Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Virtual Library on Ancient and Modern Egypt

[First posted in AWOL 1 November 2010. Updated 31 December 2014]

Virtual Library on ancient and modern Egypt 
Les fonds documentaires sur l’Égypte, de l’Antiquité à l’époque contemporaine, sont d’une très grande richesse. Des centaines de milliers de pièces sont conservées dans les collections publiques et privées : objets archéologiques, manuscrits, photographies, récits de voyages, cartes géographiques,  dessins, estampes, tissus, journaux intimes ou de campagnes, mémoires et correspondances, archives diplomatiques et commerciales, etc.

Plusieurs établissements de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur possèdent de remarquables ensembles de documents sur l’Égypte, E-CORPUS en présente déjà quelques uns, d’autres viendront compléter virtuellement cette vaste  source d’informations, en une bibliothèque « sans murs », qu’alimentent également les fonds égyptiens de plusieurs établissements en France et à l’étranger.

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E-CORPUS e-corpus is a collective digital library that catalogs and disseminates numerous documents: manuscripts, archives, books, journals, prints, audio recordings, video, etc.

Call for Papers: Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) Journal

Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) Journal 
We are very pleased to announce that the OLH is now open for submissions to its new megajournal, which covers the humanities disciplines. The submission platform, developed by Ubiquity Press, is based upon PKP's excellent Open Journal Systems, but has been extensively modified to accommodate the editorial flow that is needed in a highly-distributed, large-scale system. We intend to release the source code for these modifications under an open license in the near future.
The OLH Editorial Team is made up of a network of leading academics from the international scholarly community, with Section Editors covering all of the humanities disciplines, including:
  • History
  • Theology & Religious Studies
  • Literature & Languages
  • Modern & Ancient Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies & Critical Theory
  • Film, TV & Media Studies
  • Musicology, Drama & Performance
  • Classics
  • Art, Design & Art History
  • Legal Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • Politics & Political Theory
We are also pleased to say that negotiations on the set of initial journals that will share an economy of scale and our economic model are well underway. More announcements on this front will be forthcoming in the near future. In the meantime, we would ask those who pledged articles to now begin to submit your work! We are aiming for a launch next year between May and Summer 2015. Thank you for your ongoing support in the creation of an open research and dissemination ecosystem for the humanities!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodell/ A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Goodell/ A School Grammar of Attic Greek
Thomas Dwight Goodell, A School Grammar of Attic Greek (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1902). The work was scanned by the Internet Archive. This version was created in 2013­–2014 with support from the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies and the Mellon Fund for Digital Humanities at Dickinson College. Bruce Robertson of Mont Allison University performed the OCR using Rigaudon, the output of which is available on Lace. At Dickinson the OCR output was edited and the XML and HTML pages created by Christina Errico. Ryan Burke created the web interface, and Meagan Ayer edited and corrected the HTML pages. The content is freely available for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Now Available Online – Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus
The Center for Hellenic Studies is pleased to announce the online publication of Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus by Ioanna Papadopoulou and Leonard Muellner.
The Derveni Papyrus is the oldest known European “book.” It was meant to accompany the cremated body in Derveni Tomb A but, by a stroke of luck, did not burn completely. Considered the most important discovery for Greek philology in the twentieth century, the papyrus was found accidentally in 1962 during a public works project in an uninhabited place about 10 km from Thessaloniki, and it is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

The papers in Poetry as Initiation discuss a number of open questions: Who was the author of the papyrus? What is the date of the text? What is the significance of burying a book with a corpse? What was the context of the peculiar chthonic ritual described in the text? Who were its performers? What is the relationship of the author and the ritual to the so-called Orphic texts?
You can order a printed copy of the book through Harvard University Press
Ioanna Papadopoulou and Leonard Muellner, eds. Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus
Foreword. Leonard Muellner
Introduction. Ioanna Papadopoulou, Testing Our Tools: Open Questions on the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 1. Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou, Some Desiderata in the Study of the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 2. Alberto Bernabé, On the Rites Described and Commented Upon in the Derveni Papyrus, Columns I–VI
Chapter 3. Franco Ferrari, Democritus, Heraclitus, and the Dead Souls: Reconstructing Columns I–VI of the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 4. Fritz Graf, Derveni and Ritual
Chapter 5. Sarah Iles Johnston, Divination in the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 6. Walter Burkert, How to Learn about Souls: The Derveni Papyrus and Democritus
Chapter 7. Jeffrey Rusten, Unlocking the Orphic Doors: Interpretation of Poetry in the Derveni Papryus between Presocratics and Alexandrians
Chapter 8. Yannis Z. Tzifopoulos, The Derveni Papyrus and the Bacchic-Orphic Epistomia
Chapter 9. Claude Calame, The Derveni Papyrus between the Power of Spoken Language and Written Practice: Pragmatics of Initiation in an Orpheus Poem and Its Commentary
Chapter 10. Anton Bierl, “Riddles over Riddles”: “Mysterious” and “Symbolic” (Inter)textual Strategies: The Problem of Language in the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 11. Evina Sistakou, Reading the Authorial Strategies in the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 12. David Sider, The Orphic Poem of the Derveni Papyrus
Chapter 13. Richard Hunter, The Garland of Hippolytus

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Open Access Journal: Journal of Neolithic Archaeology

Journal of Neolithic Archaeology
ISSN: 2197-649X
Die jungsteinSITE bietet eine wissenschaftliche Informations- und Diskussionsplattform für aktuelle archäologische Fragestellungen und Forschungsprojekte. Das thematische Spektrum umfasst alle Aspekte der Jungsteinzeit-Forschung; der geographische Schwerpunkt liegt im mitteleuropäischen Raum. Die Beiträge stammen in der Regel aus erster Hand, d.h. von Wissenschaftlern, die in den dargestellten Projekten federführend bzw. in den jeweiligen Forschungsfeldern wissenschaftlich tätig sind.

The Journal of Neolithic Archaeology provides a scientific information platform on the archaeology of the Neolithic period. The articles are mainly in German and English, and for all articles English summaries and figure captions are available.

Open Access Journal: Kalakorikos: Revista para el estudio, defensa, protección y divulgación del patrimonio histórico, artístico y cultural de Calahorra y su entorno

Kalakorikos: Revista para el estudio, defensa, protección y divulgación del patrimonio histórico, artístico y cultural de Calahorra y su entorno
ISSN: 1137-0572
KALAKORIKOS es el fruto de una larga carrera de concienciación y de lucha en favor del patrimonio histórico-artístico calagurritano por parte de la Asociación Amigos de la Historia de Calahorra. Sus objetivos principales son difundir la historia de Calahorra y su comarca, promover estudios e investigaciones, actuar en defensa del patrimonio arqueológico, histórico, artístico y cultural de esta ciudad. La revista admite colaboraciones de investigadores que centren su ámbito de trabajo en cualquier aspecto vinculado con Calahorra y su comarca. 

Open Access Journal: Aegean Studies

[First posted in AWOL 4 March 2012, updated 29 December 2014]

Aegean Studies
Aegean Studies accepts papers which present new theoretical approaches and innovative means of data analysis with the aim of illuminating and explaining the prehistory and early Iron Age of the Aegean and its neighbouring areas. Especially welcome are interdisciplinary contributions, as well as studies for the promotion and management of prehistoric culture. The Aegean Book Reviews are part of Aegean Studies.

Texts are accepted in Greek and in English. All papers are submitted to anonymous reviewing. They are initially published electronically on the Aegeus website, and, together with the Aegean Book Reviews, in an annual printed volume of Aegean Studies.

Sea Peoples, Egypt, and the Aegean: The Transference of Maritime Technology in the Late Bronze–Early Iron Transition (LH IIIB–C)

Aegean Studies 1, 2014, 21-56


The appearance of the brailed rig and loose–footed sail at the end of the Late Bronze Age revolutionized seafaring in the eastern Mediterranean. The most famous early appearance of this new technology is found in history’s first visual representation of a naval battle, on the walls of Ramesses III’s mortuary temple at Medinet Habu, where both Egyptian and Sea Peoples ships are depicted with this new rig, as well as top–mounted crow’s nests and decking upon which shipborne warriors do battle. The identical employment of these innovative components of maritime technology by opposing forces in this battle suggests either some level of previous contact between the invaders and those responsible for designing and constructing Egypt’s ships of war, or shared interaction with a third party, perhaps on the Syro–Canaanite coast. This article examines the evidence for the development of the brailed rig in the eastern Mediterranean, and explores the possibility that at least one group of Sea Peoples, who may have comprised a key part of the international economy of the Late Bronze Age in their role as “pirates, raiders, and traders” (Georgiou 2012: 527) – Artzy’s “nomads of the sea” (1997) – played a similarly integral role in the transference of maritime technology between the Levant, Egypt, and the Aegean.

Shifting boundaries: The transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age in the Aegean under a new light

Aegean Studies 1, 2014, 1-20


The aim of the present paper is to propose some synchronizations, mainly taking into consideration the typology of pottery. The period of our focus is the early Late Bronze Age and the data presented come from the Mainland, Crete and the Cyclades. Ceramic data from different places are combined, offering interesting correlations in terms of relative chronology. Emphasis is given to the dating systems proposed by some scholars, like those of Warren, Hankey and Dietz, since they have greatly influenced the literature and are still being used widely. We are particularly interested in the synchronization of the Mainland with Crete on a ceramic basis and especially the period of the late Middle and early Late Bronze Age.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

BODO : Bibel+Orient Datenbank Online

BODO : Bibel+Orient Datenbank Online
The BIBLE+ORIENT Museum Database is a web based database created for the electronic management of ancient Near Eastern image and object data. The numerous data fields enable not only a precise cataloging of the museum inventory but also systematic searches for purposes of scientific research. Furthermore, the database admits the consultation of digitalized catalogs of the collections, the management of image series (e.g. slide shows), the making available of dynamic e-Learning content and the fast creation of PowerPoint presentations as well as publications.

The user has at his disposal images in an unlimited amount of views for each object, each in the following four formats: thumbnail, normal size, PowerPoint format and print resolution.

The idea of an internet database allows not only world wide access but also stimulates the cooperation between partners who want to share the data with one another. The database was designed so that image and object data from an unlimited number of institutions and private persons can be managed. Currently, we are working on national, European and global levels to include into our database objects from other iconographically relevant collections as well.

System zur Erfassung von Ritualszenen in Altägyptischen Tempeln (SERaT)

System zur Erfassung von Ritualszenen in Altägyptischen Tempeln (SERaT)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

P.Hawara: The Hawara Papyri


The Hawara Papyri

William Flinders Petrie excavated at Hawara in 1888. After working in Medinet el-Fayum (Arsinoe) and Biahmu, he moved on to the site south of Arsinoe and took the 60 workers he had already employed at the former sites with him. The results of his excavations at Hawara were published in 1889 in his "Hawara, Biahmu, and Arsinoe". The papyrological material said to have been found at Hawara was studied by Prof. Sayce and published on pages 24 to 37 of that volume. Sayce gave a general description of the great papyrus roll which contains parts of books 1 and 2 of the Iliad (the "Hawara Homer"), emphasizing the importance of the variants, and edited the texts of the most complete documents, some of them in a very preliminary way.

J. G. Milne undertook a new edition of 37 of these papyri in the Archiv für Papyrusforschung 5, 1913, 378-397. He did not work on the Hawara Homer but concentrated on the smaller literary texts and gave a proper publication of some more documents. The texts which were not reconsidered in Milne's publication were reprinted in Sammelbuch I (nos. 5220, 5223, 5224).

When Flinders Petrie brought his finds back to England, the material was divided between several institutions. The Hawara Homer was given to the Bodleian Library in Oxford (where it still is today), while all the other papyrological material stayed in London and was given to the Department of Egyptology at University College London. In 1948, the young professor of Papyrology, Eric Turner received permission from the then Professor of Egyptology, J. Czerny, to take the Hawara papyri to the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL and to keep them there in his custody. A letter from 16 June 1949 confirms the transfer of the papyri. They were kept in a secret place in the department for more than 50 years.

As usual, Flinders Petrie did not give precise indications, as to where the papyri were found on the site. He just mentions that the region north of the pyramid "was the usual place for burials in the early Roman period , when gilt cartonnage busts were used. Papyri from the Ist and IInd cent. AD are also usual in the soil here, and for some way north" (p. 8, no. 11; cf. the map on plate XXV in the book).
When the papyri arrived in London they were "ironed" by Petrie's friend, Mr. Spurrell who also helped in "unpacking, arranging, and managing the collections" (p. 4). It must have happened then that all the pieces were glued onto greyish cardboard. When writing was distiguishable on the back of the papyri, windows were cut out to make the letters (at least in part) visible. In some instances, Petrie added small notes in pencil about find-spots. In later years, Walter Cockle removed some of the papyri from their cardboards and put them under glass. The cardboard frames of these pieces were nevertheless kept.

It is a desideratum to make digital images of at least the published papyri accessible on the internet. None of the Hawara papyri (except for single columns of the Hawara Homer, Hawara epigrams, and the Periegesis of Attica), have ever been shown in photographs.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Open Access Journal: Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (JSIJ)

[First posted in AWOL 4 November 2009. Updated 24 December 2014]

Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (JSIJ) - Ketav-ʻet eleḳṭroni le-madaʻe Yahadut
JSIJ is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal dealing with all fields of Jewish studies, which is distributed free of charge via the Internet.
By publishing articles electronically via the Internet, JSIJ seeks to disseminate articles much faster than is possible with paper publication, and to make these articles readily and conveniently accessible to a wide variety of readers at all times.

Indeed, we hope that the use of this new technology will eventually allow JSIJ to develop in ways not available with conventional, printed journals, including the possibility of computerized full-text searching and the use of hyperlinks to other texts.

JSIJ will include articles in both Hebrew and English. To render these articles accessible to as wide a variety of users as possible, regardless of computer program or platform, we offer two modes of "publication": via PDF files (universally accessible) and Word 97 files.

JSIJ is initially scheduled to appear twice a year, although preliminary versions of articles will be made available on our site as soon as articles are accepted for publication and copyedited.
Current Articles
Author Title Microsoft Word Acrobat Reader
Rabin Shushtri Two Geniza Documents from Chapter Lulav Hagazul: A Testament to the Antiquity of the Western Text (Heb.)
Nachman Levine On Talmudic Name Wordplay: A Literary Device and its Significance (Heb.)
Daniel Sperber Minora (Heb.)
Shimon Fogel Samson as Messiah - Another Look (Heb.)
Jonathan Jacobs Books Encountered by Ramban After He Arrived in the Land of Israel (Heb.)
Israel Ben Simon The Origins of the Meiri’s Commentary on the Book of Proverbs and the Concept of “Nations Bound by the Ways of Religion" (Heb.)
Shalom Sadik Freedom of Choice in the Thought of Rabbi Josef Albo (Heb.)
Haggai Dagan The Transformations of a Liminal Jew: Myth and Literature in Some Modern Literary Variations of the R. Joseph della Reina Story (Heb.)
Tzvi Novick Din and Debate: Some Dialectical Patterns in Tannaitic Texts
Ari Ackerman Hasdai Crescas and His Circle on the Infinitely Expanding Torah
David Stern The Hebrew Bible in Europe in the Middle Ages: A Preliminary Typology
Lily Okalani Kahn Biblical Grammatical Elements in the Nineteenth-Century Hasidic Hebrew Tale
James A. Diamond A Kabbalistic Reinvention of Maimonides' Legal Code: R. Abraham Isaac Kook's Commentary on Sefer Hamada
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