Friday, February 23, 2024

New from ISAC: Pomp, Circumstance, and the Performance of Politics: Acting Politically Correct in the Ancient World

Kathryn R. Morgan, ed., with contributions by Emily S. K. Anderson, Margaret M. Andrews, Susanna Cereda, Gary M. Feinman, Marcella Frangipane, Amir Gilan, Katja Goebs, Catherine Kearns, Augusta McMahon, Kathryn R. Morgan, Alice Mouton, Linda M. Nicholas, James F. Osborne, Anne Porter, Lauren Ristvet, and Monica L. Smith; and response by Seth Richardson















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When we imagine ancient political life, we think of powerful rulers and awe-inspiring monuments, not grassroots movements. But if the cacophony of our modern political discourse can teach us anything, it is that negotiating power and legitimacy is an ongoing conversation, not a monologue. Pomp, Circumstance, and the Performance of Politics investigates moments and spaces in the premodern world where audiences had the opportunity to weigh in on the messages their leaders were sending. How did ordinary people experience and contribute to their political realities, and what strategies did rulers use to gain support? Bringing together scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines and time periods, from prehispanic Mesoamerica and Early Historic India to the Assyrian Empire and papal Rome, this book takes a bottom-up approach to evaluating the risks and rewards of acting “politically correct”—or incorrect—in the ancient world.


Introduction: Is Everything Political? Kathryn R. Morgan
1. Rethinking Politics and Spectacle in the Deep Past: Parallels for the Present? Gary M. Feinman and Linda M. Nicholas
Part I: Making Space
2. Spatial Performances of Identity and Belonging in the Walled Cities of the Indian Subcontinent: Nested Spaces and Public Places. Monica L. Smith
3. Performing Community: Ritual, Copper Production, and Local Politics on Archaic–Classical Cyprus. Catherine Kearns  
4. The Reinvented Social Somatics of Ritual Performance on Early Crete: Engagements of Humans with Zoomorphic Vessels. Emily S. K. Anderson
5. The Power of the Populace: Politics and the Mortuary Monuments of Tell Banat. Anne Porter
Part II: Acting in Space
6. Spacious or Empty? Making Courtyards in Mesopotamia. Augusta McMahon
7. Hittite Political Rituals. Alice Mouton
8. The “Šuppiluliuma Conundrum”: A Hittite King between Religious Piety and Political Performance. Amir Gilan
9. Botched, Tweaked, Reinterpreted—Three Case Studies of Manipulated Royal Rituals in Ancient Egypt. Katja Goebs
10. City and Soul: Marian Processions in Late Antique Constantinople and Early Medieval Rome. Margaret M. Andrews
Part III: Reacting(?) in Space
11. The Great Silence: Politics and Resistance in the Syro-Anatolian Culture Complex. James F. Osborne
12. Fumbling toward Complexity: Collective Action and the Built Environment at Early Phrygian Gordion. Kathryn R. Morgan
13. An Imperial Audience: The Provincial Reception of Assyrian Political Rhetoric. Lauren Ristvet
14. New Forms of Political Expression and Ideological Manipulation at the Dawn of State Formation: The Evidence from Fourth-Millennium Arslantepe, Turkey. Marcella Frangipane, with an appendix by Susanna Cereda
Part IV: Response
15. Political Performance: A Theory Response. Seth Richardson

  • Chicago: Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, 2024
  • ISBN 978-1-61491-106-7
  • Pp. vii + 404; 125 figures, 9 tables
  • ISAC Seminars 16
  • $39.95


Empires and Gods: The Role of Religions in Imperial History

Edited by: Jörg Rüpke , Michal Biran and Yuri Pines
book: Volume 1 Empires and Gods
Part of the multi-volume work Imperial Histories: Eurasian Empires Compared

Interaction with religions was one of the most demanding tasks for imperial leaders. Religions could be the glue that held an empire together, bolstering the legitimacy of individual rulers and of the imperial enterprise as a whole. Yet, they could also challenge this legitimacy and jeopardize an empire’s cohesiveness. As empires by definition ruled heterogeneous populations, they had to interact with a variety of religious cults, creeds, and establishments. These interactions moved from accommodation and toleration, to cooptation, control, or suppression; from aligning with a single religion to celebrating religious diversity or even inventing a new transcendent civic religion; and from lavish patronage to indifference.

The volume’s contributors investigate these dynamics in major Eurasian empires—from those that functioned in a relatively tolerant religious landscape (Ashokan India, early China, Hellenistic, and Roman empires) to those that allied with a single proselytizing or non-proselytizing creed (Sassanian Iran, Christian and Islamic empires), to those that tried to accommodate different creeds through "pay for pray" policies (Tang China, the Mongols), exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each of these choices.

  • Language: English
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2024
  • Audience: Historians of different empires across Eurasia; historians of religion; comparative sociologist
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 8
    • Main content: 368
  • Illustrations
    • Illustrations: 7
    • Coloured Illustrations: 8
  • Keywords: Empire; Eurasia; Religion; Aniquity; Middle Ages
  • Published: February 19, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111342009
  • Published: February 19, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111341620


Un besoin d’Homère: Usages contemporains d’une œuvre antique

Un besoin d’Homère


Pourquoi avons-nous encore besoin d’Homère aujourd’hui ? Comment expliquer cette nouvelle actualité de l’Iliade et de l’Odyssée et le phénomène de cristallisation auquel elles semblent donner lieu ? À travers une analyse de leurs réappropriations multiples dans la littérature et les arts contemporains, il s’agit de repenser les usages et les modalités du rapport à l’œuvre antique pour remettre en perspective les notions d’héritage et de patrimoine homériques dans le cadre d’une « littérature mondiale ». Qu’en est-il des nouvelles formes de circulation, de citation des textes et de la tradition qui s’est constituée à partir de leur réception ? En quoi les œuvres homériques permettent-elles de représenter et de penser les crises et les interrogations de notre temps ? Comment l’art de l’aède peut-il être à la source d’une écriture fictionnelle moderne ? Bref, en quoi l’Iliade et l’Odyssée sont-elles encore agissantes dans la littérature, l’art et plus généralement le monde contemporains ?


Le texte seul est utilisable sous licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Les autres éléments (illustrations, fichiers annexes importés) sont « Tous droits réservés », sauf mention contraire.

Claire Lechevalier et Brigitte Poitrenaud-Lamesi
« Un besoin d’Homère »
Pierre Judet de La Combe, Claire Lechevalier, Franck Collin et al.
Entretien avec Pierre Judet de La Combe

Cinquième partie. Échos cinématographiques

Caroline Eades et Françoise Létoublon
Le Regard d’Angelopoulos sur l’Odyssée
Yann Calvet
L’Odyssée américaine

Réflexions sur l’héritage du modèle homérique dans 2001, l’Odyssée de l’espace (1968) de Stanley Kubrick et O’Brother (2000) de Joel et Ethan Coen




Bibliography of Egyptological databases and datasets


The Bibliography of Egyptological databases and datasets aims to provide an annotated list of digital publications, both online and offline, of the types that are not covered by conventional Egyptological bibliographies, namely databases, text, image and 3D datasets, and other digital assets. It aims to cover resources that are or were publicly available (even if on a paid basis) rather than private and project internal databases. 
Until ten years ago, there existed an annotated online database of Egyptological resources then available on the internet, including databases and datasets, called SISYPHOS – Internetquellen zur Ägyptologie, Altorientalistik und zur Klassischen Archäologie. In June 2014 it was taken offline without (to our knowledge) archiving its data in any publicly accessible repository. An incomplete copy, preserved in the Internet Archive, gives some idea of what the database looked like. Our aim is to provide a similar service reflecting the proliferation of online datasets in Egyptology in recent years. Obviously, the idea of cataloguing all Egyptological resources on the internet is no longer viable, at least not as a leisure-time project such as our bibliography. Hence, we had to set clear limits on what is included in the bibliography. 


Only digital publications are included.
Not included are digitized versions of printed Egyptological publications and digital publications in conventional formats (books, journals, papers, encyclopaedias, and theses). Also excluded are blogs, social media accounts, excavation, exhibition, and project websites without formally structured datasets, general public websites and media, and collections of Egyptological weblinks. Databases and datasets that are supplements to conventional books and papers are also not included.
Online databases of museum collections are not included; one can refer to existing overviews of these resources provided by CIPEG, AKU project, and Alexander Ilin-Tomich
The Bibliography of Egyptological databases and datasets excludes resources devoted to Greek, Latin, and Arabis texts from Egypt.The current version of the Bibliography of Egyptological Databases and Datasets does not aim to cover Coptological datasets, although we would welcome efforts to fill this gap.
The current version also does not include Egyptological applications, fonts, and online tools.

Other lists of digital Egyptological resources

In compiling this database, we have benefited from a number of other efforts to catalogue digital Egyptological resources. As a token of appreciation, we enumerate here the lists that we have used (all links accessed on 20 February 2024):


The bibliography is currently offered as a Zotero library ( You have to open the Group library on Zotero to access the bibliography itself. Entries are assigned to different types: database, spreadsheet, text dataset, image dataset, 3D dataset, digitized archival materials, digitized print materials, controlled vocabulary, and GIS dataset. Users can browse records of specific types by using collections defined within the library. Entries are tagged to characterize their subject matter. Zotero allows users to filter records by one or more tags. The Abstract field is used to briefly describe each entry, and the Extra field is used to describe access modalities and provide additional links, including links to pages with full credits and citation rules. The Date field is used for the date of the last modification, if found on the website, or the publication date for offline media. Authorship of datasets is not always easy to establish, and the rigid structure of the bibliographic software we use (Zotero allows only authors and contributors to be entered) does not make it easier to reflect the different roles sometimes indicated on project websites.
The dataset is also available for download in the Zotero RDF, CSL JSON, and CSV formats in this repository. Using these exports, you can import the complete library into your local instance of Zotero or use the data in other reference management software. If you plan to import data into Zotero, it is best to use the Zotero RDF file. 
The data from the Bibliography of Egyptological databases and datasets can be freely reused under the CC0 1.0 Universal license.
The database is a work in progress, and we would appreciate any corrections or additions. Please do not hesitate to contact us under the email addresses given below. We plan to constantly update the bibliography. 

Alexander Ilin-Tomich,
Tobias Konrad, 
February 2024



Thursday, February 22, 2024

Open Access Journal: New Classicists

 [First posted in AWOL 20 Gnuary 2019, updated 22 February 2024]

New Classicists

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New Classicists is an online periodical aimed at providing a publication platform for postgraduate students in any field that relates to the Classical World.  Our advisory board members aid in sourcing international academics for the two person, blind peer reviewing of each accepted article before publication.
To begin with, there will be two publications a year, February and September, starting in February 2019.  Thanks to generous funding from the Classics department at King's College London, the journal will now be an open access publication.
If you are a postgraduate student of any recognised institution, or are within two years of completing a degree, and you would like to have an article peer reviewed and published, please submit a finished draft of up to 5000 words, along with a short abstract.  Articles can be submitted at any time during the year, but the peer reviewing process can take up to three months so bear this in mind if you want your article included in a particular edition.  Please use the Harvard referencing style for modern sources and the Oxford style for ancient sources, with footnotes, if required, at the bottom of each page.  For more information, please see this referencing guide.

Each article will be assessed for suitability and an outcome will be forwarded to you within two weeks of this date.
We are also looking for book reviews of recent Classical books.  Please contact the editor for more information if you would like to submit a book review.
In the meantime, please follow us on our social media sites and spread the word to your fellow postgrad students and friends!

Hair as Symbol in the World of Martial’s Epigrams

Kirsten Traudt

Issue 10


The memory of Amazon myths in Roman epigraphy, 1st-7th centuries AD

Arturo Sánchez Sanz

Issue 09


Longing for Maecenas: Horace and the Nostalgia of Martial

Joe Broderick

Issue 09


Ecocide in Late Antiquity: Environmental Spoliation and Human Resilience in the Negev

Andrew McNey

Issue 09


Hellenistic Homosexuality: Theocritus’ pederastic Idylls and the poetics of reversal

Valentino Gargano

Issue 09


Secretive Spartans: Herodotus’ views towards secret communication in Persia and Sparta and its effect on post-Herodotean sources

Martine Diepenbroek

Issue 08


Constructing the Sycophant: The Case of Theocrines

Georgia Choustoulaki

Issue 08


The Real Amazons in Literature, Art, and Archaeology

Laura Nees Cardie

Issue 08


The Agamemnon Problem: The Fluidity of History-Making and Myth-Making in the Dune Universe

Sara Mohr and Sam Butler

Issue 08


Review: Saint, Jennifer. Ariadne. London: Wildfire, 2021.

Shelby Judge

Issue 07


Fechtbücher and Xiphe: A comparative study of medieval and ancient Greek swordsmanship

Justine McLean

Issue 07


Pandora and Automata in the Film Ex Machina

Aleah Hernandez

Issue 07


Arboreal and human bodies in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Artemis Archontogeorgi

Issue 07


Vergil and Seneca in Consolatio Philosophiae Book 3

Donald McCarthy

Issue 06


“Pro Iuppiter!” Oaths in Roman Comedy

Olivia Puekert Stock

Issue 06


Review: Morales, H. (2020). Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient

Abbie Jukes

Issue 05


Philosophy and Pedagogy in Horace Epistles I

George Brocklehurst

Issue 05


How do the Galli of the Magna Mater cult occupy gendered space in Latin

Harry Triggs

Issue 05


The Impact of the Laurel on Apolline Divination:
Affecting the Mind Without the Use of Drugs

Giulia Frigerio

Issue 05


Senses and the Embodied Mind of the Initiate in Ancient Mystery Cults

Noga Erez-Yodfat

Issue 05


Revisiting the Anonymous 'Pilgrim' from Bordeaux:
Defining Characteristics of Christian Sacred Space and Travel in Early
Fourth Century Jerusalem

Natalie Smith

Issue 04


Sparta and Athens: A monumental confrontation.

Matt Thompson

Issue 04


‘Liquid spaces’ in NE Hispania Citerior during the Mid-Republican
period: Introducing a new reality

Gerard R.Ventós & Gerard Cabezas-Guzmán

Issue 04


Rus ‘Becomes’ Urbs:
Hard and Soft Landscape Elements in the Gardens of Pompeii

Jessica Venner

Issue 04


Mitigating Pollution in Ancient Rome’s Green Spaces

Andrew Fox

Issue 04


Continuity and innovation in imperial inscriptions
Augustus’ Res Gestae and the Stelae of the Qin First Emperor Compared

Chen Xiong

Issue 03


Reconciling Aphrodite
The Power of the ‘Weakling’ Goddess in Homer’s Iliad

Rioghnach Sachs

Issue 03


Curtius Rufus’ Roman reading of the proskynesis debate
Theatricality of power and free eloquence in the Histories of Alexander the Great

Claire Pérez

Issue 03


From a mythical exemplum to a heroic cult
Orestes as a representative of power play, (re-)establishment of political authority and

Doukissa Kamini

Issue 03


‘Time and tide for no man wait’
Cheiron’s qualities complicated in John Updike’s The Centaur

Anactoria Clarke

Issue 03


One to rule them all: The γόης of (Plato’s) Ancient Athens

Marta Antola

Issue 03


Foreword from Conference Organisers: Selected papers from
AMPAL 2019

Maria Haley

Issue 03


“Solon” and his People:
The afterlife of an archaic political personage in late democratic Athens

Sherry Huang

Issue 02


Cityscapes in Roman Painting:
The Amphitheater Riot Fresco as a Piece of “Popular Art”

Kevin Stuart Lee

Issue 02


Boundaries, Magic, and Popular Religion in two Mosaics
from Ancient Thysdrus (El Jem in Tunisia)

Laurie Porstner

Issue 02


Introduction: Selected papers from
‘The popular in
Classical Antiquity’

Amy Lewis

Issue 02


Review: Fratantuono, L. M., and Smith, R. (2018). Virgil, Aeneid 8,
Leiden, The Netherlands: BRILL.

Billie Hall

Issue 01


United in Grief: Achilles, Alexander and Hadrian

Lauren Murphy

Issue 01


The Status of Plebiscita 494-287 BC

Ben Salisbury

Issue 01


What Level of Historical Specificity was Intended in the Tiberius Cup?

Richard Kendall

Issue 01


Conon's Sons and Meidias:
Ēthopoiia and Hypokrisis in Demosthenes' Against Conon and Against Meidias .

Maria Galanaki

Issue 01