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

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
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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

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

Gaston Maspero's Epigraphic Notebooks Online

Cahiers de notes épigraphiques de Gaston Maspero ; copies d'inscriptions hiéroglyphiques, de papyrus égyptiens et coptes ; dessins, croquis, etc. de monuments d'Akmîm, Louqsor, etc. (1881-1884)
Date d'édition : 1801-1900
Type : manuscrit
Langue : Français
Format : Papier. - Six calepins de 71, 74, 73, 76, 23 et 26 f. - 172 × 100 mm., dans un étui
Droits : domaine public
Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b52500698x
Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, NAF 11711
Provenance :
Date de mise en ligne : 27/02/2013
 From Gallica

Open Access Journal: Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity

[First posted on AWOL 31 August 2010. Updated 20 March 2013]

Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity
The Institute for Antiquity and Christianity is a center for basic research on the origins and meaning of the cultural heritage of Western civilization. It is operated by the Claremont Graduate School, collaborating with the School of Theology, and in association with the five undergraduate colleges in the Claremont cluster.

The Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity is published periodically under the auspices of the Society for Antiquity and Christianity for the general information of persons interested in the research programs of the Institute.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Open Access (for now) Journal: Greek and Roman Musical Studies

Greek and Roman Musical Studies
ISSN: 2212-974X
E-ISSN: 2212-9758
Greek and Roman Musical Studies is a new journal that will publish research papers in the fields of ancient Greek and Roman music, including musical theory, musical archaeology and musical iconography in Classical antiquity, as well as on its reception in later times.
This new journal from Brill has its initial issue online open access (for now).

Online Reports of the Mission archéologique franco-ouzbèque de Bactriane septentrionale

Online Reports of the Mission archéologique franco-ouzbèque de Bactriane septentrionale at HAL-SHS (Hyper Article enLigne - Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Open Access Journal: Kubaba

 [First posted in AWOL 7 July 2010. Updated 18 March 2013]

ISSN: 1647-7642
Kubaba is a journal which specializes in the Pre-Classical world, namely the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean, and publishes articles, notes, news and reviews.

Contributions may come from a wide range of disciplines, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Epigraphy, History, Historical Linguistics, inter alia. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Contributions should address the period from the emergence of writing and complex societies (4th millennium BCE) down to the beginnings of the Classical Era. The geographical scope of the journal encompasses the Ancient Near East, including the Aegean, Cyprus and the Caucasus. Pre-Islamic Arabia is also included. Kubaba seeks furthermore to explore the interaction between these areas and other Mediterranean or Eurasian contexts.

Articles from both professional scholars and young researchers are eligible. The accepted languages are Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French.
KUBABA, vol. 3 (2012)


vol. 2 (2011)




Vol. 1 (2010)




[Not] Open Access Journal: Rhizai: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science

[Sorry to be misleading, this is not an open access journal]

Rhizai: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
ISSN: 1312–3963
In the countries of South-Eastern Europe, ancient philosophy is often seen to be at the root of national traditions and achievements. Ancient philosophy is therefore intensely studied in these countries, but results are rarely shared outside the national boundaries. The new journal for ancient philosophy and science, Rhizai, is launched by scholars from South-Eastern Europe with the aim of promoting academic co-operation in the region and improving connections with international scholarship.

Rhizai will be published twice a year under the editorship of Ivan Christov, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  Contributions in all fields of ancient philosophy and science are invited.

Papers and book-reviews will be published in English, German, French and Italian. Manuscripts should be typed in double-spacing with wide margins. Footnotes should be collected at the end, with personal details enclosed on a separate sheet. Contributions sent by e-mail are welcome. They should be sent as e-mail attachments in MS Word or rich text format. Contributions in electronic form will be prepared for blind review by the editor. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013


MesoCalc: a Mesopotamian Calculator

MesoCalc is a Mesopotamian calculator.
People interested in Mesopotamian mathematics can use it to compute with integers in sexagesimal place-value notation. See the note about the sexagesimal place-value notation (SPVN) and the bibliography below.
The present webpage is the program itself. Its latest version can be found on the official MesoCalc page. You are free to download this page, use it offline on your own computer or smartphone, modify the source code, and even redistribute your modifications under the terms of the GNU General Public License (see the license below).
This program was written in 2013 by Baptiste MÉLÈS (Archives Henri Poincaré, Université de Lorraine) with the scientific assistance of Christine PROUST (CNRS, Université Paris-Diderot) in the framework of the SAW Project (Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World), headed by Karine Chemla (CNRS, Université Paris-Diderot).
If you see bugs or want new features, please contact Baptiste Mélès.

Available operations:

  • Conversions: from decimal to sexagesimal, from sexagesimal to decimal;
  • Number properties: regularity, prime factors;
  • Addition: addition, substraction;
  • Multiplication: multiplication, reciprocal, quotient, rule of three;
  • Powers and roots: square, square root, cube, cube root;
  • Tables: multiplication tables, table of reciprocals, list of regular numbers, list of reciprocal numbers;
  • Measuring units: add lengths, compute brickage and carriage (nalbalum and nazbalum).

Saturday, March 16, 2013 Le portail de la Protohistoire corse et tyrrhénienne Le portail de la Protohistoire corse et tyrrhénienne
Le gisement de Cuciurpula s’étend sur une superficie de 10 hectares, à cheval sur les communes de Serra-di-Scopamène (A Sarra di Scopamena) et de Sorbollano (Surbuddà), en Corse-du-Sud, dans un étage altimétrique compris entre 900 et 1080 m constituant le versant méridional de la Punta di Cuciurpula (1164 m), relief considéré comme le belvédère stratégique des montagnes de l’Alta Rocca (centre sud de l’île) et des chemins de transhumance traditionnels menant aux hauts plateaux du Coscionu.

The Kish Collection

The Kish Collection
The ancient city of Kish was occupied from at least as early as 3200 B.C. through the 7th century A.D. Located on the floodplain of the Euphrates River eighty kilometers south of modern Baghdad, the city held an extraordinary position during the formative periods of Mesopotamian history. At that time, it seems to have been the only important city in the northern part of the alluvium, while there were several major centers in the south. The ancient Mesopotamians regarded Kish as the first city to which "kingship descended from heaven" after the great flood that had destroyed the world. During the third millennium B.C., rule over Kish implied dominance over the entire northern part of the plain, and the title "King of Kish" bestowed prestige analogous to that of the medieval "Holy Roman Emperor."

From 1923 through 1933, joint archaeological expeditions of The Field Museum of Natural History and Oxford University explored many of the twenty-four-square-kilometer site's forty mounds, uncovering significant evidence of Kish's extremely early urbanization and its prominence as a dominant regional polity. However, no final site report of the work of those seasons was ever published.

The lack of a final site report for Kish stands as a significant lacuna in the archaeological record of Mesopotamia, effectively precluding an understanding of the true historical significance of this crucial Mesopotamian city. The Field Museum, along with the Ashmolean Museum and the Iraq Museum, hope to make such a final publication of the Kish excavations a reality. Roger Moorey, in the preface to his 1978 work Kish Excavations 1923-1933, undertaken to produce a catalogue of the Ashmolean's Kish holdings, concisely encapsulates the necessity of this endeavor:
    "In undertaking this project, nearly fifty years after the excavations were started, I have been very conscious that the original work was inspired by aims no longer recognized as viable and executed by methods which were largely inadequate...It would be to confound the evil if the results of this excavation were for these reasons ignored and the finds, with what is left of the records, allowed to suffer further neglect. It would be particularly so at a time when fresh excavations at Kish on this scale are unlikely, though modern development there is radically modifying the site. Ideally all three collections should be fully published as a single unit..." (pp. viii, xxi)

This website details the history, progress, and future prospects of the Kish Project, a federally funded effort to virtually reconcile and publish, in both print and digital formats, the expansive—and divided—collection of ancient material culture from the Mesopotamian city of Kish.

Introduction | Kish: Past, Present, and Future | Gallery | Kish Database | Funding | Partners

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs

The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs (NYPL Digital Gallery)
Several thousand prints and photographs contained in works from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. These include books illustrated with prints or photographs, photograph albums, and archival compilations; the processes represented range from engravings to lithographs, and from salt prints to heliogravures.

Collection Contents