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RINAP: The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period

[First posted in AWOL 16 July 2011. Most recently updated 11 September 2013

The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period
Esarhaddon Text 98

Numerous royally commissioned texts were composed between 744 BC and 669 BC, a period during which Assyria became the dominant power in southwestern Asia. Six hundred to six hundred and fifty such inscriptions are known today. The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project, under the direction of Professor Grant Frame of the University of Pennsylvania, will publish in print and online all of the known royal inscriptions that were composed during the reigns of the Assyrian kings Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC), Shalmaneser V (726-722 BC), Sargon II (721-705 BC), Sennacherib (704-681 BC), and Esarhaddon (680-669 BC), rulers whose deeds were also recorded in the Bible and in some classical sources. The individual texts range from short one-line labels to lengthy, detailed inscriptions with over 500 lines (2500 words) of text.

These Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions (744-669 BC) represent only a small, but important part of the vast Neo-Assyrian text corpus. They are written in the Standard Babylonian dialect of Akkadian and provide valuable insight into royal exploits, both on the battlefield and at home, royal ideology, and Assyrian religion. Most of our understanding of the political history of Assyria, and to some extent of Babylonia, comes from these sources. Because this large corpus of texts has not previously been published in one place, the RINAP Project will provide up-to-date editions (with English translations) of Assyrian royal inscriptions from the reign of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC) to the reign of Esarhaddon (680-669 BC) in five print volumes and online, in a fully lemmatized and indexed format. The aim of the project is to make this vast text corpus easily accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. RINAP Online will allow those interested in Assyrian culture, history, language, religion, and texts to efficiently search Akkadian and Sumerian words appearing in the inscriptions and English words used in the translations. Project data will be fully integrated into the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) and the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc).

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the RINAP Project research grants in 2008 and in 2010 to help carry out its work. The publications of the RINAP Project are modeled on those of the now-defunct Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (RIM) Project and carry on where its Assyrian Periods sub-series (RIMA) ended.

      New Online from the Oriental Institute: OIMP 36. Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins


      OIMP 36. Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins [Paperback*]

      Photographs by Jason Reblando, interviews by Matthew Cunningham, edited by Jack Green and Emily Teeter 

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       Oriental Institute Museum Publications (OIMP) 36

      Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins is the catalog for a photo-based exhibit that reveals that many modern professions originated in the ancient Middle East. Artifacts from the Oriental Institute Museum were paired with a baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, poet, boat builder, judge and other professionals to show the antiquity of these jobs. The portraits are accompanied by commentary on the contributions of the ancient Middle East to life today and new insights into how members of the public view their relationship to the past. This volume will be of interest to educators, historians, and those interested in fine-arts photography.


      Table of Contents

      1. Foreword, Gil J. Stein
      2. Introduction, Jack Green & Emily Teeter
      3. The Our Work Photographs, Jason Reblando
      4. The Our Work Interviews, Matthew Cunningham
      5. The Photographs
      6. About the Contributors
      7. Concordance & Credits
      8. Indexes

      • Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins
      • Photographs by Jason Reblando, interviews by Matthew Cunningham, edited by Jack Green and Emily Teeter
      • Oriental Institute Museum Publications 36
      • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2013
      • ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-99-8
      • Pp. 128; 24 tintype portraits, 46 illustrations
      • 9 x 11.5 inches, paperback
      • $24.95
      Oriental Institute Museum Publications (OIMP) | List of volumes in print

      For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see:

      Open Access Journal: Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde (FeRA)

      [First posted in AWOL 8 January 2010. Updated 11 September 2013]

      Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde (FeRA)
      ISSN 1862-8478

      Die Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde(FeRA) ist ein open access online-journal für alle klassischen altertumskundlichen Fächer mit drei Ausgaben pro Jahr (April, August und Dezember). Obwohl am Frankfurter Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften begründet und über den Server der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität operierend, versteht sich die Zeitschrift nicht als reine Seminarpublikation, sondern lädt ausdrücklich Nachwuchswissenschafter aller Universitäten ein, Fachbeiträge und Rezensionen einzureichen.

      The Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde (FeRA) is an open access online journal especially designed for subjects which study the antiquities, and is being published three times a year (April, August and December). Though established by the Frankfurter Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften and operating via the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität server the journal is not intended to be a mere seminar publication, but explicitly invites qualified young researchers from universities all over the world to present their papers and reviews.

      Current issue

      FeRA 21 (2013)


      • A. Giudice, Il tardoantico: declino o trasformazione?Download (PDF) | p. 1 - 19


      • E. Kettenhofen, Rezension zu: Thomas Fischer (Hg.), Die Krise des 3. Jahrhunderts n.Chr. und das Gallische SonderreichDownload (PDF) | p. 20 - 28

      • H. Köpp-Junk, Rezension zu: Emily Teeter (Hg.), Before the Pyramids. The Origins of Egyptian CivilizationDownload (PDF) | p. 29 - 33

      • K. Matijević, Rezension zu: N. Robertson, Religion and Reconciliation in Greek Cities: The Sacred Laws of Selinus and CyreneDownload (PDF) | p. 34 - 41

      • K. Matijević, Rezension zu: F. Montanari / A. Rengakos / Chr. Tsagalis (Hg.), Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral PoetryDownload (PDF) | p. 42 - 51

      • P. Reinard, Rezension zu: Jean Andreau / Raymond Descat, The Slave in Greece and RomeDownload (PDF) | p. 52 - 54

      • R. Wiegels, Rezension zu: Barnabás Lörincz, Zur Militärgeschichte der Donauprovinzen des Römischen Reiches. Ausgewählte Studien 1975-2009Download (PDF) | p. 55 - 57

      Older Issues:


      APAAME: Aerial Photography Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East

       [First posted in AWOL 5 Mrch 2012. Updated 12 September 2013]

      APAAME: Aerial Photography Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East
      APAAME is long-term research project directed by Professor David Kennedy and Dr Robert Bewley, and is based at the University of Western Australia. The project is designed both to develop a methodology suited to the region and to illuminate settlement history in the Near East. The archive currently consists of almost 45,000 aerial images, over 40,000 of which are displayed on the archive’s Flickr site.

      Although principally focused on Jordan, in which there has been an annual programme of flying since 1997 (The Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project), high resolution satellite imagery on Google Earth is now permitting research on neighbouring countries.

      We will be keeping you up to date on what we are finding, how we are finding it, and also taking you with us on our fieldwork in Jordan.

      AMIR (Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources)

      This project began as a consequence of a series of conversations in 2010 between Charles Jones and Peter Magierski about the need for a tool to assemble and distribute information on open access material relating to the Middle East and Islamic Studies.
      As the number of open access resources grows we hope this project will provide a more complete and up-to-date list of open access journals and digitization projects.

      AMIR uses Chuck Jones' AWOL as a model and is available via email subscription or variety of RSS tools.  
      AMIR's List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies (a few of which also appear in AWOL's List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies) surpassed 500 titles on 10 September 2013.
      We welcome and encourage active participation.

      We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

      Charles Jones
      Tombros Librarian for Classics & Mediterranean Studies, Penn State University Librariew

      Peter Magierski

      Middle East Studies Librarian, Columbia University Libraries

      Internet Archaeology E-Monograph Series

      Internet Archaeology E-Monograph Series
      Some Internet Archaeology articles are more like monographs. Unlike 'conventional' journal articles, they may contain 100s of images or link to or integrate large sets of data. All such articles already published in Internet Archaeology have been brought together in one place to form an E-Monograph series. This is not a separate digital publication (all remain listed as articles in their respective issues) but our aim is to showcase and highlight these particularly large bodies of work and to remind potential authors of the publishing opportunities available via Internet Archaeology.
      * = Open Access and freely available
      Monograph Number Author Title
      1* David Dungworth Iron Age and Roman copper alloys from northern Britain
      2* Christopher A. Snyder A gazetteer of Sub-Roman Britain (AD 400-600): The British sites
      3* Phil Perkins Etruscan pottery from the Albegna Valley/Ager Cosanus Survey
      4* Caroline Wickham-Jones and Magnar Dalland A small mesolithic site at Fife Ness, Fife, Scotland
      5* Dominic Powlesland The West Heslerton Assessment
      6* M. Walker et al. Two SE Spanish Middle Palaeolithic Sites with Neanderthal Remains: Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo and Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar (Murcia province)
      7* Kurt Hunter-Mann et al. Excavations on a Roman Extra-Mural Site at Brough-on-Humber, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
      8* Martin Millett et al. The Ave Valley, northern Portugal: an archaeological survey of Iron Age and Roman settlement
      9* Julian D. Richards Anglian and Anglo-Scandinavian Cottam: linking digital publication and archive
      10* D.P. Steptoe and W.B. Wood The Human Remains from HMS Pandora
      11* Peter H.W. Bristow Behaviour and belief in mortuary ritual: attitudes to the disposal of the dead in southern Britain 3500 BC-AD 43
      12* Jeremy Haslam Excavations at Cricklade, Wiltshire, 1975
      13* Karen Hardy and Paul Sillitoe Material Perspectives: Stone Tool Use and Material Culture in Papua New Guinea
      14* Steven Willis Samian Pottery, a Resource for the Study of Roman Britain and Beyond: the results of the English Heritage funded Samian Project. An e-monograph
      15* Penelope M. Allison et al. Extracting the social relevance of artefact distribution in Roman military forts
      16* Gail Falkingham A Whiter Shade of Grey: A new approach to archaeological grey literature using the XML version of the TEI Guidelines
      17* George Geddes Vernacular Buildings of the Outer Hebrides 300 BC-AD 1930: Temporal comparison using archaeological analysis
      18* Michael Given et al. Joining the Dots: Continuous Survey, Routine Practice and the Interpretation of a Cypriot Landscape
      19* A. Clarke et al. Silchester Roman Town Insula IX: The Development of an Urban Property c. AD 40-50 - c. AD 250
      20 J.S. Carrión et al. Quaternary pollen analysis in the Iberian Peninsula: the value of negative results
      21 Julian D. Richards et al. Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy: using portable antiquities to study Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England
      22 Tim Williams The landscapes of Islamic Merv, Turkmenistan: Where to draw the line?
      23 John Creighton et al. Becoming Roman in southern Burgundy: A field survey between Autun and Bibracte in the Arroux Valley (Saône-et-Loire), 2000-2003
      24* Dominic Powlesland and Keith May DigIT: Archaeological Summary Report and Experiments in Digital Recording in the Field
      25* Derek Hurst et al. Iron Age Settlement at Blackstone, Worcestershire: Excavations 1972, 1973 and 1977
      26 Katherine Baker et al. Archaeological Investigations at the Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, UK
      27* N. Terrenato et al. The S. Omobono Sanctuary in Rome: Assessing eighty years of fieldwork and exploring perspectives for the future
      28 Emma Durham Depicting the gods: metal figurines in Roman Britain
      Have you got an idea for an e-monograph? Visit our Guidelines for Authors for more information on how to submit a proposal.

      Society of Assyriologists, Biblicists and Caucasiologists (SABC) Books Online

       Society of Assyriologists, Biblicists and Caucasiologists (SABC)
      Society of Assyriologists, Biblicists and Caucasiologists (SABC) was founded at the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, on basis of joint efforts of the Department of Assyriology, Oriental Institute of the Faculty of Humanities and American-Georgian Institute of Biblical and Archaeological Studies (AGIBAS).  
      SABC aims:
      • Popularization the fields of Assyriology, Bibliology and Caucasiology; 
      • Uniting of World’s Assyriologists and Biblicists with Caucasian colleagues, affiliating their joint studies and collaboration in different fields of Assyriology, Bibliology, Archaeology and Anthropology of Caucasus;
      • Introducing artifacts from Caucasian archaeological excavations and museum collections to foreign members of the society;
      • Collecting and translating any type of information, that could become matter of interest for them (foreign members of  the society) e.g. archaeology, ethnology and history of Caucasus, etc.;
      • Inviting lecturers and scientists for giving workshops and seminars at the Tbilisi State University;
      • Affiliating Georgian and Foreign colleagues in joint scientific and educative programs and projects;
      • Initiating scientific conferences in Caucasian studies and participating in conferences all over the world. 
      • The society unites Assyriologists and Bibliologists of Caucasus and world. This will become a centre of joint research, collaboration, information exchange and studies of scientists form all over the world.
      Books & Articles
      Givi Gambashidze
      1. New reading and dating of one georgian inscription from Daghestan, in russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2002.
      2Some Ingushian folcloristic and ethnographical paradigms concerning on the temple Tkobya-Erd's (Ingushetia), in russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2003. 
      3Three lapidaric inscriptions of the Bishop George (X c.) from the christian temple Tkobya-Erd's (Ingushetia), in russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2004.   
      4. Concerning to the Location of the Grave of the Outstanding Georgian Historian and Geographer Vakhushti Bagrationi (18th c.)Georgian Academic Book Publishing, Library of the Society of Assyriologists, Biblicists and Caucasiologists (SABC) 1, Tbilisi 2010. 
      5. Image of Bishop George (X c.) from the Temple Tkoba-Erd's (Ingushetia), in russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2011.
      6. Inscriptions of hierarches of the Georgian apostolic orthodox church from Georgian-Ingush temple Tkobya-Erd's (Ingushetia), in russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2011. 
      7About readings and datings of inscriptions on stamps of the eucharistical bread from Dagestanin russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2011.
      8The medieval city of Hunzakh and the mountain of Akaro (Dagestan) - cultural and historical aspectsin russian, in: Archaeology, Ethnology, Folkloristic of Caucasus, 2011.

      Gela Gamkrelidze
      1. In the Path of Georgian Archaeology, Tbilisi 2008. 
      2. War and Armament in Iberia-Kolkheti, Tbilisi 2010.
      3. Colchological Articles, Tbilisi 2010. 
      Grigol Giorgadze
      1. «Текст Анитты» и некоторые вопросы ранней истории хеттовВестник древней истории, 1965 г., № 4, стр. 87-111.
      2. Хетты и хурриты по древнехеттским текстамВестник древней истории, № 1, 1969 г.
      3. О престолонаследии в древнехеттском царствеВестник древней истории, № 4, 1969 г.
      Eduard Menabde
      1.  Хеттское обществоТбилиси,  «Мецниереба», 1965     

      ABO: Annotated Books Online

      ABO: Annotated Books Online

      About the project

      Annotated Books Online is a virtual research environment for scholars and students interested in historical reading practices. It is part of the research project “A Collaboratory for the Study of Reading and the Circulation of Ideas in Early Modern Europe” funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and co-ordinated by Arnoud Visser. Generous additional funding was provided by Anthony Grafton for the edition of Gabriel Harvey’s annotations to Livy (Mellon Foundation).


      Proceeding from the idea that reading constitutes a crucial form of intellectual exchange, the collaborators will collect and enhance evidence of how readers used their books to build knowledge and assimilate ideas. This is especially pertinent since the early modern period, just like the twenty-first century, saw the revolutionary rise of a new medium of communication, which helped shape cultural formation and intellectual freedom.

      Although widely recognized as a promising approach with important theoretical implications, currently the study of reading practices still largely depends on individual researchers, whose work is seriously hampered by the limited access to an inherently fragmented body of material. The proposed collaboratory will connect scholarly expertise and provide added value to digital sources through user-generated content (e.g. explanatory material or fuller scholarly syntheses) in an electronic environment specifically designed for research and teaching purposes. It will offer, in short, an academic Wikipedia for the history of reading and the circulation of ideas.

      The project will create a transnational platform that enables scholars to (1) view, connect and study annotated books and readers’ notes, (2) offer training to students and young researchers in handling readers’ traces, and (3) make results freely accessible for teaching purposes, as well as for broader general interest by means of exhibitions, digital presentations and general publications. In order to expand this structural network, the principal partners in the collaboratory will prepare an application for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network.

      Excavations at Zeugma, Conducted by Oxford University Edited by William Aylward The Packard Humanities Institute Los Altos, California 2013

      Excavations at Zeugma, Conducted by Oxford University
      Edited by William Aylward
      The Packard Humanities Institute
      Los Altos, California
      VOLUME I

      Open Access Journal: Electronic Journal of Mithraic Studies

       [First posted in AWOL 31 December 2010. Updated 13 September 2013]

      Electronic Journal of Mithraic Studies
      The Electronic Journal of Mithraic Studies (EJMS) is a revival of the Journal of Mithraic Studies edited by Dr. Richard Gordon. It is a place where researchers on Roman Mithraism can publish the product of their research and make it freely available for other interested people. The journal concerns all aspects of the mysteries of Mithras, including history, archaeology, theology, sociology, others. Its span includes related religions and cults such as Persian Zoroastrianism and other cults in the Roman Empire. The EJMS is based at the University of Huelva, Spain, and is managed by an Editorial Board composed of scholars of Mithraism and Roman Religion with international projection. A more complete description is included in our formal baseline document.

      The material published in the EJMS includes papers and archaeological reports. Accepted languages are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch and Flemish. The EJMS follows an "open yearly volumes" approach suitable for Internet publication which consists on gradually building its volumes during the year, while keeping currently collected material accessible all the time. The EJMS has now opened Volume I for the year 2000 and asks for your participation.

      Submitted material is subject to referee by the Editorial Board or external reviewers appointed by th Editorial Board. Electronic submission can be performed by sending the documents as email attachments to antonio.grilo@inov.pt. The first page of the document should include the title of the work, complete name of the authors, their affiliation, name of contact author and respective email address. Submitted papers should preferably be Word 97 or compatible documents conforming to the parameters defined in the EJMS stylesheet.

      - Schütz (M.), "Hipparchs Deutung der Präzession - Bemerkungen zu David Ulansey" (Once again Hipparchus and the Discovery of the Precession, Response to David Ulansey, Volume IV, 2004 (German, Word 97, 82.5 KB)
      - Gordon (R.), "Interpreting Mithras in the Late Renaissance, 1: the 'monument of Ottaviano Zeno' (V. 335) in Antonio Lafreri's Speculum Romanae magnificentiaev (1564)", Volume IV, 2004 (English, Word 2000, 4630 KB)
      -Volken (M.), "The development of the cult of Mithras in the western Roman Empire: a socio-archaeological perspective", Volume IV, 2004 (English, Word 2000, 125.5 KB)
      - Ulansey (D.), "Once Again Hipparchus and the Discovery of the Precession: Response to Michael Schütz", Volume III, 2003 (English, Word 2000)
      - Schütz (M.), "Hipparch und die Entdeckung der Präzession", Volume I, 2000 (German, Word 97)
      - Griffith (A.), "Mithraism in private and public lives of the 4th-c. senators in Rome", Volume I, 2000 (English, Word 97)
      Arch Reports

      CIMRM Supplement

      This page presents selected articles from out-of-print or difficult to find publications, not protected by copyright law.

      Journal of Mithraic Studies (JMS)


      JMS 1.1 (1976)

      Table of Contents (English, PDF, 698 KB)
      Beck: Interpreting the Ponz zodiac (English, PDF, 3,812 KB)
      Bivar: Mithraic symbols on a medallion of Buyid Iran? (English, PDF, 1, 838 KB)
      Dumezil: The Vedic Mitra: a resume of theses and references (English, PDF, 3,155 KB)
      Hinnells: The iconography of Cautes and Cautopates: I: the data (English, PDF, 9,258 KB)
      Turan: The date of the Mauls relief (English, PDF, 4,145 KB)
      Bianchi: The Second Congress of Mithraic Studies (English, PDF, 3,585 KB)
      Beck: The seat of Mithras at the equinoxes (English, PDF, 718 KB)
      Naidenova: Mithraic Studies in Bulgaria (English, PDF, 533 KB)
      Wightman: Review of VJ Walters, The Cult of Mithras in the Roman Provinces of Gaul
      (English, PDF, 777 KB)

      JMS 1.2 (1976)

      Table of Contents (English, PDF, 261 KB)
      Boyle: Mher in the Carved Rock (English, PDF, 1,579 KB)
      Gordon: The sacred geography of a mithraeum: the example of Sette Sfere
      (English, PDF, 8, 675 KB)
      Gordon: A new Mithraic relief from Rome (English, PDF, 5,479 KB)
      Kotwal aned Boyd: Some notes on the Parsi Baj of Mihragan (English, PDF, 1,207 KB)
      Chronique: Archaeological reports (English, PDF, 3,869 KB)
      Notes and Discussions (English, PDF, 3,477 KB)

      JMS 2.1 (1978)

      Table of Contents (English, PDF, 236 KB)
      Beck: Cautes and Cautopates: some astronomical considerations (English, PDF, 3,356 KB)
      Kotawal and Boyd: The Zoroastrian paragna ritual (English, PDF, 10,268 KB)
      Roll: The mysteries of Mithras in the Roman Orient (English, PDF, 5,575 KB)
      Gudea an dBozu: New Mithraic monuments from Pojejena, Romania (English, PDF, 3,317 KB)
      Dillon: Review of R Turcan, Mithras Platonicus (English, PDF, 1,393 KB)

      JMS 2.2 (1978)

      Table of Contents (English, PDF, 256 KB)
      Beck: Interpreting the Ponza zodiac II (English, PDF, 8,837 KB)
      Gordon: The date and significance of CIMRM 593 (British Museum, Townley Coll.)
      (English, PDF, 4,261 KB)
      Chronique: Archaeological Reports (English, PDF, 8,581 KB)
      Reviews (English, PDF, 2,236 KB)
      Colloque: Rome, March 28-31 1978 (English, PDF, 201 KB)

      JMS 3.1-2 (1980)

      Table of Contents (English, PDF, 261 KB)
      Beskow: The Portorium and the Mysteries of Mithras (English, PDF, 4,639 KB)
      Gordon: Reality, evocation and boundary in the Mysteries of Mithras (English, PDF, 14,953 KB)
      Hinnells: The Parsis: a bibliographical survey (1) (English, PDF, 9,417 KB)
      Axelrod: Myth and Identity in the Indian Zoroastrianism (English, PDF,3,008 KB)
      Gould: Singling out a a demographic problem: the never-married Parsis (English, PDF, 3,461 KB)
      Chronique (English, PDF, 5,312 KB)
      Review (of S. Zimmer, Kleine Schriften) (English, PDF, 1,158 KB)

      The Excavations at Dura-Europos (1939)

      Preface, Contents and List of Abreviations
      The Mithaeum

      The Excavations in the Mithraeum of Santa Prisca in Rome (Leiden, 1965)

      Description and interpretation of the upper layer of paintings
      Description and interpretation of the lower layer of paintings
      The inscriptions of the upper layer of paintings and the names on both layers
      The inscriptions of the lower layer of paintings



      Online Encyclopædia Iranica

      [First posted in AWOL 10 April 2010. Updated 15 September 2013]

      Encyclopædia Iranica
      The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  The academic reference work will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the whole range of Iranian studies research from archeology to political sciences.
      The Encyclopædia is an international, collaborative project, based at Columbia University in the City of New York. Its compilation is overseen by the general editor Ehsan Yarshater and a team of Consulting Editors, all internationally renowned scholars of Iranian studies, who assist in the commissioning and editing of entries. The in-house editorial staff works at Columbia's Center for Iranian Studies.  Entries are solicited through invitation only, and are subjected to peer review to ensure factual reliability, scholarly objectivity, and political independence. 
      In recognition of its high academic achievements the Encyclopædia has received continuous financial support, since its inception in the 1970s, from major sponsors, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The non-profit Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation is dedicated to guaranteeing the Encyclopædia's intellectual independence by covering parts of its operating budget. 
      The first fascicle of the Encyclopædia's printed edition appeared in 1982, while the first version of the web-based digital edition was established in 1996. This digital version was developed in 2009-2010, in collaboration with the web design company Electric Pulp, to provide a more user-friendly interface for accessing the Encyclopædia's online content.
      Iranica Logotable of contents

      Open Access Journal: Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal Reader

      Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal Reader
      Afternoon Map is excited to announce its first publication / spinoff website, the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal Reader. Available as a shoddily made PDF as well, the Royal Asiatic Reader features highlights from mid-nineteenth century issues of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal that have been digitized by Google Books, with a particular emphasis on the esoteric, absurd, obscene, mystifying, offensive and poetic. I've always been fascinated by the articles that appeared in this Journal, not only because they make such entertaining reading (if only for the same kinds of people who like to look at old maps), but also because they seem to so perfectly illustrate the relationship between geographic knowledge and imperial power so well, if abstractly, documented in Orientalism. At the same time, while I hope this collection can serve as an introduction for students knew to the study of the region, I think it also offers a valuable lesson for those of us already familiar with the subject. Specifically, the immense learning that went into much of this writing shows that, rather than dismiss orientalist scholarship with casual disdain, we should remain constantly mindful of the fact that scholars much smarter and more hard working than ourselves have fallen prey to gross ideological biases, and strive to make sure we don't do the same.

      Open Access Journal: Classical Studies at McGill

      Open Access Journal: Bulletin of Online Emendations to Papyri

      [First posted in AWOL 16 February 2012. Updated 16 September 2013]

      Bulletin of Online Emendations to Papyri (BOEP)
      We are happy to release the first-ever bulletin of online emendations made to papyri in the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (DDbDP). As is well known, papyrologists around the world have over the past two years been entering published documentary texts to the Duke Databank via the Papyrological Editor (formerly SoSOL) at www.papyri.info/editor/. In the process, some people have also proposed a number of emendations to existing texts. This bulletin gathers the proposals that have so far been vetted and adopted by the PN's editorial board. Our hope is that by issuing regular updates we will provide users with a helpful overview of evolving scholarly discussion concerning individual texts. We believe that these bulletins will also facilitate ongoing production of resources such as the Berichtigungsliste and HGV by highlighting meaningful changes to texts among the many other kinds of alterations (automated fixes, typo corrections, etc.) that are regularly made to documents in the DDbDP.
      [From Rodney Ast and James Cowey's email announcement]

      Digitized Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL) at Arachne

       [First posted in AWOL 30 January 2012.  Most recently updated 16 September 2013]

      Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL)
      The Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL) is a comprehensive collection of ancient Latin inscriptions from all corners of the Roman Empire. Public and personal inscriptions throw light on all aspects of Roman life and history. The Corpus continues to be updated with new editions and supplements by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. http://cil.bbaw.de/cil_en/index_en.html

      This digitized version of the CIL will initially comprise of the more than 50 parts (of vols. I-XVI + auctaria and of v. I (edition altera)) published before 1940. Available funding covers the digitization of the volumes with an imperfect OCR searching capability. The goal is to eventually create a keyword searchable database to contain also future volumes of the CIL as they fall outside of copyright restrictions and to eventually do the same for the Inscriptiones Graecae.
      The printed version of the CIL presently consists of 17 volumes in approximately 70 parts, recording some 180,000 inscriptions. Thirteen supplementary volumes have plates and specialized indices. The first volume, in two sections, covered the oldest inscriptions, to the end of the Roman Republic; volumes II to XIV are divided geographically, according to the regions where the inscriptions were found and within these divisions also by inscription type. A two-volume "Index of Numbers," correlating inscription numbers with volume numbers, was published in 2003.


      In 2009 the Heads of the libraries of the American Academy in Rome, Rebecka Lindau, and École Française de Rome, Yannick Nexon, met to discuss the possibility of digitizing the volumes of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum currently out of copyright. This had been a desire of both for a long time. Soon the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut and the Head of its library, Thomas Fröhlich, joined the project. Providing a server to host the volumes was more of a challenge. The DAI and Reinhard Foertsch at the University of Cologne came to the rescue with their object database Arachne, which is dynamically connected to international aggregators such as Claros.net or the multinational European project CARARE, and freely available on the Web http://www.arachne.uni-koeln.de/drupal/.

      The following volumes will soon be online through Arachne:

      Title Parts
      vol. I Inscriptiones Latinae antiquissimae ad C. Caesaris mortem.1863

      vol. I² Inscriptiones Latinae antiquissimae ad C. Caesaris mortem. pars I Fasti consulares ad a. u. c. DCCLXVI. Elogia clarorum virorum. Fasti anni Iuliani. Cura TH. MOMMSEN, W. HENZEN, CHR. HUELSEN. 1893
      pars II, fasc. I Inscriptiones Latinae antiquissimae. Cura E. LOMMATZSCH. 1918
      pars II, fasc. II Addenda. Nummi. Indices. Cura E. LOMMATZSCH, H. DESSAU.

      vol. II Inscriptiones Hispaniae Latinae. Edidit AEM. HÜBNER. 1869
      Supplementum. 1892

      vol. III Inscriptiones Asiae, provinciarum Europae Graecarum, Illyrici Latinae. Edidit TH. MOMMSEN. 1873 pars I Inscriptiones Aegypti et Asiae. Inscriptiones provinciarum Europae Graecarum. Inscriptionum Illyrici partes I-V
      pars II Inscriptionum Illyrici partes VI. VII. Res gestae divi Augusti. Edictum Diocletiani de pretiis rerum. Privilegia militum veteranorumque. Instrumenta Dacica
      Supplementum. Inscriptionum Orientis et Illyrici Latinarum supplementum. Edid. TH. MOMMSEN, O. HIRSCHFELD, A. DOMASZEWSKI pars I (fasc. I-III. 1889 1893). 1902.
      Supplementum. Inscriptionum Orientis et Illyrici Latinarum supplementum. Edid. TH. MOMMSEN, O. HIRSCHFELD, A. DOMASZEWSKI pars II (fasc. IV-V). 1902 (impr. iter. 1967)

      vol. IV Inscriptiones parietariae Pompeianae Herculanenses Stabianae. Edid. C. ZANGEMEISTER, R. SCHOENE. 1871
      Supplementi pars I Tabulae ceratae Pompeiis repertae. Edidit C. ZANGEMEISTER. 1898
      Supplementi pars II Inscriptiones parietariae et vasorum fictilium. Edidit A. MAU. 1909

      vol. V Inscriptiones Galliae Cisalpinae Latinae. Edidit TH. MOMMSEN. pars I Inscriptiones regionis Italiae decimae. 1872 (impr. iter. 1959)
      pars II Inscriptiones regionum Italiae undecimae et nonae. 1877

      vol. VI Inscriptiones urbis Romae Latinae. Collegerunt G. HENZEN, I. B. DE ROSSI, E. BORMANN, CHR. HUELSEN, M. BANG. pars I Inscriptiones sacrae. Augustorum, magistratuum, sacerdotum. Latercula et tituli militum. Edid. E. BORMANN et G. HENZEN. 1876
      pars II Monumenta columbariorum. Tituli officialium et artificium. Tituli sepulcrales reliqui: A-Claudius. Edid. E. BORMANN, G. HENZEN, CHR. HUELSEN. 1882
      pars III Tituli sepulcrales: Claudius-Plotius. Edid. E. BORMANN, G. HENZEN, CHR. HUELSEN. 1886
      pars IV, fasc. I Tituli sepulcrales: Plotia-Zozon. Inscriptiones varii argumenti. Fragmenta. Edidit CHR. HUELSEN. 1894
      pars IV, fasc. II Additamenta. Edidit CHR. HUELSEN. 1902
      pars IV, fasc. III Additamentorum auctarium. Edidit M. BANG. 1933
      pars V Inscriptiones falsae. Edid. E. BORMANN, G. HENZEN, CHR. HUELSEN. 1885
      pars VI, fasc. I Index nominum. Edidit M. BANG. 1926

      vol. VII Inscriptiones Britanniae Latinae. Edidit AEM. HUEBNER. 1873

      vol. VIII Inscriptiones Africae Latinae. Collegit G. WILMANNS. Edidit TH. MOMMSEN. 1881 pars I Inscriptiones Africae proconsularis et Numidiae
      pars II Inscriptiones Mauretaniarum
      Supplementi pars I Inscriptiones Africae proconsularis. Edid. R. CAGNAT, I. SCHMIDT. 1891
      Supplementi pars II Inscriptiones provinciae Numidiae. Edid. R. CAGNAT, I. SCHMIDT. Commentariis instruxerunt I. SCHMIDT, H. DESSAU 1894
      Supplementi pars III Inscriptiones Mauretaniae. Miliaria et instrumentum domesticum. Edid. I. SCHMIDT, R. CAGNAT, H. DESSAU. 1904
      Supplementi pars IV Inscriptiones Africae proconsularis. Edid. R. CAGNAT, H. DESSAU. 1916

      vol. IX Inscriptiones Calabriae, Apuliae, Samnii, Sabinorum, Piceni Latinae. Edidit TH. MOMMSEN. 1883

      vol. X Inscriptiones Bruttiorum, Lucaniae, Campaniae, Siciliae, Sardiniae Latinae. Edidit TH. MOMMSEN. 1883 pars I
      pars II

      vol. XI Inscriptiones Aemiliae, Etruriae, Umbriae Latinae. Edidit E. BORMANN. pars I Inscriptiones Aemiliae et Etruriae. 1888
      pars II, fasc. 1 Inscriptiones Umbriae, viarum publicarum, instrumenti domestici. 1901
      pars II, fasc. 2 Addenda ad partes priores et indicum capita tria. 1926

      vol. XII Inscriptiones Galliae Narbonensis Latinae. Edidit O. HIRSCHFELD. 1888

      vol. XIII Inscriptiones trium Galliarum et Germaniarum Latinae. Edid. O. HIRSCHFELD et C. ZANGEMEISTER. pars I, fasc. 1 Inscriptiones Aquitaniae et Lugudunensis. Edidit O. HIRSCHFELD. 1899
      pars I, fasc. 2 Inscriptiones Belgicae. Edidit O. HIRSCHFELD. 1904
      pars II, fasc. 1 Inscriptiones Germaniae superioris. Edidit C. ZANGEMEISTER. 1905
      pars II, fasc. 2 Inscriptiones Germaniae inferioris. Miliaria Galliarum et Germaniarum. Edid. TH. MOMMSEN, O. HIRSCHFELD, A. DOMASZEWSKI. 1907
      pars III, fasc. 1 Instrumentum domesticum I. Edidit O. BOHN. 1901
      pars III, fasc. 2 Instrumentum domesticum II. Edidit O. BOHN. Insunt signacula medicorum oculariorum. Edidit AEM. ESPÉRANDIEU. 1906
      pars IV Addenda ad partes primam et secundam. Edid. O. HIRSCHFELD et H. FINKE. 1916
      pars VI Signacula publice laterculis impressa. Edidit E. STEIN. Accedunt signacula laterculis a privatis impressa. Edidit E. VOLKMANN. 1933

      vol. XIV Inscriptiones Latii veteris Latinae. Edidit H. DESSAU. 1887
      Supplementum Ostiense. Edidit L. WICKERT. 1930.
      Supplementi Ostiensis fasciculus II. Indices topographicos composuit L. WICKERT. 1933

      vol. XV Inscriptiones urbis Romae Latinae. Instrumentum domesticum. Edidit H. DRESSEL pars I Edidit H. DRESSEL. 1891
      pars II, fasc. 1 Edidit H. DRESSEL. 1899

      vol. XVI Diplomata militaria. Post TH. MOMMSEN edidit H. NESSELHAUF. 1936

      Priscae Latinitatis monumenta epigraphica. Tabulae lithographae. Edidit FR. RITSCHL. 1862 (impr. iter. 1961 et 1968) ISBN 3-11-001417-3. Accedunt: Priscae Latinitatis epigraphicae supplementa quinque. Edidit FR. RITSCHL. 1862-1864

      Auctarium Exempla scripturae epigraphicae Latinae a Caesaris dictatoris morte ad aet. Iustiniani. Edidit AEM. HUEBNER. 1885

      Pelagios Announcement

      Pelagios Chapter 3: Early Geospatial Documents
      Monday, 16 September 2013 
      A few weeks ago we trailed that we had some exciting news and now we can finally announce it. Thanks to the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pelagios is entering a third, even more ambitious phase. We will be extending the Pelagios approach to all early geospatial documents up to 1492 (a game-changing year for the history of cartography). This means that we'll be dealing with texts and maps, not only from the ancient Greco-Roman worlds, but also the early Byzantine, Christian, Maritime, Islamic and Chinese traditions.

      With a digital place index of maps and descriptions of the world in place, researchers and the general public will be able to explore online the historical significance of both famous and obscure places in the history of geography. As just one example, Claudius Ptolemy used London as one of his primary reference points for global time zones in the late second century, just as we do today. While such coincidences may be rare, and many places in early maps and texts are unidentified, or existed only in the popular or religious imaginations, our aim is to help their rich biographies to be told. With such an unprecedented variety of data linked together, it will be possible to trace in broad terms the continuities - and discontinuities - of people's responses to the world around them. Equally exciting, and thanks to the continuing annotation of data by Pelagios growing community of partners, you'll also be able to bring together disparate fragments of its life history, its connections with other places, its stories and imagery.

      The project raises significant technological challenges as well. First of all we will need to make sure that URI-based gazetteers (standardised lists of places) are available for all of our periods and regions, and aligned with one another so that they can be cross-referenced. This means working not only with our old friends at Pleiades, but also with new ones at the China Historical GIS and PastPlace. Then we will need to use a raft of methods, old and new, to identify toponyms in texts and images, and in a range of languages. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) – a computer-based method for the automatic recognition of text in digitized images – is inadequate for use with medieval handwritten script. Therefore we are developing new, semi-automatic methods, which employ image processing and statistical approaches to eliminate as much of the tedious manual work of transcription as possible. Third, we will need to relate those place references to the gazetteers, building on the knowledge and expertise of a network of experts, along with a few tricks of our own. Places that we can't identify we intend to throw out to the public, along with any clues we have available, to invite the wider community to have a go. Finally, we continue to work on the Pelagios search API and web interface so that the results will become ever easier to work with and incorporate in other digital resources online.
      In addition to the continually growing community of projects providing content about all these places, we will be working in collaboration with specialists from all around the world, including from the British Library, Queen Mary, University of London, KCL, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Edinburgh, the Orient Institute of Beirut, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Drew University and Harvard University. If you would like to get involved in any way, please do contact us!

      Targum Institute Online

      Open Access Journal: Pegasus

      Pegasus - Berliner Beiträge zum Nachleben der Antike
      ISSN 1436-3461
      Pegasus 8 Einmal im Jahr erscheint das mehrsprachige Periodikum des Census -  der Pegasus. Er versteht sich grundsätzlich als Diskussionsforum für alle mit antiken Traditionen befassten Disziplinen. Anders als die Datenbank des Census setzt er keine zeitlichen  Begrenzungen, sondern öffnet den Blick auf alle nachantiken Epochen. Neben Untersuchungen, die dem breiten Spektrum der Antikentradition gewidmet sind, werden hier Ergebnisse präsentiert, die unmittelbar der Arbeit mit der Datenbank entstammen. So zeigt sich im Pegasus die Präsenz der antiken Bilderwelt wie sie uns –  gefiltert durch den Blick früherer Epochen – auch heute noch gegenwärtig ist.

      Seit 2010 werden die Pegasus-Hefte, deren Erscheinen mindestens fünf Jahre zurückliegt, als PDF-Dokumente auf dem edoc-Server der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften bereitgestellt.
      Über die Inhaltsverzeichnisse der einzelnen Hefte auf dieser Seite (siehe unten) gelangen Sie direkt zu den jeweiligen Aufsätzen im Volltextangebot...
      Heft 1. 1999, 88 S., 20 Abb., EUR 9,50 (digitale Version)
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      Online Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions

      [First posted in AWOL 24 February 2009. Updated 17 September 2013]

      News comes today, 09.17.2013, of the death of Henry Immerwahr in Chapel Hill NC.
      He lived 97 years.

      Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions
      Immerwahr, Henry R.
      Pottery is a critical tool in our understanding of the society, art, and language of ancient Greece. Most vase painters who worked in Attica—the area of Greece surrounding Athens—were active during the sixth to fourth centuries BC. Their work was often inscribed either directly into the clay or by painting the surface. Henry Immerwahr's Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions is an attempt to catalog these inscribed vases. It contains 8,173 entries and is the result of more than sixty years of research. Each entry is given a local identifier and indicates which collection the vase belongs to (and the inventory number where possible). The entries then have four parts:

      • Section A documents the type of vase, place of discovery if known, painter or potter or both, date, and bibliography;
      • Section B contains a short description of the paintings;
      • Section C contains the inscriptions; and
      • Section D offers free commentary.
      A significant number of the entries contain additional footnotes. No illustrations are provided. To learn more about the history of the corpus, read Immerwahr’s description of it. The material gathered in the corpus is the basis for an on-going project by Rudolf Wachter.
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