Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A Study of the Composition of Nebuchadnezzar II’s Royal Inscriptions

Ouysook, P. (2021). A Study of the Composition of Nebuchadnezzar II’s Royal Inscriptions (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.77295
This dissertation is an analysis of the composition of the royal inscriptions of Nebuchadnezzar II (604–562 BCE). It is divided into seven chapters. The first two chapters are devoted to the identification of the compositional principles. In the first chapter, we begin with the composition of the extant twenty-nine multi-sectional inscriptions of Nebuchadnezzar. In the second chapter, we narrow down to the composition of the ten longest inscriptions in the corpus. The length of these inscriptions ranges from around 2,000 to 400 words. In chapters 3 to 7, we explore different issues that analysing the composition of the inscriptions can illuminate, using the ten longest inscriptions as research sample. Chapter 3 contains our attempt to identify the diachronic profile of some inscriptions in the sample group, in order to create a model that will help establish the dating for the corpus that lacks explicit historical information. In chapter 4, we identify a structuring principle in the building lists, which are a major component among the longer inscriptions in the extant corpus. This principle is characterised by the arrangement of the temples according to their location along the Euphrates. In chapter 5, we look at how the inscriptions associated with the same building type share a common composition. In particular, we will see that the five inscriptions in the sample group, which are dedicated to the temples, all share a very similar basic composition. In chapter 6, we explore the characterisation of Nebuchadnezzar in the epithet lists and the prayer. We will demonstrate that the portrayals of NBK correspond to each subgroup of inscriptions that we identify in chapter 5. We will also see that NBK’s different selfportrayals in these inscriptions mirror the political divisions in his empire. In chapter 7, we look at NBK’s interaction with the Babylonian inscriptional tradition. We will compare his inscriptions with the Babylonian inscriptions of Ashurbanipal and Esarhaddon, as well as the inscriptions of Hammurabi. As we shall see, NBK’s inscriptions are much closer to the inscriptions around his period in terms of structural formulation. This conclusion offers another side to the argument, which purports that the Neo-Babylonian inscriptions contain elements that are similar to the inscriptions from the Old-Babylonian or Old Akkadian period.
Babylonian, Archaeology, Nebuchadnezzar, Inscriptions, Babylon, Mesopotamia, royal inscriptions, Akkadian, Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Babylonian Empire
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Neugebauer Microform Index of the Exact Sciences

The IRCPS has prepared and now offers a digital version of the 26,002 file-cards prepared over 60 years by Otto Neugebauer (1899–1990), the renowned historian of the exact sciences. On these cards, Neugebauer wrote by hand the very detailed and meticulous notes that he used for research and publication throughout his career. These cards fall into two types. The first are subject-cards which divide the history of the exact sciences by time period, culture (Classical Greek and Roman, Babylonian, Egyptian, Islamic, Judaic, Byzantine, European) and topic (the various branches of the mathematical sciences such as arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, astronomy; scientific instruments, calendars, lexica, and so on). These subject-cards are keyed to the second type of cards, the bibliographical cards which record the literature and documents that Neugebauer consulted.

Please note that the button below will take you to a Dropbox download link. Download the compressed .zip file and open it on your computer. A User Guide for the Neugebauer index (PDF) is also included. The Guide may be read and printed using Acrobat Reader (version 8.0 or later). This software may be downloaded free of charge from Adobe.com.


Open Access Monograph Series: Graeca Tergestina. Praelectiones Philologiae Tergestinae

[First posted 15 November 2016, updated 26 October 2021]

Graeca Tergestina. Praelectiones Philologiae Tergestinae 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Open Access Monograph Series: Periploi – Studi Egei e Ciprioti


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Edited by: Dionisio, G.; Jasink, A.

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Il lessico miceneo riferito ai cereali

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 Il lessico miceneo riferito ai cereali

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6453-647-7 Series: Strumenti per la didattica e la ricerca ISSN 2704-6249 (print) - ISSN 2704-5870 (online)

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This book constitutes a study of the lexicon of cereals as witnessed by the Mycenaean inscriptions. The study focuses both on the nouns used to designate cereals, on their compounds and derivatives, and on the terms with which they relate (adjectives, theonyms, toponyms, etc.). The volume is divided into three chapters. The first chapter analyses the six Mycenaean terms together with their derivatives and compounds - phonetically transcribed - which designate cereals or include their names: wheat, barley, wheat flour, barley flour, bakers (= those who bake bread) together with others nouns belonging to the same semantic field, such as seed. The second chapter focuses on three Mycenaean logograms designating cereals: *120, *121 and *129, interpreted respectively as wheat, barley and flour. The third chapter describes the wide set of terms appearing contextually in the inscriptions in which cereals are attested, and groups them according to their meaning: human and divine recipients, toponyms, adjectives, other administrative terms, etc. Finally, the conclusions present an overall assessment of the data analysed in the previous chapters, that is an assessment affecting the economic, political, social and religious sphere of the Mycenaean civilisation.

Il presente libro costituisce uno studio del lessico dei cereali testimoniato nelle iscrizioni micenee, sia dei termini che li designano, dei loro composti e dei loro derivati, sia dei termini con cui si relazionano (aggettivi, teonimi, toponimi, ecc.). Il volume è suddiviso in tre capitoli. Il primo analizza i sei termini micenei con i relativi derivati e composti, trascritti foneticamente, che designano cereali o includono i loro nomi: grano, orzo, farina di grano, farina di orzo, panettieri (= coloro che cuociono il pane) insieme ad altri sostantivi appartenenti allo stesso campo semantico come seme. Il secondo analizza tre logogrammi micenei che designano cereali: *120, *121 e *129, interpretati rispettivamente come grano, orzo e farina. Il terzo capitolo descrive il grande insieme dei termini che appaiono contestualmente nelle iscrizioni in cui si registrano cereali, raggruppandoli in base al loro significato: destinatari umani e divini, toponimi, aggettivi,altri termini amministrativi, ecc. In ultimo, le conclusioni presentano una valutazione di insieme dei dati analizzati nei capitoli precedenti, valutazione che interessa le diverse sfere: economica, politica, sociale e religiosa, della civiltà micenea.


Epigrafia tra erudizione antiquaria e scienza storica: Ad honorem Detlef Heikamp

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Fabrizio Paolucci
Galleria degli Uffizi, Italy

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Epigrafia tra erudizione antiquaria e scienza storica 

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6453-834-1 Series: Studi e saggi ISSN 2704-6478 (print) - ISSN 2704-5919 (online)

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Detlef Heikamp's is one of the greatest scholars of the collections of historical pieces in Florence; to celebrate his 90th birthday, on the 10th an 11th November 2017, a study meeting dedicated to the birth of epigraphy as historical science was organised. The Uffizi Galleries were the ideal setting for such an initiative: there, starting from the 17th century, one of the most valuable Greek and Latin epigraphy collections was created, and it would deeply mark the evolution of this field of study; it is precisely to this institution which Detlef Heikamp decided to donate a precious selection of finds from his collection of inscriptions, in the aftermath of a disastrous attack in 1993. The most authoritative experts in the sector participated enthusiastically in the two days in Florence; their ten contributions are now collected in this volume, which offers an updated and accurate picture of the excellence of Italian research in the field of Greek and Roman epigraphy.

In occasione del novantesimo compleanno di Detlef Heikamp, fra i massimi indagatori del collezionismo storico fiorentino, il 10 e 11 novembre 2017 si è tenuto l’incontro di studi dedicato alla genesi dell’epigrafia come scienza storica. Le Gallerie degli Uffizi sono state la cornice ideale per una simile iniziativa: qui, infatti, si costituì a partire dal XVII secolo una delle raccolte epigrafiche greche e latine destinate a segnare nel profondo l’evoluzione di questa branca di studi; e proprio a questa istituzione, Detlef Heikamp volle donare, all’indomani del disastroso attentato del 1993, una preziosa selezione di reperti provenienti dalla sua raccolta di iscrizioni. Alle due giornate fiorentine hanno partecipato con entusiasmo i più autorevoli esperti del settore, i cui contributi, dieci in tutto, sono adesso raccolti in questo volume che offre un quadro aggiornato e puntuale dell’eccellenza della ricerca italiana nel campo dell’epigrafia greca e romana.