.

All those who would like to submit any of their work can send it to the address of the Editorial Board (see Contacts) attaching a printout of the text, file, any particular sources and all information necessary to contact the author.
On the other hand, all those who would like to have their books reviewed should send them to the office of the Association (see Contacts).

I (2005)
Presentazione, p. 7

II (2005)
Presentazione, p. 7
Aldo Colucciello, Note a margine della festa di Holi p. 9
Giovanni Borriello, La vaccinazione in Giappone, p. 95
III (2006)
Presentazione, p. 7
Aldo Colucciello, La festa di Holī. Ipotesi carnevalesca nella terra di Bharat, p. 53
Giovanni Borriello, Chindon-ya: il pazzariello giapponese, p. 109
Silvia Iarrusso, Il giardino giapponese in Italia, p. 129
IV (2006)
Presentazione, p. 7
Alfredo Criscuolo, Minima ugaritica: ÞMR in KTU 1.5119, p. 35
Giovanni Borriello, Il Kju sju Kagami di Engelbert Kaempfer, p. 99
Addolorata Gianfreda, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra: tra Jazz e Butō, p. 129
V (2007)
Presentazione, p. 7
Giovanni Borriello, L’esperienza giapponese di Erwin von Baelz, p. 89
Marina Costanza Mennella, Tsukumogami: gli «spiriti» delle cose, p. 95
Mario Casale, Il rekishi shōsetsu di Mori Ōgai e Inoue Yasushi: una rivisitazione dei confini tra storia e letteratura, p. 113
Recensioni e schede bibliografiche
Wilfred H. van Soldt, The Topography of the City-State of Ugarit (Alfredo Criscuolo), p. 150  

VI (2007)
Presentazione, p. 7
Tsutsui Yasutaka, Bulldog (trad. di Antonio Manieri), p. 111

Schede libri ricevuti
Carte di viaggi e viaggi di carta. L’Africa, Gerusalemme e l’aldilà (Studi, 30), a cura di Giusi Baldissone - Marco Piccat, Novara, Interlinea srl edizioni, 2002, 144 pp. (Rosa Conte), p. 147
Le capitali nei paesi dell’Europa Centrale e Orientale: Centri politici e laboratori culturali, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi, Napoli, 3-4-5 marzo 2005, a cura di Michaela Böhmig - Antonella D’Amelia, Università degli Studi di Napoli: L’Orientale, Dipartimento di Studi dell’Europa Orientale, Napoli, M. D’Auria Editore, 2007, [Hungarica et Slavica, 4], collana diretta da Amedeo Di Francesco - Boris Uspenskij - Aleksander Wilkoń, 508 pp. (Judit Papp), p. 149
Giorgio Amitrano, Il mondo di Banana Yoshimoto, Super Universale Economica Feltrinelli, Milano, 2007, 126 pp. (Carlo Pelliccia), p. 156

VII (2008)
Presentazione, p. 7
László Nemes, Tű a kazalban (Ago nel pagliaio) (trad. di Judit Papp), p. 27
Kajii Motojirō, Sakura no ki no shita ni wa (Sotto gli alberi di ciliegio) (trad. di Ilaria Ciccone), p. 163
Kajii Motojirō, Remon (Il limone) (trad. di Ilaria Ciccone), p. 167
Mure Yōko, Omekakesan (trad. di Luciana Ingrosso), p. 173

Schede Bibliografiche e Recensioni
La Carta del Preste Juan / anónimo del siglo XII (Biblioteca Medieval, XXII), ed. de Javier Martín Lalanda, Madrid, Ediciones Siruela, c2004, pp. 174 (Rosa Conte), p. 217

VIII (2008)
Presentazione, p. 7
Domenica Barone, Lao She e lo humour, p. 177

Schede Bibliografiche e Recensioni
Studi e ricerche sulle vie di Pellegrinaggio del Medioevo, XIV/1, Firenze, Opus libri, 2006, pp. 110 (Rosa Conte), p. 285
Francesco D’Arelli, La Cina in Italia. Una bibliografia dal 1899 al 1999 (Re-pertoria ac Bibliographica, 2), Roma, Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 2007, pp. 392 (Stefania Del Faro), p. 294
Federico Dal Bo, La lingua malata: linguaggio e violenza nella filosofia contemporanea (Heuresis, 11, Sezione di scienze sociali, 5), introduzione di Alberto Cavaglion, Bologna, CLUEB 2007, pp. 133 (Alberto Manco), p. 296
Shashin, Japanese Canadian Photography to 1942, 2005 [Based on the Japanese Canadian National Museum’s touring exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Grace Eiko Thomson, who also coordinated this catalogue publication that includes essays by Jan Gates, Imogene Lim, Patricia Roy, Phyllis Senese, Grace Eiko Thomson and Jim Wolf. Paperback, 92 black and white images throughout the book. 96 pages] (Elisabetta Silvestrini), p. 299

IX (2009)

Presentazione, p. 7
Antonio Cuciniello, Giovanni Battista nella tradizione islamica, p. 133
Margit S. Sárdi, Das erste Kapitel der Frauendichtung, p. 163

Schede Bibliografiche e Recensioni
Il Cardinale Celso Costantini e la Cina. Un protagonista nella Chiesa e nel mondo del XXI secolo, a cura di Paolo Goi, Diocesi di Concordia – Pordenone, Provincia di Pordenone 2008, pp. 367 (Stefania Del Faro), p. 257

X (2009)

Presentazione, p. 7

Schede Bibliografiche e Recensioni
Michele Fatica, Matteo Ripa e il Collegio dei Cinesi di Napoli (1682–1869) Percorso documentario e iconografico Catalogo della Mostra (Collana Matteo Ripa, 19), Napoli, U.N.O., 2006, pp. 329 (Stefania Del Faro), p. 229
Italia-Cina. Un incontro di lunga durata, rapporti storico-politici, geoecono-mici, culturali, a cura di Lida Viganoni, Roma, TIELLEMEDIA Edi-tore, 2008, pp. 434 (Stefania Del Faro), p. 233
Renzo Contarini - Augusto Luca, L’ultimo Missionario (Oriente), Milano, Italia Press Edizioni, 2009, pp. 149 (Marina Costanza Mennella), p. 241