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Seleucid Coins Online News

Seleucid Coins Online is [mostly] complete and published
After a few months of continuous work on normalizing data and fixing some type numbering issues, Seleucid Coins Online has been updated and completed (with the exception of some typos or missing type/subtype records we might invariably find). There are now 2,519 total coin types from Seleucus I until late Roman Republican and early Augustan types issued with under the stated authority of Philip I (posthumously). There are about 6,000 subtypes nested hierarchically under these parent types, and more than 2,000 physical specimens from the ANS, Berlin, Muenster, Harvard Art Museums, and the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia have been linked to SCO, either at a higher parent type level (for worn coins) or at the specific subtype when an accurate identification can be made. Oliver Hoover is still working on cataloging later Seleucid coins in the ANS collection, so the coverage will be expanded in the near future.
Seleucid tetradrachms

Since the browse page is built logically around parent type numbers rather than the original version of SCO, which was not ordered hierarchically, the images displayed to the right of the descriptive summary include both parent and subtype specimens. As a result, the photographic coverage of parent types is enhanced. At present about 25% of all Seleucid types have at least one physical specimen (which is almost certainly photographed, since our NEH-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project has funding to catalog and photograph our entire Seleucid collection). To reiterate: we still have more cataloging work to do for the later Seleucid coinage. The photographic coverage can be derived from a SPARQL query of Nomisma.org. 

This project, along with PELLA and the impending Ptolemaic Coins Online, should prove to be a valuable resource for Hellenistic numismatics to students, scholars, general hobbyists, and archaeologists and museum professionals in aid of identifying and cataloging specimens from museums or excavations.
Geographic distribution of Seleucid coinage from East Greece to Ai Khanoum.

Latin Language Stack Exchange

Open Access Journal: Oqimta: Studies in Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature

[First posted in AWOL 8 August 2013, updated 30 October 2018]

Oqimta: Studies in Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature
ISSN: 2308-1449 
Oqimta is a digitized research journal devoted to all spheres and types of talmudic and rabbinical literature – Halakha and Agada
The articles in this journal undergo academic appraisal and redaction, and are published in the accepted languages for Judaica research.
Oqimta will be appearing once a year, in digitized form, and is available free of charge to the reading public. Articles that have completed the publication process will be uploaded to the site prior to the finalization of the issue, and can be found on the "In Publication" page.
We are pleased to present the inaugural issue: Oqimta 1 (5773 [2013]) containing thirteen articles. We take this opportunity to invite you to subscribe to our mailing list (see subscribe), and to send us your submissions (see Instructions for Authors).

The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project

[First posted in AWOL 9 November 2015, updated 31 October 2018]

The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project
The Hittite language is the earliest preserved member of the Indo-European family of languages. It was written on clay tablets in central Asia Minor over a five hundred year span (c. 1650-1180 B.C.). The vast majority of Hittite tablets were excavated from the ruins of the ancient Hittite capital Hattusa located near the modern Turkish town of Boghazkale (formerly Boghazköy) about 210 kilometers east of Ankara.

Scientific excavation of these ruins by a German expedition began in 1906. About 10,000 clay tablets inscribed with the familiar Assyro-Babylonian script were recovered at that moment. Although some were written in the Akkadian language and could be read immediately, most were in an unknown language, correctly assumed to be Hittite. Within ten years the language had been deciphered, and a sketch of its grammar published. Gradually, the interational community of scholars, led by the Germans, expanded the knowledge of the language. The number of common Hittite words that one could translate with reasonable certainty increased steadily. Glossaries published in 1936 by Edgar Sturtevant (in English) and in 1952 by Johannes Friedrich (in German) admirably served the needs of their contemporaries. Yet today, seventy-five years after the decipherment, there still exists no complete dictionary of the Hittite language.

The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project (CHD) was officially started in 1975 with the awarding of an NEH grant to Harry A. Hoffner and Hans G. Güterbock, the editors. It was conceived in answer to a recognized need for a Hittite-English lexical tool, a concordance for lexicographical research for all parts of the corpus of Hittite texts.

Chicago Hittite Dictionary (CHD)

L-N, fascicles 1–4 xxx + 477 (1–477) 1989  
P, fascicles 1–3 xxxii + 403 1997  
Š, fascicle 1
(šā- to šaptamenzu)
viii + 208 2002
Š, fascicle 2
(šaptamenzu to -ši-)
209-332 2005  
Š, fascicle 3
(še to šizišalla-)
333-508 2013  

Chicago Hittite Dictionary Supplements (CHDS)

CHDS 1. Ankara Arkeoloji Müzesinde bulanan Bogazköy Tabletleri II - Bogazköy Tablets in the Archaeological Museum of Ankara II. By Rukiye Akdoğan and Oğuz Soysal. 2011.
CHDS 2. Unpublished Bo-Fragments in Transliteration I (Bo 9536 - Bo 9736). By Oğuz Soysal. 2015.

Papyri.info News: Journals in papyri.info

From the PAPY mailing list
Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw attention to the fact that for some months now  
there are been a slow start to entering the texts of editions  
published in journal articles. There are a few ZPE articles, some BASP  
articles, Aegyptus has been started.

Many of you may have been unaware of this. For the unbelievers / I  
didn't know thatters, please have a look at:




please also see


Now all this is at an early stage.

It depends a lot on you as the community to help us here. The more  
engagement with the platform there is the faster this entry takes  
place. There have already been entries of this sort, which is very  
pleasing to note.

It is imaginable, for example, that individual colleagues would like  
to see their own publications included as quickly as possible. They  
have the texts of their articles (I scarcely need to emphasise Unicode  
Greek/Latin/Coptic only), they know their texts. Please let me ask you  
to enter them yourselves.

That is what papyri.info is there for. I am very ready to help. There  
are many colleagues who have had experience with the system and can  
also help.

Happy Halloween

James M.S. Cowey

Digital Epigraphy In Association with the Epigraphic Survey

Digital Epigraphy In Association with the Epigraphic Survey

Twenty years ago, when I started working in Egypt as an epigrapher, I wasn’t given too many guidelines regarding how to do the best job when documenting a painted tomb. Our Hungarian project leader wanted to have the most detailed, most faithful, most informative, and most complete documentation that was accessible to everyone, while useful for an art historian (or for that matter any person with a general interest) just as much as it was for us, scholars. In 1998 personal computers were already mainstream but were scarcely used in my field of interest – drawings were created facsimile, most often copied directly from the walls by using transparent material that was directly attached onto the decorative surface. I remember admiring the Epigraphic Survey (Chicago House, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) for its alternate methods and precision, but I also remember thinking that I’ll never have the resources to implement their technique in my personal projects. With no experience whatsoever, I did what I thought was best: pulled out large sheets of transparent paper and hand-copied every bits and traces of pigment I could find on the wall. The results were regular penciled drawings including painted outlines, damaged areas, traces of preliminary sketches, and labels for each and every color on the wall. Hundreds and hundreds of identical transparent sheets would be filled with information in the next ten years..

Open Access Journal: AIGIS: elektronisk tidsskrift for klassiske studier i Norden

[First posted in AWOL 29 October 2009. Most recently updated 1 November 2018]

AIGIS: elektronisk tidsskrift for klassiske studier i Norden
ISSN 1901-6859
AIGIS udkommer to gange årligt, 1. maj og 1. november og er gratis. Tidsskriftet udkommer ikke på papir, kun i elektronisk form

Læsning af formaterne
Artiklerne findes i indholdsfor-tegnelsen for de enkelte bind, hvorefter de downloades eller læses direkte. Hvis man har fast opkobling kan det være lettere at læse filerne med et Acrobat Reader plug-in. Hvis man derimod er koblet op med et modem og gerne vil spare på telefonregningen, er det mere hensigtsmæssigt at downloade (save as) og så lukke telefonen. 

Artikler osv i AIGIS ligger i pdf (portable document format) som tillader græske bogstaver, billeder og fast lay-out med, så man kan henvise til sidenummer i artiklerne. Det er nødvendigt at man har det gratis program Acrobat Reader 6 eller nyere (8) der kan læse artiklerne, printe dem ud, søge i dem eller, hvis man vil, uddrage enkelte passager til brug i egne filer. Hent programmet på Adobe's hjemmeside. 

Hvis man vil være sikker på at få fremtidige færdige numre af AIGIS 'leveret' så snart det udkommer, kan man melde sig til AIGIS-postlisten via KU's Listserver. Men man kan naturligvis også komme til AIGIS uden at være fast abonnent. 

Bidrag, ris og ros
Man kan også sende e-post til redaktionen - selvfølgelig helst med ros og bidrag til kommende numre. Bidrag kan sendes per attachment i alle gængse tekstbehandlings-systemer, allerbedst i rtf (Rich Text Format). Græsk må gerne være skrevet i GreekKeys (Kadmos, Athe-nian, el. lign.), så slipper vi for at skrive det om. Allerbedst er Unicode. Disse systemer er brugbare både på Mac og PC. Undgå venligst Wingreek, Son of Wingreek og WordPerfect græsk som kun fungerer på PC. Billeder leveres indscannet i jpeg.

AIGIS 18,2 november 2018



Bengt Alexanderson, Tankar om översättningen av Hebréerbrevet i Bibel 2000
Claus Asbjørn Andersen, Grundlæggende træk af Bartolomeo Mastris scotistiske metafysik

Jerker Blomqvist, κλώταξ och κνώδαξ: ett sällsynt ord och dess synonym



Adam Schwartz, Idylliske digte af Bion fra Smyrna, oversat af Simon Meisling



Minna Skafte Jensen, Johnny Carl Christensen (5.3.1930-22.9.2018)

Tilbage til forsiden.

AIGIS1.1 april 2001 AIGIS 1.2 oktober 2001
AIGIS 2.1 april 2002
AIGIS 2.2 oktober 2002
AIGIS 3.1 april 2003
AIGIS 3.2 oktober 2003
AIGIS 4.1 april 2004
AIGIS 4.2 oktober 2004
AIGIS 5.1april 2005
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AIGIS 6.1 april 2006
AIGIS 6.2 oktober 2006
AIGIS 7.1 april 2007
AIGIS 7.2 oktober 2007
AIGIS 8.1 april 2008
AIGIS 8.2 november 2008
AIGIS 9.1 maj 2009
AIGIS 9,2 november 2009
AIGIS 10,1 maj 2010
AIGIS 10,2 november 2010
AIGIS 11,1 maj 2011
AIGIS 11,2 november 2011
AIGIS 12,1 maj 2012
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AIGIS 13,1 maj 2013
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AIGIS 14,1 maj 2014
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AIGIS 15,1 maj 2015
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AIGIS 16,1 maj 2016
AIGIS 16,2 november 2015
AIGIS 17,1 maj 2017
AIGIS 17,2 november 2017
AIGIS 18,1 maj 2018
Platonselskabet Oslo 2005
Platonselskabet Reykjavik 2009
Platonselskabet Lund 2011
Platonselskabet København 2013
Platonselskabet Oslo 2015
AIGIS suppl. I: Festskrift for Chr. Gorm Tortzen. 2011
AIGIS suppl. II: Festskrift til Adam Bülow-Jacobsen. 2013
AIGIS suppl. III: Festskrift til Christian Marinus Taisbak - 80 år. 2014
AIGIS suppl. IV: Festskrift til Fritz S. Pedersen - 70 år. 2015
AIGIS suppl V: Festskrift til Bent 2016

Open Access Journal: Al-Bardiyyat - البرديات -Newsletter of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology

The Oriental Institute's Publications on Medinet Habu

[First posted in AWOL 7 February 2914, updated 1 November 2018]

Medinet Habu Final Reports
 Excavations at Medinet Habu
Medinet Habu Preliminary Reports
  • Medinet Habu 1928-29. Part 1: The Architectural Survey. By Uvo Hölscher Part 2: The Language of the Historical Texts Commemorating Ramses III. By John A. Wilson Originally published in 1930.  
  • Medinet Habu 1924-28. Part 1: The Epigraphic Survey of the Great Temple of Medinet Habu (Seasons 1924-25 To 1927-28). By Harold H. Nelson, Part 2: The Architectural Survey of the Great Temple and Palace of Medinet Habu (Season 1927-28). By Uvo Hölscher.
  • Medinet Habu Reports – Third Preliminary Report. Part 1. The Epigraphic Survey, 1928-31. By Harold H. Nelson Part 2. The Architectural Survey, 1929/30. By Uvo Hölscher Originally published in 1931.
Medinet Habu Studies
For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale volume 116 (2017) online

Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale volume 116 (2017) is  now open access: 

auteurs titre pages taille fichier
GASSE (Annie), THIERS (Christophe) (Jean-Claude Grenier) 10 septembre 1943-22 juillet 2016 p. 1-10 0.3 Mb BIFAO116_art_01.pdf
ASHOUR (Sobhi), SHUEIB (Sayed) A Roman Portrait-Head from Medinet Madi p. 11-22 0.3 Mb BIFAO116_art_02.pdf
AUSTIN (Anne), GOBEIL (Cédric) Embodying the Divine: A Tattooed Female Mummy from Deir el-Medina p. 23-46 0.7 Mb BIFAO116_art_03.pdf
CHAPON (Linda) Une possible représentation de l’arbre jšd dans le temple de Millions d’Années de Thoutmosis III à Thèbes-Ouest p. 47-56 0.6 Mb BIFAO116_art_04.pdf
DORN (Andreas), POLIS (Stéphane) Nouveaux textes littéraires du scribe Amennakhte (et autres ostraca relatifs au scribe de la Tombe) p. 57-96 1.8 Mb BIFAO116_art_05.pdf
LAFONT (Julie) Consommation et proscription du miel en Égypte ancienne. Quand bj.t devient bw.t p. 97-122 0.6 Mb BIFAO116_art_06.pdf
MAZÉ (Christelle) À la recherche des « classes moyennes ». Les espaces de la différenciation sociale dans l’Égypte du IIIe millénaire av. J.-C. p. 123-176 0.5 Mb BIFAO116_art_07.pdf
MEKAWY (Ouda Ahmed M.) The Votive Stela of the “Overseer of the Singers of the King” Nfr-rnpt (Egyptian Museum Cairo TR p. 177-190 0.7 Mb BIFAO116_art_08.pdf
MINART (Marie-Anne) Étude d’une cloison d’église de la fin du premier millénaire conservée au musée du Louvre. Monastère de Baouît, Moyenne Égypte p. 191-228 2.3 Mb BIFAO116_art_09.pdf
MINART Marie-Anne, avec une contribution de BÉNAZETH (Dominique) Étude d’un vantail de la fin du premier millénaire conservé au musée du Louvre. Monastère de Baouît, Moyenne Égypte p. 229-272 2.6 Mb BIFAO116_art_10.pdf
PAYRAUDEAU (Frédéric), MEFFRE (Raphaële) Varia tanitica I. Vestiges royaux p. 273-302 1.6 Mb BIFAO116_art_11.pdf
REDON (Bérangère), VANPEENE (Matthieu), avec une annexe céramologique de PESENTI (Mikaël) « La vigne a été inventée dans la ville égyptienne de Plinthine ». À propos de la découverte d’un fouloir saïte à Kôm el-Nogous (Maréotide) p. 303-324 2.5 Mb BIFAO116_art_12.pdf
RELATS (Montserrat Félix), THIESSON (Julien), BARAHONA-MENDIETA (Zulema), SANCHEZ (Christelle), RÉJIBA (Fayçal), GUÉRIN (Roger) Une première campagne de prospection à Médamoud : méthodologie et résultats préliminaires (Mission Ifao/Paris-Sorbonne/Labex Resmed de Médamoud) p. 325-384 2.9 Mb BIFAO116_art_13.pdf
TÖPFER (Susanne) „Aggressives Rosa“ – Zu einer Mumienauflage der spätptolemäisch-frührömischen Epoche aus Achmim (ÄMUL Inv.-Nr. 7810) p. 385-410 1.1 Mb BIFAO116_art_14.pdf

Open Access Monograph Series: Limesforschungen: Studien zur Organisation der römischen Reichsgrenze an Rhein und Donau


Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica Online, 2 October 2018

Open Access Journal: Belleten

ISSN: 0041-4255
Belleten, Türk Tarih Kurumu tarafından, Ocak 1937'den bu yana dört ayda bir Türkçe olarak yayımlanmakta olan, dil ve tarih konulu makalelere yer veren bir dergidir.
Dergi, 1910'da yayınlanmaya başlayan Tarih-i Osmani Encümeni mecmuasının devamıdır. 1931'de 101. sayısından sonra Türk Tarih Encümeni Mecmuası olarak adı değişen dergi, 1937'de Belleten adını almıştır. Türkiye'nin en eski dergilerden biri olan Belleten, Latin alfabesi ile yayınlanan ilk tarih dergisidir. [Source: Vikipedi, özgür ansiklopedi]

Now Available: From the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula: Domestic Spaces in the Neolithic

From the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula: Domestic Spaces in the Neolithic
Routes de l’Orient is extremely glad to announce the issue of its first International Conference Proceedings. This colloquium was held the 16th and 17th October 2015 at the Collège de France, Paris.
From the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula: Domestic Spaces in the Neolithic is published under the direction of Carolyne Douché and Fiona Pichon. It is the biggest issue ever edited by Routes de l’Orient. We then wish you an excellent and long reading !
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Now online: ‘Atiqot 92 (2018)

‘Atiqot 92 (2018)
  • Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat in the Late Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods (pp. 1–68)
    Yardenna Alexandre
    Keywords: Lower Galilee, numismatics, fauna, economy, cross, ethnicity, burial, glass, agriculture, monastery, Fatamid period, Jews, Christians, Great Revolt
    At the site, located near Shefar’am in the Lower Galilee, six architectural strata (VI–I) were discerned. Their dates range from the late Hellenistic to the late Byzantine/Early Islamic periods. During the late Hellenistic period (Hasmonean period; second century BCE), there was a small village at the site, which was possibly settled by Judean colonizers. The finds from the Early Roman period include Kefar Ḥananya wares and a few chalkstone vessel fragments, which hint at the Jewish identity of the inhabitants. In the Middle Roman period (third–fourth centuries CE), there was renewed activity at the site; the pottery forms, including Kefar Ḥananya wares, are characteristic of Jewish settlements in the region. After a gap, the site was resettled during the early Byzantine period (fifth century CE), possibly by a Christian population. During the middle Byzantine period (late fifth–sixth centuries CE), new buildings were erected, and remains of large-scale food-processing were found; these were possibly associated with a monastery, a farm, or a lodging inn for Christian pilgrims en route from ‘Akko to the Galilee. Activity in the late Byzantine–Early Islamic periods (early seventh century CE) consisted of small-scale industrial burning activity, carried out by a new short-lived population at the site.

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    • The Glass Finds from Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat (pp. 69–82)
      Tamar Winter
      Keywords: Lower Galilee, glass production
      The excavation in the dwellings and agricultural installations at Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat in the Lower Galilee yielded nearly 400 glass fragments, about half of which were diagnostic. The finds range in date from the Early Roman to the late Ottoman periods. Most of the finds date from the fourth–early fifth centuries CE (Strata IV and III), comprising bowls, beakers, bottles and jugs, and from the sixth–seventh centuries CE (Strata II and I), including bowls, wineglasses, bottles and lamps. The glass vessels shed light on everyday life in a rural settlement in the Lower Galilee.
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    • The Coins from Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat (pp. 83–92)
      Gabriela Bijovsky
      Keywords: Lower Galilee, numismatics, mint, hoard
      This article constitutes a report on the numismatic finds from the IAA 2008 excavations at Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat, as well as on a hoard found near the site in 1962, and another small hoard discovered at the same spot in 1972. In the 2008 excavation, 31 bronze coins, 6 of which were unidentifiable, were found, predominately dating to the fourth century CE (Stratum IV). Three coins precede this period: a ‘year two’ pruṭa of the Jewish War and two antoniniani of Gallienus and his wife Salonina. The 1962 hoard dates from the mid-fourth century CE. The coins from the 1972 excavation include a small hoard of eleven Late Roman coins, the latest dating no later than 346 CE, during the Gallus Revolt.
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    • The Fauna from Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat (pp. 93–104)
      Nimrod Marom
      Keywords: Lower Galilee, archaeozoology, burning, economy
      The small faunal assemblage from Ḥorbat ‘Ofrat contains a diverse assortment of bones that were affected by subaerial weathering. A high frequency of cattle was noticed for the Roman strata, suggesting that the economy of the settlement focused on agricultural production. During the transition to the early Byzantine period, a shift was observed, whence sheep and goats became more dominant than cattle, possibly due to an economic shift from agricultural production to a consumption economy that relied on sheep and goats for meat. In the latest occupation at the site, three camel mandibles were found, exhibiting burning patterns that could have been caused by using the large jaws as clamps to hold objects in a fire.
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  • The Spina (Barrier) of the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (Hebrew, pp. 1*–62*; English summary, pp. 217–230)
    Yosef Porath
    Keywords: Roman leisure culture, facility, entertainment, architecture
    The IAA excavations at the Eastern Circus of Caesarea were limited to two excavation areas (VI and VIa) and the anastylosis of the obelisk. Area VI was opened parallel and perpendicular to the obelisk, and Area VIa was opened 150–185 m south of the obelisk, revealing the remains of the spina, meta prima and arena floor. Four architectural strata were revealed in both areas: Stratum IV comprises pre-circus remains; Stratum III, the construction of the Eastern Circus in the second century CE until its abandonment in 640 CE; and Strata II and I attest to post-circus activity at the site, mainly for agriculture. The finds allow for a detailed discussion of the architectural elements and suggestions for their reconstruction. The plan and dimensions of the Eastern Circus of Caesarea, as well as its decoration, are in line with other well-preserved circuses revealed throughout the Roman Empire, e.g., in Rome, Lepcis Magna and Tyre.

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    • A Chronological Revision of the Date of the Pottery Finds from the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 105–136)
      Peter Gendelman
      Keywords: Classical period, ceramics, typology, chronology
      The pottery recovered from the IAA excavations in the Eastern Circus originated from stratigraphic contexts related to four major stages: Stratum IV—pre-circus remains; Stratum III—the construction phase of the circus subdivided into three phases (a–c); Stratum II—post-circus activities; and Stratum I—modern topsoil. The pottery associated with the pre-circus remains was dated to between the end of the first century BCE and the second half of the first century CE, and included imported and locally produced vessels. The pottery from the foundation trench of the spina and from sandy fills below the earliest arena (Phase IIIc) dates the erection of the Eastern Circus to the second century CE, possibly under Emperor Hadrian (117–138 CE). The Phase IIIb pottery dates the renovation phase of the edifice to the late fourth century CE as the initiation date for this phase. The Phase IIIa pottery dates the final stage of the circus to the fifth–sixth centuries CE. The pottery from Stratum II provides an eighth–ninth-century CE date for the agricultural reuse of the area of the Eastern Circus arena. Modern activities at the site (Stratum I) included vessels of the Byzantine, Early Islamic and Crusader periods, and a tile fragment from the late nineteenth–early twentieth centuries.
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    • The Oil Lamps from the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 137–140)
      Yosef Porath
      Keywords: pottery, mold-made, wheel-made
      An intact lamp and several lamp fragments were found within fills which were part of the Herodian city dump or were brought to the site to level the area for the erection of the circus. The oil lamps date to the Early Roman period, indicating that the construction of the Eastern Circus (Stratum III) was initiated not earlier than the beginning of the second century CE, corresponding to the date of the pottery and the coins.
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    • Statues from the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 141–159)
      Rivka Gersht
      Keywords: Roman art, architecture, sculpture, iconography
      Fragments of four statues were uncovered during the 2001–2004 excavations in the Eastern Circus at Caesarea. These were clearly part of the decoration scheme of the spina. Three of the fragments are of human figures—two belong to draped female figures—and the fourth is a fragment of an animal (a bull?). This article attempts to interpret each of the sculpted images within the environment of the circus. It appears that the Eastern Circus was affluently decorated, in accordance with the findings from other circuses throughout the Roman Empire.
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    • The Coins from the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 161–166)
      Gabriela Bijovsky
      Keywords: numismatics
      During the excavations at the Eastern Circus, 44 coins were discovered, 31 of which were identifiable. The coins range in date from the first until the ninth century CE. All the Roman Provincial coins discovered at the site were struck in Caesarea.
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    • A Greek Curse Tablet from the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 167–174)
      Robert Daniel and Yosef Porath
      Keywords: epigraphy, Roman leisure culture, facility, entertainment
      Excavations along the spina of the Eastern Circus at Caesarea revealed six folded lead tablets: five near the meta prima, one near the fallen obelisk and one west of the meta prima, nailed down to the arena surface by a long iron nail. Tablet No. 3 bears a Greek inscription, comprising a curse directed against unnamed charioteers who would compete against a charioteer named Domninus and his horses. The curse tablet was found close to one of the circus’s turning-posts, where it would have been most efficacious.
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    • Anastylosis of the Obelisk in the Eastern Circus at Caesarea Maritima (pp. 175–192)
      Yoram Sa‘ad
      Keywords: technology, reconstruction, conservation
      In the center of the Eastern Circus at Caesarea, a fallen obelisk was found broken, in three parts. Considering its importance and special nature, it was decided to raise it on its original location. To do so, a committee of experts, including historians, archaeologists, architects, engineers and conservators, was consulted. The article illustrates the engineering plan, the decision-making processes and the outcome of the anastylosis.
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  • Remains from the Roman until the Crusader Periods in Tiberias, Aviv Hotel (with a contribution by Yael Gorin-Rosen)(Hebrew, pp. 63*–88*; English summary, pp. 231–233)
    Oren Zingboym, Aharon Amitai and Dina Avshalom-Gorni
    Keywords: architecture, city limits, imported pottery, typology, water supply
    Two excavation areas (A, B) were opened in the precincts of the Aviv Hotel in Tiberias. Five strata were identified: architectural remains from the Roman period (Stratum 5; 50 BCE–late third century CE); part of a mosaic pavement, the remains of a building and a plastered pool from the Byzantine–Umayyad periods (Stratum 4; fourth–eighth centuries CE); wall segments from the Abbasid period (Stratum 3; ninth–eleventh centuries CE); a reservoir and the corner of a building from the Crusader period (Stratum 2; twelfth–thirteenth centuries CE); and remains of a modern building and refuse (Stratum 1; twentieth century). The finds included pottery vessels, coins and glass fragments from the Roman to the Crusader periods.
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    • Tiberias, Aviv Hotel: Domestic and Industrial Pottery from the Abbasid and Crusader Periods (pp. 193–216)
      Edna J. Stern
      Keywords: typology, sugar production, molasses jars, kiln bars, pottery production, trade, imports, Mediterranean Sea, Frankish, scallop shell, pilgrim badge, Santiago de Compostela
      This article presents the pottery from the Abbasid and Crusader periods uncovered in Area B of the Aviv Hotel excavations in Tiberias. The site is situated within the precincts of the Abbasid town, but outside the walled city of the Crusader period. The Abbasid-period assemblage consists mainly of types well-known in Tiberias, reinforcing other evidence concerning pottery production in Tiberias during this period. The pottery from the Crusader period (mid-twelfth–early thirteenth centuries CE) includes glazed bowls from the Aegean region, and possibly cooking ware and glazed bowls from Beirut. Among the imported glazed bowls are two examples of broad-incised sgraffito, also known as ‘Byzantine Incised Sgraffito Ware’ or ‘Aegean Wares’, one of which is decorated with an incised design of a warrior. The imported pottery probably arrived at the site by inland routes, possibly from the port of ‘Akko. The pottery was found outside the city walls, in conjunction with plastered pools and sugar-production vessels, apparently indicating an activity that was carried out outside the city.
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Open Access Journal: Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies

[First posted in AWOL  15 April 2016, updated 4 November 2018]

Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies
eISSN: 1084-7561
Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies
This journal is open to all bona fide scholars in Vedic Studies. It is monitored for style and content by the Editor-in-Chief. Our aim is to disseminate our work quickly. We include articles, abstracts, reviews, and news (such as on conferences, meetings, PhD projects of our students, etc.) We may consider a column of answers to comments on articles published in the journal, with final comment by the author.
Vol 24 No 2 (2017)


  Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies
Vol 22 No 1 (2015)



Bodmer Papyri: Online catalog of the papyrus and parchment manuscripts in the Bodmer collection

The aim of this constellation is to produce a detailed, online catalog of the papyrus and parchment manuscripts at the Fondation Martin Bodmer. The majority of these were acquired by Martin Bodmer in the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of these items seem to have formed part of a larger ancient collection that included works in Greek, Coptic, and Latin  (though only Greek and Coptic are represented in the Bodmer collection). While a number of the books contain interesting combinations of Christian works (such as PB 3, a codex containing the Gospel According to John and part of Genesis in Coptic), there are also classical books, such as the Menander codex (PB M). Other manuscripts contain both classical and Christian material, such as PB T, a codex that includes parts of the biblical book of Daniel in Greek along with book 6 of Thucydides, among other texts.
These manuscripts are of course highly important for the history of early Christianity, and because of the excellent state of preservation of many of the codices, they are of exceptional interest for historians of the book as well.
We employ a numbering system that uses the abbreviation PB (Papyrus Bodmer) and an Arabic number or a Latin letter. In most cases, these numbers correspond to the older system of Roman numerals: P.Bodmer I = PB1; P.Bodmer II = PB 2, etc. In situations when a single codex is composed of several of the old P.Bodmer numbers, we have employed a new "letter" designation: 
  • P.Bodmer V+X+XI+VII+XIII+XII+VIII = PB C, the Bodmer Composite codex
  • P.Bodmer XXV+IV+XXVI = PB M, the Bodmer Menander codex
  • P.Bodmer XX+IX = PB P, the Apology of Phileas and Psalms codex
  • P.Bodmer XXXVIII+XXIX+XXX-XXXVII = PB D, the Bodmer Codex of Visions
  • P.Bodmer XLV+XLVI+XLVII+XXVII = PB T, the Bodmer Susanna-Daniel-Thucydides codex
Dr. Daniel Sharp, Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Dr. Brent Nongbri, Honorary Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

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Open Access Journal: Quaderni della Soprintendenza archeologica del Piemonte

[Firsts posted in AWOL 12 September 2014, updated 5 November 2018]

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)
30 (2015)
31 (2016)

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE)

[First posted in AWOL 21 October 2016, updated 5 November 2018]

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE)
The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE) is an ongoing project that makes available textual and contextual data of book epigrams (or: metrical paratexts) from medieval Greek manuscripts (seventh to fifteenth century).
We define book epigrams as poems in books and on books: their subject is the very manuscript in which they are found. They record, react to, or motivate the production, the contents and the use of the book. Further explanation of this definition is to be found on the Help page.
Objectives of the database are to:
  • collect textual material that was hitherto dispersed over various publications, chiefly catalogues;
  • clarify the manuscript context of the epigrams;
  • provide ways to search the corpus and detect affinities between epigrams and manuscripts;
  • offer reliable editions that respect the uniqueness of each specific manuscript.
The user can access the database by searching or browsing through three categories in the menu above:
epigrams as they occur in one specific manuscript. The data collected here is mainly derived from descriptive catalogues as well as other related publications (such as articles, editions etc). In certain cases it is the result of manuscript consultation conducted by members of our team.
corrected versions of the poems, often regrouping several similar occurrences. This part of the database is still very provisional. The types are meant to evolve into a corpus of editions over the next years.
manuscript identifications are given according to city, library, name of the collection, shelf nr.: it basically follows the system of the Pinakes database.
A beta version of the database has been released on 1 September, 2015. Please, bear in mind that this version is still work in progress. All users are invited to send their feedback with corrections, suggestions etc. at: dbbe@ugent.be.
We are keen for DBBE to be used in the widest possible range of educational and research contexts. For information on how to cite or refer to DBBE, see the Help page.