Thursday, December 31, 2020

Zoara, the Southern Ghor of Jordan

By Konstantinos D. Politis
Amman, Jordan: ACOR, 2020

ISBN: 978-9923-9789-4-8
ISBN e-book: 978-9923-9789-7-9
“Zoara” is the biblical and ancient name for the city and center of an area today called the Southern Ghor. This region comprises a number of wadis (valleys with seasonal watercourses) that run from east to west and have created alluvial fans (ghors) at the southeastern shore of the Dead Sea. This is the deepest part of the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from northwestern Syria to East Africa. It was in one of those ghors, as-Safi, that Zoara was founded, precisely at the lowest place on the Earth’s surface. 
The environment of the Southern Ghor is unique. Lying on major geological vault lines and arid most of the year, it offers a wealth of natural resources such as mineral salts, bitumen, and sulfur. Furthermore, the exceptional climate allows for the cultivation of valuable plants. Wheat, dates, balsam, indigo, and sugarcane were prevalent cash crops in the past. Its geographic position, on a major crossroads of the Near East, facilitated trade in antiquity. Consequently, it flourished, creating its own rich cultural heritage that has spanned more than 10,000 years. 
A similar situation still exists today, with the extraction, processing, and trade of potash, bromine, and magnesium. Likewise, farmers can easily grow and export agricultural products such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and other summer crops. The weather is mild in the winter and warm and sunny during the rest of the year. Perennial springs guarantee a constant supply of freshwater. The diligent and innovative population of the Southern Ghor greatly contributes to its prosperity.


Open Access Journal: Adalya

ISSN: 1301-2746
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The scope of the periodical covers articles and reviews of publications regarding research, study, documentation, and preservations of the Mediterranean cultures as well as interpretation of interrelations between them in the fields of history, archaeology, art history, architectural history, cultural heritage, and other relevant disciplines. 
No. XXIII / 2020

Burçin Erdoğu

Capturing the Seen and Unseen in the Beldibi Rock Art, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 1-6.


Özlem Çevik – Murat Dirican – Aydın Ulubey – Osman Vuruşkan

The Galena Objects from Neolithic Ulucak: The Earliest Metallic Finds in Western Turkey, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 7-23.


Abdullah Hacar – K. Aslıhan Yener

Anatolian Pot Marks in the 3rd Millennium BC: Signage, Early State Formation, and

Organization of Production, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 25-58.


  1. Tuba Ökse

Reflection on the Sunrise Positions in Early and Middle Bronze Age Extramural

Cemeteries in Anatolia, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 59-85.


Sevgül Çilingir Cesur

The Timing of Ritual Performance in Hittite Texts: The “Morning” Rites, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 87-109.


Dries Daems

Reassessing the Origin of Polis in Lycia and Southwest Anatolia, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 111-31.


Fatma Şahin – Erkan Alkaç

Banded Bowls from Tepebağ Hoyuk (Cilicia Pedias), Adalya XXIII, 2020, 133-73.


Özgün Kasar – Kaan İren

Leaded Bronze Arrowheads at Daskyleion, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 175-204.


Hazar Kaba

An Elite Tomb from Soloi: New Evidence for the Funerary Archaeology of Cyprus, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 205-37.


Erkan Alkaç – Ulus Tepebaş

The Gem Stamp on the Handle of a Mushroom-rimmed Amphora from Knidos:

An Assessment of the Centauromachy in Terms of Stamps and Iconography, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 239-52.


Hüseyin Sami Öztürk – Öğül Emre Öncü

Olympos in Lycia: A Novel Assessment of its History and Localization in Light of Recent

Archaeological and Epigraphical Research, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 253-75.


Nihal Tüner Önen

Two New Inscriptions from the Claudian Period at Perge, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 277-87.


Handegül Canlı

A Unique Roman Folding Knife Handle with Eagle Ornament from Philadelphia in Cilicia, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 289-96.


Şenkal Kileci – Birol Can

A New Honorific Inscription from Blaundos: Tiberius Claudius Lucius, the Priest of

Dionysos Kathegemon, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 297-309.


Ahmet Tolga Tek – Hacer Sancaktar

A Numismatic Riddle from Arykanda: The God of the Water Spring, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 311-41.


Mark Wilson

The Discovery of a Menorah in Attalia (Kaleici, Antalya) and its Significance for

Jewish Communities in Pamphylia, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 343-60.


Özgü Çömezoğlu Uzbek

A North African Plate Unearthed in the Andriake Excavations, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 361-75.


Philip Bes

Early Byzantine Pottery from Limyra’s West and East Gate Excavations, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 377-407.


Nilgün Elam

Ecclesiastical Personages of Side (Σίδη) of Pamphylia according to Literary and Sphragistic Data, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 409-50.


Ömür Bakırer

Window Glass from the Excavations in the Seljuk Palace at Alanya, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 451-78.


Mahmut Demir – Terrance Michael Patrick Duggan – Erkan Kurul

Observations and Assessments of Some Epigraphic Graffiti Found on Entrances in

Kaleici/Antalya, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 479-96.


Ayşe Ozil

A Traveller in One’s Homeland: Local Interest in Archaeology and Travel Writing in the

Ottoman Greek World in 19th Century Anatolia, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 497-515.


Alex Rodriguez Suarez

Two Church Bells from Antalya: Traces of the Religious Soundscape of the Late Ottoman Period, Adalya XXIII, 2020, 517-32. 

See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Archives in Context: A Persia and Babylonia Project

Archives in Context: A Persia and Babylonia Project

Archives in Context introduces the study of Babylonian private archives to anyone who is interested in ancient Babylonia and the documents left behind by its inhabitants. This includes students of Assyriology and scholars from other disciplines. On the Archives in Context website, advanced students and researchers of the ancient Near East unveil the secrets of the Neo- and Late Babylonian private archives (c. 620-330 BCE). Through a series of short articles, accompanied by images and visualizations, you will learn about these archives, from their production and use to their discovery and decipherment. We provide short explanations of specific terminology and we link to other websites where you can learn more about certain subjects. The study of these archives and their documents is still ongoing and of great importance for understanding the ancient Babylonian society. In Archives in Context we want to make you part of our research by exploring the Babylonian private archives in all its facets.

Archives in Context is an outreach initiative of the ERC Project Persia and Babylonia: Creating a New Context for Understanding the Emergence of the First World Empire led by Caroline Waerzeggers.

Archives in Context is created by:

Nicky van de Beek
Julia Giessler
Melanie Groß
Ivo Dos Santos Martins
Lidewij van de Peut
Maarja Seire
Evelien Vanderstraeten
Uzume Wijnsma

It contains contributions by:

Annelies Van de Ven

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

EuGeStA Lexicon “Sex and Gender in Antiquity”

[First posted in AWOL 24 May 2014, updated 29 December 2020]

EuGeStA Lexicon “Sex and Gender in Antiquity”

Le réseau EuGeStA poursuit, avec ce lexicon en ligne, une entreprise lancée par le colloque « Sexe et Genre dans l’Antiquité. Questions de dénomination », publié dans le numéro 3 de la revue Eugesta. Le but du colloque était de proposer une enquête sur les sens et les valeurs donnés aux mots et expressions désignant, ou appliqués aux femmes et aux hommes, qui témoignent de la façon dont les Anciens ont pensé la différence des sexes.

Ce lexicon se présente sous la forme de fiches d’environ 1500 mots maximum 

  • portant sur un nom commun, un verbe, un adjectif, une métaphore, un nom propre, une épithète cultuelle…
  • proposant une étude sur leur usage dans les cultures grecque ou romaine
  • dans les différents domaines de la pensée et du savoir : littérature, philosophie, histoire, religion, médecine …
  • à partir des textes ou des documents épigraphiques de telle ou telle époque.

Chaque fiche est précédée d’un titre indiquant le terme (ou l’expression, l’image…) étudié, le corpus retenu (auteur(s) antique(s), œuvre, genre littéraire, inscriptions…) et le nom de son rédacteur.

Ce lexicon vise à offrir le panorama le plus large sur le plan temporel (de la Grèce archaïque à l’Antiquité tardive), le plus précis (par la contextualisation de chaque usage linguistique étudié) et le plus varié possible (par la mutiplication des points de vue proposés par les chercheurs).

La multiplication des points de vue sera assurée à la fois par l’existence de plusieurs fiches portant sur le même terme et par la possibilité de discuter de chacune de ces fiches par le biais de la liste de discussion « Sexe et Genre dans l’Antiquité »

Vous avez la possibilité de proposer

  •  des commentaires sur une/des fiche(s) de la rubrique Lexicon du site EuGeSta
  • une nouvelle fiche sur le mot de votre choix

Cette liste de discussion fonctionne sous la forme de mails : chaque mail envoyé est diffusé à chacun des membres de la liste et archivé automatiquement sur le site de cette liste, où la discussion de chaque terme est en libre accès.

Pour s’inscrire à la liste de discussion et participer au Lexicon, aller sur cette page et saisir votre adresse email.

> Aller sur la page des entrées du Lexicon

Arabic and Latin Glossary edited by Dag Nikolaus Hasse

 [First posted in AWOL 15 January 2014, updated 28 December 2020]

Arabic and Latin Glossary
edited by Dag Nikolaus Hasse
together with Katrin Fischer, Stefanie Gsell, Susanne Hvezda, Barbara Jockers, Reinhard Kiesler†, Eva Sahr & Jens Ole Schmitt
The Arabic and Latin Glossary is a dictionary of the vocabulary of the Arabic–Latin translations of the Middle Ages. It unites the entries of all existing Arabic–Latin glossaries in modern editions of medieval works.
The Glossary has a double aim: to improve our understanding of the Arabic influence in Europe, especially with respect to scientific vocabulary, and to be a lexical tool for the understanding of Arabic and Latin scientific texts.
It is currently based on 42 sources, which cover medicine, philosophy, theology, astrology, astronomy, mathematics, optics, botany, and zoology. The texts were written by the following Arabic or Greek authors:
    Abū Maʿšar (Albumasar)
    Abū l-Ṣalt (Albuzale)
    al-Biṭrūǧī (Alpetragius)
    al-Fārābī (Alfarabius)
    Ibn al-Ǧazzār
    Ibn al-Hayṯam (Alhazen)
    Ibn Rušd (Averroes)
    Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdallāh ibn Rušd (Averroes Iunior)
    Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)
    Ibn Tūmart
    al-Kindī (Alkindi)
    Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh (Mesue)
    al-Nayrīzī (Anaritius)
    Nicolaus Damascenus
    al-Qabīṣī (Alcabitius)
    Ibn Zakariyyāʾ al-Rāzī (Rhazes)
    Ṯābit ibn Qurra (Thebit ben Corat)
The Glossary is growing constantly. At the moment, it contains the entire letters A to C and parts of the letters D (dact–diu) and E (ema–esch).
The Latin-Arabic version currently comprises 3.803 Latin lemmata with 11.280 corresponding Arabic expressions and 22.768 searchable quotations. The Arabic-Latin version comprises 5.951 Arabic lemmata.

Arabic and Latin Glossary 2020 · Data compiled: 2020-11-17, 19:15 (GMT+01:00)  

The New Normal for Academic Libraries in a Post-Pandemic World

The New Normal for Academic Libraries in a Post-Pandemic World 
Jan. 5, 2021: 1:00-2:00pm CST

Presentation by Barbara Rockenbach, University Librarian, Yale University
Response by Simon Neame, Dean of Libraries, UMass Amherst

Barbara Rockenbach (Yale University) will present her view of what lasting changes to academic and research libraries will follow in the wake of the pandemic experience in higher education, with a special focus on the humanities and comparatively small fields, like classics and archaeology. Simon Neame (UMass, Amherst) will respond with comments and reflections as to the future of academic libraries at public institutions in a post-pandemic world. The presentations will be followed by Q & A with the presenters.

Sponsored by the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communications, an affiliated interest group of the Society for Classical Studies


Revue des études juives (Backlist)

eISSN: 1783-175X 

La Revue des études juives se consacre depuis 1880 et jusqu’aujourd’hui à l’étude de tous les aspects du judaïsme à travers l’histoire selon les méthodes scientifiques. Elle publie des études relatives à la religion, à l’histoire, aux langues, littératures et sociétés juives, dans l’Antiquité, au moyen âge, dans les Temps Modernes et à l’époque contemporaine, et en priorité mais non exclusivement en ce qu’elles concernent le judaïsme de France. Les rubriques bibliographiques (20 à 25% des pages) sont parmi les plus importantes au monde dans la spécialité.

Les rédacteurs, auteurs et recenseurs sont des universitaires et des chercheurs ; la majorité des auteurs d’articles sont étrangers (israéliens, nord-américains, espagnols, italiens en particulier).

Le public est de fait universitaire (spécialistes, enseignants et étudiants) même si, par tradition historique, la Revue est supposée s’adresser aussi à un plus large public.

Les années 1985 et suivantes de la Revue sont accessibles sur le site payant des Éditions Peeters

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