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Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online, May 24 and 29, 2018

Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
Religionsgeschichtliche Beziehungen zwischen Kleinasien, Nordsyrien und dem Alten Testament: Internationales Symposion Hamburg 17.-21. März 1990. Edited by: Janowski, Bernd; Koch, Klaus; Wilhelm, Gernot (1993). Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Parallelismus membrorum. Edited by: Wagner, Andreas (2007). Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Spicq, Ceslas (1982). Notes de lexicographie néo-testamentaire: Supplément. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Shupak, Nili (1993). Where can Wisdom be found? The Sage's Language in the Bible and in Ancient Egyptian Literature. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: University Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Ein Gott allein? JHWH-Verehrung und biblischer Monotheismus im Kontext der israelitischen und altorientalischen Religionsgeschichte. Edited by: Dietrich, Walter; Klopfenstein, Martin A. (1994). Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Giveon, Raphael (1988). Scarabs from recent Excavations in Israel. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Paleo-Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls

Paleo-Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls
This website aims at sharing the palaeographic work achieved on the Paleo-Hebrew texts from Qumran. This work was carried out during the EAJS-Lab workshop entitled "Research Approaches in Hebrew Bible Manuscript Studies », which took place in Aix-en-Provence in June of 2016.
This website provides an access to the article, the palaeographic tables produced using LaTeX, a digital access to the images of the hebrew letters and paleo-hebrew fonts.
This project, coordinated by Antony Perrot and Matthieu Richelle, could not have been accomplished without the support of the "Orient et Méditerannée" Laboratory (CNRS-UMR8167) and The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Call for Nominations: AIA Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology
Digital technologies are driving important changes in archaeology.  Despite the increasing acceptance of digital technology in daily life, however, determining how to assess digital scholarship has proved difficult: many universities remain unsure about how to evaluate digital work along side more traditional forms of print publication when faced with tenure and promotion decisions.  Recognizing the value of digital scholarship, and aiming to encourage its practice, the AIA offers this award to honor projects, groups, and individuals that deploy digital technology in innovative ways in the realms of excavation, research, teaching, publishing, or outreach.
Criteria for Selection 
Nominations of projects and individuals are welcome. Nominations may be made by anyone, including the project director or the principal members of the team responsible for the digital creation. Nominations of collaborative projects are encouraged. At least one member of the leadership team, or any individual nominee, must be a member in good standing of the AIA. Please submit the AIA membership number(s) with the nomination.
Due Date for Nomination
September 17, 2018
Materials to Be Submitted
Additional Information
Because the field of digital archaeology is still nascent and the application of digital technologies to archaeology is in constant flux, the committee reserves the right to modify this award as the field evolves.  Furthermore, the committee also reserves the right not give the award if no deserving project is nominated. 
Questions about the award should be directed to Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator, at awards@archaeological.org or 857-305-9350.
2018 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project
The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project (https://digitalhumanities.umass.edu/pbmp/) produces a landscape of publications for the site, integrating centuries of scholarly work with the space of the city itself to create a unified, biodirectional interface. One of the strengths of this growing project is that it integrates traditional scholarship with innovative digital tools like GIS with online interface. It thus brings over two centuries of references together with the notoriously long and complicated history of mapping Pompeii. This resource enhances and improves research on Pompeii, offering an easy to navigate interface of value to researchers from different disciplines, as well as teachers, librarians, and students of all ages.

Past Winners of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award
2017 Pleiades
2016 Open Context
Winner: Ancient World Online
Honorable Mentions: From Stone to Screen & Day of Archaeology
2014  Fasti Online 

Open Access Journal: Oxford Faculty of Classics Newsletter

New Open Access Monograph Series: Digital Papyrology

Digital Papyrology I. Methods, Tools and Trends
ISBN: 9783110547474 9783110547603Year: Pages: viii, 318Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
Abstract Since the very beginnings of the digital humanities, Papyrology has been in the vanguard of the application of information technologies to its own scientific purposes, for both theoretical and practical reasons (the strong awareness towards the problems of human memory and the material ways of preserving it; the need to work with a multifarious and overwhelming amount of different data). After more than thirty years of development, we have now at our disposal the most advanced tools to make papyrological studies more and more effective, and even to create a new conception of "papyrology" and a new model of "edition" of the ancient documents. At this turining point, it is important to build an epistemological framework including all the different expressions of Digital Papyrology, to trace a historical sketch setting the background of the contemporary tools, and to provide a clear overview of the current theoretical and technological trends, so that all the possibilities currently available can be exploited following uniform pathways. The volume represents an innovative attempt to deal with such topics, usually relegated into very quick and general treatments within journal articles or papyrological handbooks.
Digital Papyrology II. Case Studies on the Digital Edition of Ancient Greek Papyri
ISBN9783110547450 Year Pages197 Language: English
PublisherDe Gruyter
Added to DOAB on : 2018-05-31 14:06:11
Abstract: The recent developments of Digital Papyrology, in particular the creation of a new platform hosting a textual database of the literary papyri, including special technical texts like the medical papyri, is leading to new thoughts on the concept and shape of the digital critical edition of ancient documents, and to new tools to manage it. The volume collects some contributions on this theme, also in parallel disciplines with the same needs.

Open Access Journal: Revista del Instituto de Historia Antigua Oriental "Dr. Abraham Rosenvasser"

Revista del Instituto de Historia Antigua Oriental "Dr. Abraham Rosenvasser"
ISSN: 0325-1209

El presente número de RIHAO aparece luego de un considerable tiempo desde la publi- cación del número anterior, situación que ha hecho necesario relanzar la revista bajo una nueva serie. El nuevo equipo de trabajo de la revista apunta, pues, en lo inmediato, a subsanar los graves problemas de periodicidad que la misma ha experimentado así como, fundamentalmente, a volver a poner al servicio de los investigadores de la historia antigua del Cercano Oriente de nuestro país la publicación o cial del Instituto dedicado a dicha especialidad en la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Más allá de las coyunturas económicas y los contextos institucionales que sin dudas afectan a toda producción académica, lograr la periodicidad de una publicación cientí ca –así lo creemos– expresa un compromiso serio con la necesidad de difusión de una especialidad. Pero, también hacen al carácter cientí co y académico de una publicación el mantenimiento de una actitud profesional junto con una variedad de aproximaciones inquisitivas y temáticas, así como la no menos necesaria contribución de especialistas del exterior. En ese senti- do, la revista se encuentra abierta a recibir contribuciones nacionales e internacionales que aborden todas las temáticas y especialidades del campo antiguo-oriental, desde miradas propias de la egiptología, la asiriología, la hititología, la iranología y los estu- dios bíblicos tradicionales, ancladas principalmente –aunque no exclusivamente– en aspectos lológicos y arqueológicos, hasta intervenciones derivadas intrínsecamente de los cambios y rupturas observados en las ciencias sociales y humanas desde los años ’60 del siglo pasado. Con este espíritu amplio e integrador, aunque sin soslayar en abso- luto el compromiso con la calidad disciplinar, reanudamos la publicación de RIHAO.

Los artículos enviados para consideración que no cumplan con las normas abajo especificadas serán devueltos al remitente.

núm. 18 (2017)

Tabla de contenidos


Editorial PDF
Emanuel Pfoh 5


La historia del Antiguo Israel: la arqueología y el registro bíblico - la perspectiva en 2015 PDF
Israel Finkelstein 7-25
Los hurro-amorritas de Canaán. Una hipótesis alternativa sobre el origen de los hebreos PDF
Bernardo Gandulla 27-38
Archivald H. Sayce and Ugaritic Studies PDF
Jordi Vidal 39-47
Is There an Iron Age Levant? PDF
Bruce Routledge 49-76


Asiatics in Middle Kingdom Egypt: Perceptions and Reality, de Phyllis Saretta PDF
Perla S. Rodríguez 77-78
Framing Archaeology in the Near East. The Application of Social Theory to Fieldwork PDF
Pablo Jaruf 79-82
State Formation and State Decline in the Near and Middle East, de Rainer Kessler, Walter Sommerfeld y Leslie Tramontini PDF
Emanuel Pfoh 83-85

Open Access Journal: Actas y Comunicaciones del Instituto de Historia Antigua y Medieval

[First posted in AWOL  3 October 2010. Updated 31 May 2018]

Actas y Comunicaciones del Instituto de Historia Antigua y Medieval
ISSN: 1669-7286
La revista anual Actas y Comunicaciones del Instituto de Historia Antigua y Medieval tiene su origen en una iniciativa que parte en 2005 con el objetivo de complementar el perfil de la producción impresa de los Anales de Historia Antigua, Medieval y Moderna, en cuya larga trayectoria, tanto en foros científicos nacionales como del exterior, se ha representado la producción científica de la especialidad.

Este nuevo emprendimiento, esfuerzo en consonancia con las nuevas tecnologías utilizadas por la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, acerca a un público más amplio los estudios y avances de investigación de los especialistas que participan en nuestras Jornadas, Encuentros de Actualización, Seminarios y Conferencias, ya que puede ser consultada en forma libre y gratuita.

Es el objetivo de nuestra publicación electrónica aproximar con celeridad resultados científicos de interés para toda la comunidad académica, socializándolos, para su circulación por todas las universidades e institutos de nuestro país y del mundo científico en general.

Los trabajos publicados en Actas y Comunicaciones provienen de las exposiciones realizadas por prestigiosos investigadores nacionales y extranjeros invitados a participar de actividades científicas organizadas por nuestro Instituto y de comunicaciones de investigadores en formación, siendo en este último caso sometidas al examen y evaluación de miembros de un Consejo Editor apropiado a la especialidad.

Vol. 11 (2015)

Volumen 10 2014
Volumen 9 -2013
Volumen 8 -2012
Volumen 7 -2011
Volumen 6 -2010
Volumen 5 - 2009
Volumen 4 - 2008

Volumen 3 - 2007
Volumen 2 - 2006
Volumen 1 - 2005

Alphabetical List of Open Access Monograph Series in Ancient Studies

This page includes links to digitized or born-digital open access monograph series. It includes 207 titles at the moment (31 May 2018).

I'll be grateful for reminders and information on Series not yet listed.

                      Open Access Monograph Series: American Studies in Papyrology

                      [First posted in AWOL 25 Dectember 2015, updated 31 May 2018 (46 volumes of the series have now been digitized)]

                      American Studies in Papyrology
                      The ASP publishes The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (BASP), the only North American journal in the field of papyrology. The Society maintains an extensive back list for BASP. The University of Michigan Library now maintains an electronic archive of BASP from Vol. 1 (1963/4).

                      The Society also publishes a monograph series, American Studies in Papyrology, a new series of reprinted "Classics" in papyrology and occasional Supplements to BASP.

                      American Society of Papyrologists monographs and supplements are distributed by Oxbow/Casemate Academic. Outside of North America, contact Oxbow Books, 10 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 1865 241249, Fax: +44 1865 794449, Email: oxbow@oxbowbooks.com. In North America, contact Casemate Academic, PO Box 511 (20 Main St.), Oakville, CT 06779, Tel. 860/945-9329, Fax: 860/945-9468.   [See here]

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                      Annotations in Greek and Latin texts from Egypt

                      Author:McNamee, Kathleen.
                      Publisher:American Society of Papyrologists
                      Place of Publication: New Haven, Conn.
                      Date of Publication: c2007

                      Essays and texts in honor of J. David Thomas

                      Author:Gagos, Traianos.Bagnall, Roger S.Thomas, J. David (John David), honoree.
                      Publisher:American Society of Papyrologists
                      Place of Publication: Oakville, Conn.
                      Date of Publication:©2001

                      The four Greek hymns of Isidorus and the cult of Isis

                      Author:Vanderlip, Vera Frederika.
                      Publisher:A. M. Hakkert
                      Place of Publication: Toronto
                      Date of Publication: 1972

                      Yale papyri in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library v.1

                      Author:Oates, John F.Samuel, Alan Edouard.Welles, C. Bradford (Charles Bradford), 1901-
                      Publisher:American Society of Papyrologists
                      Place of Publication: New Haven
                      Date of Publication: 1967-

                      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online, May 31, 2018


                      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online. There are 243 volumes of this series now online open access.

                      Roth, Silke (2002). Gebieterin aller Länder: Die Rolle der königlichen Frauen in der fiktiven und realen Aussenpolitik des ägyptischen Neuen Reiches. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
                      Meurer, Georg (2002). Die Feinde des Königs in den Pyramidentexten. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
                      Auffret, Pierre (1981). Hymnes d'Égypte et d'Israël: Études de structures littéraires. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
                      Müller, Hans-Peter (1984). Vergleich und Metapher im Hohenlied. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
                      Heise, Jens (2007). Erinnern und Gedenken: Aspekte der biographischen Inschriften der ägyptischen Spätzeit. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

                      Partially Open Access Journal: Antiquity Open — Free Content

                      Antiquity Open — Free Content
                      Antiquity, a peer-reviewed journal of archaeology, founded by O.G.S. Crawford in 1927, is owned by the Antiquity Trust, a registered charity.

                      The Trustees of the Antiquity Trust can be found on our Antiquity Trust page.
                      The Directors of Antiquity Publications Ltd, owned by the Antiquity Trust and responsible for producing Antiquity are Chris Gosden, Sue Hamilton, Nicky Milner, Cameron Petrie, Mike Pitts, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Robert Witcher.
                      The Antiquity office is based at the Department of Archaeology at the Durham University

                      Research Articles

                      Symbolic equids and Kushite state formation: a horse burial at Tombos
                      Sarah A. Schrader, Stuart Tyson Smith, Sandra Olsen & Michele Buzon
                      A moment frozen in time: evidence of a late fifth-century massacre at Sandby borg
                      Clara Alfsdotter, Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay & Helena Victor
                      Early art in the Urals: new research on the wooden sculpture from Shigir
                      Mikhail Zhilin, Svetlana Savchenko, Svend Hansen, Karl-Uwe Heussner & Thomas Terberger

                      Project Gallery

                      Books and Reviews

                      Book reviews

                      Review by Terje Oestigaard
                      Water from stone: archaeology and conservation at Florida's springs
                      Jason O'Donoughue
                      Review by Debra L. Martin
                      Archaeologies of gender and violence
                      Bo Jensen & Uroš Matić (ed.)
                      Review by Leo S. Klejn
                      Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium - Introducing Current Perspectives
                      Oliver J. T. Harris & Craig Cipolla

                      Prize Winners


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                      Antiquity Archive

                      Antiquity Archive Visit the Antiquity Archive to find older information, including:
                      • online supplements
                      • tributes
                      • one-off articles
                      Search the Antiquity Archive

                      Newly Open Access Monograph Series: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. Supplements

                      Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. Supplements

                      Abbreviations in Greek literary papyri and ostraca

                      Author:McNamee, Kathleen.
                      Publisher: Scholars Press
                      Place of Publication: Chico, Calif
                      Date of Publication:©1981


                      Interview with Cyrus H. Gordon (vdeo and transcript)

                      Interview with Cyrus H. Gordon, conducted by Gary A. Rendsburg, at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, February 3rd, 1998.
                      Video available here. Length: 2 hours. Transcribed by Peter Shamah, Rutgers University, 2018. Annotated by Peter Shamah and Gary Rendsburg. CHG = Cyrus H. Gordon GAR = Gary A. Rendsburg Others who speak are indicated by their initials as well.

                      Aegyptiaca Nr. 2 (2018) has appeared: In Memory of Brian Curran

                      Open Access Journal: NABU: Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires

                      [First posted in AWOL 17 November 2012, updated 2 June 2017]

                      NABU: Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires
                      ISSN: 0989-5671
                      Ce journal, intitulé Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, est publié quatre fois par an (mars, juin, septembre, décembre).
                      Comité de rédaction :
                      Dominique Charpin, Jean-Marie Durand, Francis Joannès, Nele Ziegler
                      Les numéros à partir de 1987 sont téléchargeables au format pdf.
                      Le signe * indique les numéros searchable (unicode seulement à partir de 2008/3). Les autres sont des fichiers-images. 

                        Also see the tables of contents of the Mémoires de NABU

                        Open Access Journal: Anabases: Traditions et Réceptions de l’Antiquité

                        [First posted in AWOL 20 December 2011. Updated 3 June 2018]

                        Anabases: Traditions et Réceptions de l’Antiquité
                        ISSN électronique: 2256-9421
                        Depuis sa naissance en mars 2005, Anabases se veut une revue internationale, transdisciplinaire et comparatiste portant sur la réception et les traditions de l’Antiquité à travers le temps. En bref : qu’advient-il de l’Antiquité après l’Antiquité ?

                        La démarche interculturelle – qui est à la base des problématiques de l’équipe É.R.A.S.M.E. – sous-tend une perspective transversale dans trois registres d’analyse : 1) entre disciplines, comme l’histoire, la philosophie, les littératures, l’archéologie, les sciences politiques ; 2) entre aires culturelles touchant la Méditerranée, l’Europe, le Proche-Orient et le Moyen-Orient ; 3) entre périodes, depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’au très contemporain. 

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                        Open Access Journal: Eugesta [Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity]

                        [First posted in AWOL 18 December 2011. Updated 3 June 2018]

                        Eugesta [Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity]
                        ISSN: 2265-8777
                        Le recours aux concepts de sexe et de genre développés dans les Gender Studies a considérablement transformé les recherches dans le domaine de l’Antiquité en ouvrant un nouveau champ extrêmement fructueux sur le plan culturel et social. Dans la mesure où elle est à l’origine de conceptions et valeurs auxquelles se réfèrent les constructions d’identités dans les cultures occidentales, l’Antiquité est un lieu d’application de ces théories tout à fait particulier. Les travaux menés sur les relations entre hommes, entre hommes et femmes, entre femmes, et sur les façons de construire le féminin et le masculin, ont jeté sur le fonctionnement des sociétés et cultures antiques, un éclairage nouveau, qui est aussi d’un intérêt capital pour l’étude de la réception de l’Antiquité dans les cultures occidentales.
                        Lire la suite…
                        The increased attention accorded to concepts of sex and gender developed by work in gender studies has powerfully transformed research in to the ancient Mediterranean past, opening up a new extremely fruitful field of cultural and social analysis. Inasmuch as many ideas and values responsible for shaping the construction of identities in later western societies originate in antiquity, applying gendered theoretical perspectives to the texts and artifacts surviving from the ancient world antiquity offers particular benefits. Inquiries conducted into the relations among men, between men and women, among women, and on modes of constructing what qualifies as “feminine” and “masculine” have brought a new illumination to the distinctive ways that ancient societies and cultures functioned, an illumination also of major relevance for research on the reception of antiquity in western cultures.
                        Jorge Bravo
                        Boys, Herms, and the Objectification of Desire on Athenian Sympotic Vases [Abstract][Full text]

                        Nikos Litinas
                        The Maculate Muse. A source of sexual arousal in fourth-century AD Alexandria (Palladas, AP 9.395) [Abstract][Full text]

                        Anne Bielman
                        Stéréotypes et réalités du pouvoir politique féminin : la guerre civile en Égypte entre 132 et 124 av. J.-C.1 [Abstract][Full text]

                        Jacqueline Fabre-Serris
                        Sulpicia, Gallus et les élégiaques. Propositions de lecture de l’épigramme 3.13 [Abstract][Full text]

                        Lewis Webb
                        Gendering the Roman imago [Abstract][Full text]

                        Anthony Corbeill
                        A New Painting of Calypso in Pliny the Elder [Abstract][Full text]

                        Bettina Bergmann
                        The Lineup: Passion, Transgression, and Mythical Women in Roman Painting [Abstract][Full text]

                        Yasmina Foehr-Janssens
                        Le lait de la colère : la nourrice criminelle dans la dramaturgie des récits de guerre civile (De la Guerre des Juifs aux Tragiques) [Abstract][Full text]

                        Photothèque Mosaïques Henri Stern

                        Photothèque Mosaïques Henri Stern
                        La base de données de la photothèque Henri Stern rassemble près de 15000 diapositives numérisées représentant des mosaïques antiques (surtout d’époque romaine) et parfois des mosaïques médiévales, provenant de 35 pays.
                        Les clichés sont dûs, pour la quasi-totalité, aux membres du Centre. Les images mises en ligne sont de basse résolution et ne peuvent servir à la publication, la base étant un instrument de recherche. Les autorisations de reproduction des clichés numérisés en haute résolution sont à demander àFrédérique Marchand-Beaulieu.

                        ICG - Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae - A database of early Christian inscriptions from Asia Minor and Greece

                        ICG - Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae
                        Ancient inscription
                        A database of early Christian inscriptions from Asia Minor and Greece
                        The Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae (ICG), which was initiated in 2008 within the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi, consists of a digital collection of early Greek Christian inscriptions from Asia Minor and Greece dating from ca. II–VI CE.

                        Each ICG entry features the original Greek text, a German or English translation, a concise critical apparatus and commentary, images (whenever available), as well as all the relevant information pertaining to dating, ancient and modern provenances, current location, and circumstances of discovery (whenever such information is known).

                        The collection can be searched by ancient (‘Site’) or modern (‘Holder’) locations, type , or dating, under the ‘Search’ tab.

                        (Please note that the same inscription may be included in several sub-folders. For example, an inscription approximately dated between 200-500 will be included in three folders: 3. century, 4. century, and 5. century.)


                        Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Institut für Christentum und Antike), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Inscriptiones Graecae), Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi


                        Inscriptions, Epigraphy, Early Christianity, Authority, Identity, Knowledge




                        Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae, 2016, C. Breytenbach, K. Hallof, U. Huttner, J. Krumm, S. Mitchell, J. Ogereau, E. Sironen, M. Veksina, C. Zimmermann, Edition Topoi, DOI: 10.17171/1-8


                        U. Huttner, J. Krumm, J. Ogereau, M. Veksina

                        Babylonian Diaries

                        Babylonian Diaries


                        The astronomical diaries are a genre of Babylonian cuneiform texts, published by Herman Hunger based on earlier work of Abraham Sachs. Their first three volumes have been digitized and converted to a canonical data format. This publication extends the edited texts by astronomical data and structured analysis.


                        The Babylonian astronomical diaries comprise a group of cuneiform texts which record natural events in time spans from months to a whole year.
                        The most important among these texts are astronomically relevant observations as well as meteorological observations which mainly relate to changes of wind or rain. In addition, monthly summaries state market prices of key commodities and particularly serious state events such as wars and famines.
                        The diaries systematically record these events in canonical form and thus enable us to theoretically evaluate the observations. The period we observed ranges from the 6th century BCE to 60 BCE. This group of texts is the only ancient text corpus comprising systematical daily observations over a long period of time. The texts may rightly be considered to mark the empirical peak of ancient astronomy.


                        Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


                        Ancient Astronomy, Babylon, diaries, cuneiform texts, meteorology




                        Babylonian Diaries, 2016, Gerd Graßhoff, Gordon Fischer, Edition Topoi, DOI: 10.17171/1-3