Sunday, June 30, 2024

Antike Mythologie in christlichen Kontexten der Spätantike

Edited by: Hartmut Leppin
book: Antike Mythologie in christlichen Kontexten der Spätantike

It is well known that classical mythology outlasted the Christianization of the Roman Empire. This volume undertakes a new investigation of the complex conditions under which it continued to exist and thrive in Late Antiquity. Particular attention is devoted to the polemical and educational contexts in which classical mythology was often used, and to strategies designed to neutralize or assimilate it.

  • Languages: German, English
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2015
  • Audience: Classicists, scholars of Ancient History and literary theory, museums
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 8
    • Main content: 318
  • Illustrations
    • Other: 16 Taf.
  • Keywords: Mythology; Late Antiquity; Christianity; Paganism
  • Published: March 10, 2015
  • ISBN: 9783110404951
  • Published: February 26, 2015
  • ISBN: 9783110400434



Languages from the World of the Bible

Edited by: Holger Gzella
book: Languages from the World of the Bible

The breakthrough of the alphabetic script early in the first millennium BCE coincides with the appearance of several new languages and civilizations in ancient Syria-Palestine. Together, they form the cultural setting in which ancient Israel, the Hebrew Bible, and, transformed by Hellenism, the New Testament took shape. This book contains concise yet thorough and lucid overviews of ancient Near Eastern languages united by alphabetic writing and illuminates their interaction during the first 1000 years of their attestation. All chapters are informed by the most recent scholarship, contain fresh insights, provide numerous examples from the most pertinent sources, and share a clear historical framework that makes it easier to trace processes of contact and convergence in this highly diversified speech area. They also address non-specialists. The following topics are discussed: Alphabetic writing (A. Millard), Ugaritic (A. Gianto), Phoenician and Hebrew (H. Gzella), Transjordanian languages (K. Beyer), Old and Imperial Aramaic (M. Folmer), Epigraphic South Arabian (R. Hasselbach), Old Persian (M. de Vaan/A. Lubotsky), Greek (A. Willi). 

  • Published: December 23, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781934078631
  • Published: December 19, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781934078617


Rom und Mailand in der Spätantike: Repräsentationen städtischer Räume in Literatur, Architektur und Kunst

Edited by: Therese Fuhrer
book: Rom und Mailand in der Spätantike

The multidisciplinary contributions to this collection of papers look at Rome as the cultural and Milan as the political capital in the 4th and 5th centuries. In the literature of the time both cities were perceived as spaces in which the political and clerical power struggles, and the political and cultural changes which were so important for the Latin West took place. The cities are thereby understood as “stages‎” upon which the world theatre of the politics of power, culture and the church was produced. The reconstruction of both “stage settings” is based on texts, inscriptions and archaeological remains.

  • Volume published in the new series of the Excellence Cluster Topoi
  • New, multidisciplinary study
  • The cities of Rome and Milan as cultural and political units in the 4th and 5th centuries
  • Language: German
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2012
  • Audience: Academics, Institutes, Libraries
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 20
    • Main content: 448
  • Illustrations
    • Other: Div. Abb., 6 farb. Taf./Var. ill., 6 col. plates
  • Keywords: Milan; Rome
  • Published: November 30, 2011
  • ISBN: 9783110222142
  • Published: November 17, 2011
  • ISBN: 9783110222135


Les publications archéologiques de la région d’Adjara (Géorgie)

L’Agence de la protection du patrimoine culturel d’Ajara (Géorgie) publie sur son site les principales publications archéologiques concernant la région de Batoum, avec notamment les sites de Vani et de Gonio Apsaros.

Un site bienvenu pour des publications difficiles à trouver en dehors de Géorgie.

Les ouvrages en ligne :


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Bilder schreiben: Virtuose Ekphrasis in Philostrats "Eikones"

Mario Baumann
book: Bilder schreiben

The work Eikones (Imagines/Images) by Philostratus consists of 64 fictitious descriptions of images. Mario Baumann analyzes the aesthetic virtuosity which characterizes this text. The speaker who formulates the descriptions proves himself a master in interpreting the images. He creates a unique textual composition of images which continually surprises and challenges the reader due to its diversity. The text of Eikones takes up the tradition of literature and at the same time changes it through the creation of new combinations, always revealing the virtuosity of the author.

  • Language: German
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2011
  • Audience: Scholars, Institutes, Libraries
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 10
    • Main content: 218
  • Keywords: Philostratus; Eikones; Paideia
  • Published: March 30, 2011
  • ISBN: 9783110254068
  • Published: March 17, 2011
  • ISBN: 9783110254051


New Open Access Journal: Sinus Persicus: The International Journal of Persian Gulf Studies

Welcome to the online submission and editorial system for Sinus Persicus
Sinus Persicus is the official journal of Tissaphernes Archaeological Research Group. The journal was established by Dr. Shahin Aryamanesh. Sinus Persicus is an international, peer reviewed journal, publishes high-quality, original research. Sinus Persicus is a journal devoted to Archaeology, history, linguistics, religion, epigraphy, numismatics, and history of art of the Persian Gulf region, encompassing both prehistoric and historic periods. The journal’s geographic range spans the northern and southern coasts of the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf islands, and Gulf of Oman.

Volume 1 (2024)

The Persian Gulf Khark: The Island’s Untold Story

Pages 23-25


Bahram Tajrishy



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Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World

Cover of Shipwrecked - Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World

Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World presents the first comparative study of notable literary shipwrecks from the past four thousand years, focusing on Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. James V. Morrison considers the historical context as well as the “triggers” (such as the 1609 Bermuda shipwreck) that inspired some of these works, and modern responses such as novels (Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Coetzee’s Foe, and Gordon’s First on Mars, a science fiction version of the Crusoe story), movies, television (Forbidden PlanetCast Away, and Lost), and the poetry and plays of Caribbean poets Derek Walcott and Aimé Césaire.

The recurrent treatment of shipwrecks in the creative arts demonstrates an enduring fascination with this archetypal scene: a shipwreck survivor confronting the elements. It is remarkable, for example, that the characters in the 2004 television show Lost share so many features with those from Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

For survivors who are stranded on an island for some period of time, shipwrecks often present the possibility of a change in political and social status—as well as romance and even paradise. In each of the major shipwreck narratives examined, the poet or novelist links the castaways’ arrival on a new shore with the possibility of a new sort of life. Readers will come to appreciate the shift in attitude toward the opportunities offered by shipwreck: older texts such as the Odyssey reveals a trajectory of returning to the previous order. In spite of enticing new temptations, Odysseus—and some of the survivors in The Tempest—revert to their previous lives, rejecting what many might consider paradise. Odysseus is reestablished as king; Prospero travels back to Milan. In such situations, we may more properly speak of potential transformations. In contrast, many recent shipwreck narratives instead embrace the possibility of a new sort of existence. That even now the shipwreck theme continues to be treated, in multiple media, testifies to its long-lasting appeal to a very wide audience.

Hardcover : 9780472119202, 256 pages, 15 Figs., 6 x 9, April 2014
Open Access : 9780472902101, 256 pages, 15 Figs., 6 x 9, March 2020

This open access version made available with the support of libraries participating in Knowledge Unlatched.




Garden of Egypt: Irrigation, Society, and the State in the Premodern Fayyum

Cover of Garden of Egypt - Irrigation, Society, and the State in the Premodern Fayyum

Garden of Egypt: Irrigation, Society, and the State in the Premodern Fayyūm is the first environmental history of Egypt’s Fayyūm depression. The volume studies human relationships with flowing water, from the third century BCE to the thirteenth century CE. Until the arrival of modern perennial irrigation in the nineteenth century, the Fayyūm was the only region of premodern Egypt to be irrigated by a network of artificial canals. By linking large numbers of rural communities together in shared dependence on this public irrigation infrastructure, canalization introduced to Egypt a radically new way of interacting both with the water of the Nile and with fellow farmers. Drawing upon ancient Greek papyri, medieval Arabic literature, and modern comparative evidence, this book explores the ways in which the Nile’s water, local farmers, and state power together continually reshaped this irrigated landscape over more than thirteen centuries. Following human/water relationships through both space and time further helps to erode disciplinary boundaries and bring multiple periods of Egyptian history into contact with one another.

Open Access : 9780472904402, 290 pages, 15 Figures, 6 Maps, 11 Tables, 6 x 9, June 2024
Hardcover : 9780472133529, 290 pages, 15 Figures, 6 Maps, 11 Tables, 6 x 9, June 2024



Friday, June 28, 2024

Militärsiedlungen und Territorialherrschaft in der Antike

Frank Daubner
book: Militärsiedlungen und Territorialherrschaft in der Antike

In a series of case studies, the contributions assess the extent to which in the Ancient World control over large territories relied on the settlement of active or retired soldiers. The central question is that of the link between the historical situation of the foundation, those involved, and the location of the settlement on the one hand and, on the other, the strategic importance which can be derived from these factors for the domination of territories on land and sea, roads, frontiers, other towns, a previous population etc.; in other words the connection between spatial conditions and historical events.

  • Language: German
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2011
  • Audience: Academics, Institutes, Libraries
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 8
    • Main content: 158
  • Illustrations
    • Illustrations: 17
  • Published: December 23, 2010
  • ISBN: 9783110222845
  • Published: December 13, 2010
  • ISBN: 9783110222838


Mischungen beim antiken Gelage: Reflexionen des frühgriechischen Symposions

Renate Schlesier
book: Mischungen beim antiken Gelage

While ancient banquets are gaining traction in international research, they still pose a number of interpretative challenges. By concentrating on the early Greek symposium, this volume reviews previous interpretative models and develops new questions. It reveals that manifold mixtures – physical, visual, linguistic, cultural – shaped the Greek banquet from the beginning.

  • Language: German
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2024
  • Audience: Scholars from the fields of ancient history, classical philology, archaeology, gender studies, religious studies
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 8
    • Main content: 157
  • Illustrations
    • Illustrations: 3
    • Coloured Illustrations: 33
  • Published: June 17, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111425221
  • Published: June 17, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111416748




Sergius of Reshaina, Commentary on Aristotle’s ›Categories‹: Critical Edition and Translation

Yury Arzhanov
book: Sergius of Reshaina, Commentary on Aristotle’s ›Categories‹

Sergius of Reshaina (d. 536) is a major figure in the history of the Syriac reception of Aristotle’s logic. He studied philosophy and medicine in the late 5th century in Alexandria with the famous Ammonius Hermeiou, whose lectures formed the basis for Sergius’ main philosophical work, his extensive Commentary on the Categories. In this treatise, Sergius adapted for his Christian audience the Alexandrian educational model and exegesis of Aristotle logical writings and in this way influenced subsequent centuries of Aristotelian studies in Syriac.

The commentary contains an extensive introductory part which deals with the traditional set of preliminaries (prolegomena), e.g., the general division of sciences, the scope of Aristotle’s logic in general and of his treatise Categories in particular, etc. Moreover, it includes excurses in natural philosophy and contains extensive quotations from Aristotle’s Physics. Thus, Sergius’ treatise not only introduced the tradition of exegesis of Aristotle to the Syriac world, but provided Syriac readers with a general introduction to philosophy and logic and thus paved the way for the transmission of Greek sciences and philosophy from Alexandria to Baghdad.

  • Language: English
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2024
  • Audience: Historians and students of philosophy, specialists in the Neoplatonism, Christian Orientalists
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 10
    • Main content: 497
  • Published: July 1, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111444536
  • Published: July 1, 2024
  • ISBN: 9783111443959


Die babylonisch-assyrische Medizin in Texten und Untersuchungen, Band 11 Gastrointestinal Disease and Its Treatment in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Nineveh Treatise

J. Cale Johnson and Krisztián Simkó
book: Band 11 Gastrointestinal Disease and Its Treatment in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Funded by: European Research Council (ERC)

Babylonian medicine is the most important corpus of ancient medicine prior to the Greeks. This volume provides a comprehensive picture of how gasrtrointestinal illness, jaundice and related fevers, as well as diarrhea were treated in ancient Mesopotamia. The editions include transliterations, straightforward translations and essential commentary, and are divided into three main sections: the standard corpus for the treatment of gastrointestinal illness in Royal Library in Nineveh (otherwise known as the sualu subcorpus), the related group of texts that attribute intestinal disturbances to malevolent ghosts and a third group of texts focused on diarrhea. In addition to the standard compendia, isolated precursor texts, which were incorporated into these compendia, are included here in appendices. This volume provides an overarching picture of the entire field of gastrointestinal illnesses and related conditions in ancient Mesopotamia.

  • Published: July 1, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781501506574
  • Published: July 1, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781501515262

Thursday, June 27, 2024

New Kingdom Hieratic Collections From Around the World. Volume I: Crossing Boundaries

This book is the first in a series of volumes designed to provide a detailed overview of the New Kingdom hieratic materials preserved in various museums and public collections around the world. Each volume is arranged geographically and proceeds in alphabetic order—continent by continent and country by country. Volume 1 opens with a complete overview of the New Kingdom hieratic material in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which is followed by overviews of 18 European museums and 3 North American collections.
The endeavour is directly connected to the interdisciplinary project Crossing Boundaries: Understanding Complex Scribal Practices in Ancient Egypt, a joint venture of the University of Basel, the University of Liège, and the Museo Egizio (Turin). Since 2019, the Crossing Boundaries project has targeted the rich papyrological materials from the village of Deir el-Medina (c. 1350–1050 BCE) held in the Museo Egizio, seeking to enhance our understanding of the scribal practices that lie behind the production of the texts from this community.
The driving methodological motto of Crossing Boundaries has been to adopt a contextualized approach to these written documents. As progress was made on the Deir el-Medina materials, the need to develop a clearer picture of all the hieratic texts available from the same period quickly became evident, which is met by the present publication.


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Open Access Journal: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ)

[First posted in AWOL 28 December 2017, updated 27 June 2024]

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ)
ISSN: 2515-2289

The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, providing a venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman Archaeology. The journal promotes the use of theoretical approaches to the Roman past and facilitates fresh interpretations of datasets, rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data. The geographical scope of the journal is the whole of the Roman world at its greatest extent, including areas beyond the frontiers where Roman influence was evident. The journal’s temporal scope is from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique period; however, the subject of most contributions will usually range from the third century BC to the fifth century AD. 

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Editor-in-Chief: Katherine A. Crawford

Guest Editors: Ozren Domiter and Antonia Kovač

Special Issue Editors: Thomas Derrick and Giacomo Savani

*Cover Image Credit: Zoran Alajberg - Peristyle in Split, Croatia.

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