Monday, May 31, 2021

Survey on 3D Web Viewers for Digital Cultural Heritage

Thank you for your interest in our Survey on 3D Web Viewers for Digital Cultural Heritage

Aim of the survey

The goal of this survey is to gather input from the Digital Humanities and Digital Heritage communities for the development and implementation of an online platform for 3D Scholarly Research. The PURE3D project is based out of Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Costas Papadopoulos and Dr. Susan Schreibman and funded by the Platform Digitale Infrastructuur–Social Sciences and Humanities (PDI-SSH). The PURE3D platform will be an access infrastructure for sharing and viewing interactive 3D content on the web, while also addressing the unique needs and abilities of Digital Heritage content creators.

Who can participate?

Members of the Digital Humanities and Digital Heritage communities who create, commission or publish 3D objects and virtual worlds. This includes those from fields such as higher education, museums, non-profits, public-sector, private-sector and others. ALL are welcome to participate in this study regardless of position or level of experience.

Survey Participation

With your participation, you directly contribute to a better understanding of the user requirements of those who develop and engage with scholarly 3D content. This survey is an important step in developing the PURE3D infrastructure which will combine a 3D web viewer and an underlying Content Management System. Your time and contributions are invaluable to the advancement and legitimization of 3D scholarship.

The survey will last about 10-12 minutes and includes a section where you can give project-specific input regarding a 3D project you were involved with.

After having filled in the survey, you can indicate if you would be willing to further contribute to the project in the form of focus group participation and interviews. This would be of great help to our development of the PURE3D infrastructure. This is a chance to be heard about your specific needs and insights regarding the field of 3D heritage-based research.


Data privacy

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw from this survey at any time.

For this study, personal data about you will be used and stored by Maastricht University. This concerns the following data: Demographic information (e.g. age, gender, nationality), work related information (e.g., work sector), and your email address. Email addresses will exclusively be used to send you invitations for future focus groups or a follow-up interview, in case you agree to participate in any of these parts.

The research data that apply to you will be used in future or other research in such way that they cannot be directly traced back to you. You can withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data at any time. In that case, personal data and research data will be deleted if possible. For more information about your privacy rights please visit

For any further questions about the processing of your personal data please contact You can also contact the Data Protection Officer of Maastricht University at

What are the next steps?

If you are interested in supporting our project, please register for the survey by providing your consent for participation on the next page. You will then directly be led to the survey.


In case of any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

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From the entire PURE3D Team, we appreciate your time and effort in responding to this survey.


Temas y problemas de historia antiguo-oriental. Una introducción

Luciani, Federico & Rovira, Leticia (eds.)
Temas y problemas de historia antiguo-oriental. Una introducción
Paperback edition through Ediciones UNL
ISBN:  978-987749245-3
Pages: 268
Size: 25x17 cm
Price: ARS 900 / USD 10

Open Access edition:

It includes contributions from the following authors and chapters:

Davide Nadali "La Arqueología en el Cercano Oriente"
Armando Bramanti "La materialiad del cuneiforme"
Ianir Milevski "La prehistoria tardía en Palestina"
Franco D'Agostino "Aspectos de la economía mesopotámica en la época neo-sumeria"
Eleonora Ravenna "Permanencias y cambios durante el periodo
hammurabiano en Sippar y Larsa"
Leticia Rovira "Un acercamiento a la historia de Mari"
Cecilia Molla "De las relaciones internacionales en el Próximo Oriente
antiguo: un abordaje general"
Jordi Vidal "Historia y cultura de Ugarit"
Elisa Prilinger "Los llamados tres periodo intermedios como parte de
la reconstrucción de los tiempos faraónicos"
Federico Luciani "La otredad en tiempos neo-asirios"
Emanuel Pfoh "Repensando la historia del Antiguo Israel"
Rocío Da Riva "Los textos rituales de los templos en época tardo-babilónica"
Martín Cifuentes "Estrategias persas de intervención en el Asia
Griega: el caso de los tratados persa-espartanos en la guerra jonia
(412-411 a.C.)"
Gioele Zisa "Prácticas musicales en la antigua Mesopotamia"
María Rosa Oliver "Relaciones de género y poder en el Cercano Oriente
antiguo: una historia en construcción"
Mario Liverani "Imperialismo"


Open Access Journal: Society News: Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

Society News: Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
The annual SPBS Newsletter is circulated in the autumn, with the primary purpose of providing final details on the Spring Symposium to be held in (usually) the following March. It also includes updates on the Society’s activities and information on forthcoming events of interest to members.

Society News 2019

 Society News 2018

Society News 2017

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

Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth:Ideology and Literary Form in Ancient Greece

Peter W. Rose
Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth

432 Pages
ISBN: 9781501742576
Cornell University Press

In this ambitious and venturesome book, Peter W. Rose applies the insights of Marxist theory to a number of central Greek literary and philosophical texts. He explores major points in the trajectory from Homer to Plato where the ideology of inherited excellence—beliefs about descent from gods or heroes—is elaborated and challenged. Rose offers subtle and penetrating new readings of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Pindar's Tenth Pythian Ode, Aeschylus's Oresteia, Sophokles' Philoktetes, and Plato's Republic.

Rose rejects the view of art as a mere reflection of social and political reality—a view that is characteristic not only of most Marxist but of most historically oriented treatments of classical literature. He applies instead a Marxian hermeneutic derived from the work of the Frankfurt School and Fredric Jameson. His readings focus on illuminating a politics of form within the text, while responding to historically specific social, political, and economic realities. Each work, he asserts, both reflects contemporary conflicts over wealth, power, and gender roles and constitutes an attempt to transcend the status quo by projecting an ideal community. Following Marx, Rose maintains that critical engagement with the limitations of the utopian dreams of the past is the only means to the realization of freedom in the present.

Classicists and their students, literary theorists, philosophers, comparatists, and Marxist critics will find Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth challenging reading.

About the Author

Peter W. Rose is Professor of Classics at Miami University, Ohio.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides

Helene P. Foley
Ritual Irony

288 Pages
ISBN: 9781501740626
Cornell University Press

Ritual Irony is a critical study of four problematic later plays of Euripides: the Iphigenia in Aulis, the Phoenissae, the Heracles, and the Bacchae.

Examining Euripides' representation of sacrificial ritual against the background of late fifth-century Athens, Helene P. Foley shows that each of these plays confronts directly the difficulty of making an archaic poetic tradition relevant to a democratic society. She explores the important mediating role played by choral poetry and ritual in the plays, asserting that Euripides' sacrificial metaphors and ritual performances link an anachronistic mythic ideal with a world dominated by "chance" or an incomprehensible divinity.
Foley utilizes the ideas and methodology of contemporary literary theory and symbolic anthropology, addressing issues central to the emerging dialogue between the two fields. Her conclusions have important implications for the study of Greek tragedy as a whole and for our understanding of Euripides' tragic irony, his conception of religion, and the role of his choral odes.

Assuming no specialized knowledge, Ritual Irony is aimed at all readers of Euripidean tragedy. It will prove particularly valuable to students and scholars of classics, comparative literature, and symbolic anthropology.


"The author's treatment of four Euripidean tragedies produces both a new argument for the unity of these plays and an original and compelling way of reading Euripidean irony."

- Marylin B. Arthur, Department of Classics, Wesleyan University

About the Author

Helene P. Foley is Associate Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University.












Open Access Monograph Series: Études Anciennes

[First posted in AWOL 10 March 2020, updated 30 May 2021]
ISSN (Édition imprimée) : 0184-7112
ISSN électronique : 2779-2315
Sous la direction de Michel Fartzoff et Dominique Briquel

La « Collection d’Études Anciennes » constitue le recueil le plus important d’études en langue française sur l’Antiquité classique. Composée de travaux universitaires – thèses de doctorat –, mais aussi d’études et de synthèses de maîtres confirmés dans leur spécialité, cette collection englobe, de l’époque archaïque au monde byzantin et au haut Moyen Âge, tous les domaines de la recherche : littérature, papyrologie, philologie et histoire des textes, linguistique et stylistique, sciences dans l'antiquité (médecine, astronomie, zoologie, etc.), vie quotidienne, mœurs et realia, mythes, religions et philosophie, arts, histoire politique et économique, histoire des idées, christianisme et patristique. 

Elle est constituée de deux séries : une « série grecque » et une « série latine ».

And see See AWOL's Alphabetical List of Open Access Monograph Series in Ancient Studies  

The Public and the Private in Aristotle's Political Philosophy

Judith A. Swanson 
The Public and the Private in Aristotle's Political Philosophy

264 Pages
ISBN: 9781501740824
Cornell University Press

Aristotle offers a conception of the private and its relationship to the public that suggests a remedy to the limitations of liberalism today, according to Judith A. Swanson. In this fresh and lucid interpretation of Aristotle's political philosophy, Swanson challenges the dominant view that he regards the private as a mere precondition to the public. She argues, rather, that for Aristotle private activity develops virtue and is thus essential both to individual freedom and happiness and to the well-being of the political order.

Swanson presents an innovative reading of The Politics which revises our understanding of Aristotle's political economy and his views on women and the family, slavery, and the relation between friendship and civic solidarity. She examines the private activities Aristotle considers necessary to a complete human life—maintaining a household, transacting business, sustaining friendships, and philosophizing. Focusing on ways Aristotle's public invests in the private through law, rule, and education, she shows how the public can foster a morally and intellectually virtuous citizenry. In contrast to classical liberal theory, which presents privacy as a shield of rights protecting individuals from one another and from the state, for Aristotle a regime can attain self-sufficiency only by bringing about a dynamic equilibrium between the public and the private.

The Public and the Private in Aristotle's Political Philosophy will be essential reading for scholars and students of political philosophy, political theory, classics, intellectual history, and the history of women.

About the Author

Judith A. Swanson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University.


Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse

Egbert J. Bakker
Poetry in Speech

256 Pages
ISBN: 9781501722769
Cornell University Press

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts of spoken language and communication, he moves the study of oral poetry beyond the landmark work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.

One of the book's central features, related to the research of the linguist Wallace Chafe, is Bakker's conception of spoken discourse as a sequence of short speech units reflecting the flow of speech through the consciousness of the speaker. Bakker shows that such short speech units are present in Homeric poetry, with significant consequences for Homeric metrics and poetics. Considering Homeric discourse as a speech process rather than as the finished product associated with written discourse, Bakker's book offers a new perspective on Homer as well as on other archaic Greek texts. Here Homeric discourse appears as speech in its own right, and is freed, Bakker suggests, from the bias of modern writing style which too easily views Homeric discourse as archaic, implicitly taking the style of classical period texts as the norm.

Bakker's perspective reaches beyond syntax and stylistics into the very heart of Homeric—and, ultimately, oral—poetics, altering the status of key features such as meter and formula, rethinking their relevance to the performance of Homeric poetry, and leading to surprising insights into the relation between "speech" and "text" in the encounter of the Homeric tradition with writing.


"Bakker insists that oral poetry be understood not in contrast to written poetry, but as one manifestation of oral speech-activity among many; the Illiad and Poetry in Speech were composed by a poet trained in oral performance. Bakker calls attention to an impressive array of parallels between Homeric and ordinary spoken language. Parts 2 and 3 of this book have taught me a great deal, even after half a century of familiarity with Homeric verse, and are certain to sharpen appreciation of Homer’s style for most other readers, whether oralist or scripsist, adept or tyro."

- Merritt Sale, Classical Philology

About the Author

Egbert J. Bakker is Professor of Classics at Yale University. He is the author of many books, including Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics and The Meaning of Meat and the Structure of the Odyssey.


Interpreting Greek Tragedy: Myth, Poetry, Text

Charles Segal
Interpreting Greek Tragedy

390 Pages
ISBN: 9781501746697
Cornell University Press

This generous selection of published essays by the distinguished classicist Charles Segal represents over twenty years of critical inquiry into the questions of what Greek tragedy is and what it means for modern-day readers. Taken together, the essays reflect profound changes in the study of Greek tragedy in the United States during this period-in particular, the increasing emphasis on myth, psychoanalytic interpretation, structuralism, and semiotics.

About the Author

Charles Segal (1936–2002) taught classics at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Princeton University, and Harvard University, where he was Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics. Among his many books are, as author, Interpreting Greek Tragedy: Myth, Poetry, Text and Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the "Odyssey", both published by Cornell University Press.


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Homer: The Poetry of the Past

Andrew Ford

240 Pages
ISBN: 9781501740657
Cornell University Press

Andrew Ford here addresses, in a manner both engaging and richly informed, the perennial questions of what poetry is, how it came to be, and what it is for. Focusing on the critical moment in Western literature when the heroic tales of the Greek oral tradition began to be preserved in writing, he examines these questions in the light of Homeric poetry. Through fresh readings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and referring to other early epics as well, Ford deepens our understanding of what poetry was at a time before written texts, before a developed sense of authorship, and before the existence of institutionalized criticism.

Placing what is known about Homer's art in the wider context of Homer's world, Ford traces the effects of the oral tradition upon the development of the epic and addresses such issues as the sources of the poet's inspiration and the generic constraints upon epic composition. After exploring Homer's poetic vocabulary and his fictional and mythical representations of the art of singing, Ford reconstructs an idea of poetry much different from that put forth by previous interpreters. Arguing that Homer grounds his project in religious rather than literary or historical terms, he concludes that archaic poetry claims to give a uniquely transparent and immediate rendering of the past.

Homer: The Poetry of the Past will be stimulating and enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the traditions of poetry, as well as for students and scholars in the fields of classics, literary theory and literary history, and intellectual history.

About the Author

Andrew Ford is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Kyprianos Update (28 May 2021)

Kyprianos Update (28 May 2021)

We’ve just posted our latest update to the Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects. As well as correcting some small mistakes in manuscript, text, and archive entries, the update includes:

  • 22 new manuscript entries, bringing the total to 911.
    • These contain primarily Greek and/or Coptic magical texts from Egypt.
  • 6 new text entries, bringing the total to 94. Among the texts we’ve chosen for this update are…
    • the Hymn of Praise of the Archangel Michael, the longest surviving Coptic magical text, a fascinating long prayer for healing and protection from demons attributed to Michael himself. Our new edition is the first since the original German edition of 1966 to be based on the images of the manuscript itself, and also draws upon an unpublished parallel belonging to the Collège the France to resolve some confusing sections of the text, and correct several mistakes from the earlier editions.
    • One of the earliest surviving Coptic magical texts, a curse against a man named Jacob (Iakōb) written in the Akhmimic dialect. This is the first of a group of Akhmimic curses which we’ll be publishing here over the next few updates.
    • An amulet asking for protection for a Zakharias; our new translation resolves several problems with the original edition, and reveals it to be a prayer attributed to the Virgin Mary (as Jacques van der Vliet already observed in 1991!).
    • One of the lists of the names of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, a group of soldier saints whose names were often copied as amulets.
  • The manuscripts table now also contains links to texts mirrored and given linguistic analysis in the Coptic Scriptorium. One example of this can be seen here, and we look forward to increasing the number of mirrored texts as our editing work continues.