Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Votives Project: Offerings to the Gods from Antiquity to the Present

The Votives Project: Offerings to the Gods from Antiquity to the Present
The Votives Project is a network of people from different backgrounds who study, create or use votive offerings or other related ways of communicating with the divine. It aims to facilitate dialogue between academic disciplines, and between academics and religious ‘practitioners’, and in doing so to develop rich cross-cultural and multi-period understandings of votive material and contexts.

If you would like to join the Project and/or contribute an article to our blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us by filling in the form below, or by writing to us at the addresses on our Open University webpages (links via our names below). You can also share your photos and ideas on our new Facebook page.

Emma-Jayne Graham and Jessica HughesThe Votives Project Network Co-ordinators.

Theoi Greek Mythology: Eploring Mythology in Classical Literature & Art

 [First posted in AWOL 18 January 2014, updated 30 June 2016]

 Theoi Greek Mythology: Eploring Mythology in Classical Literature & Art
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Welcome to the Theoi Project, a site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.
The site now contains more than 1,500 pages profiling the Greek gods and other characters from Greek mythology and 1,200 full sized pictures. 
SEARCH THEOI

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Open Access Journal: Nuntius Antiquus

 [First posted in AWOL 26 January 2013, updated 29 June 2016]

Nuntius Antiquus
ISSN: 1983-3636
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Nuntius Antiquus é um periódico semestral, com avaliação de pares, mantido pela Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brasil) desde 2008 e publica artigos científicos tendo como temática culturas e literaturas da Antiguidade e da Idade Média. Tem como missão fomentar a produção científica na área de estudos clássicos e medievais, permitindo a pesquisadores do Brasil e do exterior divulgarem suas pesquisas e contribuírem para o debate e o progresso científico na área. A revista destaca-se como um dos raros periódicos brasileiros voltados estritamente para os domínios da Antiguidade e do Medievo.
Nuntius Antiquus is a peer-reviewed biannual journal, sponsored by the School of Letters of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) since 2008 and publishes scientific papers in the field of Ancient and Medieval cultures and literatures. Its mission is to promote scientific production in the field of Classical and Medieval studies, allowing researchers from Brazil and abroad to share their research and contribute to the debate and scientific progress in the area. The journal stands out as one of the rare Brazilian periodicals focused strictly on the Classical and Medieval domain.
A revista recebe artigos em fluxo contínuo. No momento em que tivermos artigos suficientes para compor o número, tomamos a liberdade de fechar o volume e de receber novos textos para um próximo número.
Não se cobra dos autores pela publicação.
Free of charge.








2008


WAH: Women in Ancient History

WAH: Women in Ancient History
The "manel" (= all male panel) is a prevalent occurence within the field of ancient history. In order to combat this, BAM set up a crowd-sourced .csv file so that a list of women in the field could be compiled and subsequently kept updated through the years. This list has no one author, but is rather a product of over 100+ women and men who took the time to contribute. The map, network analysis, and interface was then built by Ryan Horne, lead developer at BAM. We hope that you use it to reach out to a female ancient historian in order to write a review, to be on a panel, to write an article, or just to read her work.

The colors on the network graph signify communities of common interest, as discovered through Gephi's implementation of the Louvain method. See Vincent D. Blondel, Jean-Loup Guillaume, Renaud Lambiotte, Etienne Lefebvre - Fast unfolding of communities in large networks (2008)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, by James Barr

Biblical Faith and Natural Theology
University of Edinburgh
In Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, based on his 1991 Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, James Barr argues that the Bible not only endorses elements of natural theology, but also is heavily dependent on natural theology both in its composition and for its responsible interpretation. Interacting throughout with the influential views of Karl Barth, Barr thus offers a devastating critique of the notion that natural theology is at odds with biblical theology.

Open Access Journal: Hispania Epigraphica

[First posted in AWOL 17 September 2009. Updated 28 June  2016]

Hispania Epigraphica
ISSN 1132-6875
ISSN-e 1988-2424
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Es un revista crítica de actualización y bibliografía en Epigrafía, relativa a la Península Ibérica en la Antigüedad, hasta la época visigoda inclusive. Destinada a especialistas, investigadores y público interesado tanto en aspectos relacionados con la Epigrafía, como en la Historia, Arqueología, Filología y cuantas ciencias puedan verse implicadas en el estudio sobre textos antiguos en soporte epigráfico.
The inscriptions in Hispania Epigraphica are accessible also in Hispania Epigraphica Online, with full data and pictures.

Archivos

2014

Vol 20 (2014): HEp 2011

2013

Vol 19 (2013): HEp 2010



































1995


Descriptio Romae

Descriptio Romae
L'immagine che gli studiosi hanno di Roma è quella del luogo, per eccellenza, depositario di valori artistico-architettonici di primaria importanza, meta di ogni viaggio (reale o intellettuale) che a quei valori voglia attingere. Paradossalmente la conoscenza della città è resa problematica proprio in ragione della straordinaria estensione del suo patrimonio e della altrettanto vasta - e non coordinata - diffusione delle relative fonti documentarie.

Allo stato attuale sussistono pesanti condizionamenti nella consultazione di testi, documenti e fondi archivistici, sia per il numero esiguo di documenti consultabili giornalmente da ogni studioso, sia per la diffusa difficoltà di accesso alla documentazione archivistica su una singola opera nel caso in cui sia conservata in sedi diverse, difficilmente raggiungibili per chi non risieda in prossimità di esse. E’ altresì possibile verificare come allo stato attuale i vari progetti avviati in quest’ambito da vari enti e istituzioni culturali siano scarsamente collegati tra loro; ne consegue una notevole dispersione di energie e risorse finanziarie, come l’assenza di un sistema informativo tendenzialmente unitario in grado di diffondere e disseminare le conoscenze acquisite sull’archeologia e l’architettura della città.
La realizzazione del Sistema Informativo Territoriale su Roma (Descriptio Romae) è stata avviata con l’intento di offrire una risposta efficace e tecnologicamente avanzata alle limitazioni cui abbiamo accennato, essendo stata concepita, sin dalle fasi iniziali, sia allo scopo di svincolare la consultazione del documento dall’accesso alla sede in cui esso è istituzionalmente conservato, sia a stabilire nuove relazioni e interconnessioni fra diverse serie documentarie. A tutt’oggi pensiamo che sia stato conseguito un risultato di notevole importanza scientifica, nel campo della organizzazione e diffusione delle conoscenze sull’argomento: l’insieme di dati e documenti sulla storia, l’architettura e l’archeologia della città possono finalmente trovare una sistematica collocazione, dipendente non già dal luogo ove il documento è conservato, bensì da quello al quale ognuno di essi si riferisce; per tal via ogni edificio o luogo urbano, trasformato dal GIS in ‘oggetto grafico’ diventa luogo e ‘contenitore’ della di serie di documenti (quindi di insiemi di conoscenze) provenienti da sedi diverse, anche molto lontane fra loro, magari situate in città, stati o, addirittura, continenti diversi. 
Il nuovo strumento consente non solo la consultazione e disseminazione delle conoscenze su Roma, ma anche lo sviluppo di ricerche ‘trasversali’ su particolari tematismi riguardanti i mille aspetti della città storica (tipologia degli edifici, proprietà, autori dei progetti, numero di piani degli edifici, attività artistiche, scientifiche, produttive, ecc.), come pure la continua implementazione del Sistema, tramite l’immissione in esso di nuove schede. 

Considerata l’ampia diffusione nel nostro Paese di cartografia storica topograficamente attendibile, riteniamo che in un prossimo futuro il Sistema Informativo Geografico da noi realizzato potrà trovare ampia diffusione con riferimento ad altri centri storici e ad altre finalità (amministrative, turistiche, ecc.) .


Infine, per rendere più concreto e palpabile il nostro itinerario di ricerca, potremmo dire che tutto è nato dal tentativo di un gruppo di studiosi provenienti da diverse discipline di affrontare un problema comune: l’interesse a cogliere con una fotografia (metafora di uno schema teorico) una immagine che combinasse informazioni sociali, economiche e demografiche sull’uso dello spazio urbano, sugli edifici, sulle scelte architetturali; questa descrizione, o schema, è il webgis Descriptio Romae.



Le Temple de Behbeit El-Hagara

Le Temple de Behbeit El-Hagara
Dans les terres agricoles du centre du delta, le site de Behbeit el-Hagara se dérobe un peu aux yeux des visiteurs, ses ruines, de la route qui y mène, n’accrochant pas le regard. Perdu dans les cultures, on le devine lorsqu’on atteint enfin les vestiges de l’ancienne enceinte mais on ne le découvre vraiment qu’après avoir franchi un mur de briques moderne construit pour le protéger du village qui a d’abord cherché à l’atteindre pour le dépasser maintenant et l’enrober complètement. On voit alors un immense champ de ruines dont les blocs de granit enchevêtrés représentent ce qui reste d’un sanctuaire considéré, par certains, comme le lieu le plus ancien du culte d’Isis et reconnu, de ce fait, pendant un temps avant sa destruction, comme un Iséion/Iséum

L’étude qui m’a été confiée a été une entreprise passionnante. La confrontation avec un site aussi important mais négligé - en dépit de nombreux cris d’alarme de certains voyageurs dès le 18e siècle et des égyptologues qui s’y sont intéressés à la fin du siècle dernier et immédiatement après la seconde guerre mondiale - a suscité en moi, comme je l’ai déjà dit ailleurs, des sentiments qui allèrent de l’enthousiasme à une certaine désespérance, sachant que la tâche visant à établir, à partir de cet amas de pierres, une information cohérente ne sera jamais achevée tant que les blocs n’auront pas été dégagés et le site fouillé. 

Ne pouvant organiser une entreprise de grande envergure mais soucieuse de permettre une meilleure connaissance du site qui en soi serait une étape utile, j’ai accepté la proposition de mettre en ligne sur le site de l’Institut d’Egyptologie François Daumas de l’Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier III, la base de données que j’ai créée en 1988. Cette tentative n'a pas abouti. 

Grâce au travail de Nicolas Schont, la base a été entièrement recréée afin de donner, pour chaque fiche, des renseignements cohérents qui associent dessins, photos, et données recueillies sur le site. Bien évidemment, toute erreur ou oubli n’est imputable qu’à moi.

Cuneiform Commentaries Project Update

Cuneiform Commentaries Project Update

Recent additions to the corpus





The present tablet, copied by [Iqīšāya son of Ištar-šumu-ēreš], of the Ekurzakir family, is according to its rubric a ṣâtu-commentary on a tablet whose incipit is šumma amēlu ana sinništīšu libbašu inaššīšū-ma, “If a man has desire f



Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum
This large tablet contains a commentary on a section of the exorcistic text known as “Marduk’s Address to the Demons.” Only a few lines (ll. 60-74) are commented upon in the tablet.



Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum
This tiny fragment from the British Museum’s “Babylon Collection” preserves meager remains of a lexical list or tabular commentary dealing with field pests.
 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Roland Hampe (1908-1981) und das Töpferhandwerk

Roland Hampe (1908-1981) und das Töpferhandwerk
Bei Töpfern, Töpferinnen und Zieglern in Griechenland, Zypern und Süditalien. Eine archäologische Pionierleistung.
 
Das Bild- und Filmmaterial, das durch diese Website einem breiten Publikum zugänglich gemacht werden soll, stellt ein eindrucksvolles Zeugnis einer archäologischen Pionierleistung dar. In einer Zeit, in der sich die deutsche Klassische Archäologie überwiegend als Kunstgeschichte der griechischen und römischen Antike verstand, hat Roland Hampe, Ordinarius am Lehrstuhl für Klassische Archäologie der Universität Heidelberg von 1959 bis 1975, ein interdisziplinär angelegtes Projekt initiiert, das ihn und seine Mitarbeiter zu den Zentren der traditionellen Töpferkunst in Griechenland, Zypern und Süditalien führte.

Während dieser ausgedehnten Reisen, deren Ergebnisse in zwei Publikationen vorgelegt wurden, entstanden über 500 Diapositive, die in der Diathek des Heidelberger Instituts für Klassische Archäologie aufbewahrt sind. Viele der Diapositive sind vergilbt, andere bewahren allerdings immer noch ihre brillanten Farben. Diese Bilder sind mehr als eine bloße photographische Dokumentation eines uralten Handwerks, denn sie zeigen einen sehr hohen ästhetischen Anspruch und verraten Hampes besonderes Gespür für die atmosphärische Wirkung eines Ortes und den richtigen Augenblick. Es sind Reflexionen des inneren Auges eines scharfsinnigen Beobachters, in denen das das für die Archäologen grundlegende Dreieck Mensch-Praxis-Objekt greifbar gemacht wird. Solche Bilder, die an der Schnittstelle zwischen Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, zwischen archäologischer Forschung und öffentlichem Interesse stehen, verleihen den Inhalten und Zielen einer modernen Klassischen Archäologie einen angemessen bildlichen Ausdruck, einer Klassischen Archäologie, die ihren zukünftigen Weg nur als eine gegenwartsbezogene Disziplin der Altertumswissenschaften zu bestreiten hat.

BMSAES Special Issue: Dedicated to papyrus conservator Bridget Leach

Special issue of BMSAES is dedicated to the recently retired papyrus conservator Bridget Leach

Issue 23: June 2015

Editorial

This special issue of BMSAES is dedicated to the recently retired papyrus conservator Bridget Leach. In tribute to a career of exceptional scope and impact, the current BMSAES issue presents recent research in Egyptology, papyrology and conservation by twelve scholars who worked closely with Bridget in the past. Given her professional focus on Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts from the British Museum, discussions of objects that she conserved, most notably but not exclusively papyri, comprise the lion’s share of this issue. This is complemented by contributions from conservation specialists in charge of renowned papyrus collections internationally.
Ilona Regulski

Contents


“Fill my hand with a papyrus sheet so that I can tell you a lot!”
A papyrus bundle for Bridget Leach

Ilona Regulski

Ensuring immutability: Islamic amulets from Kulubnarti, Sudan
Julie R. Anderson

A Coptic Jigsaw Puzzle - Conservation of a group of Papyri
Vania Assis

Restoration of carbonised papyri
Sophie-Elisabeth Breternitz

The Tomb of the Ramesseum Papyri in the Newberry Papers, The Griffith Institute Oxford
Melissa Downing and Richard B. Parkinson

Glass corrosion – the cause of the white/grey precipitation on the insides of papyrus glass frames
Jörg Graf

Reading papyrus as writing material
Myriam Krutzsch

Three Papyri: Two Frames
Cary J. Martin

Researches on papyrus mounting with Japanese paper inlay
Eve Menei

One last frame of Middle Kingdom fragments
Stephen Quirke

Preliminary findings on the roll formation of the Greenfield Papyrus
Helen Sharp

The Amduat papyrus of Panebmontu
John H. Taylor

What the Butler Saw
Patricia Usick

Following Hadrian Photography

Following Hadrian Photography
My name is Carole and I live in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. My favourite hobby is travelling and for the last 9 years I have taken a huge interest in the history of the ancient world. I usually don’t do things by halves, so I have dedicated all my free time to this passion. I love to share with other history fans all the incredible facts and stories that I discover throughout my journeys. I am neither a professional photographer nor an ancient history scholar, but I hope that everybody can enjoy my photos.

I am particularly interested in everything related to the emperor Hadrian whom I find fascinating. He was himself an incessant traveller, visiting every province in the Empire during his reign. When I am looking for new ideas for my travels I usually take inspiration from his journeys and it is a great motivation for me to follow him in his footsteps.

Four years ago I started my blog Following Hadrian to tell the stories behind my photographs. As I cannot write specific articles about each of the places I have visited, I decided to create this new website to share more images of the great archaeological sites and museums I have been lucky to visit.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A milestone (of sorts)

Five thousand posts on AWOL as of this week.

The top ten entries are:

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With all due respect to the field of Papyrology, the popularity of Les papyrus de Genève is baffling. Can anyone explain?

Index of Christian Art

Index of Christian Art
The Index
Welcome to the Index of Christian Art website. Founded in 1917 by Charles Rufus Morey, “The Index,” as it is often called, has evolved over the past near-century from a modest collection of painstakingly catalogued photographs into one of the most important archives of medieval art in existence. Both our physical collection of print records and images on the Princeton University campus and our expanding online database offer critically important resources for scholars of medieval visual culture. We encourage you to browse our site and to consult with our research staff to learn more about how the Index can serve your interests.

The Index