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Online texts from Simo Parpola, The Correspondence of Assurbanipal, Part I: Letters from Assyria, Babylonia, and Vassal States


Open Access Jouernal: Actes du congrés de la Société Française d'Étude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule

Actes du congrés de la Société Française d'Étude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule
Chaque année, la Sfécag organise un congrès sur la céramique antique dans une région de France ou dans un pays limitrophe : cette réunion rassemble des chercheurs d'une dizaine de pays et permet d'élargir les contacts de chacun. Le prochain congrès se tiendra à REIMS (Marne) du 10 au 13 mai 2018. Vous trouverez dans ces pages le programme de la manifestation ainsi que les informations nécessaires concernant l'organisation pratique.

The Electronic Manipulus florum Project

 [First posted in AWOL 25 June 2016, updatcd 7 December 2018]

The Electronic Manipulus florum Project
Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum ("Handful of flowers") belongs to the genre of medieval texts known as florilegia, collections of authoritative quotations that are the forerunners of modern reference works such as Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. This particular florilegium contains approximately 6000 Latin proverbs and textual excerpts (provided in 5821 entries*) that are attributed to various classical, patristic and medieval authors. Compiled in Paris at the beginning of the 14th century (1306), it survives in over 200 manuscripts and was published in at least 50 editions between 1483 and 1887, making it by far the most widely-disseminated and, presumably, the most influential anthology of Latin quotations produced during the Middle Ages.
Building upon the seminal scholarship of Mary Rouse and Richard Rouse, who published an extensive study of the Manipulus florum in 1979 that includes editions of Thomas'Preface and his list of authors and works (Preachers, pp.251-310), The Electronic Manipulus florum Project provides an Open Access critical edition of this florilegium, as well as a number of related Open Access research materials and various auxiliary resources (see Project Description). In an article on concordances, alphabetized indices and other reference tools developed during the 12th and 13th centuries, the Rouses emphasized that their purpose was to enable users "to find immediately" (statim invenire) the desired passage; the same utilitarian impulse informed the compilation and organization of florilegia. Thus, this project simply seeks to extend Thomas of Ireland's original intention into the digital age.
The Electronic Manipulus florum Edition

          > Browse the Manipulus florum
          > Search the
Manipulus florum

          > Word cloud of Manipulus florum lemmata

Supplementary Pages

          > What is the Manipulus florum?
          > Project Rationale
          > Project Description
          > The 1483 Piacenza Edition
          > The 1550 Venice Edition
            > Editorial Agency in the 1550 Edition
          > The 1567 Lyon Edition
          > Testimonials
          > Links
          > Acknowledgments
          > Annotated Bibliography
          > Auxiliary Resources
          > English Translations
          > Preface to the
Manipulus florum
          > More Manuscript Illuminations
Manipulus florum Colloquium (May 2014) 

Texts from Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period 5/1 online

The texts from  Jamie Novotny and Joshua Jeffers in The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (630–627 BC) and Sîn-šarra-iškun (626–612 BC), Kings of Assyria, Part 1 (Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period 5/1) are now online:
The pages under the "RINAP 5/2" currently house some information on the inscriptions to be included The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (630–627 BC) and Sîn-šarra-iškun (626–612 BC), Kings of Assyria, Part 2. Click on the links to left to view the current content. Because work on Part 2 (Ashurbanipal texts 72-2018, Aššur-etel-ilāni texts 1-6, and Sîn-šarra-iškun 1-21) is still very much a work in progress, we kindly ask you to be patient with us and to bear in mind that the information included under this tab is far from complete and is subject to change. This is especially true of the text designations. This will be the case until the camera-ready manuscript of RINAP 5/2 is sent to the publisher. Therefore, we urge caution should you cite the content of The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (630–627 BC) and Sîn-šarra-iškun (626–612 BC), Kings of Assyria, Part 2.

Open Access Journal: ISIMU: Revista sobre Oriente Próximo y Egipto en la antigüedad

 [First posted in AWOL 18 February 2011. Updated 7 December 2018 (New host)]

ISIMU: Revista sobre Oriente Próximo y Egipto en la antigüedad
ISSN: 1575-3492
Isimu es una revista de periodicidad anual. Sus secciones separadas -dedicadas a los ámbitos originalmente definidos como Asiriología y Egiptología- están abiertas a estudios y resultados de la investigación hoy repartida entre historia, arqueología y filología, pero también y por su propia y declarada voluntad interdisciplinar, a los de las ciencias exactas, físicas y naturales alcanzados en las mismas áreas de Oriente Próximo y Egipto.


Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative

Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative
Andrews, G. (2019). Rethinking the Third Century CE: Contemporary Historiography and Political Narrative (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.33668
This thesis challenges one of the fundamental assumptions about Rome’s political upheaval in the third century CE. This period is conventionally defined by the growing political influence of the army at the expense of the Senate, after the Severan emperors made it clear that their hold on power rested on military support. The soldiers would grow bolder in asserting their position, eventually coming to overthrow emperors at will. I present a broad reassessment of the evidence for a historical model which derives from the narratives of two contemporary witnesses, Cassius Dio and Herodian. Dio is the subject of my first discussion. I address two problems. Firstly, Dio’s contemporary history survives only through Byzantine epitomes and excerpts. Its irreparable alteration means that Dio’s later books cannot be treated in their own terms, but have to be contextualised against the wider thematic framework of his thousand-year account. Secondly, I turn to Dio himself. Within that framework, Dio presents himself as the ideal senatorial historian. In doing so, he is able to define a uniform senatorial experience, which excludes everything else as deriving from military corruption. An analysis of Herodian follows, also in two parts. The first analyses Herodian’s construction of Roman society into three constituent parts, Senate, army and people. I show how these simplistically homogenous social units allow Herodian to explore imperial character, even as they cause inconsistencies in his political narrative. I then address Herodian’s account of Maximinus Thrax. This narrative has been presented as the historical culmination of the army taking over politically. I argue instead that it represents the climax of Herodian’s rhetorical scheme. Overall, the model of political conflict is built on two contemporary accounts which have specific reasons to simplify matters in their presentation of political activity. In order to understand the nature of political change in this period, I argue that it is necessary to move beyond them.
Cassius Dio, Herodian, Roman history, third century crisis, third century, roman historiography, ancient historiography
PhD funded by the AHRC.
All rights reserved

Open Access Monograph Series: Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC)

[First posted in AWOL 12 September 2015, updated 8 December 2018]

Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC)
ISSN: 0081-7554
For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

Open Access Journal: El Futuro del Pasado

[First posted in AWOL 21 June 2010. Updated 8 December 2018 (new host)]

El Futuro del Pasado. Revista electrónica de Historia
ISSN: 1989-9289
El Futuro del Pasado. Revista electrónica de Historia pretende ser un espacio abierto para el diálogo y el debate entre investigadores de diferentes áreas de conocimiento que tienen como objeto de estudio el pasado en sus diferentes vertientes. Se trata de una herramienta para la investigación, la divulgación y la crítica, ajena a cualquier tipo de partidismo ideológico o clientelismo de cualquier signo.
El Futuro del Pasado busca ayudar a superar los muros que separan a los historiadores, tratando de romper barreras entre las diferentes áreas afines de conocimiento y estableciendo lazos para la colaboración en un mundo en el que se da cada vez más importancia a la competencia.
Las nuevas tecnologías permiten, a quienes saben hacer de ellas un aliado, superar las barreras económicas y difundir gratuitamente la cultura por todo el territorio nacional y más allá de nuestras fronteras. Se muestra como una evidencia que cada vez es más importante la generación y comunicación académica del conocimiento científico a través de la Red. El Futuro del Pasado pretende contribuir a esta transmisión libre y gratuita del conocimiento científico.
«El Futuro del Pasado» ha sido aceptada para su indexación en el Emerging Sources Citation Index, la nueva edición de Web of Science. Los contenidos de este índice están siendo evaluados por Thomson Reuters para su inclusión en Science Citation Index Expanded™, Social Sciences Citation Index®, y  Arts & Humanities Citation Index®. Web of Science se diferencia de otras bases de datos por la calidad y solidez del contenido que proporciona a los investigadores, autores, editores e instituciones. La inclusión de «El Futuro del Pasado» en el Emerging Sources Citation Index pone de manifiesto la dedicación que estamos llevando a cabo para proporcionar a nuestra comunidad científica los contenidos disponibles más importantes e influyentes.


Vol. 9 (2018): Historias en la Música y Músicas en la Historia

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 9 (2018)
enero-diciembre 2018
Coord. Judith Helvia García Martín


Vol. 8 (2017): Desigualdad

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 8 (2017)
enero-diciembre 2017
Coord. David Carvajal de la Vega


Vol. 7 (2016): Mitologías en la cultura popular actual

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 7 (2016)
enero-diciembre 2016
Coord. Sara Molpeceres Arnáiz


Vol. 6 (2015): Religión, Deporte y Espectáculo

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 6 (2015)
enero-diciembre 2015
Coord. Juan Ramón Carbó García


Vol. 5 (2014): Cine e Historia: revisiones metodológicas y críticas

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 5 (2014)
enero-diciembre 2014
Coord. Beatriz Leal Riesco


Vol. 4 (2013): La Infancia: Historia y Representación

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 4 (2013)
enero-diciembre 2013
Coord. Laura Sánchez Blanco


Vol. 3 (2012): Historia y Género: Nuevas perspectivas

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 3 (2012)
enero-diciembre 2012
Coord. Iván Pérez Miranda


Vol. 2 (2011): Razón, Utopía y Sociedad

El Futuro del Pasado, n.º 2 (2011)
enero-diciembre 2011


Open Access Journal: Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

[Firsts posted in AWOL 17 June 2011, updated 9 December 2018]

Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
Electronic ISSN: 2162-5603
Text Encoding Initiative Consortium
The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative is the official journal of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium. It publishes the proceedings of the annual TEI Conference and Members' Meeting and special thematic issues: state-of-the-art reports on electronic textual editing, current trends in TEI encoding, and new use cases for TEI. It furthermore provides a forum for articles on the discussion of the interface between the TEI and other communities, and more generally of the role of technological standards in the digital humanities, including digital scholarly editing, linguistic analysis, corpora creation, and newer areas such as mass digitization, semantic web research, and editing within virtual worlds.

      Article 0

      Commanding Texts: Knowledge-ordering, Identity Construction and Ethics in 'Military Manuals’ of the Roman Empire
      Chiritoiu, D. A. (2018). Commanding Texts: Knowledge-ordering, Identity Construction and Ethics in 'Military Manuals’ of the Roman Empire (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.21226
      Summary of Commanding texts: Knowledge-ordering, identity construction and ethics in 'military manuals’ of the Roman Empire By Daniel Alexandru Chiritoiu This thesis is about ‘military manuals’ produced in the first few centuries of the Roman imperial period. It argues that these texts merit far more attention and appreciation than they have received in the scholarship so far. I will explore areas such as the way in which their authors order and rank Greek and Roman knowledge, engage with ideas about knowledge and power, help construct identity and discuss ethics and behavior. In the first chapter I will determine whether the authors operate within a specific ‘genre’, or ‘genres’, of military writing. Then I will explore how the texts relate to other traditions of technical texts, questions of audience, and finally the issue of their practicality. The second chapter will examine how authors tackle the issue of ‘Greek’ and ‘Roman’ knowledge, categorize, rank and use it for self-promotion. We will see how Roman knowledge is both subverted but also praised, and how Greek knowledge is at the same time placed above Roman knowledge and integrated into a narrative of continuity with it. The third chapter will focus on the use of Greek knowledge in the construction of Roman identity. I will explore how ‘manuals’ play a part in the identity of the Roman Empire, fitting into a picture of unity in diversity, and show how they contribute to Hadrian’s self-presentation. The fourth chapter will examine the ethical component in manuals. I will determine whether there was an ethical code of conduct in battle in the Classical world and whether it was different from general ethical norms. Then, we will examine whether our texts engage in any way with this ‘code’ and whether their individual approaches have anything in common or are fundamentally different.
      Military manuals, Arrian, Aelian, Frontinus, Polyaenus, Onasander, technical literature, historiography, Roman history, Greek history, Second Sophistic, Roman Empire, Greek knowledge, Roman knowledge, military history, generalship, cultural history, tactical texts, tactics, artillery manuals, siegecraft, Greek and Roman experts
      AHRC award, King's College Studentship, Faculty of Classics studentship
      Embargo Lift Date
      All rights reserved

      Webcast: Between foreign hegemony and expansion to the West: Phoenician society and economy from the 10th until the 5th c., 12th December at 6:00pm and on 13th December at 9:00am.

      Between foreign hegemony and expansion to the West: Phoenician society and economy from the 10th until the 5th c.

      This is the live stream of the Phoenicians Workshop presented at the JGU Mainz. More information see https://www.vorderasiatische-archaeologie.uni-mainz.de/phoenicians-workshop-12-12-14-12-2018

      This live stream is available on 12th December at 6:00pm and on 13th December at 9:00am.
      There will be some breaks between the presentations, so please wait until the live stream continues.
      The stream contains two videos, the speaker and the presentation slides, so please watch it on a PC/Mac or in desktop mode on smartphones and tablets.

      If there are some issues during the playback, try to reload this page.

      This page will update once the webcast begins

      Open Access Journal: Clara Rhodos: Studi e materiali pubblicati a cura dell' Istituto Storico-Archeologico di Rodi

      [First posted in AWOL 22 September 2014, updated 10 DEcember 2018]

      Clara Rhodos: Studi e materiali pubblicati a cura dell' Istituto Storico-Archeologico di Rodi
      Στη σειρά Clara Rhodos, που αποτελείται από δέκα τόμους και εκδόθηκε από το 1928 έως το 1941, παρουσιάζονται οι έρευνες και οι ανασκαφές στα Δωδεκάνησα, κυρίως στη Ρόδο, την Κω, τη Χάλκη και τη Νίσυρο, κατά τη διάρκεια της Ιταλοκρατίας. Η σειρά αποτελεί έκδοση του ινστιτούτου FERT, που συστήθηκε από τους Ιταλούς αρχαιολόγους το 1927. Μετά την ενσωμάτωση της Δωδεκανήσου στην Ελλάδα το 1948, οι δικαιοδοσίες του FERT μεταβιβάστηκαν στην Ελληνική Αρχαιολογική Υπηρεσία, και συγκεκριμένα στο Αρχαιολογικό και Ιστορικό Ίδρυμα Ρόδου, το οποίο το 2003 μετονομάστηκε σε Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αιγαιακών Σπουδών.

      De Lingua Sabina: A Reappraisal of the Sabine Glosses

      De Lingua Sabina: A Reappraisal of the Sabine Glosses
      Burman, A. C.(2018). De Lingua Sabina: A Reappraisal of the Sabine Glosses (Doctoral thesis). https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.18502
      This thesis offers a reappraisal of the Sabine glosses through the analysis of thirty-nine words, all glossed explicitly as Sabine in ancient sources ranging from the first century BCE to the sixth century CE. The study of the Sabine glosses found in ancient grammarians and antiquarians goes back to the beginnings of Italic scholarship. Over time, two positions on the Sabine glosses have crystallised: (a) the Sabine glosses are evidence of a personal obsession of the Republican author Varro, in whose work many Sabine glosses survive, and (b) the Sabine glosses are true remnants of a single language of which little or no epigraphic evidence has survived. By using the neogrammarian observation that sound-change is regular and exceptionless, it is possible to ascertain whether or not the Sabine glosses are likely to be from the same language. This thesis finds that the sound-changes undergone by the Sabine glosses show no broad agreement. The developments are characteristic of different languages – Latin, Faliscan and various Sabellic languages – and many changes are mutually exclusive. This consequently throws doubt on the assertion that the Sabine glosses are all taken from one language. Instead, the glosses should be seen as part of a discourse of the relationships between Romans, Sabines and Sabellic-speaking peoples. During the Republic, Sabines were central to Roman myth, historiography and political rhetoric. As the Sabines were a distinct people in the Roman foundation myths, but were largely Romanised in the Republican present, they became a convenient bridge between Rome and the Sabellic-speaking peoples of Central and Southern Italy, to whom Greek and Roman writers ascribed myths tracing origin back to the Sabines. This continued into the Empire, when emperors such as Claudius and Vespasian utilised their (supposed) Sabine heritage to gain ideological capital. In light of this, the phenomenon of Sabine glosses cannot be seen as one man’s interest, but as a means of reflecting on Rome’s relations with Sabellic-speaking Italy.
      antiquarianism, glosses, Italic languages, history of linguistics, Paulus-Festus, Sabine, Sabellic languages, Varro, Verrius Flaccus
      AHRC Faculty of Classics, Cambridge
      No Creative Commons licence (All rights reserved)

      New Open Access Journal: Archaeology in Jordan (AIJ)

      Archaeology in Jordan (AIJ)
      Archaeology in Jordan (AIJ) is a new, biannual open access (OA) newsletter published online by ACOR aimed at raising scholarly awareness of archaeological and cultural resource management projects being carried out in Jordan and to make this information accessible to a wider audience.
      This ACOR publication, initiated in 2018, provides continuity with the “Archaeology in Jordan” Newsletter edited by ACOR staff and affiliates and published in the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) by the Archaeological Institute of America between 1991 to 2016. All 22 past editions are now open access through links on our past issues page or through AJA online.
      For further information and queries regarding submissions to Archaeology in Jordan please write to acor@acorjordan.org

      Open Access Journal: The Levantine Review: The Journal of Near Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at Boston College

      The Levantine Review: The Journal of Near Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at Boston College
      ISSN: 2164-6678
      The Levantine Review
      The Editorial Board of The Levantine Review invites submissions for its forthcoming issues.  A peer-reviewed electronic journal, The Levantine Review publishes scholarship (in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Syriac, and Levantine vernaculars) on the history, cultures, religions, politics, and the intellectual, philological, and literary traditions of the contemporary Levant and Near East.   Authors are welcome to contact the editors prior to submitting manuscripts for consideration.


      Vol 1, No 2 (2012)

      New Open Access Journal: Astarté. Estudios del Oriente Próximo y el Mediterráneo

      Astarté. Estudios del Oriente Próximo y el Mediterráneo
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      Astarté es una revista internacional de periodicidad anual, que albergará trabajos inéditos relacionados con temas históricos, lingüísticos, arqueológicos, religiosos y artísticos de los pueblos del Oriente Próximo y de la Cuenca Mediterránea durante la Antigüedad, la Tardo-antigüedad y la Edad Media. Las lenguas de trabajo de la revista son alemán, español, francés, inglés e italiano.

      Num. 1 (2018)

      Tabla de contenidos


      Anas Al Khabour
      Amir Ashur, Keren Abbou Hershkovits
      Federico Corriente
      José Martínez Delgado
      Carlos Martínez Carrasco
      Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
      Ramadan Ibrahim Mohamed Mohamed
      Gregorio del Olmo Lete

      Notas bibliográficas

      Faiad Barbash


      Monferrer-Sala, Juan Pedro, Apocalipsis del Pseudo Atanasio [ApPsAt(ar)II]. Edición, traducción anotada y estudio, col. Barcino–Monographica Orientalia, 4 (Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona, 2016), 221 pp. ISBN: 978-84-475-3967-3
      Carlos Martínez Carrasco
      Greg Fisher (ed.), Arabs and Empires before Islam (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015); pp. xxvii+580. ISBN: 978-0-19-965452-9
      Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
      Ferrer Albelda, E. – Pereira Delgado, A. (eds.), Profecía y adivinación en las religiones de la Antigüedad. SPAL Monografías XXIV (Sevilla: Editorial Universidad de Sevilla, 2017). pp. 171. ISBN: 978-8-44-721915-5
      Israel Muñoz Gallarte
      Van Doorn-Harde, Nelly (ed.), Copts in context. Negotiating Identity, Tradition and Modernity (South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2017); pp. 283. ISBN: 978-61117-784-8
      Lourdes Bonhome Pulido


      New Open Access Journal: Fragmentology: A Journal for the Study of Medieval Manuscript Fragments

      Fragmentology: A Journal for the Study of Medieval Manuscript Fragments
      Fragmentology is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal, dedicated to publishing scholarly articles and reviews concerning medieval manuscript fragments. Fragmentology welcomes submissions, both articles and research notes, on any aspect pertaining to Latin and Greek manuscript fragments in the Middle Ages.
      Founded in 2018 as part of Fragmentarium, an international research project at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, Fragmentology is owned and published by Codices Electronici AG and controlled by the Editorial Board in service to the scholarly community. Authors of articles, research notes, and reviews published in Fragmentology retain copyright over their works and have agreed to publish them in open access under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Submissions are free, and Fragmentology does not require payment or membership from authors or institutions.

      FRAGMENTOLOGY 1(2018)

      Published December 2018, DOI: 10.24446/2nbp


      Printing instructions: For the most handsome print copy, we recommend that Fragmentology be printed on A4 or Letter paper, 2 pages per sheet.

      New in Classics Textbooks: Virgil, Aeneid 11 (Pallas & Camilla)..., Cicero, Philippic 2...

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica Online, 11 December 2018

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica Online. There are 34volumes of this series now online open access.

      Beyer, Dominique (2001). Emar IV Les sceaux: Mission archéologique de Meskéné-Emar Recherches au pays d‘Aštata. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Editions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Schlögl, Hermann Alexander; Brodbeck, Andreas (1990). Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz. Freiburg, Schweiz / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

      Texts from: RIBo, Babylon 7: The Inscriptions of the Neo-Babylonian Dynasty now online

      Nabonidus (555-539 BC)
      Nabonidus (Akk. Nabû-na'id "Nabû is praised") was not only the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Dynasty, but certainly also the most controversial one.[1] Having come to power through unclear circumstances (he may have been involved in a conspiracy that brought about the murder of his predecessor, the boy king Lâbâši-Marduk), he spent the seventeen years of his reign making such unusual and radical political and religious decisions that the very influential Marduk priesthood finally decided that even a foreigner could not be worse than their own king and they opened the gates of Babylon to the Persian army of Cyrus the Great, the man who would put an end to the Babylonian Empire...