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Open Access Journal: Зборник радова Византолошког института - Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta

[First posted in AWOL 29 September 2010, updated 17 September 2015]

Зборник радова Византолошког института - Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta
ISBN: 0584-9888

Founded in 1948, the Institute of Byzantine Studies is the only scientific centre in Serbia pursuing research in Byzantine studies. Until now, it has published 37 volumes of the periodical Zbornik radova Vizantološkog instituta (ZRVI). The majority of published articles covering following topics: History of Byzantium and Byzantine-South-Slavic Relations, Byzantine Sources for the History of Yugoslav Peoples, Byzantine Literature and the Medieval Greek Language, Byzantine and post-Byzantine Art.

    Open Access Journal: Transcultural Studies

     [First posted in AWOL 1 July 2011. Most recently updated 17 September 2015]

    Transcultural Studies
    ISSN: 2191-6411
    Transcultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal committed to promoting the knowledge and research of transculturality in an interdisciplinary context. Initiated in 2010, it is published by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries and Cultural Flows” at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and hosted by the University Library of the same institution.
    As an e-journal, Transcultural Studies provides contributors with a number of advantages not available in traditional printed form. High definition images, sounds, and videos may be included for an enriched textual experience. If contributors wish, an additional Wiki-platform can be added to allow readers to debate, comment on, and supplement the published materials. Transcultural Studies does not limit word count and accepts a range of literary forms, from scholarly investigations with extensive documentation to scholarly articles, films, translations of scholarly works, and review essays. While contributions are written in English, vernacular scripts are added if necessary.
    Transcultural Studies strongly invites contributions from scholars working on topics related to or concerning the study of transculturality. Submissions will be published in the order in which they are accepted until the issue is closed; there will be two issues per year.


    New from De Gruyter Open

    New from De Gruyter Open

    Materiality, Techniques and Society in Pottery Production, The Technological Study of Archaeological Ceramics through Paste Analysis
    • ISBN:978-3-11-041020-4
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:archaeological ceramic, pottery analysis, pottery production, pottery making, ceramic studies, ceramic raw material, ceramic paste analysis, ceramic technology, archaeometry, ethnoarchaeometry, social theory of technology
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland

    Kinetic Landscapes: The Cide Archaeological Project: Surveying the Turkish Western Black Sea Region
    • ISBN:978-3-11-044497-1
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Ancient History
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland

    Monumental Polovtsian Statues in Eastern Europe
    • ISBN:978-83-7656-029-8
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Pre-History
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    Open Source Archaeology: Ethics And Practice
    • ISBN:978-3-11-044017-1
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Archaeology, Open Source, Open Data, Open-GIS, Open Access, Photogrammetry, Ethics, Knowledge Transformation, Archaeological Data Service, Digital Preservation, FOSS, Reflectance Transformation Imaging
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
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    Simon of Genoa’s Medical Lexicon
    • ISBN:978-83-7656-023-6
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
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    Society, Law, and Culture in the Middle East: “Modernities” in the Making
    • ISBN:978-3-11-043975-5
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Modern History, Social History, Cultural History
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
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    The Archaeology of Death in Post-medieval Europe
    • ISBN:978-3-11-043973-1
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Archaeology, Death and burial, Post-medieval Europe
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
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    Copular Clauses and Focus Marking in Sumerian
    • ISBN:978-3-11-040170-7
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Sumerian, copula, focus, information structure, copular clauses, grammaticalization, cuneiform languages
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
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    Defending Christian Faith. The Fifth Part of the Christian Apology of Gerasimus
    • ISBN:978-3-11-037581-7
    • Publisher:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Scope:Medieval Arab Christians and Muslim Debates
    • Owner:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland
    • Distributor:De Gruyter Open, Warsaw, Poland

    Open Access Journal: The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies

    [First posted in AWOL 9 March 2014, updated 17 September 2015]

    The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies
    ISSN: 2372-0727
    The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies intends to promote the hermeneutical approach to the study of the Scriptures generally known as Inductive Biblical Studies. By Inductive Biblical Study (IBS) we mean the hermeneutical movement initiated by William Rainey Harper and Wilbert Webster White that was embodied in the curriculum of The Biblical Seminary in New York founded in 1900. This approach had precursors in the history of interpretation and has since the beginning of the twentieth-century enjoyed widespread dissemination, being taught at such institutions as Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Fuller Theological Seminary, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Azusa Pacific University, and Asbury Theological Seminary, as well as hundreds of other institutions and organizations around the world. For more detailed description of IBS, see Bauer and Traina, Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011) and the IBS website at http://www.inductivebiblicalstudy.com/.

    Open Access Journal: ENIM: Égypte nilotique et méditerranéenne

     [First posted 18 June 2009, most recently updated17 September 2015]

    ENIM: Égypte nilotique et méditerranéenne
    ISSN 2102-6629
    ENiM est la première revue française numérique d’égyptologie. Elle est l’expression des activités de l’équipe « Égypte nilotique et méditerranéenne » de l’UMR 5140, « Archéologie des sociétés méditerranéennes ». Elle accueille aussi les travaux des autres membres de la communauté égyptologique internationale.
    Elle publie des travaux portant sur tous les aspects de l’Égypte ancienne, de la préhistoire à la période copte.
    ENiM a pour vocation de devenir un relais privilégié de la diffusion des connaissances de l’égyptologie grâce aux facilités et à la très grande accessibilité fournies par les Nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (NTIC).
    ENiM est une revue entièrement gratuite et téléchargeable à partir du site de l’équipe « Égypte nilotique et méditerranéenne ».
    ENiM étant une revue électronique, le processus de préparation des articles est accéléré. Leur soumission se fait directement sur le site de la revue. Le traitement éditorial achevé, les articles reçus sont immédiatement mis en ligne, au format Pdf.
    ENiM est un périodique annuel composé de l’ensemble des articles successivement mis en ligne au cours de l’année, le volume annuel étant clos en fin d’année civile

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    The Egyptian Ouroboros: An Iconological and Theological Study

    The Egyptian Ouroboros: An Iconological and Theological Study
    by Dana Michael Reemes
    Doctor of Philosophy in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
    University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
    This study examines a well-established idea in normative Egyptological discourse, that there exists in the inventory of Egyptian symbolism a distinct and unique symbol called sed-em-ra(„tail-in-mouthʼ) in Egyptian, though usually referred to today by the Greek term ouroboros („tail-devouringʼ), being the image of a serpent arranged in a circle with the tip of its tail in its mouth, and expressive of specific meanings such as “endless time” and “eternity,” among others. However, a close examination of relevant iconographic and textual sources reveals that this Egyptological ouroboros is largely an illusion, and one that distorts understanding of Egyptian material by importing into it ideas that properly belong to the history of the post-pharaonic reception of the ouroboros icon, such as the idea that the ouroboros was primarily a symbol of the recurrent solar year, which had its origin with Latin authors, or the idea that the ouroboros symbolizes time andeternity, which is a tradition no older than the Italian Renaissance. Yet it is this latter ouroboros of the Renaissance iconographers and emblem books, an unquestioned part of the intellectual environment in which the discipline of Egyptology historically emerged, that induced nineteenth and twentieth century Egyptologists to unhesitatingly single out the ouroboros for special notice as the “serpent of eternity,” an interpretation not supported by Egyptian sources. A fresh hermeneutical approach requires the abandonment of such preconceptions, starting with rejection of the idea that the Egyptian ouroboros is a distinct symbol with specific meanings attached. Once the term „ouroborosʼ is used only in a limited and purely descriptive sense, it becomes possible to understand what the icon may be intended to express within the larger conceptual and iconographic context in which occurrences are embedded. This approach makes it clear that the icon was never a discrete symbol in Egypt, but rather a possible variant amongst related iconography that might convey similar meanings. A detailed reassessment of relevant primary sources shows that the icon is primarily associated with the idea of protective enclosure, conceived of as a divine forcefunctioning on multiple levels: cosmic, solar, funereal, and individual.

    NEA Special Issue Online Open Access: The Cultural Heritage Crisis in the Middle East

    The Special Issue of  Near Eastern Archaeology: The Cultural Heritage Crisis in the Middle East (NEA Vol. 78, No. 3, September 2015) is now available without charge courtesy of ASOR.
    Near Eastern Archaeology

    Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 78, No. 3, September 2015

    Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/neareastarch.78.issue-3
    • Journal Info

      Near Eastern Archaeology
      Description: Discover the ancient world from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in Near Eastern Archaeology (formerly Biblical Archaeologist). Archaeological discoveries continually enrich our understanding of the people, culture, history, and literature of the Middle East. The heritage of its peoples—from urban civilization to the Bible—both inspires and fascinates. For over fifty years, these journals have brought this ancient world to life, with vibrant images and authoritative analysis.
      Coverage: 1998-2015 (Vol. 61, No. 1 - Vol. 78, No. 3)
      Moving Wall: 3 years
      ISSN: 10942076
      EISSN: 23255404
      Subjects: Archaeology, Area Studies, Classical Studies, Humanities, Middle East Studies, Religion, Social Sciences

    Table of Contents

    1. DOI: 10.5615/neareastarch.78.3.fm
      Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/neareastarch.78.3.fm
    3. Books to Dig Into

    4. DOI: 10.5615/neareastarch.78.3.bm

      Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/neareastarch.78.3.bm

    ICFA Oral History Initiative

    ICFA Oral History Initiative
    Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives

    The aim of this initiative is to speak directly with individuals who participated in key fieldwork projects or who have managed ICFA’s collections over the years. By recording verbal accounts straight from collection “protagonists” themselves, ICFA seeks to enhance its own—and, by extension, its researchers’—understanding of its many resources. 

    The ICFA Oral History Initiative is distinct from, but related to, the Oral History Project administered by the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA). Whereas the DOA seeks to gather Dumbarton Oaks affiliates’ memories of the institution and their perceptions of how it has changed over time, ICFA asks more targeted questions about the past fieldwork projects represented in its collections.

    Photographs and documents can tell you a great deal, but people can tell you a great deal more. Oral histories—stories spoken aloud—are presented to the hearer as preformed (and performed) narratives that can, at times, provide bits and pieces of context not evident from archival materials themselves. These conversations, then, should be regarded as invaluable supplements to other archival materials—as the hearer’s guide to reading between the lines of the “paper trail” that is an archive. 

    Hear Their Stories...

    Link to Ercüment Atabay's ICFA Oral History Interview
     Link to Susan Boyd Link to Robin Sinclair Cormack
    Christopher DonnanLink to Semavi EyiceHerbert KesslerHenry Maguire
    Link to Natalia TeteriatnikovSarah UnderwoodLink to Robert L. Van Nice, Jr.

    Open Access Journal: Review of Biblical Literature (RBL)

    [First posted in AWOL 23 October 2009. Updated 18 September 2015]

    Review of Biblical Literature (RBL)
    ISSN: 1099-0321 
    The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields. Appearing in this digital form and in print, RBL is comprehensive, international, and timely.
    • Comprehensive: RBL includes reviews of various topical studies, multi-author volumes, reference works, commentaries, dictionaries, bible translations, software, and other resources for the classroom and research. Multiple and contrasting reviews are often presented. The material reviewed and our reviewers come from varied academic, social, and religious perspectives.
    • International: RBL provides a forum for international scholarly exchange and cutting edge innovations with reviews of German, French, Italian, and English books as well as reviews in those languages. Our editorial board includes members from across the globe.
    • Timely: RBL produces reviews of the most recent titles in biblical studies, using the technology of the internet and allowing readers to stay current with the freshest trends in the field.
    • Authoritative: RBL reviews are written by the most qualified scholars available, whether a member of the SBL or the broader scholarly guild, and are vetted to ensure their quality by a highly regarded editorial board. 
    Search Reviews

    The RBL database, expanded weekly, contains over 8056 published reviews. This search engine will help you navigate through these reviews, do preliminary research on varied topics, and discover the most recent publications in the field.
    The RBL database also contains 601 books available for review. To read more about the volunteer to review process click here.
    For detailed directions on advanced searching techniques, see our Searching Tips and Techniques page.

    The George Ortiz Collection

     [First posted in AWOL 16 March 2013, updated 18 September 2015]

    n. b.: This site is under re-construction. I retain the original text and links below, though the content is not available there. Several iterations of the website remainavailable at The Wayback Machine.

    The George Ortiz Collection
    Welcome to The George Ortiz Collection web site. For some 42 years I passionately and assiduously pursued works of art from Greece, as well as from some of its forerunners, Mesopotamia and Egypt, and its peripheral cultures spanning a period of time from the Neolithic to the Byzantine Empire; also sculptures from Africa, Pre-Columbian America and the Pacific. One day, as though I'd spent my life painting a huge fresco, it all came together, and I decided to share with the world. Visitors to the exhibitions of the Collection, whether young or old, and from all walks of life, seemed to perceive the essence of the different cultures represented and their interaction. 
    For those who have seen one of the exhibitions, and especially for those who have not had the opportunity, this web site offers the full corpus of the Collection, with 20 key works presented in a 3-D format for your understanding and enjoyment. Fully-searchable catalogue entries are available for each object, as well as glossaries. Additionally, there are news about exhibitions and information about the printed versions of The George Ortiz Collection catalogue, the standard reference on the Collection. 

    Unfortunately we cannot respond to all inquiries; but any comments you may have are deeply appreciated. 

    May I express the hope that you will enjoy this site.
    George Ortiz

    Go to In Pursuit of the Absolute
    (an introduction to the George Ortiz Collection)


    The unfolding humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria confronts the scholarly community with some unprecedented practical and ethical challenges. The Islamic State (Da'esh) is remarkably adept at using online social media to disseminate violent imagery and staged atrocities. Videos of the destruction of archaeological sites and the murder of captives are propaganda as well as calling cards for potential recruits. At the same time, Da'esh's control over historically significant territory is providing new revenue in the form of looted and stolen antiquities. We are caught on the horns of a dilemma: how can we avoid amplifying Da'esh's horrific propaganda while still informing the world about what is being done in the region? It is impossible to stand idle in the face of what is being done in Mosul, Palmyra and elsewhere. But threatened cultural institutions and scholars in the region are not well-served by symbolic responses that assuage the conscience without being effective.

    On September 24, an international group of scholars, cultural heritage specialists and journalists will convene at Wellesley College to address this ongoing crisis. Participants in this conference, jointly sponsored by the Departments of Religion and History, come from a range of disciplinary, professional and political backgrounds. In two sessions, our speakers will discuss the scope of the crisis in a way that is informative and contextually sophisticated rather than sensationalistic, sharing current intiatives and debating potential responses. The conference will provide a forum for the public to learn not only about the extent of the cultural devastation in the region, but also about its rich history and archaeology. Speakers will address the use of social media by jihadist groups, current conservation and educational initiatives, and the overarching international legal framework that shapes responses to this sort of cultural violence.
    Info | About | Speaker Bios | Supplementary Reading & Resources | Conference Proceedings
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    Apolline Project: illuminating the dark side of Vesuvius

    [First posted in AWOL 19 April 2013, updated 19 September 2015]

    Apolline Project: illuminating the dark side of Vesuvius
    Welcome to the official website of the Apolline Project, a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the northern ‘dark’ side of Vesuvius– the ancient territories of Nola and Neapolis. Fields of study include archaeology, volcanology and paleobotany. Here you will find information about our work, especially the excavation of a post-79 AD Roman villa and baths at Pollena Trocchia near Naples. For those seeking more detailed information, links are provided to our reports and publications. An overview of the achievements and scope of the project can be found along with news about all the latest developments. In 2011 the project was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize, to see why please follow the link. We are able to offer places on our excavations to volunteers and students seeking to develop their archaeological skills; more details can be found here. This site is continually being improved and updated and we thanks visitors for their patience and feedback as it continues to develop. Suggestions, comments and queries can be submitted at our ‘contact us’ page.  

    Benvenuto nel sito web ufficiale dell'Apolline Project, il progetto di ricerca multidisciplinare sul "lato oscuro" del Vesuvio, ossia il versante settentrionale del vulcano, e più in generale sugli antichi territori di Neapolis e Nola. Ti consigliamo di cominciare la navigazione nella sezione Vesuviani, ed in particolare le pagine sul nostro progetto-bandiera, lo scavo integrale delle terme romane di Pollena Trocchia, e sugli altri siti che stiamo investigando, come le "terme azzurre" di Lauro e la chiesa altomedievale di Roccarainola. I giovani esploratori possono scaricare giochini e vedere video. Incoraggiamo vivamente i docenti delle scuole primare e secondarie a mettersi in contatto con noi per organizzare progetti didattici e visite guidate ai siti archeologici dove operiamo. Se sei un archeologo, ti consigliamo di esplorare la sezione Academics, dove si possono anche consultare gli articoli che abbiamo prodotto finora. Se vuoi prendere parte alle nostre attività di scavo e ricerca, segui questo link. Se vuoi metterti in contatto con noi per saperne di più su quello che stiamo facendo o se vuoi visitare uno dei siti archeologici, non esitare a scriverci.

    Apolline Project resources on the web:

    • FastiOnLine: our entries in the largest database of archaeological excavations on the web
    • Picasa Web Album: institutional photos of our sites and activities
    • Flickr: artistic photos of Vesuvius and its surroundings
    • YouTube: our official video channel
    • FaceBook: messages and photos from our team and fans (don’t forget to “like us”!)
    • RSS channel: subscribe it to receive notifications on our website updates
    • Twitter: real time news, photos, and chats about what we’re up to

    Web coverage of the Apolline Project:

    (please note that this is a very small selection; for our press releases and printed press coverage, click here)

    The Apolline Project team on Academia.edu:

    Partner sites:

    Open Access Monograph Series: Excavations at Tell Brak

     [First posted in AWOL 2 March 2012, updated 20 September 2015]

    Excavations at Tel Brak
    Tell Brak Excavations are jointly published with the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
    Title Author Year
    Excavations at Tell Brak, Vol. I: The Mitanni and Old Babylonian Periods D. Oates, J. Oates, H. McDonald 1998
    Excavations at Tell Brak, Vol II: Nagar in The Third Millennium BC D. Oates, J. Oates, H. McDonald, et al. 2001
    Excavations at Tell Brak Vol. IV: Exploring a Regional Centre in Upper Mesopotamia, 1994-1996 Roger Matthews and Wendy Matthews 2003
    All of these volume are also accessible via AMAR. See more Series in AMAR

    Materials for Emar Studies

    [First posted on AWOL 11 October 2011. Updated 20 September 2015]

    Materials for Emar Studies
    A project by
    Betina I. Faist (Universität Heidelberg)
    Josué - Javier Justel (Maison René-Ginouvès, Nanterre)
    Ferhan Sakal (Universität Tübingen)
    Juan - Pablo Vita (CSIC, Madrid)
    Das Themenportal "Emar - Meskene, Syrien" soll die Grabungen und Restaurierungsarbeiten der Universität Tübingen in der antiken Siedlung dokumentieren sowie möglichst alle im Internet befindlichen Quellen zum Ort sammeln und miteinander vernetzen.

    Derzeit befindet sich an der Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen ein Literaturportal zu Emar im Aufbau. Eine Verlinkung mit der Tübinger Bilddatenbank ist ebenfalls geplant.
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    Open Access Journal: Quaderni della Soprintendenza archeologica del Piemonte

    [Firsts posted in AWOL 12 September 2014, updated (new URLs) 20 September 2015]

    Quaderni della Soprintendenza archeologica del Piemonte
    ISSN: 0394-0160
     La Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Piemonte e del Museo Antichità Egizie pubblica i Quaderni della Soprintendenza archeologica del Piemonte, avviati nel 1980 con l’edizione degli Studi di archeologia dedicati a Pietro Barocelli. Nella rivista sono raccolti studi e ricerche di preistoria, archeologia classica, medioevo ed egittologia, risultati di campagne di scavo, segnalazioni di mostre e allestimenti museali, notizie delle attività istituzionali effettuate dall’Ufficio sul territorio di competenza. La Soprintendenza promuove pubblicazioni inerenti alle Collezioni conservate al Museo di Antichità di Torino e cataloghi di esposizioni ospitate nel Museo; inoltre cura, in collaborazione con altri Enti locali e Istituzioni culturali, volumi monografici, atti di convegni, cataloghi di musei civici e di mostre.
    Studi di archeologia dedicati a Pietro Barocelli, 1980
    1 (1982)
    2 (1983)
    3 (1984)
    4 (1985)
    5 (1986)
    6 (1987)
    7 (1988)
    8 (1989)
    9 (1990)
    10 (1991)
    11 (1993)
    12 (1994)
    13 (1995)
    14 (1996)
    15 (1998)
    16 (1999)
    17 (2000)
    18 (2001)
    19 (2002)
    20 (2004)
    21 (2006)
    22 (2007)
    23 (2008)
    24 (2009)
    Indici degli anni 1980-2009
    25 (2010)
    26 (2011)
    27 (2012)
    28 (2013)
    29 (2014)

    John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation Digital Library

    [First published in AWOL 3/27/09. Most recently updated 21 September 2015 (all URLs corrected)]

    Since 1997, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has produced each year a volume devoted to a single archaeological museum, aiming to create a series whose scholarly prestige and aesthetic approach contribute to a deeper knowledge and further understanding of the various aspects of the history of Greek civilisation. These volumes are distributed free of charge to those who are on the foundation's mailing list, and to others who request them.

    The foundation also issues them in open access digital format. The volume on Kerameikosis the most recent to appear. Sixteen volumes are now available:

    Open Access Archaeology & Anthropology Editor's Choice Taylor & Francis

    Archaeology & Anthropology Editor's Choice
    Each article in this free collection has been hand-picked by our journal editors and demonstrates the rich breadth of research within Archaeology and Anthropology.
    Covering topics such as the anthropological relationships between humans and animals, the Vendel boat-graves, Polish medieval burials and LGBT displacement in natural disasters, this anthology examines multiple facets of human existence, both past and present.
    This collection is free to view until December 31st 2015
    • Folklore
    • Anthrozoös
    • World Archaeology
    • History and Anthropology
    • Anthropological Forum
    • Asian Anthropology
    • Anthropology & Medicine
    • Archaeological Journal
    • Anthropology Southern Africa
    • Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
    • Time and Mind
    • Norwegian Archaeological Review
    • Danish Journal of Archaeology
    • The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    • Ethnos
    • Home Cultures



    World Archaeology

    History and Anthropology

    Anthropological Forum

    Anthropology Southern Africa

    Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa

    Time and Mind

    Norwegian Archaeological Review

    Danish Journal of Archaeology

    The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

    Home Cultures

    Call for Papers: Thersites: Journal for Transcultural Presences & Diachronic Identities from Antiquity to Date

    Thersites: Journal for Transcultural Presences & Diachronic Identities from Antiquity to Date

    Call For Papers

    Annemarie Ambühl (ed.), War of the Senses - The Senses in War
    (open until November 30, 2015)
    Interactions and tensions between representations of war in classical and modern culture
    War has again become an omnipresent phenomenon, sadly not only in the academic world. In view of the ongoing violence and its huge impact on individual human beings and society as a whole, the question arises how such experiences can be processed and reworked in different cultural contexts. To what extent do modern war narratives still use patterns deriving from a tradition that reaches back to the classical world? How are the ruptures due to the technological incommensurability between ancient and modern warfare reflected in various media? In accordance with the scope of thersites, the planned special issue on interactions and tensions between representations of war in classical and modern literature and culture emphatically invites innovative contributions that venture beyond the conventional areas and boundaries of (classical) scholarship. For this purpose, reception studies in a broad sense are not constrained to direct responses to classical works or the perspective of classical scholars on contemporary wars, but include comparing and contrasting ancient and modern war narratives in a typological sense. Finally, the issue is to be addressed in what respects the war experiences of the 20th and 21st centuries have irrevocably transformed our views of the classical texts.
    The present special issue will highlight the role of sensory perception and the emotions in classical and modern representations of war in literature and other media. In recent years, classical studies have responded to the cultural turn by contextualizing war and violence in the ancient world, from battlefield archeology, the reconstruction of ‘face of battle’-experiences by ancient soldiers and the application of trauma theory to narratological and aesthetical analyses of war narratives in Greek and Roman literature. However, the role of the senses in experiencing ancient war is still a marginalized topic, despite the fact that current research especially on World War I has foregrounded the impact of modern war as an overwhelming sensory experience. Notwithstanding recent attempts to write a cultural history of the senses from antiquity to the present, the specific quality of sensory and emotional experience in ancient battles and their fictional representations needs to be studied in depth.
    In this respect, the field of (fictional) war prose is still largely unexplored, as reception studies have mainly concentrated on the representation of war in Greek literature (Homer, tragedy) and on classical receptions in the modern genres of drama and lyric. Therefore one focus of this special issue of thersites is to lie on war narratives in Roman literature in comparison with modern war novels. For example, based on the hypothesis that the Roman civil wars as well as the First World War both as catastrophes and as catalysts mark crucial thresholds of their respective epochs that brought forth revolutions in politics, society, culture and aesthetics, a comparative approach to the literary productions provoked by these two momentous events seems fruitful. To be sure, any other contributions that study reflections of modern wars from the American or the Spanish Civil Wars to the ongoing wars of the 21st century and their interactions and tensions with wars from various historical and cultural contexts of the ancient world are highly welcome.
    A selection of issues to be addressed:
    • comparing and contrasting the psychological and aesthetic dimensions of battle descriptions and aftermath narratives in Roman literature with autobiographic or fictional eyewitness accounts describing the experiences of soldiers fighting in modern wars (e.g. Caesar’s Commentarii and modern war diaries or novels such as Claude Simon, La bataille de Pharsale, 1969, or Alexis Jenni, L’art français de la guerre, 2011; Vergil’s, Lucan’s and Statius’ epics and the historiographical works by Livy and Tacitus compared to modern war novels)
    • representations in literature and other media of experiencing war and battle through the senses; besides the well-known focus on the visual (the general’s gaze), especially the acoustic dimension and the other senses (smell, taste, touch) are to be studied (including synaesthetic phenomena), as well as the emotional responses by audiences
    • interactions between war literature and other media (classical iconographies of war, modern war movies, etc.)

    Deadline for the submission of abstracts: November 30, 2015
    Please send your proposals (in German, English, Italian, French or Spanish) including a brief outline of contents to: ambuehl@uni-mainz.de
    Specific bibliographical references for the topic are available on request.
    Papers that have been accepted will undergo a peer reviewing process according to the guidelines of thersites.

    The Egypt Exploration Society YouTube Channel

    [First posted in AWOL 2 August 2011, updated 21 September 2015]

    The Egypt Exploration Society YouTube Channel
    The EES was founded in 1882 by the writer and traveller Amelia Edwards to explore and document ancient Egyptian sites and monuments, and to create a lasting record of the remains as a means of preserving them. This work, begun by Amelia, Flinders Petrie, Howard Carter and many other great archaeologists, continues to this day.
    In the last 130 years the EES has explored hundreds of sites in Egypt, uncovering temples, tombs and entire towns and cities.
    Part of our mission is to generate enthusiasm for Egypt's past and to raise awareness of the importance of protecting its sites and monuments. We are captivated by the stories of the great pharaohs and their people and want to share what our experts have learned about how they lived with as wide an audience as possible.
    We rely almost entirely on public support to fund our work and we need your help to ensure that we continue to carry out our mission at a time when Egypt's heritage is as threatened as it has been since Amelia's day
     Current content includes (among other things) the EES Oral History Project

    Late Antiquity and the New Humanities: An Open Forum

    Late Antiquity and the New Humanities: An Open Forum
    The Marginalia Review of Books

    September 16, 2015

    Ellen Muehlberger introduces the forum on Late Antiquity and the New Humanities

    The five essays in this forum developed from remarks in a panel organized by Heidi Marx-Wolf (University of Manitoba) at the May 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo titled “Late Antiquity and the New Humanities.” The panel reflected on the field of “late antiquity” as a whole: we gauged the changes in scholarship on late antiquity in the context of the shifts taking place in the humanities overall. What new questions were scholars asking, and what new questions could they answer?
    We advertised widely the call for panelists, and we certainly got a wide range of responses. The essays you read here assess “late antiquity” from such divergent viewpoints that it is hard to characterize them as a group. Catherine Chin’s fantastical essay speaks of the effects of style on the representation of the past, and then tries out some of the best tools available in her retelling of a well-known historical event. Mira Balberg astutely places her finger on a problem that has troubled the study of late antiquity as well as the study of the middle ages, namely, that these fields almost by definition exclude Jewish materials. She then calls scholars to go beyond the easy first step (identifying late ancient Jewish texts that are familiar because they are similar to other late ancient materials) and to let the truly different texts change what we think of when we speak of “late antiquity.” Anthony Kaldellis describes the distinct emphasis that scholars of late antiquity place on concepts like identity and cultural negotiation, then asks his readers to consider what may be lost by such a methodology. Philip Rousseau speaks of the twists and turns, over the last several decades, in the organization and self-understanding of the field of “late antiquity” and points to an emerging paradigm that might replace it: the study of the first millennium. My own essay describes a structural limitation in the field of late antiquity, especially in research on early Christianity, namely, our reliance on the author as a category of analysis and organization...

    Chaterine Chin
    Catherine M. Chin,Pro nobis fabula narratur: Late Antiquity as Art and Fantasy”
    What might such non-argumentative production look like? Here I would like to move into a different mode, with an example of what I think is somatically and intellectually engaged storytelling that does not rely on stereotypical academic argumentation. The story I will tell is famous: Ambrose, Symmachus, and the altar of Victory. I am interested in how words can suggest the density of aesthetic, somatic, and temporal experience that the story of the altar evokes. This is how such a story might be told.
    Mira Balberg, “Late Ancient Judaism: Beyond Border Lines”
    The integration of late ancient Jewish literature into our library, then, forces us to rethink some of the fundamental categories and distinctions — of language, authorship, and genre — through which we approach the period of late antiquity and its texts. This in itself is a worthwhile and desired development: as more and more scholars now contend, these categories and distinctions need to be rethought, challenged, and expanded — not only to include materials beyond the Greek-Roman canon but also to include a plethora of uncategorized materials that defy clear pigeon-holing (literary, religious, doctrinal or other), like magical texts, apocalyptic visions, dedicatory inscriptions, collections of sayings, etc.
    Anthony Kaldellis, “Late Antiquity Dissolves”
    The field, I claimed above, was defined as much by methodology as by time and place, and I will explain that claim below. But the methodology goes hand-in-hand with a set of topics too. The study of the later Roman Empire used to be dominated by the reconstruction of political events and institutions on the one hand and the disembodied (“view from nowhere”) study of theology on the other. With the making of late antiquity, this dead-end combination gave way to a set of more theoretically challenging “soft” topics such as holiness, authorship, gender, sexuality, group identity, worship, social relations, and private life. These were taken to be constructed and changing social forms that were — to use the field’s favorite terms of art — “negotiated” through “discourse,” and mostly Christian discourse at that.
    Philip Rousseau, “Can ‘Late Antiquity’ Be Saved?”
    I confess I’ve sometimes wondered whether we shouldn’t abandon the term “late antiquity.” I’m equally ready to admit it can’t be a serious suggestion. There does remain, even so, a confusing doubt in my mind as to what “late antiquity” really means. I agree with my colleagues who suggest it may have something to do with differing senses of period. Medieval and Byzantine historians, and even Islamicists, have been at times disturbed by an apparent late antique encroachment upon their supposed territory; and the situation has been exacerbated more recently by a growing attachment to the “early’” Middle Ages, “early” Byzantium and “early” Islam, the earliness of which is often difficult to limit or define.
    Ellen Muehlberger
    Ellen Muehlberger, “On Authors, Fathers, and Holy Men”
    What this long-term, informal archival process has given us is a collection, not of evidence, but of authors. That is, our archive represents to us a selection of the fraction of the people from the past who happened to be in a social position to produce texts and to have their names permanently associated with what they produced. Practically speaking, we are already lacking any way to understand an overwhelming amount of late ancient Christianity: the ideas, motivations, habits, creative products, and innovations of those who were not authors are just not available to us.