Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity


Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu)

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March 20, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Monograph Series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis

[First posted on 24 May 2017, updated 20 March 2018 - 170 volumes free for us to use in less than a year? Is that not awesome? ]

Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
170 volumes online as of 20 March 2018

    Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online March 20, 2018

    Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
    Wettengel, Wolfgang (2003). Die Erzählung von den beiden Brüdern: Der Papyrus d'Orbiney und die Königsideologie der Ramessiden. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Zawadzki, Stefan (2006). Garments of the Gods: Studies on the Textile Industry and the Pantheon of Sippar according to the Texts from the Ebabbar Archive. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Strawn, Brent A. (2005). What Is Stronger than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Knigge, Carsten (2006). Das Lob der Schöpfung: Die Entwicklung ägyptischer Sonnen- und Schöpfungshymnen nach dem Neuen Reich. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Hübner, Ulrich (1992). Spiele und Spielzeug im antiken Palästina. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 
    Matthews, Donald M (1992). The Kassite Glyptic of Nippur. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Biblische Welten: Festschrift für Martin Metzger zu seinem 65. Geburtstag. Edited by: Zwickel, Wolfgang (1993). Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

    Open Access Monograph Series: Dickinson College Commentaries

     [First posted in AWOL 18 May 2012, updated 20 March 2018]

    Dickinson College Commentaries


    Dickinson College Commentaries presents Latin and Greek texts for reading, with explanatory notes, interpretive essays, vocabulary, and multimedia elements. The format has two columns, one with plain text on the left, and another on the right with three tabs for notes, vocabulary, and media. The commentaries are peer-reviewed, citable scholarly resources, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA). Support for the project comes from the Christopher Roberts Fund for Classical Studies at Dickinson College, the Mellon Fund for Digital Humanities at Dickinson College, and Dickinson's Research and Development Committee. The Project Director is Christopher Francese, Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies at Dickinson College (francese@dickinson.edu).
    Portrait of Julius Caesar in Greek marble, recently found in a cistern (#861) from the Pantelleria acropolis in Sicily. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich


    Historia Ecclesiastica selections
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    Portrait of Julius Caesar in Greek marble, recently found in a cistern (#861) from the Pantelleria acropolis in Sicily. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich


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    Portrait of Julius Caesar in Greek marble, recently found in a cistern (#861) from the Pantelleria acropolis in Sicily. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich


    Aeneid  Selections
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    Tacitus Annals

    Tacitus, Annals 15.20–23, 33–45

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    Allen & Greenough’s Latin Grammar

    Allen & Greenough’s Latin Grammar

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    Portrait of Julius Caesar in Greek marble, recently found in a cistern (#861) from the Pantelleria acropolis in Sicily. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich


    Gallic War selections
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    Callimachus Aetia


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    Cicero Against Verres 2.1.53–86


    Against Verres 2.1.53–86
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    Cicero On Pompey’s Command (De Imperio), 27-49


    On Pompey’s Command (De Imperio), 27-49
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    Core Vocabularies

    Core Vocabularies

    Latin and Ancient Greek
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    Cornelius Nepos Life of Hannibal

    Cornelius Nepos

    Life of Hannibal
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    Goodell's School Grammer of Attic Greek

    Goodell's School Grammar of Attic Greek

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    Lucian True Histories, Book 1


    True Histories, Book 1
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    Ovid Amores Book 1


    Amores Book 1
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    Sulpicius Severus The Life of Saint Martin of Tours

    Sulpicius Severus

    The Life of Saint Martin of Tours
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    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

    The University of North Dakota’s Writers Conference

    The first week after spring break every year (well, at least for the last 49 years), is the University of North Dakota’s Writers Conference. It’s an annual gathering of writers and readers from around the world and around the state.

    This year’s theme is “Truth and Lies” which seems both intriguing and contemporary. The features authors include Molly McCully Brown, Nicholas Galanin, David Grann, Marlon James, Lauren Markham, and Ocean Vuong who offer readings, speak on panels, and show films that inspire and excite them.  

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    The complete schedule is here.

    This year, there will be a parallel event called the Grand Challenges Information Symposium. It features panels that intersect in some way with the Grand Challenges articulated by the visionary president of the University of North Dakota. Two editorial board members, David Haeselin and Eric Burin, and yours truly will be at a panel on Wednesday, March 21, from 2-2:45 in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union to talk about the future of publishing. 

    So if you’re in the region, please plan to attend the Writers Conference and our panel at the Grand Challenges Information Symposium! 

    March 19, 2018

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Open Access Journal: Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti

    Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti
    ISSN: 2532-0289
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    Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on archaeological research into the Landscape Archaeology. Studies of sites, results of scientific excavations and studies on artefacts found in the excavations fall into this field. The journal accepts unpublished scientific contributions characterized by originality and innovation. The journal accepts contributions related to any specific geographical region and relevant to any period, from prehistory to the Middle Ages.


    No 1 (2016)

    Questo 1° numero contiene gli Atti del Convegno di Studi
    Daedaleia. Le torri nuragiche oltre lʼetà del Bronzo
    Cagliari, Cittadella dei Musei, 19-21 aprile 2012)
    curati da E. Trudu, G. Paglietti, M. Muresu

    Impaginazione a cura di E. Cruccas, M. Cabras, G. A. Arca,  M. Todde, C. Parodo


    Supplement to issue 2

    Notizie & Scavi della Sardegna Nuragica.
    Abstract Book del I Congresso Regionale (Serri, 20-22  aprile 2017)


    No 3 (2018)

    Open Access Journal: Hirundo, the McGill Journal of Classical Studies

    [First posted in AWOL 9 November 2009. Updated 19 Mar 2018]

    Hirundo: the McGill Journal of Classical Studies
    ISSN: 1718-8296
    Hirundo, the McGill Journal of Classical Studies, is published once a year by the Classics Students Association of McGill. The journal is completely authored, edited, and produced by undergraduate students at McGill University.

    Hirundo seeks contributions from students and alumni related to the ancient Mediterranean world broadly defined. Essays on Classical art and literature, ancient European and Near Eastern history from the prehistoric through late antique periods, religious studies, ancient philosophy, and the Classical tradition are welcome. Hirundo aims to bring together students with diverse yet overlapping interests, and offer them the opportunity to publish their work for a wider audience and thereby promote Classical Studies.
    Hirundo I 2000-2001
    Hirundo II 2001-2002
    Hirundo III 2004-2005
    Hirundo IV 2005-2006
    Hirundo V 2006-2007
    Hirundo VI 2007-2008
    Hirundo VII 2008-2009
    Hirundo VIII 2009-2010
    Hirundo IX 2010-2011
    Hirundo X 2011-2012
    Hirundo XI 2012-2013
    Hirundo XII 2013-2014
    Hirundo XIII 2014-2015
    Hirundo XIV 2015-2016
    Hirundo XV 2016-2017

    Open Access Journal: NABU at Achemenet

    [First posted in AWOL 16 December 2009. Updated 19 March 2018]

    Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (NABU) [articles pertaining to the 1st. mill. BCE at Achemenet]
    ISSN: 0989-5671
    With the permission of the team that runs the review NABU, now also published on-line, the Achemenet site also provides on-line publication, in a specific format, of Notes from the Achemenid era that have already appeared in NABU since 1987; it also includes Notes on the neo-Babylonian era and the Hellenistic era.
    As of 2012 the full run of NABU is available online:

    MALP (= M(orphologically) A(nnotated) (and) L(emmatized) P(apyri) corpus)

    MALP (= M(orphologically) A(nnotated) (and) L(emmatized) P(apyri) corpus)
    This repository contains the MALP (= M(orphologically) A(nnotated) (and) L(emmatized) P(apyri) corpus) corpus. This contains all the texts of papyri.info which could be automatically sentence splitted. You find documentation about its creation in the forthcoming article:
    Celano, Giuseppe G. A. (2017). An automatic morphological annotation and lemmatization for the papyri of the Integrating Digital Papyrology Project (papyri.info). in Reggiani N. (ed.), Digital Papyrology II. New Tools for the Digital Edition of Ancient Papyri. De Gruyter

    Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

    Call the medieval midwife

    Tucked away in a 14th-century encyclopaedia and bestiary is an oath written alongside a black cross. The person who made it had borrowed the book, and identified themselves as ‘abestetrix heifmoeder’ (echoing the Latin ‘obstetrix’, meaning ‘midwife’). Midwifery was as vital in the medieval world as it is today. Medieval...

    Perseus Digital Library Updates

    Its alive! Perseus and the Scaife Digital Library Viewer

    On March 15, Eldarion released the initial version of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer. The release is, of course, a first step, but this first step changes the world in at least two fundamental ways: (1) Perseus is alive — it can finally include new materials on an on-going basis; (2) the Scaife Digital Library Viewer provides a foundation for an environment that can publish a growing range of born-digital, openly licensed, and networked (and fully networkable because they are openly licensed) annotations and micro-publications that cannot be represented in the incunabular digital publication systems that still internalize the limitations of print publication.

    First, Perseus can now be configured so that it can include new materials almost immediately. We have not yet established a regular workflow — the initial Scaife Digital Library Viewer still runs on a server maintained by Eldarion rather than Tufts — but updates on a weekly and even a daily basis, if not real time, would be quite reasonable. New content does not even have to be in Greek or Latin — we already include a Persian edition of the Divan of Hafez. More importantly, if someone outside of the extended network of Perseus collaborators puts their content in the right format (for now CapiTainS-compliant EpiDoc TEI XML), we can include it. Thus, Neven Jovanovic was able to publish the first of what is expected to be a series of early modern Latin texts in Perseus (Scaliger’s Latin translation of Sophocles’ Ajax). Prof. Hayim Lapin from the University of Maryland converted his CC-licensed version of the Hebrew Old Testament , Talmud, and Mishnah. At present, anything that ends up as visible in the Scaife DL can be (because we require an open license) a permanent part of the Perseus collections. We need to think through a general process of content submission (and however open we wish to be, there are obviously some limits), but there are enough established collaborators with content to add and enough CC-licensed material that we would like to add that we already have enough materials to test a workflow for updates.

    Second, the use cases of Perseus and of Digital Classics are not only more varied than those of print but involve so many data types and so many implicit use cases that they represent an emergent system. These include born-digital critical editions (with variants classified and dynamically configurable), diplomatic editions with alignments between transcription and source images, alignments between different versions of the same text in the same language, bilingual alignments between source texts and translations morphological and syntactic analyses, co-reference resolution, and other categories of linguistic annotation, social networks, geospatial data, representations of digital intertextuality (including annotations expressing estimating probabilities that a given word or phrase represents a paraphrase or direct quotation from a lost source text), and an unbounded set of potential new annotation classes. Use cases include not only specialists posing new kinds of questions (e.g., search a corpus for instances of “future less vivid conditionals” or a semantically clustered list of verbs associated with male vs. female agents) but a fundamentally new mode of interaction that we might term language wrangling or language hacking, where readers have such dense networks of explanatory annotations that they can engage immediately, at some level of precision, with any annotated source in any language, whether or not they have any prior of knowledge of that language. Such reading is a new form of engagement that lies between the experience of experts who have spent their 10,000+ hours immersed in a subject and the passivity that a print modern language translation, with no mechanisms to get past its surface and into the source text, imposes upon the reading mind.

    Looking at the first release of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer, it is easy to see all the work that needs to be done. Indeed, for me, the steady progress towards a Perseus 5.0 only deepens my appreciation for what went into the development of Perseus 4.0 (the Java-based version, initially developed by David Mimno more than fifteen years ago and still in use at www.perseus.tufts.edu) and Perseus 3.0 (the Perl-based version that David A. Smith initially developed on the side to give Perseus its first web presence back in 1995). More than a decade ago, we solved another, less immediately obvious problem for having Perseus emerge as a place in which to publish content. In March 2006 (after being badgered by Ross Scaife, as well as Chris Blackwell, Gabby Bodard, Tom Elliott, Neel Smith and others), we began to apply a Creative Commons license to content that had no legal entailments. As soon as we decided that we would create collections that only contained CC-licensed content, we solved the bottleneck problem: so long as we actually made the content available, we could never use exclusive control over that content to restrict the development of services that we could not provide (say hello to Perseus Philologic, Alpheios.net).

    The Scaife Viewer of March 2018 may only be a beginning. It may have a great deal more to do (e.g., integrating treebanks and source text/translation alignments). But the code is open and the possibilities are almost unbounded.

    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

    Cyprus is Everywhere

    Last week, Annemarie Weyl Carr asked if anyone could offer a summary of a recent publication that they might share with the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute’s newsletter.  I thought it would be fun to share my most recent book on the Bakken, which in very real ways had its origins in the Eastern Mediterranean and on Cyprus, in particular.

    So here’s my little write-up. It’s another attempt at writing in a more breezy and accessible style.

    The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape
    Or Cyprus is Everywhere.

    My first season excacating on Cyprus was in 2008. At that time, I had completed four seasons of intensive pedestrian survey at the site of Pyla-Koutsopetria, a coastal site located some 10 km east of Larnaka and just inside the British Base at Dhekelia. I was carrying the controller of a differential GPS unit across slopes of loose soil at the coastal height of Vigla while an unlikely colleague, Bret Weber, dutifully held the rover in place and leveled it as I recorded the point. We did this thousands of times on our way to making a high-resolution DEM of our site. It was boring work but gave us plenty of time for conversation.

    Bret Weber was the project’s cook and camp manager, and he’d help out in the field almost every day. He also had a PhD in Western History and had almost completed his Masters in Social Work. He was deeply active in issues surrounding housing both in our home town of Grand Forks, North Dakota and in his scholarship in 20th century urbanism and social welfare. As we took point after point, we discussed the Bakken Oil Boom that had just started to rumble in western North Dakota and the growing rumors of life in the temporary “man camps” that had popped up across “the patch” to accommodate the influx of works. Those who couldn’t find room in a hotel or in a man camp ended up squatting in the Williston Walmart parking lot, and in various make-shift camps across the Bakken counties. At the same time, our work at the site of of Vigla where we clicked off point after point, revealed what we thought was probably a 4th-century mercenary camp, housing soldiers who occupied this prominent fortified height on the Cypriot coast during the tumultuous early Hellenistic era. We wondered about life in an ancient camp and whether the mercenary camp was similar to the encampments and short-term settlements that for millennial served miners in the Troodos mountains. Our field work, the history of settlement and extractive industries on Cyprus, and important work of archaeologists and historians to unpack the relationship between the two, framed our discussion of what was going with settlement and extractive industries in western North Dakota.


    When Bret and I returned home we continued to reflect on our fieldwork conversations, we read extensively on the organization of settlement and extractive industries in a global context, we recruited a range of colleagues to our project, many of whom were Mediterranean archaeologists, and, finally, in 2012, we inaugurated the North Dakota Man Camp Project. The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape (Fargo, ND: North Dakota State University Press 2017) is the first book-length publication from this project.

    This book used the genre of the tourist guide to present the bustling and sometimes ephemeral landscape of the Bakken oil patch. The decision to frame our work as a tourist guide once again drew on my experience as a tourist in Greece in the 1990s and then Cyprus in early 21st century which indelibly shaped my view of the landscape. The language of my trusty Rough and Blue Guide for Greece and Cyprus suffused the language of The Bakken, which, like these handy guides, is divided into routes and sites. Our goal was to evoke the modern experience of tourism created, in part, by such iconic guidebooks as Baedeker’s and the Blue Guide which became synecdoches for the informed tourist. More importantly, my summers in Greece and Cyprus as both an informed tourist and an archaeologist reinforced the parallels between these two deeply modern experiences of landscapes. The spaces and places defined and described by both tourism and archaeology are profoundly modern. In short, my time on Cyprus made me aware of my modern way of seeing the world.

    In a 1982 essay, the poet Tom McGrath used the phrase, “North Dakota is Everywhere” to reflect on the influence of the prairie state on writers, artists, and readers around the world. In writing The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape, I hope readers familiar with my other archaeological work will see in its pages that maybe “Cyprus is Everywhere” as well.

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    How has the Digital Turn changed Scholarship: The example of Thomas Piketty

    Despite now moving from a junior status to maturity (or at least a sort of adolescence), the digital humanities still run into criticism from the ‘traditional’ humanities when it comes to its impact on published research.

    “What difference,” the argument runs, have all your databases, tei-marked texts and digitised images made to further actual research? How does your elaborate code do any more than just raise new questions for us proper humanists to tackle?”

    There has been understandable caution to this. It takes time before one can say that a field has definitively changed. Research must be designed, explored, published and then absorbed by a community of scholars before it can be said that a new legacy is being constructed. A lot of the work in Digital Humanities has been too self conscious, too concerned with self definition and undertaking the methodological equivalent of looking over your shoulder to be considered groundbreaking by “traditionalists”

    But I also wonder if DHers are always looking in the right place.

    One of the most influential works of economic history in the past few years has been Thomas Piketty’s Capital. “An intelligent, ambitious and above all informative treatment” of the problem of unequal wealth, it has reinvigorated a historical analysis of economics and and given some precise levers to understand our political woes.

    But because the book far from being a “digital humanities” book, many have missed the importance of the digital in underpinning Piketty’s research.

    Piketty himself certainly hasn’t. The book is strewn to references to data from the nineteenth and twentieth century which are now available in digital form, in particular the World Top Incomes Database. He makes a concerted point to illustrate the gaps in prior arguments conducted without sufficient longue durée data

    It is now much easier, he continues, to collect and process large amounts of historical data. Pre digital historians struggled to deal with large volumes of data. And there is now “much more extensive historical and comparative data” (loc 86, Kindle Edition)

    And he concludes that his book “is heavily indebted to recent improvements in the technology of research.” (loc 451, Kindle Edition)

    Piketty is not an obvious cheerleader for the digital humanities. His work is on economic history, and his methodologies are drawing on many pre digital antecedents. Yet, the digital turn has made his discoveries possible. He’s an example well worth citing when it’s claimed that the digital humanities haven’t changed anything.

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Things that travelled-Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium CE

    Things that travelled-Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium CE
    ISBN: 9781787351172 Year: 2018 Pages: 416 Language: English 
    Publisher: UCL Press 
    Subject: Archaeology --- History --- Anthropology 
    Recent research has demonstrated that, in the Roman, Late Antique, Early Islamic and Medieval worlds, glass was traded over long distances, from the Eastern Mediterranean, mainly Egypt and Israel, to Northern Africa, the Western Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Things that Travelled, a collaboration between the UCL Early Glass Technology Research Network, the Association for the History of Glass and the British Museum, aims to build on this knowledge.Covering all aspects of glass production, technology, distribution and trade in Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval/Early Islamic times, including studies from Britain, Egypt, Cyprus, Italy and many others, the volume combines the strengths of the sciences and cultural studies to offer a new approach to research on ancient glass. By bringing together such a varied mix of contributors, specialising in a range of geographical areas and chronological time frames, this volume also offers a valuable contribution to broader discussions on glass within political, economic, cultural and historical arenas.

    March 18, 2018

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Make Your Own Maps of Corinth and Greece

    Make Your Own Maps of Corinth and Greece
    We present this collection of modern and historical maps, GIS data, and resource links for archaeologists, novice cartographers, and experienced GIS users. Original material, redistributed copies, and modified versions are offered under Creative Commons licensing. Feel free to copy, share, remix, transform, and build upon the maps and data as long as the source and changes are documented and they remain free. Download links may be found for both high resolution TIF images and Shapefiles covering the Corinthia and beyond. Those who wish to finish the readymade maps with an image editor like Photoshop may click the links beneath each thumbnail map. Others with GIS skills to construct their own dynamic maps should see the GIS Data section. Sources for the data as well as other good open data resources are further down the page.
    PLEASE report broken links to James Herbst! Errors?

    Readymade High-res Basemaps with Layers (click links to download)

    Peloponnese, Attica, and Southwestern Aegean (1:1,000,000)
    Attica and the Northeastern Peloponnese
    Corinthia (1:250,000)
    Bioitia (1:333,333)
    Crete (1:750,000)
    Attica (1:250,000)
    *see the GIS data section for Greece for the data sources.
    Creative Commons License Corinth Archaeological Data and Basemaps by American School of Classical Studies at Athens are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  


    GIS Data

    The archaeological data, basemap, shapefiles, and optional layer files (see bottom of page for use of layer files) can be downloaded and assembled into a dynamic map using GIS software. The Corinth material is our work. It is followed by redistributed copies and modified versions of regional data with sources noted.


    Corinth archaeological data: cover the Corinthia, the ancient city of Corinth, or the central archaeological site (WGS 84, zone 34N). We will add to these shapefiles when possible.
    • City walls: line shapefile for the Classical and LR city walls.
    • Monuments: these are non-adjacent overlapping polygons circumscribed around the subject with place/monument names attached.
    • Sites: point file with archaeological sites and few museums in the Corinthia. Also in Google Earth KMZ.
    • Central archaeological area, ca. 325 B.C.E: line file plan of the monuments of the main site just before the construction of the South Stoa.
    • Peirene state plan: new topographical survey of the Peirene Fountain completed in 2006.  Dangerous and unsurveyed areas were supplemented by Hill's drawings.
    • Classical houses: Buildings I-IV were resurveyed for Corinth VII.6
    • Underground water system: new survey data used to 'rubbersheet' Hill's plan of the Peirene underground tunnels.
    • Sacred caves: a group of ten caves (points) in the Corinthia and beyond, assembled from various sources noted in the data.
    • Surface geology with layer file: polygon shapefile of central portion of the Corinthia.
    Corinth orthophotos, DEMs, and other products: produced from low level aerial photos in Agisoft Photoscan.
    Corinth Archaeological Site, Scale 5cm pixels, UTM zone 34N
    Peirene, Scale 5mm pixels, UTM zone 34N
    Korakou, UTM zone 34N
    Historical maps of the Corinthia: These raster images are rubberheeted and georeferenced to modern control points in UTM, zone 34N. Each zipped file contains a TIF and a TFW world file.
    Francesco Morosini map of central Corinthia, 1687: 720Mb, Dated on Christmas day several months after his army made it's "fortunate shot" destroying the Ottoman powder magazine (the Parthenon) during the seige of Athens. It was drawn with south oriented to the top and split over six linen sheets. In this file it is reoriented north to the top and reassembled in one image before georeferencing. Ancient features, contemporary buildings and roads, fountains and springs, fortifications and towers, and topographic features are highlighted on this map. The area to the east of the Isthmus still has quite a bit of distortion.
    Pierre Peytier map of Ancient Corinth, 1829: 122Mb, a small but accurate survey by the Morea Expedition shows that the lines of many roads in the village remain unchanged.
    Greece shapefiles with optional layer files: Coverage is the entire country or greater (various UTM). Sources and versions noted below. The layer files are optional, created by us, to enrich the visualization of the data.
    Basemap, contours, and ASTER DEM: Coverage is 36-39 degrees latitude and 20-26 degrees longitude. ASTER GDEM is a product of METI and NASA. Bathymetry derived from EMODnet data
    • Basemap.zip,118 Mb and BasemapWIthBathymetry.zip, 326 Mb: intended as a backdrop for the shapefiles on this page. The file is a zipped GeoTiff with a world file (.tfw) generated from the DEM below with naturally colored visualization (similar to the color maps at the top of the page) based on elevation, slope, and hillshade to provide a pleasant and informative background for other data. It retains the resolution of the original data which is nominally 1 arc-second or about 30 m per pixel, though actually less.
    • Contour lines at 50 m interval and Layer File: lines generated from DEM, 15Mb
    • Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Layer File: raster, 88Mb.  Mosaic from 1 degree x 1 degree DEMs.
    • The European Environment Agency also has some very nice 1 arcsec (~30m) base maps derived from SRTM and ASTER GDEM.
    • BathymetryDEM.zip, 929 Mb, from EMODnet data.
    *Note that the rivers and place name data may seem repetitive but each dataset has strengths and weaknesses.
    *Greek names encoded with ISO 88597 and may not display properly in ArcGIS. Default encoding for ESRI must be set on Windows via "regedit" as per this ESRI support page.


    The data are from the following:
    • USGS Earth Explorer: a complete search and order tool for aerial photos, elevation data and satellite products distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey's Long Term Archive (LTA). The LTA at the National Center for Earth Resource Observations and Science in Sioux Falls, SD is one of the largest civilian remote sensing data archives. It contains a comprehensive record of the Earth's changing land surface including ASTER GDEM and SRTM.
    • OpenStreetMap (OSM): Built by a cartographic community that contributes and maintains worldwide data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more. © OpenStreetMap contributors (ODC Open Database License, Artibute/Share-Alike/Keep open). Geofapbrik.de (next entry below) probably has the most convenient up-to-date shapefiles, this OSM page has other sources, and QGIS has a great builtin function for querying and downloading data.
    • Geofabrik: incorporated in late 2007 with the conviction that free geodata created by projects will become increasingly attractive for commercial uses. They provide regularly updated (new build each night) modern features and place names from Open Street Map data in Shapefile format. (ODC Open Database License, Attribute/Share-Alike/Keep open)
    • NGA GEOnet Names Server: the official repository of standard spellings of all foreign geographic names, sanctioned by the United States Board on Geographic Names. The database also contains variant spellings (cross-references), which are useful for finding purposes, as well as non-Roman script spellings of many of these names. Toponymic information is based on the Geographic Names Database, containing official standard names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names and maintained by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. More information is available at the Products and Services link at www.nga.mil. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency name, initials, and seal are protected by 10 United States Code Section 425. (no licensing requirements or restrictions)
    • geodata.gov.gr: designed, developed, and is maintained by the Institute for the Management of Information Systems of the "Athena" Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, with the aim to provide a focal point point for the aggregation, search, provision and portrayal of open public geospatial information. (Greek License Creative Commons Attribution, cc-by)
    • European Environment Agency (EEA): an agency of the European Union, they provide sound, independent information on the environment. EEA standard re-use policy: unless otherwise indicated, re-use of content on the EEA website for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged (http://www.eea.europa.eu/legal/copyright).
    • European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet): provides services for discovery and requesting access to bathymetric data (survey data sets and composite DTMs) as managed by an increasing number of data providers. Data resolution since early February 2015 is 7.5 arc-second. To download, follow this link, click "download products", select a grid square, then select from a list of file formats (EMO, ASCII, GeoTif, NetCDF, SD, XYZ). If you need more, select another grid square, and repeat.
    • Pleiades: gives scholars, students, and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, and share historical geographic information about the ancient world in digital form. At present, Pleiades has extensive coverage for the Greek and Roman world, and is expanding into Ancient Near Eastern, Byzantine, Celtic, and Early Medieval geography. Pleiades is a joint project of the Ancient World Mapping Center, the Stoa Consortium, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  (Creative Commons License- cc-by)
    More open data resources and information:
    • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC): makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. Geo-data offered covering topics such as climate, natural resources, settlements and harbors, artifacts, roads, shipwrecks, political boundaries, rats.(CC BY-NC-SA)
    • ArchaeoStuff: a blog by Galician archaeologist, Emilio Rodríguez-Álvarez with a growing number of GIS tutorials using GRASS.
    • Corinthian Matters: authored by ASCSA alumnus David Pettegrew, this blog is devoted to the archaeological and historical research of the modern region of the Corinthia. The "Maps" category is another source for similar images, contour datasets, and a tutorial for GIS software.
    • Archaeology in (Geo)Space: Stories from one GIS-using-archaeologist to another: another excellent blog by an ASCSA member concerning GIS data, problems finding it, and using it in Greece. Check out the "Resources" page.
    • Ancient World Mapping Center: an interdisciplinary research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it promotes cartography, historical geography, and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach activities.  Free maps and shapefiles for ancient roads, names, aqueducts, and other ancient features (CC BY-NC).
    • Archaeological Mapping Lab: originally established at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology by Dr. David Gilman Romano, the Lab has relocated to its new home at the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona.  Well published in paper document formats (JSTOR) but no electronic map files offered.
    • freegisdata.org: Interesting links to various WMS servers and a page on Greece. Little is known about this site but here is a quote from the page, "Actually this is just a test. The idea is to provide an HTML user interface to a Free Gis Data CSW, organized by place and keyword."
    • GeoCommons: the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world. The GeoIQ platform includes a large number of features that empower you to easily access, visualize and analyze your data.
    • GeoNames:  geographical database covering all countries and contains over eight million placenames that are available for download free of charge.
    • GSHHG: A Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Geography Database.  They have detailed coastline data.
    • Digital Archive @ McMaster University Library: High resolution downloads of WWII Topographic maps with a collection of Greece at 1:100k. Thanks Dimitri Nakassis for the link!
    • Natural Earth: public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.
    • Open Linked Data Greece: this page has very good information similar to Geodata.gov.gr
    • datahub: a free, powerful data management platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, based on the CKAN data management system.
    • Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (sedac): one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. SEDAC focuses on human interactions in the environment. Interesting data including anthropogenic biomes of the world from 1700 CE to present.
    • National Cadastre and Mapping Agency S.A.: their mission is the study, development, and operation of the Hellenic land registry.  They offer a Web Mapping Service server basemap for Greece that is more accurate than Google Earth.  Add the following link (http://gis.ktimanet.gr/wms/wmsopen/wmsserver.aspx) to an Image Overlay in Google Earth or in ArcGIS, Add Data>Look in:GIS Servers>Add WMS Server>URL.  For guidance adding the WMS server, see these links for Google Earth and ArcGIS.

    Layer Files, how to...

    Layer files (.lyr) contain information on the color and symbols used to visualize the data.  They are included here to save time assembling an attractive map.  In ArcGIS first add the shapefile or raster data, then right click>Layer Properties>Symbology Tab>Import>Browse button and browse for the .lyr that corresponds to the data.  Alternately try a Google search for "import symbology from layer file."


    The data on this page are gathered and presented in good faith. For the information from outside sources, we assume no responsibility for errors or consistency in transliteration. Pleiades and Geofabrik/OSM are community driven projects with regularly updated data. Visit the sites to download updates or join the sites to create and edit data yourself. For errors in the Corinth archaeological data, please contact James Herbst.

    Corinth Computer Project

    Corinth Computer Project

    A Collaboration Between

    University of Arizona & University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology under the auspices of Corinth Excavations, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    Since 1988 a research team from the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania has been involved in making a computerized architectural and topographical survey of the Roman colony of Corinth. Known as the Corinth Computer Project, the fieldwork has been carried out under the auspices of the Corinth Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Dr. Charles K. Williams II, Director. 

    Free articles from Dead Sea Discoveries

    Free articles from Dead Sea Discoveries
    To celebrate the 25th Volume of Dead Sea Discoveries, 25 articles from the past 25 Volumes will be available for free downloading during 2018.
    The first 5 articles are now freely accessible until 15 April
    See all online issues here

    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

    Trasportare le opere d’arte in sicurezza


    Le opere d’arte, quando trasportate, possono subire seri danni dovuti a sollecitazioni di temperatura e umidità e urti. 

    March 17, 2018

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments

    [First posted in AWOL 1 October 2016, updated 17 March 2018]

    Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments
    Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments presents a topographical survey of the standing historical monuments and architecture in the region from Iraqi Kurdistan and South Eastern Anatolia (Turkey), to Southern Iraq. A work in progress, this monument survey covers all historical periods from ancient to modern. It includes ancient Mesopotamian rock reliefs carved into the cliff faces of the mountains, early Christian churches and monasteries, early Islamic, Ottoman and twentieth century architecture and monuments. This database of images invites you to explore the multiple layers of the rich historical landscape of Mesopotamia. Envisioned and directed by Professor Zainab Bahrani, the basis of the survey is an on-going field project that assesses the condition of monuments, maps their locations and records them with  digital techniques in order to provide a record and to facilitate future preservation work across this region.

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

    New at Livius.org: a revised Zosimus translation

    Zosimus, “Count of the fisc” in the 6th century, wrote an oddball history in 6 books, which only just reached us.  It was an oddball text because Zosimus was a pagan, and blamed Constantine for everything.  Although he wrote around 550, he had access to lost sources, which make him our only source for events in Britain after the death of Theodosius I in 396.  The sole surviving manuscript was kept on the closed shelves in the Vatican until modern times.

    Long ago I placed online an English translation of this work, which I obtained with great difficulty.  My introduction to it is here.

    Today I heard from the excellent Jona Lendering of Livius.org, who has tidied this up and added it to his marvellous site:

    I have copied your scan of Zosimus and put it online. I have also

    • polished a part of the spelling (as you already indicated, it’s a bad reprint of a cheap book that does not even mention the name of the translator),
    • added chapters and sections according to the Budé edition (anchors for the page numbers have been inserted),
    • linked to relevant pages,
    • and wrote an introduction based on information from the Budé.

    You will find it at

    The public domain English translation appeared in 1814, but was itself a reprint of a 1684, probably very lax, translation.  A nice modern translation by Ridley exists, done for the Australian Byzantine series, but of course this is not public domain and so is known only to specialists.

    Back in 2002 I requested a copy of Zosimus by interlibrary loan.  What arrived after a considerable delay was a bound photocopy of the openings, itself faint, and with the pages effectively back to front.  This I scanned.

    A year later I discovered that a copy was in Oxford, in the Bodleian, and I mae a special trip there to find it.  It wasn’t in any normal part of the Bodleian.  I ended up going to a building that I’d never known about; and then being directed to an annex in a house in an obscure part of west Oxford.  The street was narrow and with quite peculiar architecture, and an odd roundabout-park at the end of the road.  I was the only visitor!  I photocopied what I needed, and left.  Years later I saw the street in an episode of Inspector Morse.

    That was in 2003, I find.  Back then Google Books did not exist.  Today a copy of the 1814 printing can be found there, at this link.  But so can a copy of the 1684 volume, here!  An 1802 German translation is here.

    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

    Nubian Monasteries

    Nubian Monasteries
    This page aims to bring the Nubian monasticism closer to the community of sholars and wider audience as well.
    In 2012 I’ve started a program regarding Nubian monasteries. Thanks to the hospitality of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago and generosity of the Foundation for Polish Science and de Brzezie Lanckoronski Foundation I lead a project on publishing the Qasr el-Wizz monastery carried out by a team of European scholars. The monastery has been fully excavated by George Scanlon on behalf of the Oriental institute in 1965, yet only two preliminary reports in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology has been published. Our objective is to publish the entire material recovered at the site and made this exceptional collection available for the public.
    I am also implementing the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology project at the Ghazali monastery, Northern Province, Sudan sponsored by the Qatar Sudan Archaeological Project. It is one of the best preserved and picturesque sites in Sudan. The main objective is preservation of the historic site and its various historical and cultural values for future generations. It consists of two modules: excavations and site management which in turn contains protection, conservation and presentation of the site. The latter part is being done in cooperation with www.archinos.com a leading company in the field in site management in the Nile valley.
    In March 2015 I have received a grant no. 2014/13/D/HS3/03829 from the National Science Centre, Poland to produce the monograph on Nubian monasteries and compare them with the monastic communities in other countries in the peripheries of the Byzantine world. This website was created thanks this funding

    Links Galore: links to collections of books of interest to classicists, medievalists etc. in the public domain

    [First posted in AWOL 12 December 2016, updated 17 March 2018]

    Links Galore
    Links Galore is an ever-growing list of links to digital copies of some collections of books of interest to classicists, medievalists etc. in the public domain published by Google Books, archive.org and others. There aren't any fancy features like graphics or colors because if you're here what you want is the links, the whole links and nothing but the links. It is presented as a Google spreadsheet, as it is easy to keep working on, and the content is updated automatically.
    You can navigate the collection using the tabs.. Collections published so far:

      AS: Acta Sanctorum (Société des Bollandistes)

      BG: J.A. Fabricius' Bibliotheca Graeca (and Harless' expanded edition)

      CC: Corpus Christianorum (Series Graeca, Series Latina, Claves etc.; no longer working)

      CSEL: Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum

      CSHB: Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae

      GCS: Die Griechischen Christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte

      Loeb: Loeb Classical Library

      Mai: Angelo Mai's editions (Patrum Nova Bibliotheca, Spicilegium Romanum, etc.)

      MGH: Monumenta Germaniae Historica

      Migne PG: Migne's Patrologia Graeca

      Migne PL: Migne's Patrologia Latina (in progress)

      Stephanus: H. Stephanus' Thesaurus Graecae Linguae (first edition; Valpy; Hase et al.)

      Teubner: Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana (and other Teubner)

      Open Access Journal: Oriental Institute Annual Report

      [First posted in AWOL 5 November 2009. Most recently updated 17 Marrch 2018]

      Oriental Institute Annual Report
      The print versions of the Oriental Institute Annual Report are available for members as one of the privileges of membership. They are not for sale to the general public. They contain yearly summaries of the activities of the Institute’s faculty, staff, and research projects, as well as descriptions of special events and other Institute functions.

      Download the Entire 2016-2017 Annual Report in a Single Adobe Acrobat Document







      Public Education and Outreach. Leila Makdisi

      • Adult and Community Programs. Carol Ng-He
      • K-12 Educator Programs. Carol Ng-He
      • Family and Youth Programs. Leila Makdisi
      • On the Horizon Calgary Haines-Trautman 

      Volunteer Program. Susan Geshwender




      • Emeritus Faculty
      • Faculty
      • Research Associates
      • Staff


      2015–2016 Annual Report

      2014–2015 Annual Report
      2013–2014 Annual Report

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

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

      Notes and news

      Here are a few items that I learned about over the last couple of weeks.

      •  De Gruyter have published an edition of the fragments of the Ecclesiastical History of Gelasius of Caesarea, ed. Martin Wallraff &c, with a translation by Nicholas Marinides.  The De Gruyter item is here.  A “teaser” extract is now available on the translators Academia.edu page here.  This is, of course, a very welcome addition to historical sources for the period, tho at $150 a pop I shall not i invest.
      •  Less expensive – indeed free for download online – is a translation of Book 3, chapters 1-30 of the Histories of John Cantacuzene (given as “John Kantakouzenos”; why not Ioannes Kantakouzenos, on the same logic?).  It’s a thesis by Brian McLaughlin, and it’s great to have available, and is online at Royal Holloway here.
      •  Another bunch of free translations can be found at the St George Orthodox Ministry blog, http://www.stgeorgeministry.com/category/translations/.  Homily 67 of Severus of Antioch; indeed quite a bit of Severus of Antioch.
      •  Finally another commercial item, which I happened to find quite useful in my work on Nicholas of Myra legends: John L. Hoh, Santa Claus: Is he for your child? 2011, eBook.  It’s padded out with all sorts of stuff, but I found it a useful version of many of the popular stories.  Not recommending it, you understand; but I didn’t know people were still publishing such things.

      Apologies for slow correspondence.  I’ve had a winter bug.  Hopefully I can start catching up now!

      Some more notes on the Archko volume

      Fake gospels have been composed continuously from the second century until our own times.  The object is either to convert Christians to something else, or to make money off them.

      One interesting example, which I have discussed before, is the Archko Volume, a collection of “ancient documents” corroborating the events of the New Testament, but in reality composed by a rural American presbyterian minister named William Dennis Mahan and self-published in 1884.  It’s a fairly crude fake, but has remained in print since.  The intended victims appear to be rural American Christians with limited education, and it is still marketed to them now.  The author was caught and tried by his church, found guilty and suspended for a year.  But nobody was going to allow a money-spinner to go out of print, and after a quick revision to remove some of the more damning evidence, it went into a “second edition” which is what circulates today.

      I’ve recently come across some more material about this item, telling us about the author, and also about why it is circulating today.

      Firstly, I have always wondered if Mahan was an honest man who outsmarted himself.  Perhaps he tried to compose a historical novel, in epistolary form, and found his parishioners took it as real?  Once money changed hands, a poor clergyman might be trapped in the mistake.

      Recently I came across a collection of materials from his presbytery, the Cumberland Presbytery, and this has an entry for W.D.Mahan, listing his appointments.

      Until 1885 he was a minister of the New Lebanon Presbytery.  In that year we read:

      Suspended by New Lebanon Presbytery for one year.
      [Source: Minutes of the New Lebanon Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 25-29, 1885, pages 134-148]

      “Your committee to whom was referred the motion to grant W. D. Mahan a letter of dismission and recommendation after the term of his suspension expires, have had the subject under consideration, and in view of all the surrounding facts, and in view of the interests of the Church, we recommend the following:

      Whereas, This Pres., at its session in Slater, Sept. 29th, 1885, did suspend from the functions of the ministry, for one year, W. D. Mahan; said one year terminating on the 29th of the present month; and

      Whereas, The definite form of said suspension was more the result of sympathy for him and his family, than a desire for rigid administration of the law, and this sympathy being exercised under the hope that said W. D. Mahan would use all proper efforts to heal the wounds his course had inflicted; and,

      Whereas, It now comes to the knowledge of this Pres., that he still occupies the same position, by the sale of his publications, and by negotiations to bring out new editions, therefore;

      Resolved, That the suspension of the said W. D. Mahan, be, and the same is hereby declared indefinite, or, until he shall have complied with the law of the Church, as it applies in the case.”
      [Source: Minutes of the New Lebanon Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 10, 1886, pages 185-186]

      I do not yet see online the source documents, but we need only wait.  A couple of other documents are reproduced at the same site, including the following:

      After the suspension he made no effort to return to the pastorate, but lived quietly at the home of his son-in-law, a hotel keeper in Booneville. He declined to make any further statement regarding the part he had taken in the preparation of the book except to say when it was told him that the literary world pronounced it a forgery: ‘Well, I have been a much deceived and a much persecuted man.’

      It would be interesting indeed to know what lies behind those words.  But even so, it is useful to hear this much.

      The book has certainly been profitable.  I discovered today that an American TV preacher named Benny Hinn promoted its modern circulation until quite recently.  A blogpost by Tony Breeden of “Defending Genesis” in 2011 asked bluntly why.

      Realizing that Mr. Hinn’s television broadcast reaches 200 countries worldwide and has hundreds of thousands if not millions of viewers, I hastily contacted his organization by phone…

      But to no avail.  Breeden, who had no a-priori objection to Hinn, wrote a follow-up article at another blog later in the year here.  It seems that his experiences led him to conclude that Hinn also was a fraudster.  The correspondence does give the impression of dealing with a sales-oriented retail business organisation, rather than anything else.

      Fortunately I find that the promotion has now vanished from Hinn’s site.  Mind you, at $50 a copy, the profit margin was pretty substantial.  Another blogger in 2011 remarked:

      It’s a well-intentioned fraud, but it’s a fraud nonetheless. And you can buy it on Amazon (if you must) for $10, which is a fair bit less than Hinn’s $50.

      I was just about to wrap-up, when I learned of something even more peculiar, on LinkedIn, of all places: the existence of a 38-minute film adaptation “Archko Confessions” made by someone named Douglas King.  According to IMDB he is a writer and director, known for Scrubbed (2014), A Second One Night Stand (2017) and This is Libby (2018).  Nice!  His LinkedIn profile says:

      “Marketed to the Christian market”; of course.

      But what did Christ say about all this?  Something about the love of money…?

      Please don’t contribute to Wikipedia

      Another day, and another example of some quite interesting research which some intelligent person has inserted into a Wikipedia article.  I can only sigh.

      Wikipedia is an example of the centralising trend of the internet, placing control in the hands of a handful of very rich men or companies.  All of them are of one background, outlook and politics.  All of them are terribly susceptible to pressure by certain political groups.  Not one of them has any attachment to any principle of free speech.  Not one of them has ever resisted attempts to silence people for their opinions or politics.  And all of those trends always go in one direction.

      Tim Berners-Lee pointed out recently that all these sites, like Google or Facebook or Twitter, exist by sucking out the life of a previous free and varied internet.  If one website got a sudden urge to act like Hitler, it was easy enough to create another.  If one blogger went mad, there was always another.  Now we have monoliths, all under political control.

      Don’t contribute.  If you have research, start a blog of notes and queries.  By all means get Wikipedia to point to it, to get the traffic.  But do not contribute to making the web centralised.

      Suppression of information is endemic in our age.  Don’t make that easier.

      Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

      Medieval lucky charms

      Today is St Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate all things Irish we are exploring medieval Irish charms in the British Library's collections. The use of protective charms in Ireland can be traced back to the early medieval period, and possibly to St Patrick’s own lifetime. St Patrick asleep, with a...

      March 16, 2018

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Mycenaean Atlas Project

      Mycenaean Atlas Project
      The purpose of this web site is to provide accurate latitude and longitude coordinates for all the Early, Middle, and Late Helladic (Mycenaean) find sites both in Greece and in places which the Mycenaean culture touched. This site also provides some bibliographic information as well as times of occupation and the nature of the finds at the various sites. The main purpose is, however, to provide locational information.

      Locational Data: Accuracy

      Every effort has been made to confirm the exact location of each site. For a complete description of this parameter and of the concepts of Precision and Accuracy as they apply to this web site see this.

      Open Access Exhibition Catalogues and Museum Brochures from Arabia Antica

       [First posted in AWOL 31 August 2016, updated 16 March 2018]

      Open Access Exhibition Catalogues and Museum Brochures from Arabia Antica
      Arabia Antica: Pre-islamic Arabia, Culture and Archaeology

      Insights into ancient South Arabia: the collection of the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale "G. Tucci" in Rome

      Irene Rossi and Alexia Pavan (with a contribution by Paola D'Amore) 2015, Dedizioni, 105 pp., ISBN 978-88-95613-24-6 The collection of ancient South Arabian objects from the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’ has been growing larger since 1976 and includes four collections containing ceramics, sculptures, reliefs, architectural elements, inscriptions, bronze objects, terracotta figurines and coins. ...

      Along the aroma and spice routes. The harbour of Sumhuram, its territory and the trade between the Mediterranean, Arabia and India

      Alessandra Avanzini (ed.) 2011, MB VISION - BANDECCHI E VIVALDI, 127 pp., ISBN: 978-88-8341-476-3, 20 euros From 1996, the IMTO mission of the University of Pisa has been working on the site of Sumhuram, in the territory of Khor Rori (southern Oman), since ancient times a region famed for the excellence of the frankincense it produced. This volume coincide with the conclusion of a project funded by MIUR...

      Art and technique in Yemen. The bronzes from the Museum of Baynun

      Alessandra Avanzini (ed.) 2009, Bandecchi e Vivaldi, 131 pp., ISBN: 8883414411 This catalogue has been published on the occasion of the exhibition "Art and technique in Yemen. The bronzes from the Museum of Baynun", which took place at Pisa from May, 27th to June, 10th 2009. The exhibition was an initiative which is part of the Italy-Yemen cooperation project CASIS, whose aim...

      Oman, the land of Sindbad the sailor

      Alessandra Avanzini, Alexia Pavan and Michele Degli Esposti 2012, pp. 44 The exhibition that was set up in the Museo di S. Matteo - Pisa in 2012 intended to illustrate Oman by drewing connections between this distant, exotic land and more familiar things. The title of the catalogue suggests how closely the fortunes and the destiny of the country were linked to the sea...

      The Museum of Baynun

      Alessandra Avanzini and Alessia Prioletta 2010, pp. 24 The museum of Baynun is the largest museum of the Dhamar governorate in terms of number of objects and their artistic and historical importance. The museum, founded in 1990 by sheikh A. al-Huzeizi, collects the antiquities found in Baynun and the surrounding areas. More than 70 inscriptions,...

      The Museums of Dhamar

      Alessandra Avanzini and Alessia Prioletta 2010, pp. 24 This brochure includes a short guides of both the Regional and the University Museums of Aden, produced within the project CASIS. The Regional Museum is the main museum of the Dhamar governorate. It was built at Hirran, north of Dhamar city, in 2002. Its pre-Islamic collection comprises over...

      The National Museum of Aden

      Alessandra Avanzini and Alessia Prioletta 2010, 20 pp. The National Museum of Aden is located in a wonderful colonial building of “Qasr al-Sultan”, in the Crater. Founded in 1966, it is one of the greatest Yemeni museums for number of pieces and prestige. Its huge collection of antiquities had to comprise some 500 pieces, especially from the kingdoms...

      Perseus Digital Library: Scaife Viewer

      Perseus Digital Library: Scaife Viewer
      The Scaife Viewer is a reading environment for pre-modern text collections in both their original languages and in translation. It is the first phase of work towards the next version of the Perseus Digital Library, Perseus 5.0.
      This project is part of the Open Greek and Latin Project, an international collaborative consortium of librarians and researchers, that includes the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard, the Harvard Library, the Library of the University of Virginia, Mount Allison University, the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts, and the Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at Leipzig funded the initial development by Eldarion.
      The Scaife Viewer is named for Ross Scaife, a pioneer in digital classics who lived the virtues of collaboration and who set an early example in establishing open access and openly licensed data as the standards upon which Digital Classics now depends. The initial release of the Scaife Viewer was on March 15, 2018, the tenth anniversary of his premature passing on March 15, 2008.
      While Eldarion has led the initial work, the goal is to create a foundation which members of the community can extend. The code is open source under an MIT license. See https://github.com/scaife-viewer/ for the code repositories and read about the many ways to contribute.
      The Scaife Viewer is intended to be highly extensible, with a growing library of widgets that integrate texts with various types of annotation and external APIs. As well as the core reading environment, the library browsing, and full text search, we are working on personalised functionality around reading lists and vocabulary.
      The Scaife Viewer makes use of the CapiTainS suite of tools for the serving and processing of texts.
      Currently, texts are drawn from the following GitHub repositories:

      Hip Sublime : Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition

      Hip Sublime : Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition
      Book Series: Classical Memories/Modern Identities Paul Allen Miller and Richard H. Armstrong, Series Editors ISBN: 9780814213551 Year: 2017Language: English 
      Publisher: The Ohio State University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100786 
      In their continual attempt to transcend what they perceived as the superficiality, commercialism, and precariousness of life in post-World War II America, the Beat writers turned to the classical authors who provided, on the one hand, a discourse of sublimity to help them articulate their desire for a purity of experience, and, on the other, a venerable literary heritage.This volume examines for the first time the intersections between the Beat writers and the Greco-Roman literary tradition. Many of the “Beats” were university-trained and highly conscious of their literary forebears, frequently incorporating their knowledge of Classical literature into their own avant-garde, experimental practice. The interactions between writers who fashioned themselves as new and iconoclastic, and a venerable literary tradition often seen as conservative and culturally hegemonic, produced fascinating tensions and paradoxes, which are explored here by a diverse group of contributors.

      Open Access Journal: Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları

      [First posted in AWOL 18 March 2011, updated 16 March 2018)]

      Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları
      ISSN: 1017-7663

      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      Friday Varia and Quick Hits

      The trailing weekend of spring break always reveals the futility of my ambitious plans to “get work done.” That being said, I have recharged my batteries, done some fieldwork, and chipped away at a long-delayed project. So I can’t really complain too much.

      On Monday, I spent about 5 hours completing the drawings of Corwin and Larimore Halls at Wesley College at the University of North Dakota.

      IMG 1929

      On Tuesday, I worked with my old buddy Mike Wittgraf to document the sound of the Corwin/Larimore Hall, and we posted a video of the concert on the ole blog on Wednesday

      On Wednesday, I drove out to Minot State University on a brilliant spring day in North Dakotaland with the sun shining off the snow-filled fields and the crystal blue sky overhead. The biggest treat of the trip was a visit to the new gallery spaces in the library at Minot State. They were stunning and a remarkable reminder that despite all the hand-wringing about the death of the arts and humanities on college campuses, there is still great work going on that will undoubtedly fortify these programs, their students, and the community into the future.

      IMG 1946

      IMG 1944

      Finally, on Thursday, I did get back to work, despite being distracted by the very short, shorts of the University of Rhode Island basketballing team, but I’ll admit that my little list of quick hits and varia is slightly more impoverished than usual, but here it is:

      IMG 1896

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online March 15, 2018

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
      Sadek, Abdel-Aziz Fahmy (1985). Contribution à l'étude de l'Amdouat: Les variantes tardives du Livre de l'Amdouat dans les papyrus du Musée du Caire. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Pruin, Dagmar (2006). Geschichten und Geschichte: Isebel als literarische und historische Gestalt. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Stark, Christine (2006). "Kultprostitution im Alten Testament": Die Qedeschen der Hebräischen Bibel und das Motiv der Hurerei. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 
      Barthélemy, Dominique (2005). Critique textuelle de l'Ancien Testament: Tome 4. Psaumes. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Academic Press / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

      Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

      Patrimonio a rischio: servizi di monitoraggio per la salvaguardia, tutela e valorizzazione


      Il prossimo numero di Archeomatica (1-2018) sarà interamente dedicato ai servizi di monitoraggio per la salvaguardia, tutela e valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale.

      March 15, 2018

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Open Access Journal: Scripture Bulletin

      [First posted in AWOL 26 November 2013, updated 15 March 2018 (links now all to Internet Archive)]

      Scripture Bulletin
      ISSN: 0036-9780
      SCRIPTURE BULLETIN is a peer-reviewed journal published twice yearly since 1969 by the Catholic Biblical Society of Great Britain (ISSN 0036-9780).
      Jeremy Corley
      Ian Boxall (Editor)
      Mary Mills
      Martin O’Kane (Reviews Editor)
      Seth Turner (Treasuer)

      All editorial communications and requests for back numbers should be addressed to:
      The Editor, Mr. Ian Boxall, St Stephen’s House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX.
      Email: ian.boxall@ssho.ox.ac.uk

      Since January 2010 Scripture Bulletin has been published exclusively online. Articles may be downloaded in pdf format, for which a suitable reader such as Adobe Reader is required. To download an article, simply click on the pdf icon which appears below the abstract or opening paragraph.
      Articles from past online issues are available to browse online. You can either:
      1. Click on the relevant section (Editorial, Articles or Reviews & Notices) and browse the contents (most recent first).
      2. Search for a word or phrase using the search box at the top-right of every page (this performs a full-text search of all articles).
      3. Click on 'Past issues' then select the issue year and month
      Additionally, all print issues since the first issue in 1969 are available to download. To access these either use the search box (which searches the full text of every issue automatically) or click on 'Past issues' > 'Pre-2010 issues'. A separate online archive of Scripture, the predecessor to Scripture Bulletin, is also available.
      Articles may be cited as if printed conventionally, using the page numbers which appear in the pdf document. The volume and issue number of the current issue are displayed on the front page, and for previous issues may be found in the editorial article corresponding to the publication date.
      Manuscripts for publication should be typed with double spacing and footnotes/endnotes numbered consecutively and submitted on disk, formatted in Word.
      All material on this website is copyright © The Catholic Biblical Society of Great Britain, with the exception of images which are in the public domain or otherwise attributed. If you wish to reproduce any material, other than quoting short excerpts for academic purposes (properly attributed to the author and Scripture Bulletin), please contact the Editor.
               See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

      News: First Version of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer goes live

      First Version of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer goes live: building the future while remembering a friend
      Gregory Crane
      March 15, 2018
      Leipzig, Germany
      I am pleased to announce the first release of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer, a reading environment for source texts that follow the Canonical Text Services (CTS) data model. Our initial focus is on pre-modern sources, but the underlying approach applies to source texts of all periods. CTS provides a framework within which we can cite particular words in particular versions of particular texts — whether a version is a papyrus, manuscript, or a critical edition, whether versions of that text derive from a single lost original (as is the case for many ancient Greek and Latin texts) or the text itself appears in many versions, each of which has comparable authority (as is the case for many medieval sources). For those interested in more information, James Tauber, lead developer for this release, will present the Scaife Digital Library Viewer online on April 26 at 5 pm CEST as part of Sunoikisis Digital Classics. The presentation will be recorded and available, along with any other course materials, on the SunoikisisDC website after the class itself.
      The Scaife Digital Library builds upon the Capitains suite of tools for creating and managing CTS-compliant textual data, developed by Bridget Almas, then one of the two leaders of the Perseids Project, and now at the Alpheios Project(http://alpheios.net/), and by Thibault Clérice, then a member of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at Leipzig (and now at the École nationale des chartes). James Tauber, leader of Eldarion, a web development company as well as a long-time student of, and developer for, Biblical Greek, oversaw the development of the Scaife Digital Library as an open-source, customizable reading environment. In memory of Ross and what he stood for, the release is intended to empower the community to take charge and carry work forward. And, of course, the code is open and available on Github. Ross would not have had it any other way.
      Ross Scaife (1960-2008) was a pioneer in reinventing the study of Greco-Roman culture to exploit the possibilities of a digital age. He was among the first — if not the first — to get tenure for a purely digital publication, Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World, a project that he and Suzanne Bonefas launched in 1995 (the same year that David A. Smith, now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern, established the first web presence for Perseus). Ross was a colleague and he was a friend, whom we mourn still and will always miss. We lost him on March 15, 2008 and it is with fond memory that we announce the first version of the Scaife Digital Library in his honor, on March 15, 2018, ten years later.

      dh+lib: where the digital humanities and librarianship meet

      POST: Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes

      Trevor Owens (Library of Congress) has written a thoughtful post introducing some themes around simplicity and complexity in digital preservation, in the context of maintenance, repair and an ethics of care. In “Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes,” Owens positions “unnecessary complexity” as a threat to sustainability while framing minimalism as the common thread of parsimony and elegance.

      Further defining these terms, Owens clarifies his idea:

      That is, our workflows, processes, and systems are parsimonious to the extent that they use “minimal number of assumptions or steps.” They are elegant to the extent that they are characterized by “minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.” This isn’t to say that this infrastructure won’t become complex, but to say that it should only be as complex as it absolutely needs to be.

      Owens ends by summarizing some of the “axioms” from his recent book, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, that are most relevant to the notion of minimalism.

      POST: Reflections on Code4Lib 2018

      The ACRL Techconnect blog has published “Reflections on Code4Lib 2018,” featuring contributions from Ashley Blewer, Bohyun Kim, and Eric Phetteplace. The three authors each discuss presentations that resonated with them, and helpfully link out to recordings and slides when available.

      Brewer, discussing Amy Wickner’s presentation on web archives, notes:

      Wickner, citing Terry Cook, spoke of the “care and feeding of archives” and thinking about appraisal as storytelling. I think this is a great way to make a big internet seem smaller, understanding the importance of care in appraisal while acknowledging that for web archiving, it is an essential practice. Representation in web archives is more likely to be chosen in the appraisal of web materials than in other formats historically.

      Other topics of discussion from the conference include a breakout session on machine learning and Matthew Reidsma’s auditing algorithms talk. The complete conference live stream recording is also available.

      POST: Moving Ahead with Support for Digital Humanities

      Quinn Dombrowski (University of California, Berkeley) and Joan Lippincott (Coalition for Networked Information) have published an article in the Educause Review introducing ways library and IT departments can develop comprehensive support for digital humanities at the campus level. “Moving Ahead with Support for Digital Humanities” summarizes a recent Educause/CNI whitepaper, Building Capacity for Digital Humanities: A Framework for Institutional Planning, which tackles issues ranging from “infrastructure and roles and capabilities,” to conducting an environmental scan.

      Meaningful engagement with DH may require service owners to rethink the conditions under which a service can be offered or the kinds of support that they are willing to provide to users who are less familiar with the technology. This can spur discussions of what funding and institutional investment—also addressed in the white paper—looks like from a central IT or library perspective.

      The post goes on to discuss ways to get involved on campus, emphasizing that “understanding both the broad DH landscape and the local institutional context is important in developing a plan for support.”

      RESOURCE: A Digital Humanities Reading List, Part 4 – The Role of Libraries

      LIBER‘s (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group closes out their “Digital Humanities Reading List” series with a fourth and final post on the role of libraries:

      This theme examines a challenging question: what is the role of libraries in digital humanities? Is it to provide advice and guidance, to provide services that support these activities or to be a fully-fledged partner in digital humanities activities?

      The answer is as varied as the different types of research libraries, and the literature highlights some of these tensions. It is clear, however, that libraries have a key place within digital humanities because of the collections which they hold. These collections often form the starting point of digital humanities projects and — when it comes to the outputs — libraries have a role in publishing, preserving and making these accessible.

      As with earlier installments of this series, we are pleased to note that the latest piece includes our very own 2016 special issue, Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library.

      PROJECT: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library

      In a new post on its digital scholarship blog, The British Library has announced a collaborative transcription project that will help “to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting.”

      This project is a proof of concept exploring whether the creation of such a dataset can be done collaboratively at scale, using the collective expertise of volunteers around the world. At the heart of this approach is the Library’s enduring commitment to creating new and interesting ways to connect diverse communities of interest and expertise, be it scholars, the general public, computer scientists, students, and curators, around our collections. For this we are utilising a free and open-source platform, From the Page, which allows anyone with an interest in historical Arabic manuscripts to experience them up close, many for the first time, to discuss, learn and share expertise in their transcription.

      Funding to develop the open-source platform (which supports right-to-left transcription) was provided by the library’s Digital Scholarship Department.


      Perseus Digital Library Updates

      First Version of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer goes live: building the future while remembering a friend

      Gregory Crane
      March 15, 2018
      Leipzig, Germany

      I am pleased to announce the first release of the Scaife Digital Library Viewer, a reading environment for source texts that follow the Canonical Text Services (CTS) data model. Our initial focus is on pre-modern sources, but the underlying approach applies to source texts of all periods. CTS provides a framework within which we can cite particular words in particular versions of particular texts — whether a version is a papyrus, manuscript, or a critical edition, whether versions of that text derive from a single lost original (as is the case for many ancient Greek and Latin texts) or the text itself appears in many versions, each of which has comparable authority (as is the case for many medieval sources). For those interested in more information, James Tauber, lead developer for this release, will present the Scaife Digital Library Viewer online on April 26 at 5 pm CEST as part of Sunoikisis Digital Classics. The presentation will be recorded and available, along with any other course materials, on the SunoikisisDC website after the class itself.

      The Scaife Digital Library builds upon the Capitains suite of tools for creating and managing CTS-compliant textual data, developed by Bridget Almas, then one of the two leaders of the Perseids Project, and now at the Alpheios Project (http://alpheios.net/), and by Thibault Clérice, then a member of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at Leipzig (and now at the École nationale des chartes). James Tauber, leader of Eldarion, a web development company as well as a long-time student of, and developer for, Biblical Greek, oversaw the development of the Scaife Digital Library as an open-source, customizable reading environment. In memory of Ross and what he stood for, the release is intended to empower the community to take charge and carry work forward. And, of course, the code is open and available on Github. Ross would not have had it any other way.

      Ross Scaife (1960-2008) was a pioneer in reinventing the study of Greco-Roman culture to exploit the possibilities of a digital age. He was among the first — if not the first — to get tenure for a purely digital publication, Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World, a project that he and Suzanne Bonefas launched in 1995 (the same year that David A. Smith, now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern, established the first web presence for Perseus). Ross was a colleague and he was a friend, whom we mourn still and will always miss. We lost him on March 15, 2008 and it is with fond memory that we announce the first version of the Scaife Digital Library in his honor, on March 15, 2018, ten years later.

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Open Access Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft

       [First posted in AWOL 17 February 2010, updated 15 March 2018]

      Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft
      At Wikisource
      Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE) ist die umfangreichste Enzyklopädie zum Altertum. Sie wurde ab 1890 von Georg Wissowa (1859–1931) herausgegeben und 1980 abgeschlossen. Sie führte die von August Friedrich Pauly (1796–1845) begründete Real-Encyclopädie der classischen Alterthumswissenschaft in alphabetischer Ordnung (1837–1864) fort und war als komplette Neubearbeitung konzipiert. Bis heute gilt die RE als Standardwerk der Altertumswissenschaft. Viele Artikel aus den ersten Bänden dieser Enzyklopädie sind mittlerweile gemeinfrei. Möglichst viele Artikel sollen hier sukzessive mit Hilfe von Scans digitalisiert werden.
      Bis jetzt wurden 31.083 Stichwörter erfasst, darunter 3.702 bloße Verweisungen.
      Eine vollständige Liste der bisher transkribierten Artikel gibt die Kategorie:Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft.
      Register und Hilfen zur Benutzung:
      • Eine Kurzübersicht über die Bände der RE findet sich unten. Eine ausführlichere Liste, u. a. mit den frei zugänglichen Digitalisaten, findet sich auf einer Unterseite.
      • Liste der RE-Autoren.
      • Listen sämtlicher Stichwörter, alphabetisch oder nach Band, und ein Autoren-Register findet man im Register.
      • Hilfe zu einigen Abkürzungen in den Artikeln. (Siehe auch Liste der Abkürzungen antiker Autoren und Werktitel in der Wikipedia.)
      • Hilfe zu den bei den Quellen in den RE-Artikeln angegebenen Autoren (sofern nicht schon im Artikel verlinkt).
      • Etwas Statistik zum RE-Projekt in Wikisource.

      Die Mitarbeiter des Projekts RE erfüllen gerne Digitalisierungswünsche, die auf der Seite Artikelwunsch eingetragen werden können.

      Erste Reihe: A – Q
      Zweite Reihe: R – Z
      • Register der Nachträge und Supplemente, 1980
      • Gesamtregister Teil 1, Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft: Register Teil 1: Alphabetischer Teil. / Hrsg. von T. Erler, Ch. Frateantonio, M. Kopp, D. Sigel und D. Steiner. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler Verlag, 1997. – VIII, 1158 S. – (mit CD-ROM). – ISBN 3-476-01193-3, ISBN 3-476-01195-X (Gesamtreg.)
      • Gesamtregister Teil 2, Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft: Register Teil 2: Systematisches Sach- und Suchregister. [Elektronische Daten] / Erarb. von Ch. Frateantonio und M. Fuchs. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler Verlag, 2000. – (nur CD-ROM) + 1 Beilage (35 S.). – ISBN 3-476-01194-1, ISBN 3-476-01195-X (Gesamtreg.)
      Außer der Reihe
      • John P. Murphy: Index to the supplements and suppl. volumes of «Pauly-Wissowa’s» R.E.² : Index to the «Nachträge» and «Berichtigungen» in vols. I–XXIV of the first series, vols. I–X of the second series, and supplementary vols. I–XIV of Pauly-Wissowa-Kroll’s «Realenzyklopädie». Chicago: Ares, 1976. – 138 p. – ISBN 0-89005-174-7
        • John P. Murphy: Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumwissenschaft. Index to the supplements and supplementary volumes of Pauly-Wissowa’s 'Realenzyklopädie'. 2d ed. with an appendix containing an index to suppl. vol. XV (Final). Chicago: Ares, 1980. – 144 p. – ISBN 0-89005-174-7

      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      NDQuesday: A North Dakota Quarterly Reader

      When I first became interested in North Dakota Quarterly about five years ago or so, I floated the idea that we mine the back content of NDQ to create a series of readers on various topics. I figured that this might be a way to show off the “best of the best” from NDQ’s storied history and perhaps to generate a little cash flow if we sold them online as print-on-demand volumes. Aside from a few trial balloons, including a little volume on North Dakota and the Great War which attracted a handful of downloads, there wasn’t too much real interest. 

      The other day, while hanging out in the NDQ offices, I decided to shelf-surf a bit and stumbled across a few paper bound volumes that were collections of past NDQ articles edited by Elizabeth Hampsten and Stephen Dilks and published in 1997.    

      IMG 1948

      The entire volume is re-set and re-paginated into columns. I offer the table of contents for the first of the three volumes below. It would be possible to link to each contribution because they’re now available online, but I also wonder whether folks might like a paper copy of the reader for a nominal price (i.e. <$20). There would be some production time and effort, to be sure, but it would seem worth it if folks see a volume like this as a suitable way to celebrate the legacy of NDQ.   

      Let me know in the comments and in the meantime, here’s the table of contents: 

      North Dakota is Everywhere
      A North Dakota Quarterly Reader, 1910-1996


      Frank Allen, “The Two-fold Function of the University” (September 1910), 1
      Luther C Freeman, “The Problem of the Teacher” (September 1910), 8
      Frank L. McVey, “Syndicalism and Socialism and Their Meaning” (April 1914), 11
      James E. Boyle, “Notes From an Agricultural Field Trip Across North Dakota” (January 1917), 17
      VeraKesey, “Free” (play, July 1917), 21
      Albert Tangeman Vollweiler, “Roosevelt’s Ranch life in North Dakota” (October 1918), 24
      Luther H. Lyon, “Choosing a Name for The Product” (November 1928), 34
      Elwyn B. Robinson, “Lewis & Clark-the North Dakota Phase” (Winter 1956), 38
      Robert P. Wilkins, “Middle Western Isolationism: A Re-examination” (Summer 1957), 46
      John F. Kennedy, “The Obligation of a Society to Preserve Its Natural Endowment” (Summer 1963) 52
      Wynona H. Wilkins. “The Idea of North Dakota” (Winter 1971), 56
      Rodney Nelson, “Politics in North Dakota: A Short Story” (Autumn 1976), 69
      Max Westbrook, “Story Telling as a Way of Thinking” (Spring 1979), 72
      Peter Nabokov, “America as Holy Land” (Autumn 1980), 81
      Thomas McGrath, “Journey by Sled to Midnight Mass in the 1920s” (Autuman 1980), 89
      Dale Jacobson “Review of Thomas McGrath, Letter to an Imaginary Friend: Parts III & IV” (Winter 1987), 94
      James H. Rogers, “Vision and Feeling: An Interview with Thomas McGrath” (Winter 1985), 96
      Thomas McGrath, “North Dakota Is Everywhere” (Summer 1982), 104
      Dale Jacobson, “For Thomas McGrath” (poem. Fall 1982), 105
      Valentina Borremans, “Appropriate Technology and the Modernization and Feminization of Poverty” (Winter/Spring 1984), 107
      Deborah Fink “‘Mom, It’s a Losing Proposition’: The Decline of Women’s Subsistence Production on Iowa Farms” (Winter/Spring 1984), 113
      J. M. Coetzee, “Michael Kin the Camp” (Spring 1983), 117
      James Summerville, “Rural America: An Index” (Fall 1985), 123
      Kathleen Norris, “Gatsby on the Plains: The Small-Town Death Wish” (Fall 1985) 128
      G. Keith Gunderson, “Letter: A Reply to ‘Gatsby on the Plains’” (Fall 1985), 134
      Mark Phillips, “An Introduction: ‘Creativeness and Social Change’” (Fall 1985), 137
      Derek Savage, “Creativeness and Social Change” (Fall 1985), 138
      Catharine R. Stimpson, “Needling” (Summer 1987), 142
      Brian Swann “‘The dusky body of IT underneath’: Some Thoughts on America and Native Americans” (Winter 1987). 146
      Ron Vossler, “The Last Casualty of Shipka Pass” (Fall 1988) and “The Last Survivor of Shipka Pass,” 158 and 162
      Patricia Sanborn, “An Odyssey Through Schools: Notes of a Learner and Teacher” (Winter 1988), 167
      Robert W. Lewis, “Introduction: Gleanings” (Fall 1991), 175 and “Declaration of Quito” (Fall 1991), 180
      Lise McCloud, “Heart of the Turtle” (Fall 1991), 182
      Claude Clayton Smith, “Red Men in Red Square” (Fall 1991), 187
      Susan K. Martin, “Go (Further) West Young Man: The New (True Blue) Frontier of the American Imagination” (Winter 1992), 196
      Robert Sayre, “Rethinking Midwestern Regionalism” (Spring 1994-95), 205
      John Tallmadge, “Moving to Minnesota” (Spring 1996), 214
      Lennart Pearson, “Feeding Pork to the Pig: Swedish Proverbs and Wellerisms” (Spring 1996), 222


      Bill Caraher is the editor of North Dakota Quarterly. He is a historian and archaeologists at the University of North Dakota who specializes in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Eastern Mediterranean and contemporary America. He blogs at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

      March 14, 2018

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online, March 14, 2018

      Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online
      Spicq, Ceslas (1978). Notes de lexicographie néo-testamentaire: Tome II. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Barthélemy, Dominique (1986). Critique textuelle de l'Ancien Testament: 2. Isaïe, Jérémie, Lamentations. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Barthélemy, Dominique (1992). Critique textuelle de l'Ancien Testament: Tome 3. Ézéchiel, Daniel et les 12 Prophètes. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
      Utzschneider, Helmut (1980). Hosea - Prophet vor dem Ende: Zum Verhältnis von Geschichte und Institution in der alttestamentlichen Prophetie. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

      News: Alpheios Version 2.0.1 Alpha Release, February 2018

      Alpheios Version 2.0.1 Alpha Release, February 2018
      This release of the Alpheios Reading Tools for Chrome and Firefox is an alpha version, released with these goals in mind:
      • To provide a replacement for the original Firefox extensions.
      • To request user feedback on the design and functionality of the new version while we are still in early stages of development.
      We encourage you to install and test the tools and offer feedback on what works, what doesn't and what you would like to see added or improved. Below are lists of the basic functionality which should be working now, known issues, and our dreams for future releases
      See our instructions for Getting Started. Please send all feedback to support@alpheios.net.

      Stable Features

      General (all languages)
      • Alpheios functionality can be activated for any browser page and remains active until disabled.
      • Once activated, double-clicking on a word provides access to Alpheios resources.
      • Morphological analysis (Whitaker's Words)
      • Short definitions (Whitaker's Words)
      • Full definitions (Lewis and Short)
      • Linked and browsable grammar (Bennett)
      • Linked inflection tables
      • Morphological analysis (Morpheus analyzer)
      • Short definitions (available sources: LSJ, Middle Liddell, Autenreith, Dodson, Abbott)
      • Full definitions (available sources: LSJ, Middle Liddell, Autenreith, Dodson, Abbott)
      • Linked and browsable grammar (Smyth)
      Classical Arabic
      • Morphological analysis (Buckwalter analyzer)
      • Short definitions (Lane and Salmone)
      • Full definitions (Lane and Salmone)

      Experimental Features

      Classical Persian
      • Definitions (Steingass)
      • Lemmatization (Hazm)

      Known Issues and Requests for Feedback

      • Dynamic positioning of the popup near the word selection may not be optimal on all screen resolutions, particularly on words which are near the edge of the display. You can choose to set the position to fixed in the Options panel as a fallback.
      • We are actively seeking input on the best new user interface design for Alpheios. The current design is provisional and we expect we may change it significantly in coming releases. We need feedback from users to know what would work best.
      • The Latin inflection tables are missing irregular verbs and the ability to browse the tables independent from word lookups.
      • The Greek and Latin grammar displays need better navigation support and an updated design.
      • Automatic identification of the language of a page only works if the language has been explicitly identified in the markup. This should be improved upon.
      • The Persian functionality is only experimental. We need a new morphological analyzer in order to provide more complete results.

      Features targeted for the Beta Release

      • Addressing known issues
      • Updated user interface design
      • Greek inflection tables
      • Inflection table browse functionality
      • Support for treebanks and aligned translations
      • User accounts and individual word lists
      • Release of the Alpheios component libraries for reuse

      Longer term Roadmap

      We have big dreams for Alpheios. We list just some of those here. Eventually we hope to support many additional features (such as commentary and annotation). We hope to provide full multilingual support for the interface and supporting resources, and also to add reading support for additional languages such as Hebrew, Syriac and Coptic. We want to offer more resources (lexicons, grammars, treebanks, translations, etc.) for the existing languages, and to allow users to supply and share their own resources for specific languages and texts. We want to link to the amazing array of already existing-community provided tools and services for these lanaguages, and to allow users the ability to customize the interface and resources for language learning according to their own needs and preferences. We will provide mobile applications and learning games to accompany the browser extensions. We will also explore the addition of audio and visual aids to accompany the texts.

      Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

      Epic women

      When many people think of Old English epics, they tend to think of Beowulf: an almost all-male story of warriors doing battle against monsters. However, did you know that some of the longest heroic poems in Old English have female central characters? Three epic Old English poems are named after...

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Open Access Journal: Genava: bulletin du Musée d'art et d'histoire

      Genava: bulletin du Musée d'art et d'histoire
      ISSN: 0072-0585
      Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie, Genève

      Genava, revue des Musées d'art et d'histoire de Genève

      La revue annuelle des Musées d’art et d’histoire a été fondée en 1923 par l'archéologue Waldemar Deonna, alors directeur de l’institution. Organe scientifique du musée, elle présente l’actualité genevoise en matière d’art, d’histoire et d’archéologie et s’attache à mettre en valeur notre patrimoine. 

      thèmes variés et vie du musée

      En 2011, la revue a connu une évolution de sa ligne éditoriale, ainsi qu’un renouvellement de son identité visuelle. Au sommaire: recherches et études éclairant la richesse des collections et rapport d'activité de l'institution - trait d’union entre le musée, ses acteurs et le public. Depuis 2017 (Genava 64, 2016), la revue est disponible uniquement en version numérique.
      Infos pratiques
      Les trois derniers numéros (jusqu'à Genava 63, 2015 inclus) sont en vente à l'accueil du MAH. Tous les numéros sont disponibles sur commande.
      Prix: CHF 30.-
      Pour les demandes d'échanges, voir avec la Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie
      Les volumes 1(1923) à 5(1927) et 59(2011) à 63(2015) sont accessibles en ligne sur la bibliothèque numérique RERO DOC
      La totalité de la revue Genava (1923-2015) est accessible en ligne, sur le site des revues suisses E-periodica : https://www.e-periodica.ch

      1. Volume 63 (2015)
      2. Volume 62 (2014)
      3. Volume 61 (2013)
      4. Volume 60 (2012)
      5. Volume 59 (2011)
      6. Volume 58 (2010)
      7. Volume 57 (2009)
      8. Volume 56 (2008)
      9. Volume 55 (2007)
      10. Volume 54 (2006)
      11. Volume 53 (2005)
      12. Volume 52 (2004)
      13. Volume 51 (2003)
      14. Volume - (2002)
      15. Volume 50 (2002)
      16. Volume 49 (2001)
      17. Volume 48 (2000)
      18. Volume 47 (1999)
      19. Volume 46 (1998)
      20. Volume 45 (1997)
      21. Volume 44 (1996)
      22. Volume 43 (1995)
      23. Volume 42 (1994)
      24. Volume 41 (1993)
      25. Volume 40 (1992)
      26. Volume 39 (1991)
      27. Volume 38 (1990)
      28. Volume 37 (1989)
      29. Volume 36 (1988)
      30. Volume 35 (1987)
      31. Volume 34 (1986)
      32. Volume 33 (1985)
      33. Volume 32 (1984)
      34. Volume 31 (1983)
      35. Volume 30 (1982)
      36. Volume 29 (1981)
      37. Volume 28 (1980)
      38. Volume 27 (1979)
      39. Volume 26 (1978)
      40. Volume 25 (1977)
      41. Volume 24 (1976)
      42. Volume 23 (1975)
      43. Volume 22 (1974)
      44. Volume 21 (1973)
      45. Volume 20 (1972)
      46. Volume 19 (1971)
      47. Volume 18 (1970)
      48. Volume 17 (1969)
      49. Volume 16 (1968)
      50. Volume 15 (1967)
      51. Volume 14 (1966)
      52. Volume 13 (1965)
      53. Volume 12 (1964)
      54. Volume 11 (1963)
      55. Volume 10 (1962)
      56. Volume 9 (1961)
      57. Volume 8 (1960)
      58. Volume 7 (1959)
      59. Volume 6 (1958)
      60. Volume 5 (1957)
      61. Volume 4 (1956)
      62. Volume 3 (1955)
      63. Volume 2 (1954)
      64. Volume 1 (1953)
      65. Volume 30 (1952)
      66. Volume 29 (1951)
      67. Volume 28 (1950)
      68. Volume 27 (1949)
      69. Volume 26 (1948)
      70. Volume 25 (1947)
      71. Volume 24 (1946)
      72. Volume 23 (1945)
      73. Volume 22 (1944)
      74. Volume 21 (1943)
      75. Volume 20 (1942)
      76. Volume 19 (1941)
      77. Volume 18 (1940)
      78. Volume 17 (1939)
      79. Volume 16 (1938)
      80. Volume 15 (1937)
      81. Volume 14 (1936)
      82. Volume 13 (1935)
      83. Volume 12 (1934)
      84. Volume 11 (1933)
      85. Volume 10 (1932)
      86. Volume 9 (1931)
      87. Volume 8 (1930)
      88. Volume 7 (1929)
      89. Volume 6 (1928)
      90. Volume 5 (1927)
      91. Volume 4 (1926)
      92. Volume 3 (1925)
      93. Volume 2 (1924)
      94. Volume 1 (1923)

      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      Celebrating Wesley College’s Corwin Hall

      I’m on the road today delivering boxes of North Dakota Quarterlys to the Magic City, but I figured folks might enjoy a video from yesterday’s send off for Corwin Hall. Here’s a blog post on that.

      We’ll release a far higher fidelity recording of the music next month, but for now, here’s a Facebook video.