Monday, February 27, 2017

The Aleppo Codex

[First posted in AWOL 10 January 2011, updated 27 February 2017]

The Aleppo Codex
The Aleppo Codex, the most splendid, old, and accurate manuscript of the Bible, is presented here for the first time in full color photograph, permitting the reader to examine the handiwork of the greatest of the Masoretes, who were active in Tiberias in the tenth century, Aharon Ben Moshe Ben Asher, and to gain an impression of the way the Masoretes worked to preserve the accurate text of the Bible and the reading tradition. 
The Aleppo Codex is a full manuscript of the entire Bible, which was written in about 930. For more than a thousand years, the manuscript was preserved in its entirety in important Jewish communities in the Near East: Tiberias, Jerusalem, Egypt, and in the city of Aleppo in Syria. However, in 1947, after the United Nations Resolution establishing the State of Israel, it was damaged in riots that broke out in Syria. At first people thought that it had been completely destroyed. Later, however, it turned out that most of the manuscript had been saved and kept in a secret hiding place. In 1958, the Aleppo Codex was smuggled out of Syria to Jerusalem and delivered to the President of the State of Israel, Izhak Ben-Zvi.
Once the Aleppo Codex reached Israel, precise study of it began in many areas. Scholars of the Masora and of the text of the Bible took note of its special status among the manuscripts related to it. It was found that the match between the spelling of the Aleppo Codex and the comments of the Masora was excellent, far better than the match of other manuscripts. Similarly, the vocalization signs in the Aleppo Codex were examined and described, along with the cantillation marks, the system of ge’iyot (a kind of accent mark), and the apparatus of the Masora. All of these terms will be explained and demonstrated in this site...
Site Content


The Bible and its Transmission - Scrolls, Manuscripts, Printings
The Masoretes
The Aleppo Codex
The Vicissitudes of the Aleppo Codex
The Aleppo Codex Today
 See also Codex Sinaiticus

Open Access Journal: Prometheus. Rivista di studi classici

 [First posted in AWOL 8 August 2013, updated 27 February 2017]

Prometheus: Rivista di studi classici
ISSN 0391-2698 (print)
ISSN 2281-1044 (online)
Fondata da Adelmo Barigazzi nel 1975, la rivista Prometheus si è dedicata programmaticamente alla ricerca scientifica sui testi letterari classici greci e latini, nella convinzione che uno studio analitico e filologicamente approfondito dei testi antichi possa giovare ancora fortemente alla formazione culturale dei giovani della nostra età.
La rivista si richiama alla più genuina tradizione fiorentina degli studi classici, che ebbe in Giorgio Pasquali un grande interprete del mondo antico, maestro impareggiabile di ricerca e di metodo. Si occupa quindi di testi sia greci che latini, considerati espressione di un'unica letteratura in due lingue, e si caratterizza per una vocazione squisitamente critico-testuale ed esegetica.
Ampio spazio viene dato da un lato agli studi sulla tradizione manoscritta, alla costituzione e alla critica del testo e, dall'altro, all'analisi filologica, all'interpretazione e al commento degli scritti, per una loro valorizzazione e comprensione letteraria storicamente inquadrata.



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Open Access Journal: Zephyrus

[First posted in AWOL  29 July 2014, updated 27 February 2017]

ISSN: 0514-7336
ZEPHYRVS es una Revista científica internacional de PREHISTORIA y ARQUEOLOGÍA, editada por la Universidad de Salamanca. ZEPHYRVS aparece semestralmente. Las secciones de ARTÍCULOS, VARIA y NOTAS CRÍTICAS/RESEÑAS publican, respectivamente, trabajos originales de investigación, informaciones científicas novedosas o hallazgos importantes, producidos en diversas partes del mundo, y estados de la cuestión o recensiones de monografías de calidad, seleccionadas entre aquellas obras recibidas en la Redacción de la Revista.
Spanish/Catalan/Portuguese Open Access Journals on the Ancient World

Open Access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT Open)

[First posted in AWOL 20 January 2011. Updated 27 February 2017]

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Open Access Publishing

The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access dissertations and theses over time.

The database includes hundreds of theses and dissertations related to antiquity from American academic  institutions.

For other aggregations of open access dissertations see also:

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University
The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (circa. 1904-1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use. Since moving to Harvard in 2011, the Project has expanded its scope, partnering with other institutions around the world that excavated at Giza, to bring together as much data as possible about this complex site. The process of integrating and standardizing all of these records is ongoing.

In addition, the Project has utilized this vast quantity of information to begin building a 3D virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau as it may have looked when first built, providing new ways to sightsee, explore, and learn about the pyramids and their surrounding cemeteries. To date, we have modeled approximately 20 tombs and monuments in detail, with many hundreds more still to be done.

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are currently developing Digital Giza, a website which seeks to integrate this virtual environment with more than a hundred years of scholarly research about Giza, using cutting edge technology to study the distant past and preserve knowledge about this important cultural heritage site for the future. We continue to explore and develop new interactive ways to experience ancient Giza, including virtual and augmented reality apps, 3D printing of ancient artifacts, and online teaching initiatives. 

For more information about how you can support the Giza Project, please see our support page.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Demotische Wortliste (DWL)

Demotische Wortliste (DWL)
In erster Linie soll hiermit den Demotisten ein Suchwerkzeug für die Editionsarbeit an die Hand gegeben werden, das über die Möglichkeiten mit den herkömmlichen (gedruckten) Wörterbüchern hinausgeht. Jede elektronische demotische Wortliste, in der die Umschrift berücksichtigt ist, erlaubt die Suche nach Wortteilen, was bei der Arbeit an fragmentierten Texten schon sehr hilfreich ist. 

Bei der Textentzifferung ergibt sich aber oft die Situation, daß die Determinierung eines ansonsten ganz oder teilweise zerstörten Wortes erhalten ist - ebenfalls ganz oder nur zum Teil. Daher ermöglicht die hier bereitgestellte Datenbank auch die Suche nach Determinierungen der demotischen Wörter, selbstverständlich in Kombination mit Recherchen nach dem Lautkörper der Wörter...


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dissertations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Approved by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

[First posted in AWOL 25 June 2014, updated 24 February 2017]

Dissertations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Approved by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago
Solange Ashby
June 2016: Calling Out to Isis: The Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae

Rozenn F. Bailleul-LeSuer
June 2016: The Exploitation of Live Avian Resources in Pharaonic Egypt: A Socio-Economic Study

Aaron Alexander Burke
June 2004: The Architecture of Defense: Fortified Settlements Of The Levant During The Middle Bronze Age

Katherine Strange Burke
June 2007: Archaeological Texts and Contexts on the Red Sea: The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim

Aaron Michael Butts
June 2013: Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context

David Michael Calabro
June 2014: Ritual Gestures of Lifting, Extending, and Clasping the Hand(s) in Northwest Semitic Literature and Iconography

Dennis R. M. Campbell
March 2007: Mood and Modality in Hurrian

Cameron Lindley Cross
August 2015: The Poetics of Romantic Love in Vis & Rāmin

A. Asa Eger
August 2008: The Spaces Between The Teeth: Environment, Settlement, And Interaction On The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier

Humphrey Hill Hardy II
June 2014: Diachronic Development in Biblical Hebrew Prepositions: A Case Study in Grammaticalization

Michael Dean Jennings
June 2015: Beyond the Walls of Jericho: Khirbet al-Mafjar and the Signature Landscapes of the Jericho Plain

Helene J. Kantor
March 1945: Plant Ornament: Its Origin and Development in the Ancient Near East

Michael Kozuh
March 2006: The Sacrificial Economy: On The Management Of Sacrificial Sheep And Goats At The Neo-Babylonian/Achaemenid Eanna Temple Of Uruk (c. 625-520 BC)

John S. Nolan
June 2010: Mud Sealings And Fourth Dynasty Administration At Giza

Tate Paulette
March 2015: Grain Storage and the Moral Economy in Mesopotamia (3000-2000 BC)

Foy D. Scalf
March 2014: Passports to Eternity: Formulaic Demotic Funerary Texts and the Final Phase of Egyptian Funerary Literature in Roman Egypt

Stephanie Lesan Selover
June 2015: Excavating War: The Archaeology of Conflict in Early Chalcolithic to Early Bronze III Central and Southeastern Anatolia

Randy L. Shonkwiler
March 2014: The Behdetite: A Study of Horus the Behdetite from the Old Kingdom to the Conquest of Alexander

Jason Alik Ur
December 2004: Urbanism and Society in the Third Millennium Upper Khabur Basin

Grace White
December 1993: The Religious Iconography of Cappadocian Glyptic in the Assyrian Colony Period and its Significance in the Hittite New Kingdom

Bruce Williams
December 1975: Archaeology and Historical Problems of the Second Intermediate Period

Ilya Yakubovich
June 2008: Sociolinguistics of the Luvian Language
And see Open Access Publications at the Oriental Institute Research Archives

And note also that many dissertations from the University of Chicago are accessible, open access, via PQDT Open. Among them are:

The prophet and the lying pen: Jeremiah's poetic challenge to the Deuteronomic school
by Silver, Edward, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2009: 364 pages; AAT 3387053.

Agents, archives, and risk: A micronarrative account of Old Assyrian trade through Salim-ahum's activities in 1890 B.C.
by Stratford, Edward Paul, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 492 pages; AAT 3419777.

Jordan first: A history of the intellectual and political economy of Jordanian antiquity
by Corbett, Elena Dodge, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2009: 532 pages; AAT 3362463.
by Kim, Koowon, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 469 pages; AAT 3397291.

Pushing the boundaries of myth: Transformations of ancient border wars in Archaic and Classical Greece by Bershadsky, Natasha, Ph.D.  The University of Chicago. 2013: 450 pages; 3557392.   

New Open Access Monograph Series: West & East. Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici. Monografie

West & East. Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici. Monografie
«West & East» is the organ of the Post-graduate Archaeological School of the Universities of Trieste, Udine and Venice Ca’ Foscari (SISBA). It is an on-line journal released once in a year, usually at the end of the year, on the digital platform OpenstarTs – Edizioni Università di Trieste (EUT).

«West & East» aims to promote studies and scientific research in every branch of Archaeology by disseminating in full Open Access significant pieces of scholarship concerning Mediterranean and Near-Eastern cultures and their reciprocal relationships from Prehistory to the Middle Ages.
Studia archaeologica Monika Verzár Bass dicata
Si deve alla professoressa Monika Verzár Bass, l’apertura nell’Ateneo giuliano di una Scuola di Specializzazione di Archeologia. La Scuola raccolse rapidamente numerosi allieve/i, che s’avviarono nel solco delle ricerche aperte della professoressa Verzár Bass e ne diedero continuità sempre con particolare attenzione ad Aquileia e allo straordinario ruolo di questa importante colonia romana. L’eredità più preziosa e forse insostituibile di questa nostra collega è oggi rappresentata sul piano formativo-scientifico proprio dai numerosi studiosi che ad essa si richiamano riconoscendone il magistero, sul piano istituzionale dalla Scuola di Archeologia, oggi nella sua forma interuniversitaria. Insieme ai colleghi di anni ormai lontani che hanno aderito alla Tabula Gratulatoria, a quanti hanno potuto conoscere direttamente Monika Verzár Bass nella ricerca, nelle aule universitarie, nelle redazioni di riviste e pubblicazioni, ai “suoi” allievi e ai colleghi dell’attuale Scuola Interateneo di Archeologia le è dedicato questo volume. Esso raccoglie contributi di numerosi suoi allievi diretti, coerenti con gli ambiti di ricerca da lei frequentati. Nello stesso tempo la pubblicazione apre, anche questo in sintonia con la storia personale dell’archeologa, della docente e della studiosa, la serie delle monografie di “West&East”, collana della Scuola Interateneo, Scuola da lei diretta negli ultimi due anni, tra il 2013-2015. Una simile declinazione di storia personale, di contribuiti, di iniziative vuole essere un ringraziamento affettuoso e un auspicio per un itinerario di studi e ricerche comuni, su temi e ambiti ai quali ha dedicato decenni e per i quali sommessamente speriamo di poterci avvalere della sua esperienza e della sua appassionata competenza.
Callegher Bruno
Casari Paolo
Cigaina Lorenzo
Donat Patrizia
Fontana Federica
Gabucci Ada
Giovannini Annalisa
Karković Takalić Palma
Mandruzzato Luciana
Maurina Barbara
Oriolo Flaviana
Poli Nicoletta
Ventura Paola
Zanier Katharina
Zulini Ella

New Additions to e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha (February 2017)

New Additions to e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha (February 2017)
Six new entries have been added to e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha, the comprehensive bibliography of Christian Apocrypha research assembled and maintained by members of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL). The new entries are:
Apocalypse of Peter (Greek/Ethiopic) by Cambry Pardee
Dialogue of the Savior by Anna Cwikla
Gospel of Philip by Emily Laflèche
Gospel of Jesus’ Wife by Ian Brown
History of the Virgin (East Syriac) by Tony Burke
Pseudo-Clementines by F. Stanley Jones
e-Clavis is always looking for volunteers to contribute entries for unassigned texts. Contact members of the editorial board for more information.

Friday, February 24, 2017

New Open Access Journal: West & East: Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici

West & East: Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici
ISSN: 2499-7331 
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Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici delle Università di Trieste, Udine, Venezia Ca’Foscari

«West & East» is the organ of the Post-graduate Archaeological School of the Universities of Trieste, Udine and Venice Ca’ Foscari (SISBA). It is an on-line journal released once in a year, usually at the end of the year, on the digital platform OpenstarTs – Edizioni Università di Trieste (EUT).

«West & East» aims to promote studies and scientific research in every branch of Archaeology by disseminating in full Open Access significant pieces of scholarship concerning Mediterranean and Near-Eastern
Volume 1 (2016)
Döpper, Stephanie
Panaino, Antonio
Càssola Guida, Paola
Rossi, Cecilia
Cannataro, Alessandra
Manicardi, Alberto

Open Access Journal: Arkeotek Journal

 [First posted in AWOL 20 December 2009. Updated 224 February 2017]

Arkeotek Journal
ISSN: 1961-9863 
Exclusively available online, The Arkeotek Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the archaeology of techniques. Articles are published following new writing practices meant to facilitate the reading of scientific constructs, the exhaustive publication of research data and the automatic building-up of knowledge bases.
The Arkeotek Journal est une revue scientifique d'archéologie des techniques, avec comité de lecture, exclusivement en ligne, éditée selon un nouveau modèle de publication destiné à faciliter la lecture rapide des constructions scientifiques, la publication exhaustive des données de recherche, et la constitution automatique de bases de connaissances. 

Arabic and Latin Glossary

Arabic and Latin Glossary
edited by Dag Nikolaus Hasse
with the assistance of Barbara Jockers, Katrin Fischer, Reinhard Kiesler & Jens Ole Schmitt
The Arabic and Latin Glossary is a dictionary of the vocabulary of the Arabic–Latin translations of the Middle Ages. It unites the entries of all existing Arabic–Latin glossaries in modern editions of medieval works.
The Glossary has a double aim: to improve our understanding of the Arabic influence in Europe, especially with respect to scientific vocabulary, and to provide a lexical tool for the understanding of Arabic and Latin scientific texts.
It is currently based on 42 sources, which cover medicine, philosophy, theology, astrology, astronomy, mathematics, optics, botany, and zoology. The texts were written by the following Arabic or Greek authors:

  • Abū Maʿšar (Albumasar)
  • Abū l-Ṣalt (Albuzale)
  • Aristotle
  • al-Biṭrūǧī (Alpetragius)
  • al-Fārābī (Alfarabius)
  • Ibn al-Ǧazzār
  • Ibn al-Hayṯam (Alhazen)
  • Ibn Rušd (Averroes)
  • Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdallāh Ibn Rušd (Averroes Iunior)
  • Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)
  • Ibn Tūmart
  • al-Kindī (Alkindi)
  • Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh (Mesue)
  • al-Nayrīzī (Anaritius)
  • Nicolaus Damascenus
  • Proclus
  • Ptolemy
  • al-Qabīṣī (Alcabitius)
  • Ibn Zakariyyāʾ al-Rāzī (Rhazes)
  • Ṯābit ibn Qurra (Thebit ben Corat)
The Glossary is growing constantly. At the moment, it contains parts of the letter A (a–alh; appro–assig), the entire letter B (bab–buz) and the entire letter C (cac–cyp).
Latest update: January 17, 2017.

New Open Access Journal: Studies in Late Antiquity

Studies in Late Antiquity
ISSN: 2470-6469
eISSN: 2470-2048
Studies in Late Antiquity
Studies in Late Antiquity: A Journal (SLA) is a new online quarterly journal published by the University of California Press. The journal is scheduled to launch in February 2017.

SLA aims to publish scholarship on a wide range of topics pertaining to the world of Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE). A defining focus of the journal is fostering multi- and interdisciplinary research that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the Mediterranean with other parts of the late ancient world. Comparative and methodologically innovative papers are especially welcome.

Vol. 1 No. 1, Spring 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Open Access Monograph Series: Ägyptologische Forschungen

Ägyptologische Forschungen (From the Oriental Institute Research Archives)
  1. Käthe Bosse, Die menschliche Figur in der Rundplastik derägyptischen Spätzeit von der XXII. bis zur XXX. Dynastie, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1936.
  2. Otto Koenigsberger, Die Konstruktion der ägyptischen Tür, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1936.
  3. Hellmut Brunner, Die Anlagen der ägyptischen Felsgräber biszum Mittleren Reich, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1936
  4. Wilhelm Hölscher, Libyer und Ägypter. Beiträge zurEthnologie und Geschichte libyscher Völkerschaften nach denaltägyptischen Quellen, 2nd unrev. ed., Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1955
  5. Hellmut Brunner, Die Texte aus den Gräbern der Herakleopolitenzeit von Siut mit Übersetzung und Erläuterungen, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1937.
  6. Emma Brunner-Traut, Der Tanz im alten Ägypten nachbildlichen und inschriftlichen Zeugnissen, [2nd unrev. ed.], Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1958.
  7. Hugo Müller, Die formale Entwicklung der Titulatur derägyptischen Könige, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1938.
  8. Helmuth Jacobsohn, Die dogmatische Stellung des Königsin der Theologie der alten Ägypter. - Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1939.
  9. Hans Wolfgang Müller, Die Felsengräber der Fürstenvon Elephantine aus der Zeit des Mittleren Reiches, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1940.
  10. Erwin Seidl, Einführung in die ägyptische Rechtsgeschichtebis zum Ende des Neuen Reiches, 2nd suppl. ed., Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1951.
  11. Alfred Hermann, Die Stelen der thebanischen Felsgräberder 18. Dynastie, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1940.
  12. Hanns Stock, Studien zur Geschichte und Archäologieder 13. bis 17. Dynastie Ägyptens unter besonderer Berücksichtigungder Skarabäen dieser Zwischenzeit, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1942.
  13. Hellmut Brunner, Die Lehre des Cheti, Sohnes des Duauf, Glückstadt / Hamburg, 1944.
  14. Helene von Zeissl, Äthiopen und Assyrer in Ägypten.Beiträge zur Geschichte der ägyptischen "Spätzeit", 2nd unrev. ed., Glückstadt / Hamburg, 1955.
  15. Ursula Schweitzer, Löwe und Sphinx im alten Ägypten, Glückstadt / Hamburg, 1948.
  16. Jürgen von Beckerath, Tanis und Theben. HistorischeGrundlagen der Ramessidenzeit in Ägypten, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1951.
  17. Liselotte Greven, Der Ka in Theologie und Königskult derÄgypter des Alten Reiches, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1952.
  18. Wolfgang Helck, Untersuchungen zu den Beamtentitelndes ägyptischen Alten Reiches, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1954.
  19. Ursula Schweitzer, Das Wesen des Ka im Diesseits undJenseits der alten Ägypter, Glückstadt / Hamburg / New York, 1956.  

Digital Silk Road

Digital Silk Road: Digital Archives of Cultural Heritage, Digital Silk Road Project, National Institute of Informatics
We wish to archive now the huge amount of cultural resources that have been collected and studied from the ancient to the current in a form without deterioration, and inherit those resources for the future. We wish to improve accessibility to those cultural resources for many people to actually see and use those resources. 

Digital Silk Road Project is a research project to realize these goals by integrating information technology with the study of culture. To be specific, we must investigate various methods, starting from the digitization of real cultural artifacts, and the construction of digital archives, to the exhibition of digital cultural resources over the network and annotation to digital cultural resources based on collaborative work. 

Naturally, this kind of a big issue cannot be solved only by the experts of informatics. That is why we are promoting international collaborative research ranging over various academic fields. We have been working together with several international organizations and several universities in Japan and in foreign countries. 

Our future plan includes the dissemination of research results over the network to broaden the outreach of the digital archive. We also understand, however, that another important issue is the improvement of accessibility to digital cultural resources, especially in countries along ancient Silk Road in which the usage of information technology still remains premature.