Friday, January 31, 2020

Confucius and Cicero: Old Ideas for a New World, New Ideas for an Old World

Confucius and Cicero: Old Ideas for a New World, New Ideas for an Old World
Ed. by Balbo, Andrea / Ahn, Jaewon
Series:Roma Sinica 1
eBook (PDF)
Publication Date: December 2019
Copyright year: 2020
ISBN: 978-3-11-061680-4

Aims and Scope

This book explores the relationships between ancient Roman and Confucian thought, paying particular attention to their relevance for the contemporary world. More than 10 scholars from all around the world offer thereby a reference work for the comparative research between Roman (and early Greek) and Eastern thought, setting new trends in the panorama of Classical and Comparative Studies.

A. General perspectives

B. A philosophical approach

C. Key texts; translating Confucius into Latin

E. A final consideration

Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies. Volume 1: Contexts

Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies. Volume 1: Contexts
Ed. by Reden, Sitta
In coop. with Dwivedi, Mamta / Fabian, Lara / Leese-Messing, Kathrin / Morris, Lauren / Weaverdyck, Eli J. S.
eBook (PDF)
Publication Date: December 2019
Copyright year: 2020
ISBN: 978-3-11-060774-1

Aims and Scope

The notion of the “Silk Road” that the German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen invented in the 19th century has lost attraction to scholars in light of large amounts of new evidence and new approaches. The handbook suggests new conceptual and methodological tools for researching ancient economic exchange in a global perspective with a strong focus on recent debates on the nature of pre-modern empires.The interdisciplinary team of Chinese, Indian and Graeco-Roman historians, archaeologists and anthropologists that has written this handbook compares different forms of economic development in agrarian and steppe regions in a period of accelerated empire formation during 300 BCE and 300 CE. It investigates inter-imperial zones and networks of exchange which were crucial for ancient Eurasian connections.Volume I provides a comparative history of the most important empires forming in Northern Africa, Europe and Asia between 300 BCE and 300 CE. It surveys a wide range of evidence that can be brought to bear on economic development in the these empires, and takes stock of the ways academic traditions have shaped different understandings of economic and imperial development as well as Silk-Road exchange in Russia, China, India and Western Graeco-Roman history.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection

The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection
Join between Copenhagen and Florence (P. Carlsberg 159)
The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection was founded in the 1930's by Prof. H. O. Lange through funds provided by the Carlsberg Foundation. The main purchases were made between 1931 and 1938, and in 1939 the Carlsberg Foundation presented the collection to the Egyptological Institute at the University of Copenhagen with the consent of the headmaster of the university and the Ministry of Education. Since then it has been located in the Egyptological department, which is now part of the Carsten Niebuhr Department at the Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

  In 1954 Aksel Volten, keeper of the collection since 1943, was able to enlarge it substantially through new acquisitions, again with funds provided by the Carlsberg Foundation. The collection further includes a few papyri which seem formerly to have been in the private possession of Prof. H. O. Lange and Prof. C. E. Sander-Hansen, as well as two Coptic codices purchased from Carl Schmidt and the Teaching of King Merikare which was purchased from Ludwig Borchardt. All these papyri are now referred to as the Carlsberg Papyri.

  In 2003 the hieratic and demotic papyri in the papyrus collection of the Greek and Latin department of the university, the Papyrus Haunienses Collection, were transferred to the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection; these papyri retain their old designations (P. Haun.).

In July 2012 the Adler Papyri were acquired for the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection with means provided by the Augustinus Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation. The bulk of the Adler Papyri is represented by the famous private archive of the mercenary Horos son of Nechoutes (c. 145-88 BC) who was stationed in the military camp at Pathyris (Gebelein) in Upper Egypt.

Open Access Journal: Études platoniciennes

[First posted in AWOL 14 February 2018, updated 30 January 2020]

Études platoniciennes
ISSN electronic edition: 2275-1785
Études platoniciennes
Les Études platoniciennes sont entièrement consacrées à l'actualité de la recherche sur Platon et la tradition platonicienne. Elles rassemblent : un choix d'études pertinentes sur un thème ou une œuvre particulièrement significatifs pour la recherche contemporaine, la livraison annuelle du « Bulletin Platonicien », avec ses comptes rendus sur les livres récents consacrés à Platon et à la tradition platonicienne, et la « Bibliographie Platonicienne », qui recense toutes les publications dans ce domaine. Les Études platoniciennes favorisent le pluralisme des langues, des disciplines et des méthodes de lecture.

Numéros en texte intégral

Dans la perspective du Symposium Platonicum qui se tiendra à Paris du 15 au 19 juillet 2019 qui porte sur le Parménide de Platon, la Société d’Études Platoniciennes co-organisait avec le Trinity Plato Centre à Dublin, deux journées d’études portant sur le Parménide de Platon (24 et 25 mars 2018 : « Plato’s Parmenides in relation to Plato’s other Dialogues », et les 29 et 30 mai 2018 : « La cosmologie dans le Parménide de Platon »). Ce numéro des Études Platoniciennes publie le texte de dix des communications qui y furent présentées.
Dans les deux parties de son Parménide, Platon nous décrit un Parménide qui se donne pour objet l’être comme totalité des choses qui nous entourent, c’est-à-dire le monde comme ensemble de tous les ensembles des choses, un monde qui peut être aussi bien pensé que perçu. En cela, il n’est pas infidèle à une lecture possible du Poème du Parménide historique : les fragments I à VIII (1 à 50, décrivant l’être saisi par la pensée, se trouvent du côté de la vérité, alors que les fragments suivants (VIII 51-61) à XIX), qui décrivent l’être saisi par les sens, se situent du côté de l’illusion, et donc de l’erreur. Platon, lui, reprend pour son propre compte cette opposition entre l’être saisi par la pensée et l’être saisi par les sens, qui est un mélange d’être et de non-être, c’est-à-dire le devenir, mais il reconfigure cette opposition en la situant à deux niveaux de réalité séparés, ce faisant reconnaissant une certaine réalité aux êtres que la seconde partie du Poème rejetait dans l’illusion. Chez Platon, l’être devient la réalité véritable qui se situe en un lieu accessible au seul intellect, et le devenir qui caractérise notre monde devient l’objet des sens qui ne perçoivent une réalité qui ne consiste qu’en images de la réalité véritable, et se trouve du côté de l’opinion qui dérive de la sensation. On comprend dès lors que, dans ce contexte, le problème devienne celui de la participation du sensible à l’intelligible. En en confiant l’exploration au personnage de Parménide, Platon invite le maître d’Elée à reprendre à nouveau frais la question de leur articulation.

Notes de la rédaction

Conformément à ses statuts, la rédaction des Études Platoniciennes a confié au secrétariat éditorial le soin de regrouper ici les articles pour ce volume consacré au Parménide de PlatonNous adressons nos remerciements à Olivier Renaut qui a mené à bien ce travail éditorial. 

ePSD2 News: ePSD2 2.0 (built 2020-01-29)

ePSD2 2.0 (built 2020-01-29)
Clay tablet with Sumerian text about sale of 35 date-palms, circa 2000BCE
Ur III sale of 35 date-palms, ca. 2000BCE, Nippur. Penn Museum N 800. ePSD2 version here; CDLI page at
Welcome to the new version of the electronic Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary, ePSD2, a Sumerian portal.

Here we provide listings of over 12,000 Sumerian words, phrases and names, occurring in almost 100,000 distinct forms a total of over 2.27 million times in the corpus of texts indexed for the Dictionary. The corpus covers, directly or indirectly, about 100,000 of the 134,000+ known Sumerian texts.

For a quick start, open up the main Sumerian glossary and try typing English, Sumerian or transliterations into the search bar. If you're new to Oracc, this page explains the essentials of Oracc data and the interface you are using now.

The About page gives an overview of the various components of ePSD2 with links to help you find your way around.

ePSD2 development is ongoing. See the News page for what changes between the releases, and see the What's Next? page for some of the things we are planning.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Open Research Library

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The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books. This vital infrastructure is slated to comprise the most comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed Open Access books accessible for everyone. Libraries investing in the Open Research Library contribute to the development of a dedicated infrastructure for the global research community, while participating libraries have the opportunity to benefit from a set of exclusive services.

Verlag der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Open Access Monographs & Collected Editions

[First posted in AWOL 16 May 2016, updated 29 January 2020]

Verlag der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Open Access Monographs & Collected Editions 
Title dealing with antiquity:

Across Borders I
A Good Example of Peaceful Coexistence?
Akten des 23. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses
Ancient Greek Music in Performance
Antike Germanenbilder
Antike Malerei zwischen Lokalstil und Zeitstil
Archaische Siedlungsbefunde in Ephesos
Arma et nummi
Art and Landscape
Boii – Taurisci
Brandbestattungen von der mittleren Donau bis zur Ägäis zwischen 1300 und 750 v. Chr.
Bronzezeitliche Fleischverarbeitung im Salzbergtal bei Hallstatt
Byzantine Poetry from Pisides to Geometres
Byzantinische Epigramme auf Stein nebst Addenda zu den Bänden 1 und 2

Can the Veda speak?
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Österreich - Beiheft 1
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Österreich Graz, Originalsammlung des Instituts für Archäologie der Karl-Franzens-Universität, Band 1
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Österreich Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Band 6
Çukuriçi Höyük 1
Çukuriçi Höyük 2

Das Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos, WE 4
Das Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos, WE 6
Das Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos, WE 7
Das Heiligtum des Jupiter Optimus Maximus auf dem Pfaffenberg/Carnuntum
Das laténezeitliche Gräberfeld von Mannersdorf im Leithagebirge, Flur Reinthal Süd,
Das linearbandkeramische Gräberfeld von Kleinhadersdorf
Das Mausoleum von Belevi
Das Mausoleum von Belevi - Bauforschung
Das Odeion im Artemision von Ephesos
Das Prytaneion in Ephesos
Das Theater von Ephesos. Archäologischer Befund, Funde und Chronologie
Der Kroisos-Tempel
Der sogenannte Hadrianstempel an der Kuretenstraße
Die Architekturdekoration der Caracallathermen
Die Ägäische Frühzeit. 2. Serie. Forschungsbericht 1975–2002
Die Basilika am Staatsmarkt in Ephesos
Die beiden byzantinischen Kommentare zum Großen Kanon des Andreas von Kreta
Die byzantinischen Bleisiegel in Österreich
Die Canabae von Carnuntum - ein Modell für römische Lagervorstädte?
Die Canabae von Carnuntum II - Archäologische und GIS-analytische Auswertung der Oberflächensurveys 2009-2010
Die deutschen Handschriften des Mittelalters der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg
Die frühchristliche Basilika in Arapaj/Durrës, Albanien
Die Hauptprobleme der indogermanischen Lautlehre seit Bechtel
Die Panagia-Kirche und die Erzengelkirche in Kakodiki
Die poetische Ekphrasis von Kunstwerken
Die Religion der Kelten in den antiken literarischen Zeugnissen, Band III
Die Siedlung der Hallstattkultur von Göttlesbrunn, Niederösterreich
Die Skulpturen von Ephesos - Die Hermen

Formen der Anrede im byzantinischen Brief vom 6. bis zum 12. Jahrhundert
Frühchristliche Architektur in Kaukasien

Giza in der 4. Dynastie
Goldfunde aus dem Artemision von Ephesos
Griechische Epigraphik in Lykien
Griechische Kultur in Südosteuropa in der Neuzeit
Imperator • Kaiser • Cyesars
Inscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond

Katastrophe und Zukunftshoffnung
Keramik aus klassischen Kontexten im Apollon-Heiligtum von Ägina-Kolonna
Križna jama
Kulturelle Dynamik der Globalisierung

Laténezeitlicher Glasringschmuck aus Ostösterreich
Legionslager Carnuntum

Material Culture and Well-Being in Byzantium (400–1453)
Materielle Kultur und kulturelle Identität in Elea in spätarchaisch-frühklassischer Zeit
Meilensteine, Straßen und das Verkehrsnetz der Provinz Karia
Mesopotamian Dark Age Revisited
Mittel- und spätbronzezeitliche Keramik Griechenlands. Sammlung Fritz Schachermeyer. Faszikel III
Montanarchäologie in den Eisenerzer Alpen, Steiermark
Monumenta. Studien zu mittel- und späthelladischen Gräbern in Messenien
Mykenische Opfergaben

Nachbyzantinischer liturgischer Gesang im Wandel: Studien zu den Musikhandschriften des Supplementum graecum der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Nikolaj S. Trubetzkoy. Russland – Europa – Eurasien

Pilgerstätten in der syrischen Peripherie
Presbeia Theotokou
Pseudo-altpersische Inschriften

Rechtsgeschichtliches zur Ackerverpachtung auf Tempelland nach demotischem Formular
Reconstructing Pharaonic Architecture in Nubia

Sacred Landscape of the Himalaya
San Tzu Ching Explicated: The Classical Initiation to Classic Chinese, couplets I to XI.
Southwest Arabia across History
Spätantike und mittelalterliche Keramik aus Ephesos
Sylloge Nummorum Sasanidarum Paris–Berlin–Wien
Symposion 2001

Tell Abu al-Kharaz in the Jordan Valley. Volume III: The Iron Age
Tell el-Dabʿa XXII
Théonymie Celtique, Cultes, Interpretatio/Keltische Theonymie, Kulte, Interpretatio
The Bouleuterion at Ephesos
The Interplay of Roman and Iranian Titles in the Roman East (1st-3rd Century AD)

Untersuchungen zu den Gräberfeldern in Carnuntum, Band II


Western Anatolia before Troy. Proto-Urbanisation in the 4th Millennium BC?
Wiener Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik

Shanati: The Ancient Babylonian Calendar Reconstructed & Synchronized

Shanati: The Ancient Babylonian Calendar Reconstructed & Synchronized

Shanati’s goal is to reconstruct the ancient Babylonian Calendar and bring it into harmony with the proleptic, or backward counting, Julian Calendar. This will be achieved by compiling and integrating all known relevant cuneiform and other textual data and properly aligning that data with a state-of-the-art astronomical model of first lunar visibility. 

Shanati’s reconstructed daily ancient Babylonian Calendar will become the new international standard for pre-Julian, recorded Western calendrical time. By setting these two calendars on one synchronized timeline, the ancient world becomes temporally connected with the modern world. This will assist in bridging the wide gulf between perceptions of our modern world and of the ancient Old World.

Shanati’s results will offer unprecedented daily precision in 1st millennium BCE chronology, opening new vistas for research. The project’s results will be offered in a forthcoming volume and in this website, which offers Shanati's results as a service and will have automated extensibility as texts are added after the completion of the two-year project.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Open Access Journal: Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology

[Originally posted 9/21/09. Updated 28 January 2020]

Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology
ISSN 1824-1670
Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology’ (JIIA) online since 10 October 2003, was launched as an online journal devoted to archaeology.
JIIA is an online journal on archaeology, antiquity sciences and sciences applied to archaeology. It is interdisciplinary and concentrates particularly on the problems of interculturality in the ancient world.
The JIIA is registered with the Court of Frosinone, Italy, entry no. 303/2003; has been a member of the USPI (Italian Periodical Press Union) since 2003; has been allocated International Standard Serial Number (ISSN 1824-1670) by the National Italian ISSN Centre and is protected by Italian copyright law as a collective work.
In the year 2014, the Journal has been relaunched, available in print, limited edition, not for sale, and distributed for free to the national libraries in various countries around the world, some University departments and authors only. From 2014 (beginning with the second edition) JIIA is hosted by the Heidelberg University Library.
Linked to the ‘Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology’ is the 'JIIA Eprints Repository'.

Antonella D'Ascoli is Owner and Editor of this complex infrastructure.
2. ed: Consumption of perfumed oil in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East: funerary rituals and other case studies
No 01 (2014)
The new series of the journal aims at opening up Classical Antiquity to the whole Mediterranean, refreshingly not in the sense of mare nostrum, presenting the Roman perspective, but showing the multitude of cultural influences that have always characterised this region. It begins with a thematic issue on perfumed oil and immediately broadens the discussion with contributions ranging chronologically from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and covering Nubia, Egypt, the Near East and Greece. All this maintaining high quality in the presentation and the scientific rigour of papers.

Open Access Journal: The Ancient Near East Today

 [First posted in AWOL 9 April 2013, updated 28 January 2020]

The Ancient Near East Today
The Ancient Near East Today e-newsletter is delivered to your inbox every Thursday of the month and features contributions from diverse academics, debates about current developments from the field, and links to news and resources. The ANE Today covers the entire Near East, and each issue presents discussions ranging from the state of biblical archaeology to archaeology after the Arab Spring. This weekly e-newsletter disseminates ideas, insights and discoveries exclusively to the Friends of ASOR.

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    VOL II (2014)
    VOL I (2013)

      Open Access Journal: Peloro: Rivista del Dottorato in Scienze Storiche, Archeologiche e Filologiche dell’Università di Messina

      Peloro: Rivista del Dottorato in Scienze Storiche, Archeologiche e Filologiche dell’Università di Messina
      ISSN: 2499-8923
      La Rivista PELORO nasce alla confluenza delle molteplici competenze disciplinari che caratterizzano il Dottorato in Scienze storiche, archeologiche e filologiche dell’Università di Messina. Intende proporre uno spazio di espressione ad accesso aperto per ricerche specialistiche e originali condotte negli ambiti di interesse del Dottorato, offrendo a dottorandi e dottori di ricerca uno sbocco editoriale innovativo per percorsi di studio di alto profilo, paralleli o complementari a quelli impostati per l’elaborato finale. È aperta anche ai contributi dei docenti del Dottorato.


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      Maǧalla-i muṭālaʿāt-i bāstān-šināsī = Journal of Archaeological Studies

      Maǧalla-i muṭālaʿāt-i bāstān-šināsī = Journal of Archaeological Studies
      Print ISSN: 2251-9297
      Online ISSN: 2676-4288

      مجله مطالعات باستان شناسی دانشکدة ادبیّات و علوم انسانی دانشگاه تهران، نشریه‌ای علمی است که در سال در دو شماره منتشر می‌شود. این مجله درصد است تا مقالاتی را با ایده های بکر و جدید و با محتوی علمی به چاپ برساند. باستان شناسى، دانش بررسى فرهنگ هاى انسانى از راه بازیابى، مستندسازى، و تحلیل بازمانده هاى مادى بشر، همچون معمارى، دست ساخته ها، بازمانده هاى انسانى و یا پهنه زمین است. هدف نهایى باستان شناسى، روشنگرى درباره تاریخ بشر و فراز و فرود شکل گیرى تمدن است. از این رو بسیارى از رشته هاى دیگر علوم انسانى نظیر تاریخ، گیتا شناسى، زمین شناسى و مردم شناسى در پیوند با این دانش بشرى بوده اند. با این حال علم باستان شناسى از چندین دهه قبل نه تنها در اصول و روش تحقیق، بلکه در اهداف نیز به سرعت دستخوش تحولات بنیادى شده است. باستان شناسى با درک مفاهیم میراث گذشتگان بر مبناى آثار باقى مانده در درون و برون خاک به این اسناد و میراث گذشته معناى فرهنگى ویژه مى دهد.» در ایران همپاى کاوش هاى فرنگیان، دانش باستان شناسى نزد معدود دانش آموختگان و فرهیختگان این رشته، بسط و گسترش یافت. در این میان بودند بزرگانى که در تثبیت و ساماندهى مبانى باستان شناسى از یک سو و پژوهش هاى فراگیر عملى این رشته در ایران سهم بسزایى داشتند. باستان شناسی فقط در زمینه های اکتشاف و پیدا کردن وقایع و رویدادهای تاریخی نیست ، بلکه باستانشناسی در زمینه زمین شناسی ، عمر کره زمین ، گیاه شناسی ، مردم شناسی و صدها مورد دیگرفعالیت می نماید .فواید علم باستان شناسی به زندگی بشری ،شناخت ادیان و دیرینه شناسی و آینده شناسی :همانطور که گفته شد باستان شناسی فقط با دیده ها و علم می خواهد اثبات و معرفی نماید لذا به گفته ها و نوشته فقط به عنوان یک منبع و یک راهنما تکیه می کند .در جهان امروز خیلی از گفته ها یا بدون تحقیق به عنوان یک اصل برای مردم شناخته شده اند و یا توسط اشخاصی با سلیقه شخصی آنها نوشته شده اند.مباحث مورد نظر مجله باستان شنـاسی ایـران از دوران پارینه سنگی تا دوره اسلامی، مطالعات باستان گیاه‌شناسی، باستان جانور شناسی، باستان زمین‌شناسی، باستان قوم شناسی، انسان‌شناسی جسمانی و سایر حوزه‌های مرتبط در ایران و کشورهای همسایه است. هدف از انتشار این مجله انعکاس پژوهشهای باستان شناسی در حال انجام ایران در سطح بین‌المللی است.

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      Monday, January 27, 2020

      Open Access Journal: Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

      Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture
      E-ISSN: 1754-517X 

      Focus and Scope

      The scope of the journal is the study of late antique religion and culture from the late Hellenistic Period to the early Middle Ages, also in relation to earlier and later periods, in particular Classical antiquity and the modern world.

      Publication Frequency

      Articles and other content in this journal are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.
      The journal is published at a frequency of one volume per year.
      The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

      Open Access Policy

      This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
      Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.


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