Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity


Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu)

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October 27, 2014

Digital Classicist Berlin

Reviewing digital editions: The Codex Sinaiticus

Talk: Markus Schnöpf (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities / Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing), “Reviewing digital editions: The Codex Sinaiticus”.

Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1780-0000-0024-29C7-0

Date: Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Time: starting at 17:00 c.t. (i.e. 17:15)

Venue: DAI, Wiegandhaus, Podbielskiallee 69-71, D-14195 Berlin (map)


In the last years much effort was put in the construction of digital editions, covering all epochs from antiquity to modern writers. Looking at these digital scholarly editions, a huge variety of methods, presentations and tools has been developed. The Insitut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (IDE) has published in 2012 a catalogue with criteria for the analysis of digital editions (english version followed in June 2014. These criteria give a kind of standard for the review process of digital editions. Recently the IDE has launched an online journal called RIDE, where digital editions are reviewed, following the mentioned criteria. Thus it is possible to identify best practice methods in the construction of scholarly digital editions. The criteria, that can be applied to review digital editions, contain the following topics:

  • subject and content of the edition
  • aims and methods
  • publication and presentation.

In the proposed paper I will present these criteria and as well the journal. In the second part I will apply these criteria on the digital edition of the Codex Sinaiticus. The Codex Sinaiticus is a joint project of the British Library, the National Library of Russia, the St. Catherines Monastery and the Leipzig University Library. The digital Codex reunions virtually the Codex, whose leafs are distributed on the four institutions. It offers high resolution scans of the Folii, a transcription of the text and partly translations. The Codex is the most complete and oldest copy of the New Testament and was written some 1600 years ago. The digital Codex was published in 2009 and received much public interest.

October 25, 2014

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Arabic Collections Online المجموعات العربية على الانترنت


Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content. Funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, this mass digitization project aims to expose up to 15,000 volumes from NYU and partner institutions over a period of five years. NYU and the partner institutions are contributing all types of material—literature, business, science, and more—from their Arabic language collections. ACO will provide digital access to printed books drawn from rich Arabic collections of prominent libraries.

المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت عبارة عن مكتبة عامَّة رقميَّة للكتب المؤلَّفة باللغة العربيَّة والتي أصبحت في المجال العام. إنَّ هذا المشروع الرَّقمي الهائل مُمَّول من قِبل جامعة نيويورك أبو ظبي، ويهدف إلى عرض ما يقارب خمسة عشرة ألف كتاب من قِبل جامعة نيويورك والجامعات الأخرى المشاركة خلال مدة خمس سنوات من العمل. إنَّ جامعة نيويورك والجامعات الأخرى المساهمة ستقدم أنواع مختلفة من الكتب في مجالات الأدب و التجارة والعلوم وغيرها من مقتنياتها من الكتب العربيَّة. إنَّ المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت، سوف توفر إمكانية الوصول الإلكتروني إلى كتب مطبوعة مستمدَّة من مجموعات قيِّمة من مكتبات هامة. 

President Carter and the Role of Intelligence in the Camp David Accords


President Carter and the Role of Intelligence in the Camp David Accords

"This collection consists of more than 250 previously classified documents, totaling over 1,400 pages, including some 150 that are being released for the first time.  These documents cover the period from January 1977 through March 1979 and were produced by the CIA to support the Carter administration’s diplomatic efforts leading up to President Carter’s negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in September 1978. The declassified documents detail diplomatic developments from the Arab peace offensive and President Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem through the regionwide aftermath of Camp David. Newly released items include:

    Two National Intelligence Estimates on Egypt and the Middle East Military Balance.
    Selections from CIA’s briefing book on Camp David created for President Carter.
    Leadership profiles from the Directorate of Intelligence on the key personalities of the Camp David summit.
    Intelligence on informal and formal inter-Arab negotiations and divisions between Israeli political parties with regard to the peace initiative and summit.
    The role of Jordan in the peace process
    Over four hundred pages of Foreign Broadcast Information Service reporting, capturing the press coverage of the negotiations, summit, and global reaction."

October 24, 2014

The Homer Multitext

Open Access Week at the Homer Multitext project

This week is Open Access Week, an annual event promoting open access as a norm in scholarly work.  At Holy Cross, three members of the Homer Multitext project, Nik Churik '15, Brian Clark '15, and Melody Wauke '17, took part in a panel along with presenters from the faculty and the library staff. (Below, Brian and Melody with Nik's wristwatch in the background as the panellists are introduced in the very traditional setting of a library reading room.)

In contrast to the other speakers, the HMT members traced a connection from open access to the potential to replicate and verify scholarly work, and concluded that open access is not simply one convenient option among others, but an ethical obligation.  The audience seemed to me to struggle with this idea, despite the fact that it was a small, self-selected group already interested in the subject.

One institution that deserves recognition for taking open access very seriously is the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, where hundreds of manuscripts are being digitized, and made available on line under the terms of a Creative Commons license.  (Some of the older digitization includes black and white images only, but more recent additions offer very high quality color images.) Four of the Greek manuscripts they have already digitized include Homeric material, and thanks to the library's use of a standard open license, we will be including them in future releases of the Homer Mutlitext's archive. The processor-intensive conversion of the images to the zoomable format we use in our citable image service is underway, and you can now look at the first of the Munich manuscripts on our test site.  If the manuscript photography we have already published has awakened your interest in the various prose paraphrases and metrical summaries of the Iliad they include, you will no doubt enjoy the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek's Codex Graecus 88 as well.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Classical Tradition eJournal

Classical Tradition eJournal

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts having a primary focus on the reception of Greek and Roman literature, philosophy and civilization in the post-Classical world. Additional subcategories and/or subdivisions of them will be added as appropriate. 

Click here to Browse our Electronic Library to view our archives of abstracts and associated full text papers published in this journal.

Classical Tradition eJournal Advisory Board Click on the individual's name below to view the editor or advisory board member's author home page.

Andrew L. Ford
Carin M. Green
Judith Evans Grubbs
Dirk Obbink
Josiah Ober
Andrew M. Riggsby
Ruth S. Scodel
Incl. Electronic PaperKlioszientistische Studien (Clioscientific Studies)
Hans W. Giessen
Date Posted: October 04, 2014
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Constitutional Thought of Alexander Hamilton
Denis Galligan (ed.), Constitutions and the Classics (Oxford, 2014)
Mortimer Newlin Stead Sellers
University of Baltimore - School of Law
Date Posted: May 07, 2014
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperLas Actividades De Trabajo En Grupo En Un Entorno Tecnológico: El Caso De Las Lenguas Clásicas (The Group Work Activities in a Technological Environment: The Case of Classical Languages)
Revista de Estudios Latinos (RELat) 9, 2009, 209-234
Cristóbal Macías Villalobos
University of Malaga
Date Posted: July 10, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperPlotinus’ Views on Soul, Suicide, and Incarnation
Schole 3.2, 387–400,
Androniki Kalogiratou
Capital Product Partners L.P.
Date Posted: April 16, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperMeasuring Finley's Impact
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Date Posted: April 01, 2013
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperGreatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Rousseau's Use of Plato's Laws in the Letter to D’Alembert
American Dialectic, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-43, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-11
Nelson Lund
George Mason University School of Law
Date Posted: February 10, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperHomer in the Renaissance: The Troy Stories
Jose Angel Garcia Landa
Universidad de Zaragoza
Date Posted: December 14, 2012
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperAristote et Perelman: L’Ancienne et la Nouvelle Rhétorique (Aristotle and Perelman: Ancient Rhetoric and New Rhetoric)
Giovanni Damele
Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem
Date Posted: December 02, 2012
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperGreatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Plato’s Laws as an Introduction to Rousseau’s Letter to D’Alembert
American Dialectic, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 216-249, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-65
Nelson Lund
George Mason University School of Law
Date Posted: October 03, 2012
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Parthenon Sculptures and Cultural Justice
Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 23
Derek Fincham
South Texas College of Law
Date Posted: August 19, 2012
Last Revised: April 11, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperOn the Proto-Indo-European Language of the Indus Valley Civilization (and Its Implications for Western Prehistory)
The Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization: New Perspectives (Essays in Honor of Dr. S.R. Rao) (2014)
Robin Bradley Kar
University of Illinois College of Law
Date Posted: August 06, 2012
Last Revised: August 06, 2014
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Portrayal of Socrates by Damascius
Phronimon, 7 (1) 45-54, 2006
Androniki Kalogiratou
Capital Product Partners L.P.
Date Posted: August 04, 2012
Last Revised: July 15, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Wandering Soul in Plato and Cavafy
Skepsis, XVI, i-ii, 106-114, 2005
Androniki Kalogiratou
Capital Product Partners L.P.
Date Posted: August 03, 2012
Last Revised: July 15, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperProlegomenon to an Ethically Grounded Management Theory
Mitchell Langbert
Brooklyn College
Date Posted: June 18, 2012
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperJustice and the Cultural Heritage Movement: Using Environmental Justice to Appraise Art and Antiquities Disputes
20 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 43 (2012),
Derek Fincham
South Texas College of Law
Date Posted: March 22, 2012
Last Revised: March 27, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperIslamic Atomism and the Galenic Tradition
History of Science, Vol. 47, pp. 277- 295, 2009
Tzvi Langermann
Bar-Ilan University
Date Posted: February 22, 2012
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperGreatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Rousseau’s Use of Plato’s Laws
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-54
Nelson Lund
George Mason University School of Law
Date Posted: December 17, 2011
Last Revised: August 24, 2012
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperRamsay MacMullen’s Portrait of Rome Begs the Question: Does the Ninety-Nine Percent have Parallels in History?
DiMarkco Stephen Chandler
Claremont Graduate University
Date Posted: December 12, 2011
Last Revised: January 03, 2012
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Relevance of Intellectual Historian Herbert J. Muller and the Greeks in Asia Minor
DiMarkco Stephen Chandler
Claremont Graduate University
Date Posted: April 19, 2011
Last Revised: December 27, 2011
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperWhy Wicked Never Wins: An Examination of the Early Origins of the Evil Female Villain of the Fairy Tale Narrative
Priti Nemani, J.D.
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: April 12, 2011
Last Revised: September 10, 2011
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperUnlimited Growth and Innovation: Paradise or Paradox?
Andrew J. Sutter
Rikkyo University, College of Law and Politics
Date Posted: November 16, 2010
Last Revised: November 20, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperCollecting Culture and the British Museum
Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 49, No. 449, 2006

Date Posted: August 21, 2010
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperIntroduction to 'Generare in Comune' - Theories and Representations of Hybridization in Ancient Folk Zoology
Pietro Edoardo Li Causi
University of Palermo
Date Posted: May 22, 2010
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic Paper'This Barbarous Habit': Nineteenth Century Reactions to Classical Placenames in Central N. Y.
David M. Pollio
Christopher Newport University
Date Posted: May 17, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Clades Variana and the Third Reich
David B. Cuff
University of Toronto
Date Posted: May 17, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperOn the Editio Princeps of Statius’ Epics
Harald Anderson
Date Posted: May 16, 2010
Last Revised: May 28, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperJosef Kavalier's Odyssey: Epic Echoes in Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Daniel Levine
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: May 04, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperReflections of Catullus 38 in Allen Ginsberg's ‘Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullo’
Alan Corn
Ohio State University
Date Posted: April 29, 2010
Last Revised: May 15, 2010
Working Paper Series

Aristotle's Ethics and Lincoln's Life: the Tragedy, Liberation and Irony of Practical Wisdom
Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper
Marc Sable
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: March 29, 2010
Working Paper Series

Reflections on Responsibility: Thucydides and Grote
Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper
Arlene W Saxonhouse
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Date Posted: March 29, 2010
Working Paper Series

2011 Lambda Classical Caucus Panel - Title of Panel: Ancient 'Unspeakable Vices' and Modern Pedagogy: Talking About Homosexuality in Classical Antiquity in the 21st Century Academy
Konstantinos Nikoloutsos
American Philological Association
Date Posted: March 14, 2010
Working Paper Series

Postcolonial Latin American Adaptations of Greek and Roman Drama
Konstantinos Nikoloutsos
American Philological Association
Date Posted: March 14, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts
Robert Cary Ketterer
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: March 14, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperDemocracy and Antigone
Stetson Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 3, 2009
Ruthann Robson
CUNY School of Law
Date Posted: March 11, 2010
Last Revised: April 18, 2010
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperNew World Classics: Receptions of Antiquity for Modern Children
Sheila Murnaghan
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: March 11, 2010
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperClassical Influences on the Law and Politics of the French Revolution
THE CLASSICAL TRADITION, Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most, Salvatore Settis, eds., Harvard, 2009
Mortimer Newlin Stead Sellers
University of Baltimore - School of Law
Date Posted: July 23, 2009
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperClassical Influences on the American Founding Fathers
THE CLASSICAL TRADITION, Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most, Salvatore Settis, eds., Harvard, 2009, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-20
Mortimer Newlin Stead Sellers
University of Baltimore - School of Law
Date Posted: July 22, 2009
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperEditing the Nation: Classical Scholarship in Greece Ca. 1930
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 010803
Constanze Güthenke
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: July 01, 2009
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperModern Histories of Ancient Greece: Genealogies, Contexts and Eighteenth-Century Narrative Historiography
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 020805
Giovanna Ceserani
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Date Posted: July 01, 2009
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThucydides and the Invention of Political Science
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 110515
Josiah Ober
Stanford University - Department of Classics
Date Posted: June 30, 2009
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperSpartacus Before Marx
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 110516
Brent Shaw
Princeton University - Department of Classics
Date Posted: June 29, 2009
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Influence on Marcus Tullius Cicero on Modern Legal and Political Ideas
Ciceroniana, the Atti of Colloquium Tullianum Anni, MMVIII
Mortimer Newlin Stead Sellers
University of Baltimore - School of Law
Date Posted: June 05, 2009
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperThe Image of Love (La Imagen Del Amor)
Iliana Restrepo
Jorge Tadeo Lozano University
Date Posted: January 11, 2009
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperHomer in Australian Reasons for Judgment or Decision
Leslie Katz
Date Posted: January 01, 2009
Last Revised: May 20, 2013
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperAdam Smith and Roman Servitudes
Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis, Vol. 72, 327-57, 2004
Ernest Metzger
University of Glasgow - School of Law
Date Posted: November 01, 2008
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperTransfer of Western Knowledge to Turkey: Institutionalized Policy of Translation and Library Building
Fuat Andic and Arnold Reisman
affiliation not provided to SSRNand Reisman and Associates
Date Posted: July 08, 2008
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperJustice Fred Blume and the Translation of Justinian's Code
Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, 2007
Timothy G. Kearley
University of Wyoming College of Law
Date Posted: January 10, 2008
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperRebuilding the Closet: Bowers v. Hardwick, Lawrence v. Texas, and the Mismeasure of Homosexual Historiography
Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2004
Jody Lynee Madeira
Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington
Date Posted: August 05, 2007
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperSocrates on Management: An Analysis of Xenophon's Oeconomicus
George Bragues
University of Guelph-Humber
Date Posted: June 28, 2007
Working Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperAristotle's Ethics and the Virtuous Lawyer: A Study on Legal Ethics and Clinical Legal Education
Journal of the Legal Profession, Vol. 20, p. 5, 1996
Lorie Graham
Suffolk University Law School
Date Posted: June 07, 2007
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperPlato, Hegel, and Democracy
Brooks, Thom (2006). "Plato, Hegel, and Democracy," Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 53/54: 24-50. Revised edition in Brooks, Thom (2013). "Democracy" in Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right, 2d edition (Edinburgh University Press).
Thom Brooks
Durham University
Date Posted: September 26, 2006
Last Revised: February 17, 2013
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperPaths of Western Law after Justinian
London Law Review, Vol. 2, 2006
M. Stuart Madden
Pace University School of Law
Date Posted: July 25, 2006
Accepted Paper Series

Prevailing Wisdom: Antiquity and the Structural Constitution
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 03-17
David J. Bederman
Emory University School of Law
Date Posted: October 15, 2003
Working Paper Series

The Elgin Marbles: Matters Of Fact And Opinion
International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2000
Sir John Boardman
Ashmolean Museum
Date Posted: January 30, 2001
Accepted Paper Series

Incl. Electronic PaperOrigins of the Game Theory of Law and the Limits of Harmony in Plato's Laws
Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 20, May-July 1999
Arthur J. Jacobson
Cardozo Law School
Date Posted: March 15, 2000
Accepted Paper Series

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Uncovering Isolation in the Archive: Women Workers in Bicycle Factories

I have begun diving to a variety of sources for my project “Wheelwomen at Work,” in which I am digitizing women’s involvement in the bicycle industry from the 1880s to the 1910s. One of my most striking findings so far has come from factory inspection records. Starting in the 1880s, many states established departments in which state officials visited factories to document the working conditions and ensure the factories were meeting the relatively new safety requirements mandated by law. These visits  were part of larger efforts from Progressive reformers and labor activists of the period. They believed that they needed physical access to the factories to truly understand the working conditions, and they used these visits to collect extensive amounts of data on each factory. They documented demographic data on the workers as well as detailed information on their working conditions, wages, hours, and tasks. They believed that collecting, cataloging, and reporting this data was the foundation for all of their reform efforts.
These reports provide valuable information on workers’ lives, especially given that so many working-class historical actors can easily get lost in the archives. This is particularly true for women workers. Much of what we know about women’s factory work in the nineteenth and early twentieth century centers on factories in which women made up the majority of workers, such as garment factories. Inspection reports of bicycle factories, as well as factories which made bicycle parts and components like wheels and saddles, present a different view of women workers. Strikingly, many of the women working in these factories made up less than half of the workers as a whole. For example, in 1896 inspectors reported that the North American Rubber Company of New York employed 239 men and 92 women in their bicycle tire division. Often there were only a few women workers in small factories and workshops. In the 1898 report of the Lindsay Bicycle Company in Indiana, the inspector documented that the factory employed 25 male workers and only one female worker. Such accounts suggest a few interesting themes that warrant further investigation. First, the documents imply that women were engaging in many of their tasks along side men, and perhaps even completing the same tasks as men. I am interested in trying to uncover their specific tasks and how their responsibilities compared to male workers. Second, it suggests a sense of isolation; I imagine that the single female worker at the Lindsay Bicycle Company had a very different work experience compared to women working in factories surrounded by fellow women. I have yet to find evidence of formal labor organizing among women workers in bicycle factories, and perhaps this isolation was a factor. Both findings provide a glimpse of women’s factory work in this period that I plan to explore further in my project.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

In­schrif­ten von Philippi im Bild

In­schrif­ten von Philippi im Bild
Auf dieser Seite werden die Bilder der In­schrif­ten von Philippi (Ma­ke­do­nien) allen In­ter­ess­ier­ten zugäng­lich ge­macht. Die Tex­te der grie­chi­schen und la­tei­ni­schen In­schrif­ten wur­den im Jahr 2000 in dem "Ka­ta­log der In­schrif­ten von Phil­ip­pi" (vgl. das Li­te­ra­tur­ver­zeich­nis) erst­mals in einem Band zu­sam­men­ge­stellt. Aus Um­fangs- wie aus Ko­sten­grün­den war nie­mals ge­plant, die­sem Band auch Pho­to­gra­phien bei­zu­ge­ben. Im Zu­ge meiner Be­ru­fungs­ver­hand­lun­gen an der Fried­rich-Alex­ander-Uni­ver­sität Er­lan­gen-Nürn­berg hat der Kanz­ler dieser Uni­versi­tät, Herr Tho­mas A. H. Schöck, Mit­tel be­wil­ligt, die die An­stel­lung einer Hilfs­kraft für drei Jah­re er­mög­li­chen, um die Phil­ip­pi-Dias zu scan­nen und ins Netz zu stel­len. Ihm gilt da­her mein be­son­derer Dank. Mein Dank gilt so­dann mei­nem Mit­ar­beit­er, Herrn Hol­ger Ibisch, der sich be­reit­wil­lig und ein­ge­hend mit der Hard- und Soft­ware ver­traut ge­macht hat, die er­for­der­lich ist, um eine solche In­ter­net-Sei­te zu ge­stal­ten. Er wur­de un­terstützt von Herrn Björn Nord­gauer, der die Da­ten­bank ent­wor­fen und pro­gra­mmiert hat. Auch ihm dan­ke ich herz­lich.

Das ProjektDer Aufbau dieser SammlungDie VorgeschichteDie LiteraturDie InschriftenNeue Inschriften

AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae: Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291)

Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae 
Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291) 
Sabino De Sandoli, OFM

Father Sabino De Sandoli's "Corpus Inscriptionum" is the most extensive collection of surviving Crusader inscriptions ever published. The inscriptions, written between 1099 and 1291, have been collected from all areas of Palestine: from Gaza to Acre, from Hebron to Banias, and from the southern part of Transjordan.
"Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae" was published in 1973 by Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and the Franciscan Printing Press in Jerusalem.
Since 1333, when the Custody of the Holy Land was established, the Franciscan Friars have made an enormous contribution to the Crusader epigraphy. With pious dedication, they have diligently recorded the ultimate expression of the profound religiousness of their heroic predecessors.
The English translation was performed by Michael Olteanu.

  • Cover Pages
  • Prefazione - Preface
  • Indice generale - General Index
  • Indice Bibliografico - Bibliographic Index
    Introduzione - Introduction
  • Fonti e studi - Sources and Studies
  • Classifica delle Iscrizioni Crociati - Classification of the Crusader Inscriptions
  • La Paleografia Crociata - The Crusader Paleography
  • La Lingua Latina nell'Epigrafia Crociata - The Latin Language in the Crusader Epigraphy
  • La Religiosità dei crociati - The Religiousness of the Crusaders
  • Il Regno di Gerusalemme - The Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Il Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - The Royal State of Jerusalem
    Gerusalemme - Jerusalem
    I Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate dentro le Mura - Part I: Crusader Inscriptions within the City Walls
  • La Basilica del Santo Sepolcro - The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
  • L'Ospedale di San Giovanni - The Hospital of Saint John
  • Il Tempio del Signore - The Temple of the Lord
  • Iscrizioni di altri luoghi dentro le mura di Gerusalemme - Inscriptions at other sites within the walls of Jerusalem
    II Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate fuori le Mura - Part II: Crusader Inscriptions outside the City Walls
  • La chiesa di San Stefano - The church of Saint Stephen
  • Il Monte Sion - Mount Zion
  • I Santuari della Valle di Giosafat - The Sanctuaries of the Valley of Josaphat
  • Il Monte degli Olivi - The Mount of Olives
    Betlemme - Bethlehem
  • Betlemme - Bethlehem
    Altre località del Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - Other Sites in the Royal State of Jerusalem
  • Altre località a Nord e Ovest di Gerusalemme - Other Sites North and West of Jerusalem
    III Parte: Le Signorie Crociate della Palestina - Part III: The Crusader Seignories of Palestine
  • La Signoria di San Abramo (Ebron), d'Oltre-Giordano, la Contea di Giaffa e Ascalone, la Signoria di Blanche-Garde, Ramleh e Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia e Sebaste, Cesareea Maritima, Caifa - The Seignory of St. Abraham (Hebron), Transjordan, the County of Jaffa and Ascalon, the Seignory of Blanche Garde, Ramleh and Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia and Sebaste, Cesarea, Caifa
  • La Signoria del Archivescovo di Nazaret, il Castello di Belvoir, L'Abbazia del Monte Tabor, il Principato di Tiberiade, il Castello di Safad, la Signoria di Bànias - The Seignory of the Archbishop of Nazareth,the Castle of Belvoir, the Abbey of Mount Tabor, the Principality of Tiberiade, the Castle of Safad, the Seignory of Bànias
  • San Giovanni d'Acri - Saint John of Acre
  • Appendice - Appendix
  • Errata - Errata
  • Indice delle Illustrazioni - Illustrations Index
  • Indice Linguistico - Linguistic Index
  • Indice Analitico - Analytic Index
  • Back Cover
  • Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae: Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291)

    Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae 
    Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291) 
    Sabino De Sandoli, OFM

    Father Sabino De Sandoli's "Corpus Inscriptionum" is the most extensive collection of surviving Crusader inscriptions ever published. The inscriptions, written between 1099 and 1291, have been collected from all areas of Palestine: from Gaza to Acre, from Hebron to Banias, and from the southern part of Transjordan.
    "Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae" was published in 1973 by Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and the Franciscan Printing Press in Jerusalem.
    Since 1333, when the Custody of the Holy Land was established, the Franciscan Friars have made an enormous contribution to the Crusader epigraphy. With pious dedication, they have diligently recorded the ultimate expression of the profound religiousness of their heroic predecessors.
    The English translation was performed by Michael Olteanu.

  • Cover Pages
  • Prefazione - Preface
  • Indice generale - General Index
  • Indice Bibliografico - Bibliographic Index
    Introduzione - Introduction
  • Fonti e studi - Sources and Studies
  • Classifica delle Iscrizioni Crociati - Classification of the Crusader Inscriptions
  • La Paleografia Crociata - The Crusader Paleography
  • La Lingua Latina nell'Epigrafia Crociata - The Latin Language in the Crusader Epigraphy
  • La Religiosità dei crociati - The Religiousness of the Crusaders
  • Il Regno di Gerusalemme - The Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Il Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - The Royal State of Jerusalem
    Gerusalemme - Jerusalem
    I Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate dentro le Mura - Part I: Crusader Inscriptions within the City Walls
  • La Basilica del Santo Sepolcro - The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
  • L'Ospedale di San Giovanni - The Hospital of Saint John
  • Il Tempio del Signore - The Temple of the Lord
  • Iscrizioni di altri luoghi dentro le mura di Gerusalemme - Inscriptions at other sites within the walls of Jerusalem
    II Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate fuori le Mura - Part II: Crusader Inscriptions outside the City Walls
  • La chiesa di San Stefano - The church of Saint Stephen
  • Il Monte Sion - Mount Zion
  • I Santuari della Valle di Giosafat - The Sanctuaries of the Valley of Josaphat
  • Il Monte degli Olivi - The Mount of Olives
    Betlemme - Bethlehem
  • Betlemme - Bethlehem
    Altre località del Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - Other Sites in the Royal State of Jerusalem
  • Altre località a Nord e Ovest di Gerusalemme - Other Sites North and West of Jerusalem
    III Parte: Le Signorie Crociate della Palestina - Part III: The Crusader Seignories of Palestine
  • La Signoria di San Abramo (Ebron), d'Oltre-Giordano, la Contea di Giaffa e Ascalone, la Signoria di Blanche-Garde, Ramleh e Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia e Sebaste, Cesareea Maritima, Caifa - The Seignory of St. Abraham (Hebron), Transjordan, the County of Jaffa and Ascalon, the Seignory of Blanche Garde, Ramleh and Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia and Sebaste, Cesarea, Caifa
  • La Signoria del Archivescovo di Nazaret, il Castello di Belvoir, L'Abbazia del Monte Tabor, il Principato di Tiberiade, il Castello di Safad, la Signoria di Bànias - The Seignory of the Archbishop of Nazareth,the Castle of Belvoir, the Abbey of Mount Tabor, the Principality of Tiberiade, the Castle of Safad, the Seignory of Bànias
  • San Giovanni d'Acri - Saint John of Acre
  • Appendice - Appendix
  • Errata - Errata
  • Indice delle Illustrazioni - Illustrations Index
  • Indice Linguistico - Linguistic Index
  • Indice Analitico - Analytic Index
  • Back Cover
  • AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

    Open Access Digital Library: Arabic Collections Online


    Arabic Collections Online (ACO)  is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content. Funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, this mass digitization project aims to expose up to 15,000 volumes from NYU and partner institutions over a period of five years.

    Contributing Partners:
        American University of Beirut
        Columbia University
        Cornell University
        New York University
        Princeton University

    Press release (2013) : http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2013/04/10/nyu-announces-project-to-create-arabic-collections-online-an-arabic-language-digital-public-library.html

    Tom Elliott (Horothesia)

    New in EpiDig

    Records for the following digital resources for the discovery, publication, study, and teaching of epigraphy have been added to the EpiDig library at zotero.org:

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: Cloelia: Newsletter of the Women's Classical Caucus

    [First posted in AWOL 7 May 2011. Updated 24 October 2014]

    Cloelia: Newsletter of the Women's Classical Caucus
    2012 is the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s Classical Caucus. As part of the 40th Anniversary volume of Cloelia, many members of the WCC have joined together to help digitize the WCC Newsletter and related archival material. This page is the beginning of this project.
    For Sally MacEwan, who helped move Cloelia into the digital age.
    A great debt is owed to the following (if your name is not mentioned here, it is an error and please let me know): Chris Ann Matteo and Lisl Walsh for their work on the website; Allison Glazebrook and the other members of the WCC SC for supporting this initiative and helping drive it forward; Janet M. Martin for her careful and rigorous work as the WCC Archivist; Barbara Gold and Amelia Gowans for the careful and generous volunteer work of scanning the archival material into PDF; Marilyn Skinner and Barbara McManus for their comments on the archives (and for saving so many items and passing them on); Amy Richlin for finding lost issues at the last minute; and all the other members of the WCC who have contributed their paper to the archives.
    Below, you will find a list of Cloelia volumes in reverse chronological order (together with supplemental material when available). Some volumes are still missing. If a volume is not linked, it is either missing or in the process of being added. If you think you might have one of the missing volumes, please contact Janet M. Martin, the current WCC Archivist (jmmartin@princeton.edu). If there are errors on this page, please contact the Editor of Cloelia, Alison Jeppesen-Wigelsworth (Cloelia.WCC@gmail.com).
    2014 N.S. Volume 4
    2013 N.S. Volume 3

    2012N.S. Volume 2 40th Anniversary
    2011N.S. Vol. 1; Supplement (Results of Teaching Women Survey)
    2010No volume or numbers were issued.  Given the rising costs of print publication, a specialized committee discussed the direction of Cloelia as a non-print publication, and this team effort produced the Editorial Mandate for Cloelia. This can be read at http://wccaucus.org/cloeli/editorial-mandate-for-cloelia/.
    200737:1 [sic] “In Memoriam: Corinne Crawford. 35 Years of Bringing Women to Classics”
    200637:1 [sic] “Life in Classics”
    2005336:1 [sic] “Classics and Activism”
    200432:2 (Fall 2004) “In Memoriam: Shilpa Raval”

    32:1 (Spring 2004)
    2003Unknown Status

    Unknown Status
    200231.1 (Fall 2002)

    30.2 (Spring 2002)
    200130.1 (Fall 2001)
    200029:1 (Fall 2000)

    28:2 (Spring 2000)
    199928.1 (Fall 1999)

    27 (1999 Spring)
    1998Unknown Status

    Unknown Status
    199725 (Fall 1997)

    25 (Spring 1997)
    199624 (Fall 1996)

    24 (Spring 1996)
    199523 (Fall 1995)

    23 (Spring 1995)
    199422 (Fall 1994)

    21 (Spring 1994)
    199321 (Fall 1993)

    20 (Spring 1993)
    199219 (Fall 1992): 20th Anniversary Issue

    17 (Spring 1992)
    199117 (Fall 1991): “Racism in Classical Studies?” (David H. Kelley, Shelley H. Haley). “Ethics Watch” (Carl A. Rubino). “Review of Classics: A Discipline and Profession in Crisis?” (Susan Ford Wiltshire).

    16 (Spring 1991)
    199015 (Spring 1990): “Kathryn Gutzwiller vs. The University of Cincinnati.”

    15 (Fall 1990): “Editorial” (Shelley Haley). “Court Case Updates” (Kathryn Gutzwiller, Hugh Lee).
    198914 (Spring 1989)

    14 (Fall 1989)
    198813 (Spring 1988): Is Classics Dead? (15th Anniversary Year.)

    13 (Fall 1988): Survival
    198712 (Spring 1987)

    Winter WCC Task Force

    WCC Presents Responses to the APA Election Questionnaire [1987].

    12 (Fall 1987): 15th Anniversary Year

    Special APA Issue, December 1987: What Is the Women’s Classical Caucus?
    198611 (Fall 1986)

    Jennifer Roberts. “Season’s Greetings” (poem). Leaflet printed on red paper. Not yet linked.

    10 (Spring 1986): “New Procedures for the APA Program Committee.”
    198510 (Fall 1985) [sic]

    9 (Spring 1985)
    19849 (Fall 1984) [sic]

    8 (Fall 1984) [sic]
    19838 (Spring 1983) [sic]. “Summary of Report on Status of Women and Minorities.” (10th Anniversary Year.)
    19827 (Fall 1982): 10th Anniversary Year
    19816 (Fall 1981)

    6 (Spring 1981)
    19805 (Spring 1980)

    5 (Fall 1980)
    19794 (Spring 1979)

    4 (Fall 1979)
    19783 (Spring 1978): 5th Anniversary Year

    Letter of Marilyn B. Skinner to WCC members about proposal to move 1980 meeting from New Orleans (11.28.1978).

    Fall 1978 (No Number)
    1977Spring 1977 (No Number)

    5:2 (Fall 1977) 5th Anniversary Year
    1976Spring 1976 (No Volume Number)

    Fall 1976 (No Volume Number)

    August 1, 1976: Membership List for the WCC
    1975Unknown Status
    1974Unknown Status
    1973Unknown Status
    1972Unknown Status
    Unknown DateWCC Bylaws

    Catalogo Manoscritti della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

    Catalogo Manoscritti della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
    Il catalogo dei manoscritti è in corso di elaborazione e si compone di dati (completi o ancora parziali) tratti da inventari, bibliografie, cataloghi, indici su schede, pubblicazioni a stampa, indicati alla voce Fonte per ciascuna registrazione elettronica. 
    Le descrizioni complete, quando possibile, sono corredate da una scelta di immagini digitali.

    La codifica degli elementi descrittivi e di ricerca rispetta le specifiche TEI-MS, secondo sintassi XML per l'inserimento dei dati. Il sistema (archivio di dati, indici di autorità e motore di ricerca) è interamente realizzato con tecnologia open source Java/XML.


    The online manuscripts catalogue is a work in progress. It includes data (full or partial descriptions) from inventories, bibliographies, catalogues, index cards, printed books mentioned as a source of information in Fonte tag, for each record.
    The full descriptions, when possible, are available from a choice of digital images.

    The element set, both for description and research criteria, is TEI-MS compliant, based on XML syntax for the data entry. The system (database, authority file and search engine) is entirely developed with Java/XML and open source technology.
    Simple search | Advanced search | Indexes | Digitized manuscripts

    The Signal: Digital Preservation

    Residency Program Success Stories, Part Two

    The following is a guest post by Julio Díaz Laabes, HACU intern and Program Management Assistant at the Library of Congress.

    This is the second part of a two part series on the former class of residents from the National Digital Stewardship Residency program. Part One covered four residents from the first year of the program and looked at their current professional endeavors and how the program helped them achieve success in their field. In this second part, we take a look at the successes of the remaining six residents of the 2013-2014 D.C class.

    Top (left to right): Lauren Work, Jaime McCurry and Julia Blasé Bottom (left to right): Emily Reynolds, Molly Schwartz and Margo Padilla.

    Top (left to right): Lauren Work, Jaime McCurry and Julia Blase
    Bottom (left to right): Emily Reynolds, Molly Schwartz and Margo Padilla.

    Lauren Work is employed as the Digital Collections Librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She is responsible for Digitization Unit projects at VCU and is involved in a newly launched open access publishing platform and repository. Directly applying her experience during the residency, Lauren is also part of a team working to develop digital preservation standards at VCU and is participating in various digital discovery and outreach projects. On her experience being part of NDSR, Lauren said, “The residency gave me the ability to participate in and grow a network of information professionals focused on digital stewardship. This was crucial to my own professional growth.” Also, the ability to interact with fellow residents gave her “a tightly-knit group of people that I will continue to look to for professional support throughout my career.”

    Following her residency at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Jaime McCurry  became the Digital Assets Librarian at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for developing and sustaining local digital stewardship strategies and preservation policies and workflows; development of a future digital institutional repository and performing outreach services to raise understanding and interest in Hillwood digital collections. On what was the most interesting aspect of her job, Jaime said “it’s the wide range of digital activities I am able to be involved in, from digital asset management to digital preservation, to access, outreach and web development.” In line with Lauren, Jaime stated, “NDSR helped me to establish a valuable network of colleagues and professionals in the DC area and also to further strengthen my project management and public speaking skills.”

    At the conclusion of NDSR, Julia Blase accepted a position with Smithsonian Libraries as Project Manager for the Field Book Project, a collaborative initiative to improve the accessibility of field book content through cataloging, conservation, digitization and online publication of digital catalog data and images. For Julia, one of the most exiting aspects of the project is its cooperative nature; it involves staff at Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Archives, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and members and affiliates of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. “NDSR helped introduce me to the community of digital library and archivist professionals in the DC area. It also gave me the chance to present at several conferences, including CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) in St. Louis, where I met some of the people I work with today.”

    Emily Reynolds is a Library Program Specialist at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal funding agency. She works on discretionary grant programs including the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports education and professional development for librarians and archivists (the NDSR program in Washington D.C., Boston and New York were funded through this program). “The NDSR helped in my current job because of the networking opportunities that residents were able to create as a result. The cohort model allowed us to connect with professionals at each other’s organization, share expertise with each other, and develop the networks and professional awareness that are vital for success,” she said. On the most interesting aspect of her job, Emily commented that “because of the range of grants awarded by IMLS, I am able to stay up-to-date on some of the most exciting and innovative projects happening in all kinds of libraries and archives. Every day in the office is different, given the complexities of the grant cycle and the diversity of programs we support.”

    Molly Schwartz was a resident at the Association of Research Libraries. Now she is a Junior Analyst at the U.S State Department in the bureau of International information Program’s Office of Audience Research and Measurement. One of her biggest achievements is being awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Grant to work with the National Library of Finland and Aalto University on her project, User-Centered Design for Digital Cultural Heritage Portals. During this time, she will focus her research on the National Library of Finland’s online portal, Finna and conduct user-experience testing to improve the portal’s usability with concepts form user-centered designs.

    Lastly, Margo Padilla is now the Strategic Programs Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. She works alongside METRO staff to identify trends and technologies, develop workshops and services and manage innovative programs that benefit libraries, archives and museums in New York City. She is also the Program Director for NDSR-New York . “I used my experience as a resident to refine and further develop the NDSR program. I was able to base a lot of the program structure on the NDSR-DC model and the experience of the NDSR-DC cohort.” Margo also says that her job is especially rewarding “because I have the freedom to explore new ideas or projects, and leveraging the phenomenal work of our member community into solutions for the entire library, archive and museum community.”

    Seeing the wide scope of positions the residents accepted after finishing the program, it is clear the NDSR has been successful in creating in-demand professionals to tackle digital preservation in many forms across the private and public sectors. The 2014-2015 Boston and New York classes are already underway and the next Washington D.C. class begins in June of 2015 (for more on that, see this recent blog post) . We expect these new NDSR graduates to form the next generation of digital stewards and to reach the same level of success as those in our pilot program.


    Mia Ridge (Open Objects)

    Helping us fly? Machine learning and crowdsourcing

    Moon Machine by Bernard Brussel-Smith via Serendip-o-matic
    Over the past few years we've seen an increasing number of projects that take the phrase 'human-computer interaction' literally (or perhaps turning HCI into human-computer integration), organising tasks done by people and by computers into a unified system. One of the most obvious benefits of crowdsourcing on digital platforms has been the ability to coordinate the distribution and validation of tasks, but now data classified by people through crowdsourcing is being fed into computers to improve machine learning so that computers can learn to recognise images almost as well as we do. I've outlined a few projects putting this approach to work below. Of course, this creates new challenges for the future - what do cultural heritage crowdsourcing projects do when all the fun tasks like image tagging and text transcription can be done by computers? After all, Fast Company reports 'at least one Zooniverse project, Galaxy Zoo Supernova, has already automated itself out of existence'. More positively, assuming we can find compelling reasons for people to spend time with cultural heritage collections, how does machine learning and task coordination free us to fly further?

    The Public Catalogue Foundation has taken tags created through Your Paintings Tagger and turned them over to computers. As they explain, the results are impressive. The art of computer image recognition: 'Using the 3.5 million or so tags provided by taggers, the research team at Oxford 'educated' image-recognition software to recognise the top tagged terms. Professor Zisserman explains this is a three stage process. Firstly, gather all paintings tagged by taggers with a particular subject (e.g. ‘horse’). Secondly, use feature extraction processes to build an ‘object model’ of a horse (a set of characteristics a painting might have that would indicate that a horse is present). Thirdly, run this algorithm over the Your Paintings database and rank paintings according to how closely they match this model.'

    The BBC World Service archive ‘used an open-source speech recognition toolkit to listen to every programme and convert it to text’, extracted keywords or tags from the transcripts then got people to check the correctness of the data created: ‘As well as listening to programmes in the archive, users can view the automatic tags and vote on whether they’re correct or incorrect or add completely new tags. They can also edit programme titles and synopses, select appropriate images and name the voices heard’. From Algorithms and Crowd-Sourcing for Digital Archives by Tristan Ferne. See also What we learnt by crowdsourcing the World Service archive by Yves Raimond, Michael Smethurst, Tristan Ferne on 15 September 2014: 'we believe we have shown that a combination of automated tagging algorithms and crowdsourcing can be used to publish a large archive like this quickly and efficiently'.

    And of course the Zooniverse is working on this. From their Milky Way project blog, New MWP paper outlines the powerful synergy between citizens scientists, professional scientists, and machine learning: '...a wonderful synergy that can exist between citizen scientists, professional scientists, and machine learning. The example outlined with the Milky Way Project is that citizens can identify patterns that machines cannot detect without training, machine learning algorithms can use citizen science projects as input training sets, creating amazing new opportunities to speed-up the pace of discovery. A hybrid model of machine learning combined with crowdsourced training data from citizen scientists can not only classify large quantities of data, but also address the weakness of each approach if deployed alone.'

    The CUbRIK project combines 'machine, human and social computation for multimedia search'. You can try it out at their technical demonstrator, HistoGraph and try to 'collaboratively identify missing information' about historic photographs. [Added October 2014]

    If you're interested in the theory, an early discussion of human input into machine learning is in Quinn and Bederson's 2011 Human Computation: A Survey and Taxonomy of a Growing Field. More recently, the SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines project is looking at 'a new kind of emergent, collective problem solving, in which we see (i) problems solved by very large scale human participation via the Web, (ii) access to, or the ability to generate, large amounts of relevant data using open data standards, (iii) confidence in the quality of the data and (iv) intuitive interfaces', including 'citizen science social machines'. If you're really keen, you can get a sense of the state of the field from various conference papers, including ICML ’13 Workshop: Machine Learning Meets Crowdsourcing and ICML ’14 Workshop: Crowdsourcing and Human Computing. There's also a mega-list of academic crowdsourcing conferences and workshops, though it doesn't include much on the tiny corner of the world that is crowdsourcing in cultural heritage.

    NB: this post is a bit of a marker so I've somewhere to put thoughts on machine learning and human-computer integration as I finish my thesis; I'll update this post as I collect more references. Do you know of examples I've missed, or implications we should consider? Comment here or on twitter to start the conversation... 

    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

    Friday Varia and Quick Hits

    The lovely fall weather seems to be inclined to linger here in North Dakotaland, and we’ll take every day more that we can get. Right now, however, the weather doesn’t matter because my eyes are glued to our so-called “internet television” watching Australia’s first test match of summer: Australia v. Pakistan in Dubai. At the time of this writing, Pakistan seems to have Australia on the ropes. 

    I think I’ll watch the extra length second session (extended because of time off for Friday prayers), and contemplate my quick hits and varia. Don’t worry, though, they’ll be ready for your weekend reading.

    IMG 2178Watching the Cup Race. 

    The Stoa Consortium

    Conference: Visual and Multi-Sensory Representations of History (Gothenburg, March 19-21 2015)

    Reposted from Critical Heritage Studies blog (thanks to Anna Foka):

    March 19-21 2015, Gothenburg. Deadline for abstracts November 20, 2014

    Full call here

    A Critical Approach to Visual and Multi-Sensory Representations for History and Culture.

    A conference for scholars and practitioners who study the implementation and potential of visual and multi-sensory representations to challenge and diversify our common understanding of history and culture.

    Abstracts for research papers, posters, visual and multi-sensory demonstrations of ongoing projects, workshops, panels, and organised sessions on the conference themes will be accepted until November 20, 2014.



    Supporting partners:
    Critical Heritage Studies (University of Gothenburg) //  HUMlab (Umeå University) // Visual Arena // Malmö Museer

    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    Workshop internazionale sull'Infrastruttura di ricerca archeologica del progetto ARIADNE


    infrastrutture-beni culturali-titoloSi svolgerà a Roma, il 14 Novembre 2014 alla Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, a partire dalle ore 14.00, il workshop internazionale organizzato dal progetto europeo ARIADNE ((Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe), che si propone di realizzare l’infrastruttura di ricerca archeologica europea.

    Un archivio interattivo Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Viareggio

    gamc-viareggioE' stato recentemente inaugurato a Viareggio presso la Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Gamc) Lorenzo Viani, Palazzo delle Muse di Viareggio il nuovo Archivio digitale interattivo pensato per avvicinare l’arte al pubblico e agli studiosi.

    October 23, 2014

    Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)

    Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 19)

    Welcome back to Who needs an osteologist?  Today, we have a special fantasy-chimera edition thanks to my husband, who was recently at GitHub HQ in San Francisco for an all-company meeting.  He snapped this picture of the "skeleton" of the famous GitHub Octocat:

    Felis octocatus skeleton at GitHub headquarters

    Octocat in the flesh

    The sign below the display reads, "Octocat Skeleton. Felis octocatus.  This piece, which GitHub was lucky enough to receive from an anonymous donor, is the oldest known fossil evidence of an octocat. Carbon dating reveals the remarkably well-preserved remains to be approximately 6.3 million years old, suggesting that the evolutionary and taxonomical split between Felis silvestris and Felis octocatus gradually occurred somewhere off the coast of the South China Sea, when a constitutionally robust ancestor of octocatus ventured seaward, most likely as a result of the scarcity of rodent prey."

    Yes, this is a cute mock-up of a fake animal.  But I can still rag on it, right?  To wit:
    • Carbon dating can only go back to about 60,000 years, not 6 million.  We can't actually directly date fossils that old; we have to use the context in which they were found (e.g., rock) and we have to use other elements, like uranium, potassium, and argon.
    • Felis silvestris showed up 2 million years ago, having come from the earlier Felis lunensis (around 2.5 million years ago), so it's impossible for Felis octocatus to have diverged from F. silvestris 6 million years ago. 
    • Octopuses have no bones.
    • So, assuming the majority of the skeleton in question would be similar to a cat--domesticated or ancient--it appears that
      • Each of the five arms (yes, the Octocat is a Pentacat) is composed primarily of what look like caudal vertebrae.
      • The rudimentary body is similar to the morphology of large cervical vertebrae, I guess.
      • The nasal opening is far too small for that of a cat.
      • Unless the Octocat is part primate, as it has large, forward-facing eyes and bony orbits more similar to lemurs' and monkeys' than to cats', the eyes are wrong.
      • I'm unaware of any mammal that has bony protrusions for the ears rather than, you know, ear-holes.
    I have no artistic talent, though, so can't make a mock-up of what I think the Octocat should look like.  Anyone want to take a shot?

    And GitHub... pretty please, could you change the sign so that the C14 information is corrected? A simple substitution of "uranium" or "potassium" for "carbon" should do.  It makes me twitchy.

    Previous Installments of Who needs an osteologist?

    Roman Gladiators' (and a Gladiatrix's?) Diet

    A press release is going around about a dietary analysis of Roman gladiator skeletons from Imperial-era Ephesos, headlined "Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training."

    While I haven't had time to carefully and thoroughly dissect the publication, which came out last week in PLoS (Losch et al. 2014), it seems reasonably sound. The published C/N isotope ratios are totally in line with what we'd expect from the Roman diet--and also show the variation that we expect to see around the Empire.  (I have to confess I'm a bit miffed that they discuss all the C/N isotope studies from around Rome but not Killgrove & Tykot 2013 from Rome itself.)

    The Sr/Ca trace element analysis is potentially more problematic.  Again, a confession: I don't fully understand the mechanics of the process of trace element analysis, nor the major issues with diagenesis (the chemical deterioration of organic skeletal components, like collagen, that can affect measurement of things like trace elements).  I do know that the ability to control for diagenesis has made great advances in recent years, meaning studies like trace Pb analysis are now possible.  But if I trust the researchers that they controlled for diagenesis to the best of their abilities, their Sr/Ca results are very interesting.

    Relief of two gladiatrices from Halicarnassus
    Losch and colleagues make the case that gladiators were drinking an ash-tonic based on both historical and chemical-ethnographic evidence.  Plant ash (pyxis) is mentioned in Roman texts as having medicinal properties, and as something that gladiators specifically consumed. But they cite another study (Burton & Wright 1995) that looked at a traditional Hopi food (bivilviki) that included ash. Burton & Wright similarly concluded that ash, even if infrequently consumed, could show up in the Sr/Ca of bone.  Pretty cool.  I think that Losch and colleagues may go too far in trying to figure out when the gladiators died based on the "strong gradient or high variation of Sr/Ca-ratios," and the paragraphs on feeding studies and bone turnover rates simply don't convince me that this can be accomplished, as they rely on many assumptions they can't test.

    All in all, this seems to be a very well-designed study that answers interesting research questions but leaves others open for more research (from other cemeteries or with other methodologies).

    My only complaint (you knew a complaint was coming, right?) is that the "only female to be found in the gladiator cemetery" seems to be treated as an anomalous burial rather than, dare I say it?, a gladiator -- or gladiatrix -- herself.  (I'm not sure what that conclusion was based on; perhaps some archaeological context?)  But, her slightly different diet (higher in millet or millet-consuming animals than the men's diets, and whatever her Sr/Ca ratio was) would be really interesting interpreted against a backdrop of gender differences in gladiatorial games.


    Update (10/23/14) - I was asked to comment on this study for a news article (forthcoming, I hope), and that led me to this 2008 article in Archaeology Magazine (vol. 61, issue 6) - The Gladiator Diet.  It seems to be based on both a 2007 AAPA abstract (PDF here, p. 139) and some then-new isotope results. I couldn't find anything in between the 2008 news piece and the 2014 publication. The time-delay to publication is curious but not abnormal, especially if the authors had to run additional tests.


    Burton JH, & Wright LE (1995). Nonlinearity in the relationship between bone Sr/Ca and diet: paleodietary implications. American journal of physical anthropology, 96 (3), 273-82 PMID: 7785725.

    Killgrove, K., & Tykot, R. (2013). Food for Rome: A stable isotope investigation of diet in the Imperial period (1st–3rd centuries AD) Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 32 (1), 28-38 DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2012.08.002.

    Lösch S, Moghaddam N, Grossschmidt K, Risser DU, & Kanz F (2014). Stable Isotope and Trace Element Studies on Gladiators and Contemporary Romans from Ephesus (Turkey, 2nd and 3rd Ct. AD) - Implications for Differences in Diet. PloS one, 9 (10) PMID: 25333366.

    dh+lib: where the digital humanities and librarianship meet

    RESOURCE: Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria

    The October 2014 issue of code4lib Journal includes an article by Corey Davis (University of Victoria), “Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria.

    From the abstract:

    The University of Victoria Libraries started archiving websites in 2013, and it quickly became apparent that many scholarly websites being produced by faculty, especially in the digital humanities, were going to prove very challenging to effectively capture and play back. This article will provide an overview of web archiving and explore the considerable legal and technical challenges of implementing a web archiving initiative at a research library, using the University of Victoria’s implementation of Archive-it, a web archiving service from the Internet Archive, as a case study, with a special focus on capturing complex, interactive websites that scholars are creating to disseminate their research in new ways.

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    CFP: Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship

    Proposals are being accepted for the Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship conference, to be held April 26-28, 2015, in Philadelphia. This new conference seeks to “bring together librarians, scholars, scientists, technologists, publishers, and funders to examine the practices, technologies, roles, and economics that drive scholarly communication in the digital age.” Session types include:

    Round Table (Deadline: November 7, 2014)
    A Round Table is a 90 minute, moderated panel session organized to address a pressing question, issue, or theme. Round Tables are the core session format at ARCS. While a confirmed list of speakers is not required at this time, submissions should include a description of the topic you want to address, why, and how you will design the panel.

    Deep Dive (Deadline: November 7, 2014)
    A Deep Dive is a course that offers an in-depth exploration of a skill or topic with a knowledgeable instructor. Deep Dive sessions may vary in length, but should be no shorter than 3 hours. ARCS encourages proposals from both potential teachers and students. We will seek out experienced instructors to address suggested topics.

    24 X 7 Talk (Open until slots are filled)
    A 7 minute presentation with a maximum of 24 slides. Submissions with be grouped thematically and scheduled in blocks, followed by a moderated discussion session. 24 x 7 Talks are an ideal format for sharing new research, projects, and ideas. Inspired by Open Repositories 2014, the blocks will provide a survey of activities and developments across organizations and disciplines.

    Poster (No deadline)
    Posters provide an opportunity to share new developments and works in progress. Poster presenters will have the option to give a 90 second pitch during the poster reception.

    Early bird registration rates are available through November 21, 2014.

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    CFP: Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities

    The Visible Language journal is accepting proposals for a special issue on digital humanities. Submissions should address one or more of the following:

    • What are the theoretical or pragmatic ways to frame critical making in design and/or the digital humanities? Where are the similarities, differences and challenges? How are these advantageous?
    • In what ways might design authors and producers connect with the digital humanities? Where or how are digital humanists’ experiences of critical making intersecting with designers? How do these crossover ‘ways of seeing’ impact our scholarly and creative work — and future hybrid practices?
    • How might forms of understanding such as speculative design, prototyping or hacking play a role in critical making, and in what ways are these influencing the scope of work in both areas?
    • In what ways might design and the digital humanities collaboration be fostered in the studio or classroom? What are some examples of pedagogical approaches to teaching critical making?
    • What are the forms these arguments might take as part of this special issue?

    Proposals should be 300 words or less, and are due January 15, 2015. Submissions will undergo open peer review; special issue editors Jessica Barness (Kent State) and Amy Papaelias (SUNY New Paltz) have included a call for reviewers in the CFP.

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    JOB: Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Rochester

    From the announcement:

    The River Campus Libraries (RCL) seeks an innovative and creative librarian to join the Digital Humanities (DH) Center team, a highly collaborative and innovative unit that supports faculty research and teaching across the humanities disciplines in the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary digital humanities scholarship, and have experience with one or more DH methodologies, i.e. text analysis, mining, and/or scholarly encoding, data visualization, social network analysis, 3-D game development, or digital archives. They will also have experience teaching and/or collaborating with faculty members in the design of digital humanities courses and curriculum, creating and managing digital projects, and engaging in faculty research that extends scholarship into the digital space. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for IT, Research, and Digital Scholarship, the DH librarian will have a history of creating strong collaborative relationships with students, graduate students, IT stakeholders, library staff members, and faculty.

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    JOB: Digital Preservation Librarian, University of Iowa

    From the description:

    Reporting to the Head, Preservation & Conservation Department, the Digital Preservation Librarian explores, adapts, implements, and manages emerging digital preservation policies and strategies for the long-term protection and access to digital materials and advises on all phases of the life cycle of digital content with the aim of long-term retention and access. Works closely with staff in Library Information Technology, Cataloging-Metadata, Digital Research & Scholarly Publication, Preservation, and other library departments, as well as with partners at other institutions.

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    AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

    Qatar Digital Library

    Qatar Digital Library

    What is the Qatar Digital Library?

    The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online for the first time. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.

    How did the QDL come about?

    The QDL has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The website was developed by the Partnership in collaboration with Cogapp. The agreement of work for the first phase of the Partnership began in 2012, with the digitisation of a wide range of content from the British Library’s collections. Find out more about the Partnership.

    The Signal: Digital Preservation

    Results from the 2013 NDSA U.S. Web Archiving Survey

    The following is a guest post from Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead, Library of Congress and Co-Chair of the NDSA Content Working Group.

    wa-survey2014-coverThe National Digital Stewardship Alliance is pleased to release a report of a 2013 survey of Web Archiving institutions (PDF) in the United States.

    A bit of background: from October through November of 2013, a team of National Digital Stewardship Alliance members, led by the Content Working Group, conducted a survey of institutions in the United States that are actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the web. This survey built upon a similar survey undertaken by the NDSA in late 2011 and published online in June of 2012. Results from the 2011-2012 NDSA Web Archiving Survey were first detailed in May 2, 2012 in “Web Archiving Arrives: Results from the NDSA Web Archiving Survey” on The Signal, and the full report (PDF) was released in July 2012.

    The goal of the survey was to better understand the landscape of web archiving activities in the U.S. by investigating the organizations involved, the history and scope of their web archiving programs, the types of web content being preserved, the tools and services being used, access and discovery services being provided and overall policies related to web archiving programs. While this survey documents the current state of U.S. web archiving initiatives, comparison with the results of the 2011-2012 survey enables an analysis of emerging trends. The report therefore describes the current state of the field, tracks the evolution of the field over the last few years, and forecasts future activities and developments.

    The survey consisted of twenty-seven questions (PDF) organized around five distinct topic areas: background information about the respondent’s organization; details regarding the current state of their web archiving program; tools and services used by their program; access and discovery systems and approaches; and program policies involving capture, availability and types of web content. The survey was started 109 times and completed 92 times for an 84% completion rate. The 92 completed responses represented an increase of 19% in the number of respondents compared with the 77 completed responses for the 2011 survey.

    Overall, the survey results suggest that web archiving programs nationally are both maturing and converging on common sets of practices. The results highlight challenges and opportunities that are, or could be, important areas of focus for the web archiving community, such as opportunities for more collaborative web archiving projects. We learned that respondents are highly focused on the data volume associated with their web archiving activity and its implications on cost and the usage of their web archives.

    Based on the results of the survey, cost modeling, more efficient data capture, storage de-duplication, and anything that promotes web archive usage and/or measurement would be worthwhile investments by the community. Unsurprisingly, respondents continue to be most concerned about their ability to archive social media, databases and video. The research, development and technical experimentation necessary to advance the archiving tools on these fronts will not come from the majority of web archiving organizations with their fractional staff time commitments; this seems like a key area of investment for external service providers.

    We hope you find the full report interesting and useful, whether you are just starting out developing a web archiving program, have been active in this area for years, or are just interested in learning more about the state of web archiving in the United States.

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists

    TOCS-IN: Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists
    TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program. Where possible, links are given with articles of which the full text or an abstract is available online (about 15%).
    The project began to archive current tables of contents in 1992, and now contains nearly 200 journals, and over 75,000 articles, in a database at Toronto. In addition, the Louvain mirror site archives much additional material for some of the journals before 1992. Searches of all data can be made at both sites. 

    Some collections of articles (e.g., Festschriften) are also now included. See the list of collections.

    SEARCH (Toronto)
    RECHERCHE (à Louvain)

    Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

    Wanted: an epigraphist. Or: Pancieri on “et nos servasti eternali sanguine fuso”

    One of the most famous discoveries in Mithraic studies is the text painted on the wall of the Mithraeum of Santa Prisca in Rome which reads “et nos servasti eternali sanguine fuso” – “and you have saved us through the shedding of the eternal blood.”  This has been widely compared to Christian ideas, and, outside the scholarly world, almost insanely so.

    Yesterday a kind correspondent sent me portions of an article in Italian by Pancieri in which he queries whether the text actually says this.  The paintings are badly damaged, after all, and conjecture plays a part in the text above.

    I thought that it would be useful to translate what he has to say into English, if only to make his cautious remarks rather better known.  I will give the Italian as well, in case I misunderstand it at any point: corrections are welcome!

    With regard to the mysteries of Mithras, I note – as has been noted above concerning the nature of its creator, and his saving and merciful character – that, although it is considered reliable in most respects, whatever may be the interpretation to be given of his work of salvation [c.f., leaving aside the cult images, the verse from the Mithraeum of S. Prisca, "et nos servasti eternali sanguine fuso", according to the reading of the first editor (A. Ferrua, in Bull.Com., LXVIII, 1940, p.85; in Ann.épìgr., 1946, 84), confirmed and corrected CIMRM, I, 485, and by Vermaseren (Excavations, l.c., pp.217-221)**], it is almost never reflected in the dedications [CIMRM, I, 213 (salutaris?), 691 cfr. 891 (propitius), 900b (deo bono, dubious), II, 2265 (epekoos), 2276 (deo bono invicto?)].[1]

    One could wish Dr Pancieri had not compressed his thought quite so much!  The point being made is that we don’t know what “saving” means in the cult of Mithras, and it features hardly at all in the inscriptions.  The last point suggests that it is not exactly an important element in the cult.

    The footnote, however, is the bit that interests us.  It is printed as one paragraph, but I will split it, for ease of reading:

    ** The exceptional importance of this verse, for the issue addressed in this seminar, led me to thoroughly review it, after the recent cleaning of the frescoes in the mithraeum of S. Prisca, carried out ​​by the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma (restorer Sig.Elio Paparatti). During the restoration, the  Soprintendenza has taken some excellent new photographs, from which I took the detail which I have reproduced (fig. 10).

    Fig. 10.  1978 photo

    Fig. 10. 1978 photo

    Judging from a comparison of these with the photos published by Vermaseren (Excavations, l.c., plate LXVIII, 1-3), and comparing those with even earlier ones, dating from the time of the original discovery and publication (fig. 11), we find that, at this point, against the inevitable damage of time may be contrasted some gains due to the  major cleaning of the wall.

    Fig.11 How the wall appeared in the 1930's.

    Fig.11 How the wall appeared in the 1930’s.

    This does not mean that our verse makes easy reading even now, and so, for this reason, the first publishers are to be commended for their ability, starting from quite miserable fragments, to make available to scholars a text of the utmost importance.

    The main danger that we now need to avoid (which, it seems to me, that many have been led into, because of the current habit of transcribing the text without any critical marks) is of believing that the reconstruction of this verse is certain at every point; or, at least, is of the same degree of reliability for each part (see, for example, more specifically among those who have dealt with this text: H.D. Betz, in Nov. Test., X, 1968, p. 77 ff.; I.M. Hackethal, in Zeitschr. Papyr. Epigr., III ,1968, pp. 233-238; M.J. Vermaseren, in Meded. Nederl. Inst. Rome, XXXVII, 1975, p. 92 ff.; M. Simon, in Rev. d’hist. et de philos. relig., LVI, 1976, pp. 277-288).

    In reality, as may be seen from all the photographs (not only the most recent), and also from the facsimile published by Vermaseren (fig. 12), the painted text from the start was in a gravely fragmentary state.  In a new facsimile (fig. 13), I have tried to reproduce as closely as possible what I think can be seen today.

    Fig.12 Vermaseren's facsimile (1965)

    Fig.12 Vermaseren’s facsimile (1965)

    Fig.13 - fascimile, 1978

    Fig.13 – fascimile, 1978

    Without pretending to give a new reconstruction of the text, I will limit myself to indicating which elements are confirmed, and which are doubtful, as the new evidence seems to require.  Proceeding backwards:

    1) Absolutely certain is the word FUSO, which is found in perfect form also in the short text painted on a jar in the same mithraeum (Excavations, l.c., p. 409 fig. 204, plate. XCIX, 1-3).

    2) Almost certain, although not readable in full, is the word SANGUINE which precedes it, both because it fits very well both the spaces and the fragments of letters remaining, and because sanguine fuso, as previous editors have noted, is an expression used elsewhere and perfectly in place in this context.

    3) Doubtful (and Ferrua also had some doubts) is the word ETERNALI.  After carefully analysing the perfectly straight line, slanting from left to right and top to bottom, before the N (which is clearly recognisable), it seems very difficult to recognise this as an R, even if connected to the following letter.  In every R present in the inscriptions of this layer (of paintings) it is possible to find a common feature, rising above the top edge of the writing.  So this line could belong rather to an A or an M or to two letters joined.  There are doubts also because the word is unique, and because the supposed L shows the remains of an upper crossing stroke, which seems a little too strong on the left side to be a mere flourish.  I see no sign of the I.  What in the photo looks like the remains of an S, near the head of the Leo which interrupts the writing, in fact does not exist on the plaster, which is damaged at this point.

    4) Likewise the reading SERVASTI, with the RVA linked together, does not appear convincing when compared with what remains today (but see also Vermaseren’s facsimile).  And the E is not certain; it may be an F.  The following letter, which has been interpreted as an R, looks like an O in the photos; nothing can be seen on the wall now, where the plaster is missing (and, it would seem, was missing in the past).  Apart from this, I am unclear as to whether the signs that follow (which may well be part of a group VA) can be made to follow an S, since they seem to be the remains of a letter joined to an N.

    5) Everything before that is no longer verifiable today, in the present state of conservation.  The miserable scraps of letters are not definitely identifiable, and do not clearly result in the text above, nor in the old photos.

    It seems obvious, after what has been said, that this famous verse should be studied again by epigraphists, as well as by Mithraic specialists.  In the meantime, it would seem to be important that this reading of the text is not taken as secure, both to avoid building on shaky foundations, and because the text deserves to return to the centre of scholarly critical attention.[2]

    I should add that I have Vermaseren’s description, and further photographs of the wall and inscription – some in colour! – here.

    Pancieri’s points are interesting, but clearly there is more to be done.  One avenue of exploration would be to see whether the other texts at Santa Prisca would be amendable to similar criticism.  Do they actually appear on the wall now?  Did they once, but now only exist in the photos?  What is the rate of decay of the paintings at Santa Prisca?  Or is it the case that decay is not a  factor, and that Ferrua and Vermaseren were over-imaginative?  What could the text read?

    As far as I know, nobody accepted Pancieri’s challenge.  Which is now itself, some forty years ago.

    Is there an epigraphist in the house?

    1. [1] h) Altre caratteristiche del dio sono la misericordia e la pietà [per misericordiam tuam, quomodo... misertus es, miserearis, per tuam pietatem] per il cui tramite pare manifestarsi una sua benevola disposizione nei confronti del mondo. Meritevole di discussione mi sembra se la frase introdotta da quomodo (che dovrebbe avere valore causale piuttosto che correlativo [Thes. l. L., Vili, col. 1293 rr. 58 sgg.]) debba essere intesa come riferimento a uno specifico intervento misericordioso del dio, o serva soltanto a sostenere la richiesta individuale con l’argomentazione che della benevolenza che si chiede per sè il mondo intero beneficia. Per quanto concerne Mitra dei misteri, osservo che, così come si è notato per la sua qualità di creatore, anche il suo carattere salvifico e misericordioso, quantunque sia ritenuto certo per più riguardi, quale che sia l’interpretazione da dare alla sua opera di salvazione [cfr., senza tener conto delle immagini di culto, il versetto del mitreo di S. Prisca et nos servasti eternali sanguine fuso nella lettura del primo editore (A. Ferrua, in Bull. Com., LXVIII, 1940, p. 85, inde Ann. épìgr., 1946, 84) confermata, rettificando CIMRM, I, 485, dal Vermaseren (Excavations, cit., pp. 217-221)**] quasi mai appare riflesso nelle dediche [CIMRM, I, 213 (salutaris?), 691 cfr. 891 (propitius), 900b (deo bono, dubbia), II, 2265 (epekoos), 2276 (deo bono invicto?)].
    2. [2] ** L’importanza eccezionale di questo versetto per il tema affrontato in questo Seminario mi ha indotto ad un suo accurato riesame dopo la recente ripulitura degli affreschi operata dalla Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma nel mitreo di S. Prisca (restauratore Sig. Elio Paparatti). In occasione del restauro, la Soprintendenza ha assunto anche nuove ottime fotografie, dalle quali ho tratto il particolare che riproduco (fig. 10). A giudicare dal confronto tra questo particolare e le foto pubblicate dal Vermaseren (Excavations, cit., tav, LXVIII, 1-3) e tra queste ed altra, ancora anteriore, risalente all’epoca della prima scoperta e pubblicazione (fig. 11), si riscontra che, in questo punto, ai danni inevitabili del tempo si contrappongono alcuni guadagni dovuti all’attuale maggior pulizia della parete. Ciò non significa che il nostro versetto presenti neanche adesso una lettura agevole e, per questo, i primi editori sono senz’altro da lodare per la capacità che hanno avuto, partendo da lacerti abbastanza miseri, di mettere a disposizione degli studiosi un testo di estrema importanza. Il pericolo principale che credo si deve evitare ora (mentre in esso mi pare siano stati indotti in molti dall’uso corrente di trascrivere il testo senza alcun segno diacritico) è quello di credere che la ricostruzione di questo versetto sia certa in ogni suo punto o, per lo meno, attinga allo stesso grado di attendibilità in ogni sua componente (si vedano, ad esempio, tra coloro che più specificamente si sono occupati di questo testo: H.D. Betz, in Nov. Test., X, 1968, p. 77 sg.; I.M. Hackethal, in Zeitschr. Papyr. Epigr., III ,1968, pp. 233-238; M.J. Vermaseren, in Meded. Nederl. Inst. Rome, XXXVII, 1975, p. 92 sg.; M. Simon, in Rev. d’hist. et de philos. relig., LVI, 1976, pp. 277-288). In realtà, come si vede bene da tutte le foto (non solo dalla più recente) ed anche dal facsimile pubblicato dal Vermaseren (fig. 12), il testo dipinto si è presentato fin dall’inizio in condizioni di grave frammentarietà. In un nuovo facsimile (fig. 13) ho cercato di riprodurre il più fedelmente possibile quello che mi sembra di vedere oggi. Senza pretendere di dare una nuova ricostruzione del testo, mi limito a mettere in evidenza in questa sede qualche conferma e qualche dubbio che il nuovo controllo sembra imporre. Procedendo a ritroso, risulta: 1) assolutamente certa la parola FUSO che trova del resto perfetto riscontro nel breve testo dipinto su un vasetto proveniente dallo stesso mitreo (Excavations, cit., p. 409 fig. 204, tav. XCIX, 1-3); 2) pressoché certa, anche se non leggibile per intero, la parola SANGUINE che precede, sia perché ad essa si adattano assai bene gli spazi ed i frammenti di lettera superstiti, sia perché sanguine fuso, come hanno ben visto i precedenti editori è espressione ricca di confronti e perfettamente a posto in un contesto come questo; 3) dubbia (e qualche dubbio lo ebbe anche il Ferrua) la parola ETERNALI. Dopo aver attentamente analizzato il tratto perfettamente rettilineo ed obliquo da sinistra a destra e dall’alto in basso che precede la N (ben riconoscibile), sembra infatti assai difficile riconoscervi parte di una R, sia pure in legatura con la lettera seguente; in nessuna R presente nelle iscrizioni di questo strato è possibile rintracciare un tratto analogo, per di più nascente dal margine superiore della scrittura; tale segno potrebbe appartenere piuttosto ad una A o ad una M o alle due lettere in nesso. Dubbi si potrebbero avere anche sull’unicità della parola e su altre lettere, come la presunta L i resti della cui traversa superiore potrebbero apparire un po’ troppo estesi a sinistra per un semplice segno di rifinitura; della I non si vede più nulla; quello che nella foto sembra un resto di S, vicino alla testa del Leo che interrompe la scritta, non esiste affatto sull’intonaco, che in questo punto è danneggiato; 4) similmente non appare convincente, se confrontato con quanto oggi rimane (ma si veda anche il facsimile del Vermaseren) la lettura SERVASTI con RVA in nesso; già la E non è del tutto sicura, potendosi trattare anche di una F; della lettera seguente, che è stata interpretata come R e nelle foto sembrerebbe una O, nulla si vede sulla parete che in questo punto manca (e sembrerebbe mancasse anche in passato) dell’intonaco; a parte ciò non mi è chiaro come ai segni che seguono (che potrebbero ben far parte di un gruppo VA) si possa far seguire una S, sembrando piuttosto i resti della lettera appartenere ad una N, anch’essa in nesso; 5) tutto quello che precedeva è oggi inverificabile non vedendosi più, nell’attuale stato di conservazione, che miseri brandelli di lettere non sicuramente identificabili e non risultando chiaramente il testo neppure nelle vecchie foto. Sembra evidente, dopo quanto si è detto, che questo famoso versetto dovrà essere nuovamente studiato tanto dagli epigrafisti, quanto dagli specialisti di cose mitriache. Per intanto, importantissimo sembrerebbe che la sua lettura non fosse data per scontata, sia per non fondare costruzioni su basi malsicure, sia perché questo testo merita di tornare al centro dell’attenzione critica degli studiosi.

    Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

    Lindisfarne Gospels in our Treasures Gallery

    The Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the greatest treasures in the British Library’s collections, is now back on display in The Sir John Ritblat Gallery. This Latin Gospel-book is thought to be the work of one remarkably gifted scribe and artist, who created it around 700 on the Holy Island of...

    Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

    Visualizing Southern Television 2.0: Launched!

    Today marks the official launching of Visualizing Southern Television 2.0, the second version of my project digitally mapping the footprint for television stations in the south between 1946 and 1965. Back in June, I began the process of deconstructing the mapping infrastructure of VST with three main goals: to improve the aesthetics of the mapping system, to introduce a visual representation for station signal range, and to visualize the estimated reach of each tower’s broadcasts, over time, in order to show which geographical areas were within the reach of any given broadcast signal.

    Since beginning this process, I have rebuilt VST’s design architecture from the ground up in order to correct two major narrative discrepancies with 1.0.  Relying heavily on GeoMashup, 1.0 told a static story of transponders’ locations.  VST 2.0 expands that vision to include each transponder’s reach not only in 1946 and 1965, but also in every year between.  Visualizing Southern Television 2.0 tells the dynamic story of southern television’s roots, from 1946 through 1965, as it grew into a dominating industry.

    Although I am still updating station data as I run across it, the infrastructure of the website remains the same. As projected at the beginning of this project, each station on the visual interface is still a representation of data hosted on a single WordPress post . What has changed substantively is the mapping interface presenting this data. Abandoning GeoMashup, I needed a new, user-friendly mapping system to present the data, and had been intrigued by an original mapping infrastructure I had seen used by my brother, the linguist Wilbur V. Bennett, to map dialects in Louisiana. With his permission, I began adapting that mapping system using the Google Map JavaScript API to present station information superimposed on top of Google Maps. The script uses a TV signal pin to mark the television transponder’s location, and a radius overlay to document the estimated reach that the station’s signal could be received.  The coloration is randomized to allow users to distinguish between various stations whose signals might overlap.  The mapping infrastructure also has a timeline bar at the top that allows the viewer to filter the displayed data by year created.  This allows the viewer see the chronological, as well as geographical, reach of television stations.  All of this has been embedded into the WordPress framework to maintain consistency and usability throughout the website.

    Although this concludes my time with Cultural Heritage Informatics, I invite you to keep following the site’s progress over the next few years, as I plan to continue updating its infrastructure and adding station data as I come across it in my research.

    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

    Connectivity in Cyprus and Corinth

    Over the last few weeks, David Pettegrew and I have been working on an article that compares finds data from the Corinthia and from our site of Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus. We were particularly interested in understanding how the types of ceramics that we can identify in survey assemblages shapes the types of economic relationships we can recognize in the Eastern Mediterranean. As one might expect, our focus has been on the Late Roman world, and we have been particularly interested in the difference between the kind of economic relationships manifest in assemblages comprised of highly visible amphoras and those manifest in highly diagnostic Late Roman red slip wares. The entire project is framed by Horden and Purcell’s notion of connectivity and that’s the unifying theme of the volume to which this paper will contribute.

    The paper is exciting because it represents a step beyond the work that David has been doing on his book on the Isthmus of Corinth. I’ve read a draft of the book and it’ll be exciting. It also represents the next step for our work with the Pyla-Koutsopetria data. It is significant that all of our survey data upon which this paper is based, is available on Open Context. Our book should be available in time for the holidays. 

    The draft below is 95% of the way there with only a few niggling citations to clean up. Enjoy and, as always, any comments or critiques would be much appreciated!

    ASOR Blog (American Schools of Oriental Research)

    The Fabric of Society: Textile Production Workshops in the Southern Levant

    A Case Study From Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath

    8-Deborah-Cassuto-blogBy: Deborah Cassuto, Bar-Ilan University
    Ernest S. Frerichs/Program Coordinator

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    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    Il Bello o il Vero, inaugurazione della mostra che coniuga arte e tecnologie


    Bello-Vero-InaugurazioneSi invita all'inaugurazione che si terrà il 30 ottobre 2014, nel Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico Maggiore a Napoli , della mostra “Il Bello o il Vero. La Scultura napoletana del secondo Ottocento e del primo Novecento”, lcurata per conto del Forum Universale delle Culture di Napoli e della Campania da Isabella Valente e che coniuga arte e nuove tecnologie, con 250 opere provenienti da musei, gallerie e collezioni private di tutta Italia.

    Gestione e innovazione in musei, archivi e biblioteche delle Marche


    grand-tour-cultura-eventoE' in programma venerdì 24 ottobre dalle ore 9.00 presso la Sala Convegni del Palazzo Li Madou (Via Gentile da Fabriano 2/4, Ancona), il convegno dal titolo "Crocevia di culture. Gestione e innovazione in musei, archivi e biblioteche delle Marche”, organizzato da MAB Marche e Assessorato alla Cultura della Regione Marche.

    Annunciati i vincitori del Bando Beni invisibili: Creatività e tecnologie per valorizzare le tradizioni artigianali


    Fondazione Telecom Italia ha annunciato sul suo sito  i soggetti vincitori nell’ambito del bando “Beni Invisibili, Luoghi E Maestria Delle Tradizioni Artigianali”. L’iniziativa è stata lanciata nel 2013 per un contributo complessivo da erogare di 1,5 milioni di euro: l’obiettivo era sostenere progetti volti al recupero ed alla conservazione di un “bene culturale invisibile”.

    Anche Diagnostica e Restauro dei beni culturali tra i temi dell'intesa Sicilia-Toscana

    piazza-duomo-pratoE' stato firmato il 22 ottobre dall'assessore alle attività produttive credito e lavoro Gianfranco Simoncini e dall'assessore alle attività produttive della Regione Siciliana Linda Vancheri presso il Cnr a Sesto Fiorentino un protocollo d'intesa tra la Regione Toscana e la Regione Sicilia. 

    Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

    Proof that Roman gladiators hated astronauts

    Seen on Twitter this morning:

    Hmm.  Maybe not.

    We’re often told that “archaeology is science so only archaeology is reliable.”

    So this is a fun illustration of the perils of that; of what can happen when you have no literary sources, and construct a narrative solely from archaeology or monuments.

    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    Online l’archivio digitale dei manoscritti Vaticani

    manoscritto vaticano nttNTT DATA Corporation ha annunciato la realizzazione di un nuovo sistema dedicato alla consultazione online dell’archivio digitale della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana grazie al quale sarà possibile accedere alle copie digitali di più di 4.000 antichi manoscritti.

    La riqualificazione dello spazio pubblico, Prima preview di RESTAURO 2015


    Si terrà a Carpi, presso Palazzo Pio-Sala dei Mori, martedì 11 novembre 2014, dalle ore 9.30 alle ore 18.00 la prima preview di RESTAURO 2015 con una conferenza dal titolo "La riqualificazione dello spazio pubblico, la rigenerazione dei tessuti urbani del territorio".

    October 22, 2014

    EAGLE News: Europeana Network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy

    EAGLE 2014 International Conference: The IGCyr | GVCyr corpora

    By Alice Bencivenni (University of Bologna)


    The IGCyr | GVCyr demonstration site is now available.

    The Inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica (IGCyr) and the Greek Verse inscriptions of Cyrenaica (GVCyr) are two corpora, the first collecting all the inscriptions of Greek (VII-I centuries B.C.) Cyrenaica, the second gathering the Greek metrical texts of all periods. These new critical editions of inscriptions from Cyrenaica are part of the international project Inscriptions of Libya (InsLib), incorporating Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (IRT, already online), the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica project (IRCyr, in preparation), and the ostraka from Bu Ngem (already available on the website Papyri.info).

    A comprehensive corpus of the inscriptions of Greek Cyrenaica is a longstanding desideratum among the scholars of the ancient world. Greek inscriptions from Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Cyrenaica are currently scattered among many different, sometimes outdated publications, while new texts have been recently discovered and edited. For the first time all the inscriptions known to us in 2014, coming from this area of the ancient Mediterranean world, will be assembled in a single online and open access publication. An essential addition to the IGCyr and GVCyr corpora, as well as a natural outcome of the study of the inscriptions, is the planned publication of the Prosopographia Cyrenaica.

    Catherine Dobias-Lalou is the main epigraphy researcher working on these comprehensive epigraphic corpora in EpiDoc in cooperation with scholars from the University of Bologna, the University of Macerata, the University of Roma Tor Vergata, the University of Paris-Sorbonne and King’s College London. Although the edition of the inscriptions is still in progress, the team working on the project wish to share with others the structure of the publications and the research approach. For this reason three of the texts which will be published and a selected bibliography are included in the demonstration site.  The website, hosted by the University of Bologna, has been developed and is maintained by the CRR-MM, Centro Risorse per la Ricerca Multimediale, University of Bologna.

    Melissa Terras' Blog

    Reuse of Digitised Content (3): Special Festive Halloween Image Give-away Edition

    In my first blog post about reuse of digitised content, particularly images, I suggested that institutions could think about batching up some good images, for people to take and reuse, so they could find them easily. They could also be prepared for people to reuse. But what would this mean, in reality? I decided to have a try, myself. Halloween is approaching - lets look for 5 really cute, public domain images about Halloween, and see if we can make them "more" reusable, whatever that may mean. Like this one:

    Isn't she handsome? An illustration tagged with witch, over at the British Library book images photoset, Flickr. Originally taken from "Life & Finding of Dr. Livingstone", 1897.

    But bother about all that writing, which makes it unusable on my Halloween party invitations. It would be better if there wasnt all that writing, just the image, right?

    Or even, make the background transparent. Ta da! take it and do with it as you like, please do.
    Nice, huh? and all this took me was time. An hour or so of grubbing about on flickr, an hour or so of messing around in Photoshop (I'm rusty). And as we all know, time is precious, and institutions dont have that level of time to devote to this kind of thing. Hmmm.

    I also wonder what I'm really doing here. Turning images into clip art? erm, yay? Is that what we mean by reuse? But why else are we making images available, if its not for people to take them and do something with them? Does this make them more "useable"? Its certainly more easy to take the image and dump it into a poster, or webpage, etc. We need to ask ourselves what we mean by use and reuse, if we cant conceptualise what that really means in the first place.

    But I said 5 images, right? I'm time pressed at the moment (shortly off on a big work trip), so - being honest here - I signed up for the first time to Fiverr, where you can get a myriad of small tasks done for $5, and bought some photo retouching for photos, and within an hour, I had four other Halloween images, this time from the Internet Archive Flickr Pool,  converted into black and white, with transparency too. A set of Halloween images! But Fiverr made me feel icky - even though this fixing up would be a relatively simple task for someone with better PhotoShop chops than I to do, and even though I chose someone who said they were a student in a first world country, it just seems such a small amount to pay someone. (I did try to engage them in conversation about that, and offered going hourly rate I would pay a student: they didn't reply). I am happy with the images provided, but I wouldn't advocate institutional use of this type of service if it can be avoided, something about it feels exploitative to me. It was interesting to try. (Perhaps its part of my penance that I share these images here for everyone but... shudder. Is that how we value skills now? Sorry, world. I know is the market economy, but, doesn't mean I have to pay people less than I believe a job is worth).

    So now what.

    I parked this, and a selection of others I found that I'll put at the bottom of this post, on a group over at Flickr. There's been obvious interest in them, with a total of 50 views or so in 24 hours, even though I didn't tell anyone where they were, yet. So I'll leave them up there, and take them if you like! I think they are cute. Do something, they are in the public domain! they are free! Use them at will! It only cost me time and some perhaps student's time and $5 and the electric that drives the internet and the heavy metals that are in our computers etc etc! and if you fancy telling me how you used them, on here or on twitter, that would be great, but you dont have to because its public domain! woohoo! (I may do some reverse image lookup in a while and see where they got to).

    This is a minor experiment - especially compared to my last blog post, which was much more of an investment in both time and money - but it goes back to what I was saying previously about the time and skill needed to use the image content available successfully. Its not all just "there" yet, you need time to sort, and time to manipulate, and resources to do so. It also makes me think of what you read about in pre-print times, when artists' workshops had teams of people working for them who just painted silk, or hair, or skin or whatever, and the whole thing was a production line, where you farmed jobs out to other painters - sure, its a makers revolution, but its one that involves getting a student to do a quick job on PhotoShop for you, or a print shop to do some formatting and printing. You can take the content and do something with it, if you have the resources to both pay for and manage the process. The stuff is in the public domain, and is free. But doing something with it isnt, not really.

    Except, of course, I'm not Raphael, I'm just messing about with images taken offline and turned into slightly cleaned up versions of themselves for clip art. I'd like to see a "real" collection do a longitudinal study on the benefits of this, releasing some of their content in different graphic formats, and tracking interest... hmmm, a potential MA student dissertation for this year, perhaps? Its a worthy topic, and one that should be pursued in more than a couple of hours, and a hurried blog post. 

    Still, Happy Halloween, and feel free to reuse these in any way you like, should you want to. The full size I have is up here, made smaller to fit in blog format, you know what to do to grab the larger file. Black and white jpgs first, then transparent png. 

    Originally taken from the Internet Archive Book Images Flickr Pool. This originally had only a couple of previous views, and isn't it delightful? ripe for putting at the top of any manner of Halloween related paraphenalia...

    Originally taken from the Internet Archive Book Images Flickr Pool. It started off pink, mind! 

    Originally taken from the Internet Archive Book Images Flickr Pool.

    And last but not least, my favourite:

    Originally taken from the Internet Archive Book Images Pool.  Brilliant.
    All of them over at Flickr, too, if you'd prefer. Have fun! And don't have nightmares.  

    AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

    Database of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts (D'SAIN)


    Database of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts

    Catalog of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts published by Faculty of Adab and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta.

    "Database of Nusantara Islam Manuscripts is a database that provides various informations related to Nusantara Islam manuscripts. The database covers a wide range of Nusantara Islam manuscripts-based research—using philological approach or other approaches; conducting by foreign scholars or native scholars. As the center of Nusantara Islam manuscripts, the database not only records the title, author, copyist, language, and literacy texts, but also provides a number of manuscript collections and catalogues including lists, and various publications relating to manuscript which is used as the primary resource of research. In addition, the database provides authors and copyists’ biographical information and their activities. Therefore, Database of Nusantara Islam Manuscripts, as the center of information and research on manuscript that can be accessed online, is very important for the manuscripts-based researches and other researches. Thus, through the information contained in the database of Nusantara Islam manuscript, various topics of research can be developed further, while the potential for duplication and plagiarism cases in the study of manuscript can also be avoided."

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: Studia Orientalia Electronica

    Studia Orientalia Electronica
    ISSN: 2323-5209
    Welcome to the website of Studia Orientalia Electronica (StOrE)! StOrE is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal publishing original research articles and reviews in all fields of Asian and African studies. It is an offshoot of Studia Orientalia, an internationally recognized publication series (see http://www.suomenitamainenseura.org/studiaorientalia/ for further information on Studia Orientalia and the publisher, Finnish Oriental Society). StOrE was established in 2013 to keep up the fine publishing tradition of Studia Orientalia. The new journal publishes high quality articles in a more modern and accessible format.
    The first volume (year 2013) of Studia Orientalia Electronica has been published (see Archives section). Furthermore, some articles of back issues of the printed Studia Orientalia are found in the Archives section and more are coming soon. In the Current section you will find the articles of 2014 (vol. 2) of StOrE.
    Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal’s section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


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    Open Access Journal: Cuneiform Digital Library Notes (CDLN)

    First posted in AWOL  31 August 2009.  Updated 22 October 2014]

    Cuneiform Digital Library Notes (CDLN)
     ISSN 1546-6566
    Cuneiform Digital Library Notes is an electronic journal constituted in conjunction with the organization and work of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative to afford contributors to that effort the opportunity to make known to an international community the results of their research into topics related to those of the CDLI.
    The CDLN is a moderated e-bulletin board for Assyriology and is conceived as a notepad publication of the Cuneiform Digital Library Journal and the Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin. The CDLJ seeks substantive contributions dealing with the major themes of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, that is, with text analyses of 4th and 3rd millennium documents (incorporating text, photographs, data, drawings, interpretations), early language, writing, paleography, administrative history, mathematics, metrology, and the technology of modern cuneiform editing. Articles in the CDLB are shorter contributions of two to five pages that deal with specific topics, collations, etc., and do not attempt to offer synthetic treatments of complex subjects. The CDLN assumes the role of a bulletin board for the quick publication and internet distribution of short notices of at most one page.
    The CDLN is hosted by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, LA/Berlin, and is in the editorial care of Klaus Wagensonner (University of Oxford).

    Mesopotamian Seals

    Mesopotamian Seals

    Online resources for the study of Mesopotamian stamp and cylinder seals, often with incised legends naming the owner, his profession or educational standing, his patronymic and, looking up in the Mesopotamian hierarchy, his administrative affiliations, are difficult to come by, even though this small administrative tool has played a very substantial role in the development of writing, and in the smooth functioning of an advanced ancient society. Mespotamian Seals is offered to bring attention to the admittedly limited text annotation files of the CDLI as one of several avenues of research available in a sub-field more often treated by archaeologists and art historians than by philologists (CDLI’s initial seals work is described here; cleansing of those file entries is being undertaken by Richard Firth). The CDLI catalogue currently contains entries documenting ca. 32,450 Mesopotamian artifacts related to seals and sealing: 31,300 represent clay tablets, tags or other sealings, most of whose seal impressions included owner legends, and currently just 1,150 are physical seals; 5,370 more CDLI entries represent composites derived from seal impressions, and therefore the negatives of original cylinder seals now lost. 

    All CDLI seals

    Physical seals

    Composite seals

    Sealings (on tags, bullae, etc.)

    Best attested seals:

       Ayakalla, Umma ensi2 (Ur III, Š46/ii/29 – ŠS9/i)
       Lukalla, Umma ‘scribe’ (Ur III, Š33/i – ŠS9/iv)
       Lugal-emaḫe, Umma ‘scribe’ (Ur III, Š34/vi – ŠS5)
       Ur-mes, Drehem ‘fattener’ (Ur III, AS9/xiii – ŠS9/xii)
       Akalla, Umma ‘scribe’ (Ur III, Š33 – ŠS 3/iv)

    Seals and impressed tablets by period:
          Adab      Nippur      Umma
          Girsu      Tell Brak      Ur
          Isin      Tutub      Urkesh
       Lagash II (ca. 2200-2100 BC)
       Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
          Adab      Girsu      Susa
          Drehem      Irisagrig      Umma
          Eshnunna      Nippur      Ur
       Early Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)
       Old Assyrian (ca. 1950-1850 BC)
       Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
       Middle Babylonian (ca. 1400-1100 BC)
       Middle Assyrian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
       Neo-Assyrian (ca. 911-612 BC)
       Neo-Babylonian (ca. 911-612 BC)
       Achaemenid (547-331 BC)
       Hellenistic (323-63 BC)

    Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

    How To Be A Hedgehog

    Longstanding readers of our Medieval Manuscripts Blog may know that we have a penchant for hedgehogs. In 2012, we published a post entitled The Distinguished Pedigree of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, based on the accounts of their behaviour in medieval bestiaries. In 2014, we brought you a hedgehog beauty contest, no less,...

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: Lettre d’information de l’IFAO

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    Tom Gewecke (Multilingual Mac)

    Languages Not Yet Supported in iBookstore

    The iBookstore Formatting Guidelines of Nov 13, 2013 lists books in these languages as not yet eligible for distribution:  Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Burmese, Persian/Farsi, Hebrew, Khmer, Lao, Malay (Jawi/Arabic), Sinhala, Tamil, Urdu. This lists remains the same in the Guidelines for 9/14.

    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

    Ethnicity and Archaeology in Modern Methana

    Hamish Forbes has had a productive retirement. It seems like hardly a month goes by without some significant article from the tip of his pen. I finally got around to reading his article, “Archaeology and the Making of Improper Citizens in Modern Greece,” in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 27.1 (2014).

    Forbes argues that many Methanites, who are Arvanitika speakers, do not relate to the national archaeological narrative constructed by the Greek state which have tended to celebrate the ties between modern Greece and Classical Antiquity and the monuments of Athens. Arvanitika speakers who settled in Greece at some point between the late Medieval period (say 13th century?) and the Ottoman period have stood outside of the national narrative in Greece that has been slow to recognize the existence of “ethnic minorities” typically defined by language. In fact, Forbes makes the point that there is no official capacity to recognize ethnic minorities in Greece, and this might be partially the result of conflating issues of ethnicity with desires for alternate national identities (ethnoi), partially the result of periods of hyper-nationalist political rhetoric, and partially the desire of the Greek state to distinguish itself in the European Union.

    Forbes notes that Arvanitika speaking communities are common in Boeotia, Attica, and across the Northeastern Peloponnesus, but have generally found ways to hide their identities from outsiders and the unsympathetic gaze of the state. On the Methana peninsula, this has manifest itself in the community’s lack of interest in the ancient ruins on the peninsula, and attention to a fort dated to the Greek War of Independence. The fort was apparently constructed by the French philhellene Charles Fabvier to train Greek troops. Today, the fortification, visible on the narrow isthmus that separates Methana from the northern coast of Troezene, bears a large Greek flag painted on its flanks and this explicitly connects the site to a national identity. At the same time, the national identity manifest in this 19th century ruin, however, is nevertheless outside the main archaeological narrative promoted by the Greek state. In other words, the 19th century ruin provides an opportunity to locate the Arvanitika-speaking community within a positive narrative of the Greek state.

    Forbes discusses the way in which local communities articulate their archaeological landscape and how it often differs from the interest of national or foreign archaeologists. He cites Susan Sutton’s description of the communities around the archaeological site of Nemea who associated more closely with a cave in a nearby hill that they relate to the den of the Nemean lion. Methanites likewise recognize the antiquity of a cave set high on the slopes of the volcanic peninsula, and Forbes notes that these natural features often provide points of reference in the landscape that allow local communities to establish regionally meaningful archaeological identities.

    This article caught my attention for two reasons. First, on the Western Argolid Regional Project this summer we documented a fortification associated with the Greek War of Independence. Without getting into too much detail, graffiti festooned a number of parts of this rather visible fortification allowing individuals to locate their names within the archaeological landscape. This linked the nearby community of Lyrkeia very closely to a historical place. It is interesting to note that the nearby ancient ruins did not attract similar attention. The fort on Methana will also be a useful point of architectural comparison for our fortification in the Argolid although our fortress has far less august a historical pedigree. 

    I was also interested in reading that Forbes did not mention the inventio story associated with the church of St. Barbara. According to Forbes’ monograph on Methana, a local resident had a dream which led the villagers to excavate and discover the bones of St. Barbara and St. Juliana who helped protect the island from the influenza epidemic in the early 20th century. I’ve blogged about it here. What’s interesting about this story is that it presents indigenous archaeology as more than simply the recognition of ruins or sites by a community, but the actual excavation of sites of particular significance. As Arvanitika speakers and Greek speakers in Greece share the Orthodox faith, it is significant that both communities have used these same methods to create locally meaningful archaeological landscapes (if not in the strictly scientific sense) that resonate with national narratives emphasizing the Orthodox (and Byzantine) roots of the Greek nation. This narrative is distinct from the national narrative that privileges Classical antiquity, and perhaps provides another alternate space for the forging of historically significant national identities.   

    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    Il progetto ARCHEOMEDSITES a Ravello LAB


    Archeomedsites, progetto di cooperazione transfrontaliera tra Italia, Tunisia e Libano, finanziato nell’ambito del Programma ENPI CBC Med 2007-2013, sarà presente alla nona edizione di Ravello Lab – Colloqui internazionali, all’interno del panel 1 dal titolo “ Cooperazione culturale e progettazione territoriale euro mediterranea”.

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Römische Inschriften Datenbank 24

    Römische Inschriften Datenbank 24
    Die Idee, die hinter rid24 steht, ist die Darstellung und Präsentation von Alter Geschichte und Archäologie des Rheinlandes mit den Möglichkeiten des Mediums Internet. Grundlage  von rid24 sind die von Brigitte und Hartmut Galsterer 1975 publizierten Römischen Steininschriften aus Köln. Die technischen Entwicklungen in den letzten Jahren bergen heute fast unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten der Darstellung. Neben der Datenbank-gestützten Inschriftensuche versucht rid24 darüber hinaus, dem Besucher weitere Hintergrundinformationen und Daten zur Verf�gung zu stellen. rid24 richtet sich nicht nur an Althistoriker und Epigraphiker, sondern auch an private Sammler und überhaupt an alle an der römischen Geschichte des Landes Interessierten. rid24 steht für einen jederzeit verfügbaren (eben 24 Stunden täglich) und barrierefreien Zugang f�r den Besucher, ohne zeitliche und informative Beschr�nkungen. rid24 bietet mit dieser Art der Darstellung dem Besucher M�glichkeiten und Informationen, wie es in einem gedruckten Buch kaum darstellbar w�re. Das Portal versteht sich nicht als Alternative, sondern als Erg�nzung der Museen mit ihren naturgem�� beschr�nkten Pr�sentations- und Verkn�pfungsm�glichkeiten, und hofft, den Museen nicht nur mehr, sondern auch mit mehr Hintergrundwissen ausgestattete Besucher zu verschaffen. 

    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    MuseumNext 2015: qual'è il futuro dei musei?

    museumnext2015L'edizione 2015 di MuseumNext si svolgerà a Ginevra in Svizzera dal 19 al 21 Aprile 2015. MuseumNext è la più grande conferenza europea dedicata al futuro dei musei.

    Al Festival della Scienza una mostra sulla conservazione del patrimonio artistico



    Dal 24 ottobre al 2 novembre a Genova si terrà il Festival della Scienza quest'anno dedicato al tema del Tempo. All'interno del Festival, presso il Museo dell'Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, quest'anno è organizzata una mostra dedicata alla conservazione dei beni culturali dal titolo "Eterno o effimero: il tempo dell’opera d’arte".

    Perfecto e Virtuale, l’Uomo Vitruviano diventa multimediale

    uomo-vitruviano-mostra2014Dalle Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia a Fano. L’Uomo Vitruviano di Leonardo da Vinci, forse il disegno più celebre al mondo e canone rinascimentale della bellezza perfetta, esce virtualmente dal luogo storico in cui è conservato dal 1822 mostrandosi per la prima volta in assoluto in una versione digitale e tridimensionale ad altissima definizione. “Perfecto e Virtuale, l’Uomo Vitruviano di Leonardo” è una vera e propria mostra-spettacolo dove il visitatore può godere appieno della celebrità di quest’opera. L’appuntamento è dal 24 ottobre al 16 novembre 2014 nella chiesa di San Michele, attigua all’Arco d’Augusto.

    Archaeology and the City Preserving enhancing interpreting


    archaelogy-cityE' in programma il 7 Novembre 2014 a partire dalle ore 9.30, presso il Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche di Roma (P.le Aldo Moro 7, Aula Marconi) il Convegno Internazionale Archaeology and the City. Preserving enhancing interpreting.

    Restaurare l'arte contemporanea? Workshop a Lucca

    restaurare-arte-contemporaneaDue giornate di studio, l'11 e 12 dicembre 2014 a Lucca, organizzate dall'IGIIC, l'ICVBC, il Gruppo SCIBEC del Dipartimento di Chimica dell'Università di Pisa, il Centro Arti Visive di Pietrasanta che  hanno lo scopo di evidenziare le difficoltà che si possono incontrare nel difficile campo della conservazione preventiva dell’arte contemporanea.

    October 21, 2014

    Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

    Say Digital Humanities One More Time…

    Early Modernists have done impressive work in the digital humanities as of late. This exciting shift in methodology allows greater opportunity to complete original research as well introduce new pedagogical techniques into our classrooms. In the end, I view digital projects as tools; tools used for collaboration, teaching, and further research. This blog post will introduce a couple of recent early modern digital projects. But first, the old faithfuls…

    Early English Books Online (EEBO), the go-to online database of early printed (and now) digitized texts, has been a necessary tool for me as a scholar; I’ve had access to it throughout my academic career and I cannot imagine researching without it. The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) transcribes these scanned texts and creates fully-searchable text files that improve readability and accessibility.

    My search for Hamlet using EEBO.

    Hamlet (2)


    Another source I’ve used quite frequently is Open Source Shakespeare. This online concordance, created by Eric M. Johnson (as part of his M.A. thesis!) allows users to search for particular words throughout all of Shakespeare’s texts. I’ve used it when researching artistic terminology; the site allowed me to search for passages that included Renaissance synonyms for painted portraits. Incidentally, Mr. Johnson is now the Director of Digital Access at the Folger Shakespeare Library and he will be leading a workshop on “Using Data in Shakespeare Studies” at the Shakespeare Association of America conference this April (I’ll be there!).

    My search for ‘painted’ using Open Source Shakespeare.
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    And now on to some more recent discoveries…

    The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) taps into the popular DH interest of visualizing geographic space. The current version of the map was launched in 2013 by a group of scholars at the University of Victoria. The interactive map is sourced from the 1561 ‘Agas Map’. The website is user-friendly and the creators of the map certainly encourage scholars to make use of this tool, which of course could be used for a variety of research needs. Jenelle Jenstad and Kim McLean-Fiander will be presenting on the pedagogical possibilities for research-based learning at the SAA conference this April (I plan to attend this workshop as well as I am eager to learn more about this topic).

    Each tile is easily clickable; the interactive points bring users to a list of documents containing that location.
    Map of Early Modern London (2)


    The Folger Luminary Shakespeare Apps
    The Folger Shakespeare Library has produced several interactive digital editions of Shakespeare’s plays. These editions can be downloaded by students via iTunes and used in place of paperback editions. Full audio performances accompany each edition and the interactive texts allow readers to take notes and collect passages. Expert commentary from scholars and actors allows for deeper engagement. While I’ve admired these editions from afar, I look forward to using a digital edition this summer, perhaps A Midsummer Night’s Dream, depending on my teaching assignment.



    The English Broadside Ballad Achieve from the University of California, Santa Barbara allows users to research and explore early modern broadside ballads—essentially cheap street literature that can easily be set to music and enjoyed aurally. I’ve personally used this resource when I taught a class on the representation of visual art within literature. I taught the anonymous drama, Arden of Faversham and used the ballad I found on EBBA to discuss the two representations of Alice with my students. I appreciate the album and ballad sheet facsimiles (with the ability to zoom in) especially because my students and I discussed dramatic vs. visual representation. The recording added a new dimension to our discussion of different media. I highly recommend this site for teaching early modern literature; I think ballads can add interest to a variety of early modern topics.

    My search for the Arden of Faversham ballad.
    Arden Ballad (2)

    I look forward to contributing to this exciting field of research; stayed tuned for my November post when I’ll introduce my specific interest in early modern digital scholarship.

    Early English Books Online: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/eebo.html
    Open Source Shakespeare: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/
    Shakespeare Association of America: http://www.shakespeareassociation.org/
    The Map of Early Modern London: http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/
    Folger Luminary Shakespeare Apps: http://www.folger.edu/Content/About-Us/Publications/Folger-Luminary-Shakespeare-Apps/
    Broadside Ballads: http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/