Thursday, February 28, 2019

Open Access Monograph Series: Fana, templa, delubra. Corpus dei luoghi di culto dell'Italia antica

  [First posted in AWOL 11 March 2017, updated 28 August 2 2019]

Fana templa delubra (FTD): Corpus dei luoghi di culto dell'Italia antica Announcement: Images for Corpus Papyrorum Raineri II, IV

     Images for Corpus Papyrorum Raineri II, IV
    Images have now been made available for Coptic texts of volumes II and IV of the CPR series. Images are courtesy of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Thanks to the API of Trismegistos it was easy to match the relative image links to the identifiers.

    Corpus Papyrorum Raineri

    • II, Koptische Texte, ed. J. Krall. 1895. Nos. 1—255. Many texts are reedited in CPR IV; see concordance there p. xv; and in CPR XII; see concordance there p. 11. [MF 2.67] cpr;2 
    • IV, Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Oesterreichischen Nationalbibliothek, ed. W. Till. 1958. Nos. 1—212. No. 34 reedited in P.Rain.Unterricht 112. [ÖNB] cpr;4 
    All texts in the CPR at

    Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy

    Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy
    Our goal is to build a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. We hope to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves. 
    Dēmos is a publication of The Stoa: a Consortium for Scholarly Publication in the Humanities, and has greatly benefited from the infrastructure, expertise, and friendship of that institution and everyone involved with it, especially Anne Mahoney and Ross Scaife. Dēmos would not exist without The Perseus Project and its editor-in-chief, Gregory Crane. This project has also profited from an association with Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, under the wise direction of Gregory Nagy. Hugh Cayless, of OASIS and the UNC Digital Library Project, is responsible for writing the Transcoder that allows this site to display Greek; we are deeply indebted to him. Thomas Martin and Neel Smith of The College of the Holy Cross have been instrumental throughout the lifetime of the project. The earliest work on Dēmos was supported by grants from Furman University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    The contents of the articles in Dēmos are licensed under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike-1.0). This scripts that drive the site are licensed under a Creative Commons License (NonCommecial-1.0).

    Starting Points

    The Evidence for Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell
    Necessary Context: descriptions of the ancient genres, authors, and works that form our textual evidence for Athenian democracy · Christopher Blackwell, Christopher Cotten, David Phillips, & Hershal Pleasant.
    An Introduction to the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell
    A Brief Early History of Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

    Overview, History, & Institutions

    The Assembly of the People · Christopher Blackwell
    The Council of 500: the institution · Christopher Blackwell
    The Council of 500: its history · Christopher Blackwell
    The Council of the Areopagus · Christopher Blackwell
    Legislation under the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell
    Special Investigations under the Athenian Democracy · Christopher Blackwell

    Biographies, Images, & Arguments

    Cimon · Christopher Blackwell
    Ephialtes · Christopher Blackwell
    Scythian Archers: policing Athens · Elizabeth Baughman
    Poetry and the Dēmos: State Regulation of a Civic Possession · Casey Dué
    Portraits of historical individuals · Amy Smith
    The Eponymous Heroes of Athens · Amy Smith
    Images of personifications of political ideas · Amy Smith
    A Bibliography of Democratic Art · Amy Smith

    Technical Articles about the Site

    Access the raw XML directly.
    Frequently Asked Questions.
    “To Do” List for Dēmos.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Humanities Commons Groups relating to the Ancient World

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    Prioject Announcement: Magica Levantina

    Magica Levantina

    The project Magica Levantina (ML) aims at the edition of mainly unpublished Greek magical texts from towns in the Levant in the late Roman Imperial and early Byzantine periods. Most of the texts are curses inscribed on sheets of lead but also some protective charms inscribed on sheets of gold and silver.
    Print editions are planned to appear in two volumes of the series Papyrolo­gica Coloni­en­sia. The ML Website, which is being developed as a complement to these volumes, will doc­u­ment the inscribed objects photographically and include Greek transcriptions and English translations of their texts.
    Since decipherment of the inscribed objects usually requires constantly varying angles of light and magnification, the editors have depended to a very large extent on photographic documentation made by the recently developed technology called Reflectance Transforma­tion Imaging (RTI). One of the main features of the ML Website will be to make available to the public—for the first time in the fields of Greek and Latin epigraphy—the RTI documen­tation that the editors themselves used to read the texts. The ML Website will also include a selection of supporting photo­graphic material showing images of the rolled tablets before they were opened (if such images are available) or, occasionally, of other interesting features such as the materia magica that was found with a few of the tablets. The transcriptions and translations are currently being enter­ed in EpiDoc.
    When ML Vol. I has gone to press, the correspond­ing documen­tation will be made available on the ML Website. The new material will include inter alia:

    • most of the leaden curse tablets from the Syrian towns of Antioch and Daphne that were found during excavations in 1934 and 1935 conducted by W.A. Camp­bell on behalf of a Franco-American consortium of institutions and that are now housed in the Princeton Art Museum.
    • all of the legible leaden curse tablets of the Israel Antiquities Authority that had been found in a well at Promontory Palace in Caesarea (Israel) during excavations conducted in 1994 by Barbara Burrell and Kathryn Gleasen on behalf of ###.

    Additions and Corrections to the Sokoloff Dictionaries

    Additions and Corrections to the Sokoloff Dictionaries
    Those working with M. Sokoloff's new English translation of Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum (or with the original for that matter) will discover many instances wherein headwords found in the CAL are not found in that work. The reason is that Brockelmann included not a few such headwords under other forms with the same meaning. He probably did so because given his organization of entries by Aramaic root, his users would have no problem finding the entry. Sokoloff has reordered headwords in alphabetical order, however, so it is no longer easy to find such forms in his dictionary. We have prevailed upon him to provide our users with a list of such words along with cross-references to the entry wherein they are to be found.

    The Online Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

     [First posted in AWOL 8 February 2010, updated 27 February 2019]

    The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon
    A new dictionary of the Aramaic language, entitled The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon, is currently in preparation by an international team of scholars, with headquarters at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. This major scholarly reference work covers all dialects and periods of ancient Aramaic, one of the principal languages of antiquity, with a literature of central importance for history and civilization, and especially for the Jewish and Christian religions.

    Why a New Lexicon?

    Many dictionaries of some part of Aramaic exist, but individually and as a whole they are inadequate in important ways. Lexical treatment of Aramaic has been fragmented. Existing dictionaries treat one dialect, or one body of literature, but not the whole language. It is as though we had a dictionary of Shakespeare, and one of Hemingway, without having a dictionary of English! An additional hurdle in the path of users is that Aramaic dictionaries are written in an imposing variety of living and dead languages: not only English but also German, French, Russian, and Latin! Many of the existing dictionaries do not come up to modern standards of accuracy, and practically all are seriously incomplete and out-of-date. Practically every area of Aramaic studies has been enriched by recent discoveries: new inscriptions, new papyri, new scrolls, and new fragments from the Cairo Genizah, a synagogue store-room where a trove of manuscripts was discovered in the 19th century. These recently discovered materials demand inclusion in a lexicon.

    A Comprehensive Lexicon

    The new lexicon is comprehensive in the following ways: 1) it includes all of ancient Aramaic, not just selected portions; 2) it is based on a new and thorough compilation of all Aramaic literature, not just on existing dictionaries; 3) it takes into account modern scholarly discussion of the Aramaic language.

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    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Digital Hammurabi YouTube Channel

    Digital Hammurabi YouTube Channel
    Digital Hammurabi is the creative outlet for two Assyriologists, Megan Lewis and Joshua Bowen. Driven by a passion for the ancient Near East and the belief that history is both important and relevant to modern life, Megan and Josh aim to break out of the ivory tower of academia and bring ancient Mesopotamia to the world! Joshua graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in Assyriolgy in 2016, while Megan is still working on hers and hopes to graduate in early 2020.
    Recent videos are isted below, click through for all of them

    Dating Daniel: Prophecy or History?

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