Wednesday, November 30, 2022

New Open Access Journal: The East Asian Journal of Classical Studies

The East Asian Journal of Classical Studies 

The idea to have an online journal related to Classical Greece and Roman studies in East Asia was first discussed at one of the board meetings of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS) in early 2021.  Nicholas Koss was then asked to investigate the possibility of having such a journal.  He contacted Classical scholars in China, Japan and Korea and found in each country much interest for this kind of journal.  Subsequently, the TACMRS board decided to start The East Asian Journal of Classical Studies (TEAJCS) and asked Nicholas Koss to be the editor-in-chief.  The first task was to find articles to be included.  Then, books published in East Asia related to Classical Studies, both studies and translations, were selected to be reviewed.  At the same time, bibliographies were compiled on studies and translations done in East Asia in the 2018 and 2019.  Finally, in the fall of 2022, the first issue of TEAJCS appeared online.

Volume No. 1 (2022)

Of Wellbeing or Savior? Emending the Herennia Announcement

Ching-Yuan Wu, Peking University  Abstract  This paper discusses a widely accepted emendation to…

Thucydides’ Account of the Athenian Plague 

Ahn Jaewon, Seoul National University  Abstract  This paper offers a reading of Thucydides’…

Sophocles Philoctetes 1019

Makoto Anzai, Hokkaido University  Abstract and Introduction  The purposes of this short textual…

The Muziris Papyrus and the Eastern Maritime Trade in High Roman Empire Economy 

Chen Siwe, Suzhou University of Science and Technology  Abstract  It can be inferred…

Francis Xavier and Latin Education in Asia

Taida Ichiro,Toyo University Abstract Francis Xavier was a Jesuit missionary. He left…

A Study of the Material and Firing Reactions of Relief Dots on Ancient Greek Red-figure Pottery

Chia-Lin Hsu, Tunghai University Abstract Red-figure pottery (c.530-c.250 BCE) is one of…

Rome’s Strategy against Parthia: Nero’s Armenian War (54~63 CE) and The Treaty of Rhandeia 

Kee-Hyun Ban, Korea Military Academy  Abstract  This study re-investigates Nero’s Armenian War of…

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in China in 2018 

Prepared by Liu Yue 

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in China in 2019 

Prepared by Liu Yue 

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in Japan in 2018 

Prepared by Taida Ichiro. 

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in Japan in 2019 

Prepared by Taida Ichiro. 

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in Korea in 2018 & 2019 

 Prepared by Kee-Hyun BAN 

Bibliography of Classical Greece and Roman Texts Published in Taiwan in 2018 

China-Update Classics 2021 

Sven Günther, Northeast Normal University

Mouri Mitsuya and Hosoi Atsuko, eds. 古代ギリシア遥かな呼び声にひかれて——東京大学ギリシア悲劇研究会の活動 To the Very Echo: Performances of Greek Tragedy by the Greek Tragedy Study Club (GTSC), University of Tokyo. Ronsosha, 2019. 

Reviewed by Miku Sueyoshi, Ph.D. student, Cambridge University 

Liu Wei 刘玮. Gongyi yu sili: Yalishidoude shijian zhexue yanjiu (公益与私利: 亚里士多德实践哲学研究) Common Good and Private Good: A Study of Aristotle’s Practical Philosophy). Peking University Press, 2019. 

Review by Francis K. H. So, National Sun Yat-sen University 

Yan Shaoxiang. Xila yu luoma: guoqu yu xianzai 希腊与罗马: 过去与现在 (Greece and Rome: Past and Present). Commercial Press, 2019. 

Reviewed by Dr Daniel Canaris, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 

From Constantinople to Chang’an: Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity. 

Edited by Sven Günther, Li Qiang, Lin Ying and Claudia Sode, Institute for…

Yasunori Kasai, editor. Dancing Wisteria-Essays in Honour of Professor Masaaki Kubo on his Ninetieth Birthday: Vol. 1, Life and Works of Professor Masaaki Kubo, Vol. 2. Bibliotheca Wisteriana, Tokyo 2020. 

Reviewed by Yasunori Kasai, professor emeritus, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 

P. Ovidii Nasonis Fasti. Translated into Chinese with notations by Yongyi Li. Beijing: China Youth Publishing Group, 2020. 

Reviewed by I-ting Su, Independent scholar

Rock Solid: Volume 36/2 of the Journal of Ancient Civilizations 

Reviewed by Michael Skupin, emeritus, Chinese Culture University, Taipei 

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

PAThs: Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in Their Original Context. Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Storage

 [First posted in AWOL28 April 2020, updated 30 November 2022]

PAThs: Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in Their Original Context. Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Storage

Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in their Geographical Context: Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Preservation

PAThs is an ERC granted project (Advanced Grant 2015, project number 687567, P.I. Paola Buzi), aimed at providing an in-depth diachronic understanding and effective representation of the geography of Coptic literary and manuscript production and, in particular, of the corpus of literary writings, almost exclusively of religious content, produced in Egypt between the 3rd and 13th centuries in the Coptic language. PAThs takes an original and pluridisciplinary approach, combining philology, codicology, palaeography, archaeology and digital humanities, in order to explore the process of production, copying, usage, dissemination and storage of Coptic works in relation to the geographical contexts of origin of both the texts themselves and their related writing supports.

In this way, cultural orientations and literary tastes in specific areas of Egypt are singled out, while changes in the manufacture of codices emerge, in a manuscript tradition that stands as the oldest witness of the use of codex.

An exhaustive digital Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature provides a new comprehensive perspective on the spread and development of Coptic literature and manuscript culture. This versatile tool allows detailed and focused research and correlation of chronological, regional and thematic data. It also illustrates the relationship between settlements uncovered by the archaeological and topographical investigations and intellectual activity revealed in manuscripts.

The Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature is based on a central web database will be continuously updated in the future. The database is composed of seven fundamental parts (entities), dedicated to Places, Manuscripts, Works, Authors, Titles, Colophons, and Collections. Each part addresses specific issues and follows its own methodological guidelines and descriptive protocols which are closely linked to each other in a network pattern that draws it strength from these links. The principal aim is to provide the literary and manuscript tradition with a sound archaeological and geographical context and vice-versa.

The Atlas gives full access to the main database and provides different types of search experience, from the easiest (and easy to perform) to the most refined and granular.

To help and guide users towards interesting research results some default search filters are prepared and made available, ready to be run and visualised. These “Saved queries” are available for single parts and for geographic data visualisation.

The welcome page of the Atlas shows by default all Places that are related to Coptic Literary Manuscripts, and by disabling the filter in the left bar all recorded Places are shown.

Amongst other products, PAThs presently includes:

  • A complete classification of the Coptic manuscript tradition, by means of the attribution of stable identifiers for each manuscript (codicological unit), in order to have univocal coordinates of reference for the entirety of Coptic literary production. Such a classification can be progressively expanded as new manuscripts are discovered.
  • A detailed codicological description of part of the codicological units (to be expanded progressively).
  • A complete classification of Coptic literature, by means of the attribution of a Clavis Coptica (CC) entry for each work and each title, and of a stable identifier for each colophon.
  • A complete census of the relevant places, including sites where individual manuscripts (for instance codices buried with a body, as a funerary kit) or entire ‘collections’ (for example a monastery library) have been found; major Late Antique and Medieval archaeological sites, as known from published reports; other places of political, religious, and cultural significance (like episcopal sees), even when they have left no specific physical trace or evidence.
  • A census, edition, and translation of Coptic titles.
  • A census, edition, and translation of Coptic colophons.
  • A classification of book formats, writing supports and other relevant codicological features of the manuscripts, in relation to the texts that they transmit.

In the near feature a complete archive of names of copyists, commissioners, donors, institutions and places involved in the production of manuscripts will be also provided.

For more information, see the Introduction to the individual sections of the Atlas and the Mission Statement.

Caveat lector

In order to fully benefit from the information collected in our database you should have Coptic fonts installed. We strongly encourage you to utilize Antinoou Coptic freely available at

PAThs Atlas does not support older browsers. Please check below the compatible browser versions:

  • Android Browser >= 67
  • Blackberry: no support
  • Google Chrome >= 42
  • Microsoft Edge >= 14
  • Microsoft Internet Explores: no support
  • Mozilla Firefox >= 39
  • Opera >= 29
  • Opera Mini: no support
  • Opera Mobile >= 45
  • Safari >= 11

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Helma Dik's Nifty Greek Handouts

Helma Dik

Here are several of the hand-outs I made for my Greek classes, in PDF format. Most fit (in landscape format) on a single (US letter) page.

First things first: Verbal morphology

  • λύω sheet: A complete overview of luw in all tenses.
  • contracts: Present of λύω, τιμάω, ποιέω, δηλόω (no more typos, I hope!).
  • mi-verbs, present: δίδωμι, τίθημι, ἵημι, ἵστημι, δείκνυμι.
  • mi-verbs, aorist: ἔδωκα, ἔθηκα, ἧκα, ἔστην, ἔγνων.
  • mi-verbs, irregular: εἰμί, εἶμι, φημί; now also has the dreaded οἶδα and εἶδον.
  • ἵστημι, overview: all tenses (but no perfect middle, because it wouldn't fit..).
  • the perfect: regular and irregular (οἶδα, τέθνηκα, etc.); active and middle-passive.
  • an overview of first and second/strong/thematic aorists (except for 'mi-aorists').
  • Ever been confused about βούλευσαι, βουλεῦσαι, and βουλεύσαι? This is for you.

Nouns, pronouns, the definite article

Wood versus forest in the verbal system

  • "Ultimate guide to verb endings and verb stems": some generalizations that do NOT pretend to historical accuracy or originality, but simply can be used as a guide to the vagaries of the individual paradigms when panic strikes or efficiency beckons.

Syntax handout

  • Uses of the subjunctive and optative, or... May And Might Are For Wimps. A 3-page overview of the uses of these moods. For the full picture, I recommend A. Rijksbaron (1994), The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek. An Introduction. These 3 pages offer nothing new.
  • Conditional sentences. Again, a non-original, one-page overview. Note to teachers of Greek:
    1. The future most vivid is not included here, since it's a figment of the grammarian's imagination. See again Rijksbaron (ref. above); it is to be subsumed under the Neutral (Simple) Conditional.
    2. No separate present and past contrary-to-fact are distinguished either. The difference between aorist and imperfect is aspectual not temporal.

    For a book-length treatment, see Wakker, G.C., Conditions and Conditionals. For some examples that might help you think about (1) and (2), look at this page of a recent APA handout.


  • what are those squiggles? a quick and dirty introduction to breathings and accents; answer sheet.
  • list of principal parts by unit, through unit 19, for Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek [first three only, i.e., present, future, aorist]. 4 pages.
  • an experiment with Perseus' new vocabulary tool. A list of words that covers 90% of tokens in a collection of Attic prose texts from the Perseus corpus. In US formatEuroformat, and as an OpenOffice document. Read the caveats carefully!

These handouts contain some references to Hansen & Quinn's Greek: An Intensive Course and Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek, but are mainly meant to provide one-page overviews of some important verbal paradigms -- satisfactory versions of (many of) which I have failed to find in English-language Greek textbooks. I expect that many teachers have by now produced their own - if not, these can be downloaded and printed. Please inform me of any typos (but note that consistent mis-accentuation and the like are probably due to incompatibility of our versions of Acrobat; these documents were created on an Apple Macintosh with Acrobat 4.0). For more web resources on Greek grammar, see now Marc Huys's comprehensive website!

Return to Helma Dik's faculty page.


Open Access Journal: Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes

[First posted in AWOL 6 November 2009. Updated 29 November 2022]

Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes
ISSN: 0035-1652
ISSN: 1760-8430 (online)
Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes 2009/2
Fondée en 1845 par Léon Rénier, la revue publie actuellement deux fascicules par an formant un tome. Chaque fascicule comprend : 
- des articles (linguistique, histoire, littérature…) ;
- un bulletin bibliographique d’une trentaine de pages rendant compte des parutions récentes sur le monde antique ;
- les résumés en anglais et en français des articles du fascicule ;
- dans chaque premier fascicule, une Chronique d’étymologie grecque conçue et réalisée en liaison avec le GDR 1038 (« Linguistique du grec ancien »).

Elle a pour but, tenant compte de l’évolution rapide des disciplines comparatives, de fournir les éléments nécessaires à une révision du Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque de Pierre Chantraine) ; dans le second fascicule de l’année, une liste de tous les ouvrages reçus pour comptes rendus et une table des matières (par tome).
Open access through 2016
This journal is available in English on Cairn International