Saturday, December 30, 2017

Online Public Classics Archive

Online Public Classics Archive
Classics has had a strong presence in the press. As Hardwick and Harrison (2013) remark, “Greek and Roman texts, material culture and ideas have always been widely and radically used and re-used by individuals and by societies, and in recent centuries this has gradually included more people who have not had a formal classical education of any kind.” More recently, popular culture and the media have engaged with antiquity for centuries (cf. Jenkins 2015), yet it is currently difficult to search for and document the places where that engagement takes place. One can Google “Plato and Trump” or “Xenophon and leadership”, but the search results can often be too unwieldy and lacunose to be of much productive use.
In order to document the great collective impact that our discipline has had and continues to have on public ways of thinking, we have created the Online Public Classics Archive, a public media Classics database that archives and organizes the public media engagement with antiquity on the Internet. This e-resource is linked to the way we search on the Internet. If someone wants to search for "Epictetus” in Google, one sees the Wikipedia entry and a few other philosophy e-resources on the first search page. If one filters search results through the “news” option, one sees some recent blog posts and articles. But what if one wants to find out how many times reporters, columnists, bloggers, and other public writers have discussed Epictetus from 2007-2017? On a daily basis we see many of these articles circulating on social media but they often end up sitting alone and abandoned as bookmarks or downloaded PDFs only on our own computers.
Our database succeeds in providing a space (that is searchable by keywords and tags and can be filtered by date) for both Classicists and the public to examine just how much of an impact the ancient world has had on contemporary thought. Though it is currently in the initial stages of development, it is already clear that a substantial body of public scholarship discussing antiquity has a robust and important presence in public discourse.
The Online Public Classics Archive collects articles from across the internet and from a variety of media sources. The views expressed in these media are those of the authors and their publishers, and are not endorsed in any way by the Paideia Institute. However, the Paideia Institute Institute strongly condemns hateful language or attitudes directed at individuals or groups based upon their nationality, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. We welcome anyone with an interest in ancient Greece and Rome, and strive to create a learning environment in which individuals can pursue that interest without being demeaned or attacked for who they are. As a result, articles which use the Classics to attack individuals or groups for their identity or beliefs are not included in the archive.

Iberia Graeca

Iberia Graeca
El Centro Iberia Graeca es un organismo creado por el Ministerio de Cultura del Estado español y la Consejería de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya en el año 2006 (BOE 56 del 6/3/2007) para el desarrollo de proyectos de investigación, documentación, conservación y difusión del patrimonio arqueológico griego de la península Ibérica.

Iberia Graeca surgió de las relaciones de colaboración científica establecidas entre el Museo Arqueológico Nacional, a través del Departamento de Antigüedades Griegas y Romanas, y el Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, a través de la sede de Empúries, que constataron la necesidad de disponer de un centro destinado a la documentación del comercio y la presencia griega en Iberia. El objetivo principal era la creación de una web que permitiera desarrollar, entre otros apartados, una base documental donde estuvieran recogidos todos los objetos griegos publicados procedentes de yacimientos arqueológicos de la península Ibérica.
The Iberia Graeca Centre is an organisation that has been created by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia in 2006 (Official State Gazette - BOE 56 of 6/3/2007) to develop projects on research, documentation, conservation and the dissemination of the Greek archaeological heritage of the Iberian peninsula.

Iberia Graeca was born from the relationship of scientific collaboration established between the National Archaeological Museum, through the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, and Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, through the headquarters of Empúries, which noted the need for the creation of a Document Centre on Greek trade and presence in Iberia. The main objective was to create a website that would develop, among other sections, a Document Database where published Greek objects from archaeological sites on the Iberian Peninsula would be collected.
Iberia Graeca
Iberia Graeca.
The Greek archaeological legacy on the Iberian Peninsula

Homenaje a Glòria Trias Rubiés Homenaje a Ricardo Olmos
Homenaje a Glòria Trias Rubiés.
Cerámicas griegas de la Península Ibérica: cincuenta años después (1967-2017)
Homenaje a Ricardo Olmos.
Per speculum in aenigmate. Miradas sobre la Antigüedad

Friday, December 29, 2017

Open Access Journal: EX-NOVO Journal of Archaeology

Ex Novo Journal of Archaeology
ISSN: 2531-8810
Ex Novo is a fully peer reviewed open access international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research focusing on the multiple relations between archaeology and society. It engages with contemporary perspectives on antiquity linking past and present, and encourages archaeology’s engagement with theoretical developments from other related disciplines such as history, anthropology, political sciences, philosophy, social sciences and colonial studies. Ex Novo encompasses prehistory to modern period, and by exploring interconnections between archaeological practice and the importance of the past in current society it encourages an exploration of current theoretical, political and heritage issues connected to the discipline. 
 
Areas and topics of interest include: politics and archaeology, public archaeology, the legacies of colonialism and nationalism within the discipline, the articulation between local and global archaeological traditions, the discipline’s involvement in memory and identity, museum studies and restitution issues. Ex Novo encourages dialogue between disciplines concerned with the past and its relevance, uses and interpretations in the present.

Ex Novo – Number 2 (2017)

Ex Novo Nr. 2 Cover Image 'Metropolis' @ courtesy of Daniel Egneus
Ex Novo Nr. 2 Cover Image
‘Metropolis’ @ courtesy of Daniel Egneus
Editorial
Who Owns the Past? Archaeological Heritage between Idealisation and Destruction
Maja GORI,  Alessandro PINTUCCI, Martina REVELLO LAMI,
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Remembering Beirut: lessons for archaeology and (post-)conflict urban redevelopment in Aleppo
Caroline A. SANDES
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Reconstructing Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Should Palmyra be Rebuilt?
Nour A. MUNAWAR
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The rights of reproducing Cultural Heritage in the digital Era. An Italian Perspective
Augusto PALOMBINI
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Frontiers of Romania: Nationalism and the Ideological Space of the Roman Limes
Emily R. HANSCAM
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Thracology and Nationalism in Bulgaria – Deconstructing Contemporaneous Historical and Archaeological Representations
Ivan MARINOV & Nicolas ZORZIN
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Museo Federico II Stupor Mundi. Palazzo Ghislieri, Piazza Federico II, 3, 60035 Jesi (AN)
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UNESCO Experts’ Meeting on the Safeguarding of Syria’s heritage. Berlin, 2-4 June 2016
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Ex Novo Volume 1 – Number 1  (2016)

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Maja GORI, Martina REVELLO LAMI, Alessandro PINTUCCI, Elisa CELLA
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The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage. Proceedings of the 20th EAA Meeting held in Istanbul 10–14 September 2014

Archaeology in the Adriatic. From the Dawn to the Sunset of Communist Ideologies
Elisa CELLA, Maja GORI & Alessandro PINTUCCI
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Are We Still Illyrians?
Valerie HIGGINS
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Heritage for Development, Multiethnic Communities, and the Case of Butrint National Park on the Albanian-Greek Border
Dana PHELPS
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Exploring the Public Perception of Communist Heritage in Post-communist Albania
Francesco IACONO & Klejd L. KËLLIÇI
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The Trowel and the Sickle. Italian Archaeology and its Marxist Legacy
Elisa CELLA, Maja GORI & Alessandro PINTUCCI
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Exploring Approaches to Italian Early Medieval Archaeology in Post-Communist Europe
Giulia VOLLONO
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Perché l’Archeologia? An interview with Giovanni Azzena, Barbara Barich, Giampietro Brogiolo, Renato Peroni, Mario Torelli
by Confederazione Italiana Archeologi – Ex Novo (with editors’ note)
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Satricum – Scavi e reperti archeologici. Exhibition in Le Ferriere, province of Latina, Italy, 11 June 2014 – 11 January 2015 (prolonged until 1 June 2017) and M. Gnade (ed.), 2007: Satricum. Trenta anni di scavi olandesi, Amsterdam: Amsterdams Archeologisch Centrum, Universiteit van Amsterdam. 208 pp.
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Newly Open Access in Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online

Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The egyptologist Georg Steindorff: A heritage in letters and its scientific exploration

The egyptologist Georg Steindorff: A heritage in letters and its scientific exploration
 









The self-reflexion of a discipline is always a reflection of the consciousness of the timedependence of scientific research too. The possibility of a substantiated description of historical science cultures stands and falls admittedly with suitable, sufficient explicit and complex source-situations. Archive documents are not of interest because of their anecdotal statement, the quality always depends much more on the possibility of a many-sided view, which allows a control of the studies. 

These aspects obtain outstanding importance, if biographies with a good situation of proofs bridge big breaks of history. Hardly one biography of an Egyptologist in the 19. – 20. Century is documented and suitable to reflect the field of Egyptology from the height of the German Empire, trough the 1. World War and the German Revolution, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi-era and the 2. World War to reorganisation of the post-war period under the sign of redemocratisation of the western societies and is thereby comprehensible in varying roles in a multitude of archives with different characters like the one of Georg Steindorff. 

Georg Steindorff is born in 1861 in the Duchy of Anhalt to a Jewish family of the middle class in Dessau. He evolves into a typical representative of the dynamic pioneers in the time of the Second Industrial Revolution in the German Empire and maintains friendly contact with the royal family of Saxony. For a membership in the First World War he is already too old. In the Weimar Republic he gains, thanks to his role in Egyptology as publisher of the most important professional journal, the Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde (ZÄS), and thanks to his close connection with the doyen of German Egyptology, Adolf Erman, an inviolable position in the Saxon Academy of Sciences, the central management of the German Archeological Institute and the University of Leipzig, of which he is principal in 1923/24. Steindorff already converted to Protestantism during his studies in the 80ies of the 19. Century, but due to his Jewish origin he soon comes to the fore of the national-socialist race ideology. After the employment ban in 1934 and other following repressions, he emigrates to the USA in 1939.

Steindorffs diaries and letters always make, besides scientific questions, the political processes in Germany and Europe a subject of discussion. Immediately after the end of the war the contact by letter to plenty of academic carriers of responsibility in Egyptology in Germany reinstates. The international recognized, now 84 year-old Scientist becomes an active commentator of the Nazi-dictatorship and the entanglement of individual exponents. At the same time he carefully observes from distance the development of his old domain and academy in the soviet-occupied zone and the just founded GDR until his death in summer of 1951. 

Steindorffs curriculum vitae is an impressive example for the way of a member of the emancipated Jewish middle class, who managed his way to the top of the institutions with his engagement, talent and enthusiasm and of whom is no getting around in Egyptology in time before and between the two World Wars. His active lecturing activities, also in front of notinternal audiences, today appear as almost modern. With the single-minded construction of also this very day’s biggest academic teaching-collection at a German university he provided importance to the science-location Leipzig, out of the German borders. The same applies for his directional role in conflicts of his generation about the primacy of the egyptological methodology and the theory-charged concepts of the 1920ies and 30ies, whose effects are disappeared from the awareness today, although they significantly characterized Egyptology in the post-war time. 

The importance of this personality is especially documented with his complex heritage of letters. The research and publication in ARACHNE was made possible by the donation of the private correspondence of Georg Steindorff by his grandson Thomas Hemer to the Leipzig University. Therefore, he owes the biggest debt of gratitude. The bundle of archival documents includes more than 6000 single sheets of the years 1884-1951. The research was made within the project "Wissenshintergründe und Forschungstransfer am Beispiel des Ägyptologen Georg Steindorff" from 2013 – 2015 with support from the German Research Foundation. The publication of the results will appear in 2016: Susanne Voss und Dietrich Raue (Hgg.), Wissenshintergründe und Forschungstransfer am Beispiel des Ägyptologen Georg Steindorff, Beihefte der Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 3, Berlin: De Gruyter 2016. 

They represent a first step of development, in which contributed, besides the publishers, Alexandra Cappel, Thomas Gertzen and Kerstin Seidel. To put the archive online to ARACHNE shall enable a broad circle of a scientifically interested audience to work out more research focuses.
Susanne Voss – Dietrich Raue
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Legal Documents in Ancient Societies VI. Ancient Guardianship: Legal Incapacities in the Ancient World

Legal Documents in Ancient Societies VI. Ancient Guardianship: Legal Incapacities in the Ancient World
CONTENTS / SOMMARIO
Cohen Nili
Fijałkowska Lena
Depauw Mark
Buraselis Kostas
Mardirossian Aram
Kaye Noah
Maffi Alberto
Thür Gerhard
Cohen Edward E.
Kaltsas Demokritos
Du Plessis Paul J.
Kruse Thomas
Chevreau Emmanuelle
Jakab Éva
Gagliardi Lorenzo
Radzyner Amihai
Faraguna Michele

Open Access Journal: Digital Medievalist (DM)

[First posted in AWOL 3 November 2009. Updated 28 December 2017 (new URLs)]

Digital Medievalist (DM)
E-ISSN: 1715-0736
Digital Medievalist (DM) is the journal of the Digital Medievalist Community. It publishes work of original research and scholarship, theoretical articles on digital topics, notes on technological topics, commentary pieces discussing developments in the field, bibliographic and review articles, tutorials, and project reports. The journal also commissions reviews of books and major electronic sites and projects. All contributions are reviewed before publication by authorities in humanities computing. Submissions to DM should concern topics likely to be of interest to medievalists working with digital media, though they need not be exclusively medieval in focus.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian: Addenda, corrigenda, and supporting bibliography

[First posted in AWOL 11 July 2013, updated 27 December 2017]

A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian: Addenda, corrigenda, and supporting bibliography
A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian, edited by Jeremy Black, Andrew George, and Nicholas Postgate, with the assistance of Tina Breckwoldt, Graham Cunningham, Marie-Christine Ludwig, Clemens Reichel, Jonathan Blanchard Smith, Junko Taniguchi and Cornelia Wunsch, was published in Wiesbaden in 1999 by Harrassowitz Verlag, and reprinted the following year with minor corrections. This archive is intended to act as a supplement to the dictionary, fulfilling several functions as described below. It is up-dated periodically, about once a year. Proposals are welcomed for improvements and additional entries (address below). Where these are adopted, they will be appropriately attributed and dated.
In the preparation of the dictionary, the pressure of time made it impossible to take full account of all the material in the reviews of the two dictionaries and in the AfO listings, although a fair amount was incorporated from these sources.  An attempt will be made here to remedy this, and also to revise any letters which have since appeared in CAD (from R onwards). Reviews of the CDA will also be taken into account. Eventually, the material on this website will hopefully feed into a second edition of the dictionary, so that the website functions as a rolling preview of the second edition.
This archive, originally hosted at www.trin.cam.ac.uk/cda_archive/, was created by J. N. Postgate, with the editorial assistance of Dr Simon J. Sherwin and technical advice from Dr Guy Deutscher and Dr Eleanor Robson. Grateful thanks are due to all who gave advice. The archive is currently maintained by Martin Worthington
List of Lemmata
Attributions, Contributions & Bibliographical Abbreviations

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Open Access Journal: Rivista di Diritto Ellenico

 [First posted in AWOL 19 July 2010. Updated 26 Dec 2017]

Rivista di Diritto Ellenico - Review of Hellenic Law
La «Rivista di Diritto Ellenico» si propone di costituire uno strumento agile e immediato per consentire la pubblicazione di contributi caratterizzati da un taglio peculiarmente giuridico, senza tuttavia tralasciare l’aspetto più antichistico, nella fattispecie storico, culturale e antropologico. In questo senso, la «Rivista di Diritto Ellenico» si vuole caratterizzare anche come pubblicazione, con cadenza annuale, di materiali concernenti le antichità classiche, definizione solo apparentemente generale per la cosiddetta «giusgrecistica» in Italia, ove il tratto saliente della «grecità» non dovrà intendersi come un limite a volere circoscrivere il panorama degli studi: l’aspetto idiomatico, forse più di ogni altro, è parte insostituibile del concetto di Hellenikon già a partire dal V secolo a.C. e il greco antico conosce una tradizione ininterrotta fino al I millennio d.C. coronata dalle sillogi dei commentatori che riflettono proprio su istituzioni, usi e costumi dell’età classica. Accanto a contributi inediti in questo settore, la cui pubblicazione potrà avere luogo in italiano, inglese, francese, tedesco, olandese, spagnolo e greco moderno, la «Rivista di Diritto Ellenico» si propone anche un obiettivo «dottrinario»: offrire al suo interno le ristampe di saggi di riconosciuto valore scientifico risalenti, in particolare maniera, ai due ultimi secoli trascorsi, in originale o anche in traduzione italiana, anche per venire incontro alle esigenze di reperibilità, spesso tutt’oggi ancora difficoltosa.
I / 2011 II / 2012 III / 2013 IV / 2014 V / 2015
Rara 2011 Rara 2012 Rara 2013 Rara 2014


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

[First posted in AWOL 24 February 2015, updated 26 December 2017]

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
ISSN: 1095-5054
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Welcome to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research. You can cite fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in our Archives (every entry contains a link to its complete archival history, identifying the fixed edition the reader should cite). The Table of Contents lists entries that are published or assigned. The Projected Table of Contents also lists entries which are currently unassigned but nevertheless projected.

Monday, December 25, 2017

LaOCOST: Law and Order: Cuneiform Online Sustainable Tool

LaOCOST: Law and Order: Cuneiform Online Sustainable Tool
LaOCOST
Issues of law and gender relations are highly significant in the life of every human society, past and present alike. They touch upon the very foundations of the social order, and pertain to the manner in which people are organized, establish social institutions and perpetuate stratification and inequality. The LaOCOST (Law and Order: Cuneiform Online Sustainable Tool) project will illuminate how they were practiced in the ancient Near East, utilizing a digital corpus of legal and non-legal texts as its database.
LaOCOST is directed by Ilan Peled, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

Glass: Corpus of Glass Technological Texts

Glass: Corpus of Glass Technological Texts
This project provides editions and translations for cuneiform technological recipes. The texts include Assyrian and Babylonian tablets that provide instructions for producing glass that imitates precious stones and procedures for processing perfumed oils. Directed by Eduardo A. Escobar at UC Berkeley

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ceramic manufacturing techniques and cultural traditions in Nubia from the 8th to the 3rd millennium BC

Ceramic manufacturing techniques and cultural traditions in Nubia from the 8th to the 3rd millennium BC
Examples from Sai Island by Giulia D’Ercole. xviii+186 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (33 colour plates). Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 96. ISBN 9781784916725.

In Sudan the first ceramic containers appeared at the beginning of the 9th millennium BC, with the earliest dates c. 8700 BC from Sorourab 2, in Central Sudan, and c. 8600 BC from the district of Amara West, in Northern Sudan.

This book presents a comprehensive critical analysis of diverse ceramic assemblages from Sai Island, in the Middle Nile Valley of Northern Sudan, on the border between ancient Upper and Lower Nubia. The assemblages included in this study cover about five millennia, spanning the period c. 8000 to c. 2500 BC. They go from the initial appearance of ceramic technology within hunting-fishing-gathering communities living in permanent or semi-permanent settlements (locally named ‘Khartoum Variant’ or ‘Mesolithic’ horizon: c. 7600–4800 BC), through the ceramic productions of the first ‘Neolithic’ pastoral societies (Abkan horizon: c. 5550−3700 BC), to those of the Pre-Kerma Nubian culture (c. 3600−2500 BC).

A thorough stylistic macroscopic observation of the finds is integrated with a solid technological approach by means of archaeometric petrographic (OM), mineralogical (XRPD) and chemical (XRF) analyses. Data are discussed and compared across a broad geographical area, including Lower and Upper Nubia, Central Sudan and the Egyptian Western Desert. They provide an original synthesis and interpretation of the ceramic traditions in Nubia and Sudan and propose a critical review of the debate on the invention of pottery and the functional and cultural reasons for the emergence of the ceramic technology.

This book is also available to purchase in paperback, priced £30.00.

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Corpus of Kassite Sumerian Texts

Corpus of Kassite Sumerian Texts
The Kassite dynasty, which came to power after the raid on Babylon by the Hittites, reigned over Babylonia for several centuries (ca. 1570 - 1155). Building on developments in the preceding Old Babylonian period, Babylonia developed into a territorial state with remarkable political stability. Kassite kings played an important role in the international politics of the time, maintaining diplomatic contacts with the world powers of the day in the capitals of Egypt, Hatti, Mitanni and Assyria.

Melchizedek Passages in the Bible. A Case Study for Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation

Melchizedek Passages in the Bible. A Case Study for Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation

 
ISBN: 9783110440096 9783110440089 Year: Pages: xii, 262 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- The Bible
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Open Access Book: La vie méconnue des temples mésopotamiens

La vie méconnue des temples mésopotamiens
  • Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres, Collège de France
  • Collection : Docet omnia
  • Lieu d’édition : Paris
  • Année d’édition : 2017
  • Publication sur OpenEdition Books : 21 décembre 2017
  • ISBN (Édition imprimée) : 9782251446714
  • ISBN électronique : 9782251906683
  • DOI : 10.4000/books.lesbelleslettres.106
  • Nombre de pages : 256 p.
La Mésopotamie antique fait l’objet de passionnantes découvertes depuis le xixe siècle. Berceau de notre civilisation, elle a vu naître l’écriture vers la fin du IVe millénaire av. J.-C. Les centaines de milliers de textes qui nous sont parvenus de ces époques lointaines, alliés aux témoignages archéologiques, nous font connaître un monde enchanté où tout, à divers degrés, est sacré. Chaque activité humaine implique l’intervention d’un dieu.

Dans ce contexte, les temples consacrés aux divinités ont de quoi nous surprendre. Loin d’être simplement des lieux de culte, où le clergé prenait soin des divinités présentes dans des statues, ils étaient le cadre d’activités de la vie quotidienne : les temples de Shamash, dieu de la justice, fonctionnaient comme des tribunaux ; ceux de Gula, déesse de la santé, comme des centres de cure ; ceux de Nabu, dieu de l’écriture, comme des bibliothèques ; ceux d’Ishtar, déesse de l’amour, comme des maisons de plaisir.

En un mot, retracer la vie méconnue de ces temples, c’est tenter de recouvrer celle de ces hommes d’un autre temps. Tel est l’objet de ce livre issu de l’enseignement de Dominique Charpin au Collège de France.

Des temples ouverts sur la société

Chapitre 1

Des centres de cure

PAThs: Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature

PAThs: Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature
PAThs is an ERC granted project (Advanced Grant 2015), aimed to provide an in-depth diachronic understanding and effective representation of the geography of Coptic literary production and in particular of the corpus of literary writings, almost exclusively of religious contents, produced in Egypt between the 3rd and the 11th centuries in the Coptic language.

PAThs takes an original and pluridisciplinary approach, combining philology, codicology, archaeology and digital humanities, in order to explore the process of production, copying, usage, dissemination, and storage of Coptic works in relation to the concrete geographical contexts of origin of both the texts themselves and their related writing supports.

By analysing texts and contents, paratexts (titles and colophons) and linguistic layers (style and dialects), the literary products will be strictly related not only to the places where they have been copied, but also to the single intellectual milieux responsible for their creation.

Cultural orientations and literary tastes in specific areas of Egypt will be singled out, while changes in the manufacture of codices will emerge, in a manuscript tradition that offers the oldest witnesses for the use of codex.


An exhaustive digital Atlas of late antique and early mediaeval Egypt – a versatile tool that will allow detailed and focused research and correlation of chronological, regional and thematic data, that is under construction  – will illustrate the relationship between settlements, as revealed by the archaeological investigations, and intellectual production, as revealed by manuscripts, and will provide a new comprehensive perspective on the spread and development of Coptic literature and manuscript culture.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Coming of Age in Byzantium : Adolescence and Society

Coming of Age in Byzantium : Adolescence and Society

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ISBN: 9783110576467 Year: Pages: 318 Seiten Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - P 22773
Subject: History --- Arts in general
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Abstract 
The various phases of life and their manifestations in theory and social reality constitute a well-established area of research in the fields of western medieval studies and ancient history. In this respect the Byzantine East has been widely neglected. This volume will focus on the Byzantine experience of adolescence, which may be defined as the biological transition from childhood to adulthood as well as the social and psychological experience of leaving the care of parents, guardians and family groups and the gradual integration into adult society.
Die verschiedenen Lebensphasen und ihre Manifestationen in Theorie und sozialer Realität bilden ein etabliertes Forschungsgebiet auf den Gebieten der abendländischen Mediävistik und der antiken Geschichte. In dieser Hinsicht wurde der byzantinische Osten weitgehend vernachlässigt. Dieser Band konzentriert sich auf die byzantinische Erfahrung der Adoleszenz, die als biologischer Übergang von der Kindheit zum Erwachsenenalter definiert werden kann, sowie die soziale und psychologische Erfahrung des Verlassens von Eltern, Vormündern und Familiengruppen und die allmähliche Integration in die erwachsene Gesellschaft.

John the Lydian, “On the Roman months” – version 2.0 now online!

John the Lydian, “On the Roman months” – version 2.0 now online!
Regular readers may recall that Mischa Hooker translated John the Lydian’s four books On the Months for us all a year or two back.  The fourth book has 12 sections, one for each month, and we also did the other three books.  It’s a mass of 6th century antiquarianism, as the author tries to hold on to the Roman heritage in a world that is fast becoming Byzantine.

At the time, Dr H’s translation was the only one into any modern language.  Another English translation did appear soon after, but with very little circulation or impact; and not nearly as good.
But Dr Hooker has not left the work alone.  In fact it turns out that he has continued to work on it since, revising his translation and equipping it with a monster introduction and similarly enormous appendix of similar materials.  And he has sent a PDF of the revised and combined version to appear here, as a nice little Christmas present for us all.
Here it is:
I’ve also uploaded it to Archive.org here.

Bilinguals in Late Mesopotamian Scholarship

Bilinguals in Late Mesopotamian Scholarship
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Long after Sumerian had died out as a spoken language, bilingual (Sumerian - Akkadian) texts still played a prominent role in the scholarly culture of Babylonia and Assyria. BLMS provides editions of bilingual narrative texts, hymns, proverbs, prayers, rituals, and incantations dating to the first millennium BCE. 

Project Director: Steve Tinney; Editor: Jeremiah Peterson. With the assistance of Niek Veldhuis, Jamie Novotny, Josh Jeffers, and Ilona Zsolnay. BLMS is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities

You can view the project's content here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Two Open Access Books by Jean-Luc Fournet










Hellénisme dans l'Égypte du VIe siècle. La bibliothèque et l'œuvre de Dioscore d'Aphrodité
Résumé : Dioscore d'Aphrodité est un cas unique en papyrologie : le dossier de ce notable lettré d'un village de Moyenne-Égypte (VIe s. apr. J.-C.) comprend à la fois ses archives documentaires, sa bibliothèque et les brouillons de ses œuvres poétiques. Ce livre propose une édition critique et commentée de la partie littéraire de ce riche ensemble. Tout d'abord, des textes nouveaux ou partiellement inédits provenant de sa bibliothèque : une Iliade d'Homère, un livre de Scholies à l'Iliade et des tables de conjugaisons verbales. Dans une seconde partie, l'œuvre même de Dioscore : 51 textes autographes, presque tous en vers, traduits, annotés et replacés dans leur contexte littéraire et historique. Un chapitre conclusif tente de brosser le profil culturel de Dioscore en s'appuyant sur sa bibliothèque, sur son œuvre, mais aussi sur ses textes documentaires. La combinaison de ces trois sources permet de faire revivre conjointement l'élève, le lecteur et le créateur, autant de phases que le papyrologue ou l'historien de la littérature est habituellement obligé d'appréhender séparément. Elle met aussi au jour d'intéressantes interactions entre littérature et documents, révélatrices des options culturelles de la société antique tardive. C'est donc, plus généralement, de la culture grecque dans une province du VIe s. que traite cet ouvrage.
Document type :
Books
2 vol., 734 p.-LXXVII p. de pl., 1999, Mémoires publiés par les membres de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale du Caire, 115
Alexandrie : une communauté linguistique ? ou la question du grec alexandrin
Abstract : Can it be stated that the unique nature of ancient Alexandrian culture was confirmed within its very language, to the point that one may talk of an “Alexandrian Greek”? This is the question that the author attempts to answer by gathering together and studying the linguistic particularities (lexical, above all) that the ancient authors, already aware of the issue, had pointed out. The specific nature of the city is presented within these peculiarities of language: the mores and character of its inhabitants, certain features of its urban tissue and material culture, the landscape of its hinterland and the economic activities attached to it. Whilst some may have arisen from the standard image that the Ancients circulated about this city and its population, others throw light on cultural or material realities that have sometimes escaped the notice of historians, papyrologists and archaeologists.
Document type :
Books
Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, Etudes Alexandrines 17, 2009, 978-2-7247-0497-6
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