Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity

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January 23, 2017

Digital Classicist Berlin

Toward a Cyberinfrastructure for Syriac Literature: Mapping a Text Corpus using TEI and RDF

Talk: Nathan Gibson (Vanderbilt), “Toward a Cyberinfrastructure for Syriac Literature: Mapping a Text Corpus using TEI and RDF”.

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Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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

Venue: TOPOI Building Dahlem, Hittorfstraße 18 D-14195 Berlin (map)


Abstract

A few years ago, scholars of Greek and Latin literature called for a “cyberinfrastructure” that would facilitate a new generation of digital collections - an infrastructure that uses linked open data approaches to organize the myriad of web resources related to classical studies. Already such frameworks are being built on the basis of existing claves, digital transcriptions of texts, and other tools that comprise standards in the fields of Greek and Latin.

But what would it look like to build a cyberinfrastructure for a field that substantially lacks such standard tools? Scholars have pointed out the necessity of this kind of digital framework for literature written in Syriac, an Aramaic language used widely in the Middle East from late antiquity through the middle ages, and still used by minority communities from India to Lebanon and California. On the one hand, unlike the situation of Greek and Latin texts, there are no comprehensive finding aids and few digital transcriptions for the Syriac works represented in tens of thousands of manuscripts worldwide, despite several centuries of scholarly research and cataloguing. On the other hand, online Syriac resources are spontaneously proliferating as more and more repositories post their collections online and users contribute PDFs to crowd-sourced initiatives. The “New Handbook of Syriac Literature”, a born-digital reference tool being produced by the Syriaca.org project, attempts to address both of these infrastructural challenges. This seminar will confront the question of how TEI-XML can be used to model metadata about works in a way that supports a larger cyberinfrastructure (including RDF serialization).

Further, the presentation will explore the opportunities such an endeavor has to reorient an entire field. How might such a cyberinfrastructure help reevaluate research priorities, which for centuries have been driven largely by the uneven extent to which certain texts are more discoverable and available than others? And how might it enable scholars to map the entire Syriac literary corpus by subject, time period, or genre––something that has never before been possible? The initial findings and examples presented here may point the way forward not only for Syriac studies, but also for the study of other literary corpora that so far lack standard reference tools and classification schemes.

January 19, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Protection of Cultural Property, Military Manual

Protection of Cultural Property, Military Manual
O'Keefe, Roger, Péron, Camille, Musayev, Tofig and Ferrari, Gianluca (2016) Protection of Cultural Property, Military Manual. Manual. UNESCO, PARIS, 91p. ISBN 978-92-3-100184-0. [Book]
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Unesco published this manual in order to enhance the importance of military and security forces'involvement in the protection of cultural heritage in times of conflicts. This is a practical guide to the implementation by military forces of rules of international law for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict.
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Musayev, TofigUNSPECIFIED
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Languages: English
Keywords: armed conflicts; protection of cultural heritage; military; guidelines; manuals; international meetings; international organizations; damages; destruction of cultural heritage; vandalism; international rules; cultural property; tools
Subjects: G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 02. International legislation
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 05. International organizations
Number of Pages: 91
ISBN: 978-92-3-100184-0
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 12:45
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 12:45
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1739

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

Roman pranks: Glueing a coin to the pavement, in Horace and Persius

While reading Horace at the weekend in the old Loeb edition, my eye fell upon a passage in Epistles I, XVI 63:[1]

Qui melior servo, qui liberior sit avarus, in triviis fixum cum se demittit ob assem, non video; nam qui cupiet, metuet quoque ; porro, qui metuens vivet, liber mihi non erit umquam.

How the miser is better than a slave, or is more free, when he stoops at the crossroads to pick up the copper fastened there,[a] I do not see: for he who covets will also have fears; further, he who lives in fear, will never, to my mind, be free.

The footnote indicated:

a. We are told that Roman boys would solder a coin to the pavement and then ridicule those who tried to pick it up (so scholiast on Persius, v. 111).

Persius imitates the lines from Horace in Satire 5, line 111.  So looking at Jahn’s 1843 edition of Persius and the scholia,[2] which is most likely the edition referenced, I find the scholion as follows:

111. Inque luto fixum, id est: Sordidum lucrum spernis; aut certe visum in luto nummum praetermittis, quia solent pueri, ut ridendi causam habeant, assem in silice plumbatum infigere, ut qui viderint, se ad colligendum inclinesit, nec tamen possint avellere, quo facto pueri etiam acclamare solent.

That is:

You seek out filthy cash; or rather, seeing a penny lying overlooked in the mud, because boys, thinking it grounds for a laugh, used to fasten a coin on the stone with solder, so that when someone saw it and bent down to pick it up, and was unable to pull it of, when this happened, the boys used to raise a cheer.[3]

Human nature remains the same, even over a period of two thousand years.  For I remember this prank being practised a couple of decades ago on a television show that relied on this kind of embarrassment for its “humour”.  I have seen a coin affixed to the  ground in just this manner.

  1. [1]Tr. Rushton Fairclough, 1961. P.355-6 in the Loeb, volume 2.
  2. [2]Otto Jahn, Auli Persii Flacci Satirarum liber, 1843. Online at Archive.org, here.  The page is 332, which is p.546 in the PDF, the scholia on Satire V.
  3. [3]Translation mine.

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Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

More on Picking the President

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota’s most recent book, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College edited by Eric Burin is getting some positive attention both around campus and in the local media. 

If you haven’t downloaded the book, do it today! 

Check out Eric Burin’s interview with Prairie Public Radio’s Main Street here.

Our friend Jack Russel Weinstein has posted it to his blog, PQED, which I’m sure gets far more readers than this little outfit!

The book and some brilliant words from me and Eric also appeared today in the local campus outlet UNDToday. 

This weekend, I’ll get it all set for paper publication and with any luck it’ll be available on Amazon by the end of the month.


Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

Magna Carta at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

The British Library is delighted to be a participant in this year's ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Throughout the Festival, from 19 to 23 January, a facsimile of one of the four original Magna Carta documents from 1215, now held at the British Library in London, will be on display at...

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Chester Beatty Papyri at The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM)

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The Chester Beatty papyri, published in the 1930s and 1950s, are some of the oldest and most important biblical manuscripts known to exist. Housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL) in Dublin, they have attracted countless visitors every year. It is safe to say that the only Greek biblical manuscripts that might receive more visitors are Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Alexandrinus, both on display at the British Library.

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) is pleased to announce that a six-person team, in a four-week expedition during July–August 2013, digitized all the Greek biblical papyri at the Chester Beatty Library. The CBL has granted permission to CSNTM to post the images.

 
NumberType Date
Rahlfs 963 Papyrus 2nd Century
Second century manuscript on papyrus; 55 leaves, 2 columns, fragmentary, up to 36 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Numbers and Deuteronomy. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: Rahlfs 963 (CBL BP VI)
Rahlfs 2149 Papyrus 4th Century
Fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 4 leaves, single column, up to 34 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint): Psalms 72.6–88.2 (sans Ps76). Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XIII
Rahlfs 2150 Papyrus 4th Century
Fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 1 leaf, single column, 30 lines per column. Contents: LXX (Septuagint): Psalms 31, 26, and 2. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XIV
Rahlfs 968 Papyrus 3rd Century
Early third century manuscript on papyrus; 13 leaves, Single Column, 26 lines per column. Contents: LXX (Septuagint): Daniel and Esther. Images are from the Chester Beatty Library Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP X
Rahlfs 965 Papyrus 3rd Century
Early third century manuscript on papyrus; 36 leaves, single column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Isaiah. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: Rahlfs 965 (CBL BP VII)
Rahlfs 962 Papyrus 3rd Century
Late third century manuscript on papyrus; 31 leaves, single column, up to 20 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Genesis 8–46. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP V
Rahlfs 961 Papyrus 4th Century
Early fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 51 leaves, 2 columns, fragmentary, up to 38 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Genesis 9–44. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP IV
Rahlfs 964 Papyrus 4th Century
Fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 2 leaves, single column, 33 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 36.28–37.11; 37.1–122. 46.16b–47.2; 46.6–11. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: Rahlfs 964 (CBL BP XI)
Rahlfs 967 Papyrus 3rd Century
Early third century manuscript on papyrus; 9 leaves, 2 columns, fragmentary, up to 32 lines; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Ezekiel and Esther. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: Rahlfs 967 (CBL BP IX)
Rahlfs 966 Papyrus 2nd or 3rd Century
Late second century or early third century manuscript on papyrus; 2 leaves, single column, fragmentary, up to 15 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Jeremiah 4.30–5.1; 5.9–13; 5.13–14; 5.23–24. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP VIII
Not yet catalogued Papyrus Unknown
Manuscript on papyrus; 1 leaf, fragmentary; Contents: LXX (Septuagint) Genesis, Enoch and Romans (folio 18 of P46). Images from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP 190
Not yet catalogued Papyrus 4th or 5th Century
Fourth or fifth century manuscript on papyrus; 1 leaf, fragmentary; Contents: Apology of Phileas and unknown text. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP X001
Not yet catalogued Papyrus 4th Century
Fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 8 Leaves + 1 fragment plate, single column, up to 44 lines per column; Contents: LXX (Septuagint); Enoch and Melito. Images from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XII
Not yet catalogued Papyrus 3rd or 4th Century
Third or fourth century manuscript on papyrus; 8 leaves, single column; Contents: the Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XVI
Not yet catalogued Lectionary 12th Century
Late twelfth century Armenian lectionary of the Gospels on parchment; 259 leaves, 2 columns, 21 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL ARM 624
P46 Papyrus 2nd-3rd Century
Late second century or early third century (c. 200) manuscript of Paul on papyrus; 86 leaves, single column, 23–26 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP II (Dublin)
P47 Papyrus 3rd Century
Late third century manuscript of Revelation on papyrus; 10 leaves, single column, 25–30 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP III
P97 Papyrus 6th–7th Century
Sixth or seventh century manuscript of the Gospels on papyrus; 1 leaf, single column, 11–27 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XVII
P99 Papyrus 5th Century
Late fifth century manuscript of Paul on papyrus; Greek-Latin diglot; 16 leaves (8 bifolia), single column, 27–32 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP XXI
GA 106 Minuscule 11th–12th Century
Eleventh or twelfth century minuscule of the Gospels on parchment; 212 leaves, single column, 22 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Shelf Number: CBL W 135
GA 2603 Minuscule 12th Century
Twelfth century minuscule of the Gospels on parchment; 255 leaves, single column, 24-26 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 134
GA 2604 Minuscule 12th Century
Twelfth century minuscule of the Gospels with commentary on parchment; 378 leaves, single column, 20 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 139
GA 2605 Minuscule 13th Century
Thirteenth century minuscule of the Gospels on parchment; 176 leaves, single column, 24-27 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 140
GA 2606 Minuscule 13th Century
Thirteenth century minuscule of the Gospels on parchment; 119 leaves, single column, 28–30 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 141
GA Lect 1026 Lectionary 17th Century
Seventeenth century (1647) lectionary of the Gospels on paper; 1 leaf, 2 columns, 27 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 143.4.13
GA Lect 1027 Lectionary 17th Century
Seventeenth century (1610) lectionary of the Gospels on paper; 14 leaves, single column, 29 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 143.4.4–12, 14, 15; 143.5.1, 2, 4
GA Lect 1030 Lectionary 16th Century
Sixteenth century (1596) lectionary of the Gospels on paper; 1 leaf, single column, 18 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 143.5.3
GA Lect 1031 Lectionary 16th Century
Sixteenth century (1599) lectionary of the Gospels on paper; 3 leaves, 2 columns, 25 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 143.4.1, 2, 3
GA Lect 1957 Lectionary 10th–11th Century
Tenth or eleventh century majuscule lectionary on parchment; 200 leaves, 2 columns, 22 lines per column; Contents: lectionary contains weekday readings from Easter to Pentecost, and Saturday and Sunday readings for other weeks. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL W 138
GA Lect 2450 Lectionary 11th Century
Eleventh century lectionary of the Gospels on parchment; 1 leaf, 2 columns, 24 lines per column. This manuscript is included in the CBL ARM 624. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library
Shelf Number: CBL ARM 624
P45 Papyrus 3rd Century
Third century manuscript of the Gospels on papyrus; 30 leaves, single column, approximately 32-33 lines per column. Images are from the Chester Beatty Collection.
Location: Dublin, Chester Beatty Library and Vienna, Austrian National Library
Shelf Number: CBL BP I (Dublin), Pap. G. 31974 (Vienna)
P66 Papyrus 2nd–3rd Century
Late second or early third century manuscript of the Gospels on papyrus; 1 leaf, single column, 10–11 lines per column. Public images are from the Chester Beatty Collection. Images from other institutions available for private viewing.
Location: Cologny/Genf, Bodmeriana; Dublin, Chester Beatty Library; Cologne, Univ. Inst. fur Altertumskunde
Shelf Number: various

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

More colophons from Coptic manuscripts, by Anthony Alcock

A little while ago Anthony Alcock sent in a set of colophons – ending remarks – from Coptic manuscripts, which appear here.

Today I have received a follow-up email from Dr A., with translations of a further 20 colophons found in Coptic manuscripts.  It’s here:

Here is an example (number 111):

Through the zeal and providence of the God-loving brother Chael, the son of late Stephen the island farmer, the man of the plain which is north of Esna: he is responsible for the production of this book through his own labour and gave it to the monastery of Mercurius at Edfu for the salvation to provide reading materal about St John and Apa Pachomius so that Mercurius the General and victorious martyr, John the Baptist and forerunner of Christ and Apa Pachomius the archimandrite might call upon Christ on his behalf and bless him in this world and save him from the snares of the devil and wicked people and assist him in all things towards good. After the completion therefore of this life he will be worthy to have his sins forgiven and to receive his inheritance together with all the saints. So be it. Amen.

Remember me, Theopistos, the lowly deacon, the son of Severus the archpresbyter of the monastery of St Mercurius at Esna. I wrote this book with my hand. Pray for me that God might forgive me my many sins, for they are indeed numerous. So be it.

Added in Greek which is not readable in places:

Written Emshir 16, indiction 15, AM 703, AH 376.

Abba Nicodemus the lowly . . . Apollonia . . . Thebes . . . Philae. Amen

Amshir is the Coptic month that starts on 8 February, AH (Anno Hegirae) is the Muslim era, so this manuscript was completed by the deacon Theopistos, son of Severus, on 24 Feb, 987 AD.

Let us indeed remember him, as he requested; and thank Anthony Alcock for making these words accessible to us all.

January 18, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Dickinson College Commentaries

 [First posted in AWOL 18 May 2012, updated 18 January 2017]

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Latin and Greek texts with explanatory notes, vocabulary, and graphic, video and audio elements, for readers of Greek and Latin. Submissions to the series are welcome.
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).
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Adventures in Podcasting: David Pettegrew, the Isthmus, and Corinthian Awesomeness

It was really exciting to have David Pettegrew come and hang out on the Caraheard Podcast earlier this month. For those who don’t know David, he is one of oldest professional collaborators and friends and our careers have become inexorably linked starting with the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey (EKAS) and continuing through the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project and co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology.

For those who don’t know, David Pettegrew teaches at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Years ago now, he came to the University of North Dakota to deliver the Cyprus Research Fund Talk titled “Setting the Stage for St. Paul’s Corinth: How an Isthmus determined the character of a Roman city”.

He’s a colleague of Jon Frey and worked at Isthmia where we overlapped with Ömür Harmanşah. David, Richard, and I are all students of Tim Gregory and worked at the Panhellenic Sanctuary at Isthmia.

We mention Tim’s publication of the Hexamilion Wall and Fortress at Isthmia, Kenchreai (and the work of Joe Rife and Sebastian Heath).

We mention the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project (and we’d be remiss not to include a link to  Effie Athanassopoulos’s newest book: NVAP II: Landscape Archaeology and the Medieval Countryside),

We also mention John Bintliff and Anthony Snodgrass’s work in Boeotia and the Kea survey project which continues to attract scholarly attention.

If you want to know where the Kraneion basilica is. It’s here. It’s much more fun than reading about it in James Wiseman’s classic book The Land of the Ancient Corinthians

If you want to know what Cromna is or was, you have to start with this article.

We talk about Jay Noller and our methods at the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey. To understand the folly of our ways (or our sneaky genius) start by reading this.

If you don’t know what slow archaeology is by now, you better ask someone.

We mention a bunch of other projects including WARP (Western Argolid Regional Project), our work on Ano Vayia as well as Tom Tartaron’s, the fort that I published with Tim Gregory on Oneion, and David’s famous “combed ware” article. For more EKAS related bibliography check out David’s bibliography at Corinthian Matters (but the link seems broken!).

Here’s a link to Pettegrew’s book, The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World from University of Michigan press.

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Richard thinks a book is old school if it uses footnotes. He’s post-citational.

Here’s David’s work on the Diolkos of Corinth, and here’s a rigorously researched ethno-archaeological reenactment of moving a ship over land.

We briefly mention Bill’s work on the the Justinianic Isthmus.

Finally, here’s a link to David’s fantastic Digital Harrisburg project.


Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Resources for Teaching Ancient Geography

Resources for Teaching Ancient Geography
From History From Below: Musings on Daily Life in the Ancient and Early Medieval Mediterranean By Sarah E. Bond

Making Maps

Antiquity À-la-carte“The Antiquity À-la-carte application is a web-based GIS interface and interactive digital atlas of the ancient world, featuring accurate historical, cultural, and geographical data produced by the AWMC in addition to the entire Pleiades Project feature set. The map is completely searchable with customizable features, allowing for the creation of any map covering Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity and beyond. AWMC welcomes feedback from community members on the experience of using the application and welcomes suggestions and comments. Click here ... to launch the map application. This application works best with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. All site content and maps are released here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license.”

Big Ancient Mediterranean: A project that marries texts, network analysis, and ancient geography. It currently allows you to see the people and places in the Book of Luke within the module Terra Biblica–built to house texts connected to early Christianity–and to explore a map of Latin authors. Project PIs are Sarah Bond, Paul Dilley, and Ryan Horne.

CartoDB: “is a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud computing platform that provides GIS and web mapping tools for display in a web browser. CartoDB users can use the company’s free platform or deploy their own instance of the open source software. CartoDB is offered as freemium service, where accounts are free up to a certain size. For larger accounts, a fee is applied.[1] It was first released in Beta at FOSS4G in Denver in September 2011,[2] and officially debuted as a final release at Where2.0 in April 2012.” (Description via Wikipedia)

GPS Visualizer“GPS Visualizer is do-it-yourself mapping, for both beginners and power users. Its strengths are its simplicity and flexibility in terms of input, and its enormous number of options regarding the output. When you upload your GPS data, GPS Visualizer will automatically detect what kind of file it is and process it accordingly. The output can be in the form of Google Maps, KML files for Google Earth, JPEG maps, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, plain-text tables with all your raw data, or GPX files that can be used with many other GPS-related applications. Moreover, all of the maps and profiles can be adjusted in innumerable ways using the options on the input forms: you can change the size, the colors, the background map, etc. In the case of Google Maps, there is even more you can do to edit your map after it’s been created, if you’re comfortable with HTML and/or JavaScript.”

Google Earth and Google Earth Pro: Google Earth reads and produces a file called KML. “KML, or ‘Keyhole Markup Language’, is an XML grammar and file format for modeling and storing geographic features such as points, lines, images, polygons, and models for display in Google Earth, Google Maps and other applications. You can use KML to share places and information with other users of these applications. You can find example KML files on the KML Gallery and Google Earth Community site that describe interesting features and places.”

Harvard World Map: “WorldMap is an open source web mapping system that is currently under construction. It is built to assist academic research and teaching as well as the general public and supports discovery, investigation, analysis, visualization, communication and archiving of multi-disciplinary, multi-source and multi-format data, organized spatially and temporally. The first instance of WorldMap, focused on the continent of Africa, is called AfricaMap. Since its beta release in November of 2008, the framework has been implemented in several geographic locations with different research foci, including metro Boston, East Asia, Vermont, Harvard Forest and the city of Paris. These web mapping applications are used in courses as well as by individual researchers.”
Leaflet: “Leaflet is a modern open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by Vladimir Agafonkin with a team of dedicated contributors. Weighing just about 33 KB of JS, it has all the features most developers ever need for online maps. Leaflet is designed with simplicity, performance and usability in mind. It works efficiently across all major desktop and mobile platforms out of the box, taking advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 on modern browsers while still being accessible on older ones. It can be extended with a huge amount of plugins, has a beautiful, easy to use and well-documented API and a simple, readable source code that is a joy to contribute to.”

LEGO Build with Chrome: is a web application that allows users to explore and build a world of digital LEGO creations. A collaboration between Google Chrome and The LEGO Group, Build with Chrome was originally developed by a team of Google Australia developers for the LEGO Festival of Play. In January 2014, the Google Chrome team opened up Build with Chrome to everyone and added features such as the ability to sign in with a Google Plus account to help you find builds that people in your circles have created, a new categorization system for completed builds, and Build Academy.” (Pulled from Lego.Wikia)

MapBox: “is one of the biggest providers of custom online maps for major websites such as Foursquare, Pinterest,Evernote, the Financial Times and Uber Technologies.[2] Since 2010, it has rapidly expanded the niche of custom maps, as a response to the limited choice offered by map providers such as Google Maps.[2] Mapbox is the creator of, or a significant contributor to many popular open source mapping libraries and applications, including the MBTiles specification, the TileMill cartography IDE, the Leaflet JavaScript library, the CartoCSS map styling language and parser, and the mapbox.js JavaScript library.” (Description via Wikipedia)

Pelagios Project: A great tool for geography and for finding material culture for a certain area. It plugs you into the linked open data network for antiquity–e.g. inscriptions, ceramics, coins, and archaeological remains. Via the Pelagios Blog: “The aim of [the] work with Pelagios has been to create a static (non-layered) map of the ancient places in the Pleiades dataset with the capacity to serve as a background layer to online mapping applications of the Ancient World. Because it is based on ancient settlements and uses ancient placenames, our map presents a visualisation more tailored to archaeological and historical research, for which modern mapping interfaces, such as Google Maps, are hardly appropriate; it even includes non-settlement data such as the Roman roads network, some aqueducts and defence walls (limes, city walls). Thus, for example, the tiles can be used as a background layer to display the occurrence of find-spots, archaeological sites, etc., thereby creating new opportunities to put data of these kinds in their historical context.”

Tools

DIRT: Digital Research Tools“The DiRT Directory aggregates information about digital research tools for scholarly use. It evolved from “Bamboo DiRT”, a version of the directory developed by Project Bamboo, which itself developed out of Lisa Spiro’s DiRT wiki. The DiRT Directory makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.”

Google Fusion Tables: “Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables.”

Esri’s StoryMapA video tutorial for using Esri’s Story Maps. Check out Odysseus’ Journey HERE. 

World Atlas: Find Longitude and Latitude: Find longitude and latitude coordinates quickly. Caveat internetor: Ancient places are not this Atlas’ strong point. Go with the Pleiades data.

Free Data 

Data.govDownloadable data from the US government.

Eurogeographics: “EuroGlobalMap is a 1:1 million scale topographic dataset covering 45 countries and territories in the European region.It is now available as opendata. EuroGlobalMap is perfect for use as background to many applications from planning, monitoring and network analysis to presenting environmental policies.”

Pleiades: “Get complete and regular shapshots of all Pleiades resources, available in multiple formats including CSV, KML, and RDF.”

USGS: The National Map: “The Global Map is an international effort by national mapping organizations to produce consistent and accurate mapping data of the world at a scale of 1:1,000,000. The 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States originally supplied all American data to the Global Map. The National Map will continue to publish two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features. The Global Map edition includes just the data fields and attribute values in the Global Map Specifications Version 2.2. National Map vector data includes all of the Global Map data fields and attributes plus those in the National Map data dictionary.”

GIS Classes (Some Free, Some Not So Free)

ESRI Virtual Campus Courses: online, self-paced, step by step lessons that cover a variety of topics related to GIS applications and technology. Currently there are 40+ course selections to choose from that are included with our standard subscription, and many more seminars are available that are free to the public.”

Coursera: “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution”: “This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. We will explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they’re effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, we will work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems.”

Classroom Activities 

Google Editable Map: Ask students to contribute to an editable map and place information about themselves on it. This is a great way to start off a class and introduce spatial thinking, maps, layers, and data sharing.

Serpent Column: This activity explore the monument of the “serpent column” and how we can represent inscriptions and other textual sources geographically using Pleiades.stoa.org. The full Pleiades workshop video with this activity is available for viewing HERE.

Mapping Spartacus: Using Pleiades.stoa.org in order to teach the Third Servile War (i.e. The Spartacan War).

Finding Digital Humanities Projects

Centernet: Find Digital Humanities Centers.

HASTAC


January 17, 2017

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Conferenza Internazionale su Geomatica e Beni Culturali

La prima conferenza internazionale “Geomatics and Restoration: Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era” su temi di geomatica, rilievo, conservazione, valorizzazione e restauro si terrà a Firenze dal 22 al 24 maggio 2017.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Les Nouvelles de l’archéologie

Les Nouvelles de l’archéologie
ISSN: 0242-7702
Fondée en 1979, la revue se veut à la fois un lieu de débat et le reflet des évolutions de la discipline. Quatre fois par an, elle présente aujourd’hui des problématiques scientifiques de pointe, sous forme de dossiers et dans une perspective internationale. Les articles peuvent être sollicités par la revue ou émaner de propositions spontanées. Ils sont soumis au comité de lecture qui peut demander des modifications. L’abondance d’information peut conduire à différer la publication d’un article de six mois.

Numéros en texte intégral

Open Access Journal: Bulletin d’études orientales

[First posted in AWOL 25 December 2013, updated 17 January 2017]

Le Bulletin d’études orientales
ISSN électronique 2077-4079
Logo de l'Ifpo
Le Bulletin d’études orientales (BEO) est une revue scientifique créée en 1931 à l’initiative des chercheurs français travaillant au Proche-Orient dans le cadre de l’institut de recherche fondé initialement à Damas en 1922 pour étudier l’archéologie islamique et l’art proche-oriental ; la création du BEO a correspondu à un élargissement des champs d’intérêt et des disciplines à bien d’autres sciences humaines. Actuellement, le Bulletin d’études orientales publie des articles écrits par des universitaires, chercheurs ou doctorants spécialisés dans les domaines suivants Archéologie et histoire de l’art du Proche-Orient à l’époque islamique (à partir du VIIe siècle) ; Histoire du Proche-Orient depuis la conquête arabe (VIIe siècle) jusqu’à la fin de l’empire ottoman (1918) ; Littérature de langue arabe, classique et contemporaine ; Linguistique arabe ; Histoire de la pensée religieuse musulmane (« islamologie »), mais aussi chrétienne ou juive de langue arabe ; philosophie médiévale de langue arabe ; Histoire des sciences et des techniques dans le Proche-Orient d’époque islamique.
Les comptes rendus sont publiés uniquement en ligne sur ce site depuis décembre 2012.


Comptes rendus



Varia électroniques



Tom Gewecke (Multilingual Mac)

MacOS: New Keyboard for Chinese

I have not seen any comments from Apple about it, but the China Apple Store is showing  a keyboard for the new Macbook Pro which has a number of different markings than the normal US keyboard.  Also the Hong Kong store lists a new keyboard -- "Chinese - Pinyin" -- in addition to the usual English International when you configure a new Macbook Pro. Update Jan 12, 2017:  This keyboard is now

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Introducing autoEdit: Video Editing Made Better

By Pietro Passarelli

Introducing autoEdit: Video Editing Made Better

Making video editing easier with the power of transcription.

As a 2016 Knight-Mozilla fellow with Open News, I’ve been working with Vox Media’s product team and Storytelling Studio on tools for video producers. After spending a month doing internal user research, I decided to build an application that enables more efficient and accessible video editing of interviews.

This new Mac OS X desktop app, autoEdit, creates automatic transcription from a video or audio file. The user can then make text selections and export those selections as a video sequence, in the editing software of their choice.

With autoEdit, a process that once took days or weeks of work now takes just a few hours.

Hello, autoEdit

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Overview of a typical use case.

Here’s a basic example of how to use autoEdit.

Step 1: Add video.

GIF of backend of autoEdit

Step 2: Wait five minutes for an automated transcription.

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Step 3: Explore the transcription and make some selections.

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Step 4: Export the selections.

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Step 5: Create a video sequence from the selections in the video editing software of your choice, such as Premiere.

GIF of creating video sequence

See the user manual or this video demo for more details.

No Scissors or Tape Required

The core function of autoEdit is based on the time-honored concept of the paper edit, something that video editors have done for decades. To make a paper edit, you select lines of text from the transcriptions of your documentary’s interviews—which means you need full transcriptions beforehand. Then you arrange these, putting them in an order that you’d like to see on film. It works well, but is very time time consuming.

I was initially introduced to the idea of paper editing while doing an MA in Documentary Films at LCC in London. We learned to do an "analog paper edit” using paper, scissors, and tape (similar to the one I taught in this workshop).

The idea stuck with me, and I tried a bunch of workflows and prototypes, which worked for me but weren’t as useful as a paper edit at accomplishing a few core things.

With autoEdit, users can replicate much of what’s useful about a paper edit, but in much less time. And like a paper edit, autoEdit positions itself right at the collaboration point between an edit/video producer and a video editor, and can smooth the communication/collaboration process.

So why use autoEdit? Three reasons.

It’s a Tool Everyone Can Use

When talking to journalists in newsrooms, one recurring need kept coming up: they need tools that require less training and are easier to use.

With autoEdit, we’re not trying to replace video editing software. Instead autoEdit allows editorial staff without knowledge of video editing software to produce a “rough cut” video sequence by selecting the text of the transcriptions. Then the video can be refined later in traditional editing software.

Why take this approach? Video editing software has a steep learning curve. Furthermore, video editing software is not designed to help with story crafting. Instead it’s made to aid the cutting of video and audio as segments, with no semantic insight into the content. However, editorial staff has great insight into the crafting of the story they are going to tell. This tool allows them to take that further—into the editing of the video—by creating a rough cut without having to open complicated editing software. (Depending on the use case, though, this rough cut might actually end up being the final output, if you are just looking for a few sound bites or quotes for Twitter or Facebook.)

It Encourages Better, Faster Collaboration

Normally, an edit producer provides a paper edit to a video editor to assemble as a video sequence, and a video editor collaborates with an edit producer on strengthening the story structure by providing feedback on the paper edit.

With autoEdit, you can export an Edit Decision List, or EDL, therefore removing the tedious part of reconnecting the sequence manually for the video producer. The current version of autoEdit also allows us to export the corresponding time-coded text of the paper cuts/paper edit. Because this is such a quick and seamless operation, it’s easier to get feedback and iterate on changes. (Future versions of the tool could see a web-based app that would allow multi-user collaboration, Google Doc-style.)

All of this allows for better story crafting, both at the dialogue level and the level of the overarching story structure. It’s also great for getting better, more actionable feedback. If you are working for an executive or an external client, getting feedback at an early stage saves time and money. Showing the paper edit text and a video sequence side-by-side generally means you won’t be asked to change as much at the end of the project. Showing a rough cut made in autoEdit accomplishes the same thing.

It Puts the Focus on Crafting a Great Story

Paper editing—and now, autoEdit—allows you to concentrate on the crafting of your story. This follows screenwriting teacher Robert McKee’s idea of writing “from the inside out” as opposed to the outside in.

Writing from “the outside in” looks like this, according to McKee:

The struggling writer tends to have a way of working that goes something like this: He dreams up an idea, noodles on it for a while, then rushes straight to the keyboard.

But writing from “the inside out” looks like this:

Successful writers tend to use the reverse process…. writing on stacks of three-by-five cards: a stack for each act—three, four, perhaps more…. Using one- or two-sentence statements, the writer simply and clearly describes what happens in each scene, how it builds and turns….

With its ability to export selections in a particular order, and move them around, autoEdit helps editors achieve an “inside out” level of storytelling.

Future versions of autoEdit will go even further.

autoEdit vs. Other Tools

In the tools section of my website, you can see other projects that take a different approach to a similar problem of getting an insight into video through transcriptions. Most of these apps focus on slightly different use cases, although some are in the same or similar problem domain of using the text of transcription to get a way into the video. Our use case focuses on factual documentary video production.

Building autoEdit at Vox

When I first started prototyping the concept for autoEdit, I was working on a series of short documentaries for the BBC Academy. First I started to experiment with a “digital workflow” using Excel. By optimizing the post-production stage of making a rough cut, or what professionals sometimes refer to as a "radio edit,” it took down the post-production time from three weeks to three hours.

That’s when I knew I was onto something.

Later as a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at Vox, I was able to build on everything I’d learned and already tried. Vox Media’s brands (The Verge, Vox.com, SB Nation, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Curbed, Recode) provided a great variety of use cases when it comes to video production. Some brands have experienced video teams with documentary filmmaking backgrounds, while others are more focused on YouTube explainers. Teams have a variety of different experience levels and configurations. For example, sometimes journalists and a studio team work together to make videos until a more dedicated video team can be recruited.

What appealed to me the most about Vox, coming from a TV documentary background, is everyone’s flexibility and curiosity about trying new things during the production process. And being supported by its storytelling studio team for code reviews, design, project management, user testing and general feedback helped me to refine my product development process.

How I Worked

I started with user research, keeping an open mind to identify pain points in their video production. I decided to use a lean approach that was hypothesis-driven and relied on frequent iteration. I worked hard on modeling the problem domain because, as Russel Winder says: “If you are able to capture the problem domain as the core of the design of your program, then the program code is likely to be more stable, more reusable and more easily adaptable to specific problems as they come and go.” (Developing Java Software, 3rd Edition, 2006)

I also followed a component-based design approach to build the backend of the application. That meant working on key components in isolation and making sure they worked with the provided input and returned the expected output before combining them.

Then the paper prototype of the front end came first, aiming to get across features and the user journey, without being concerned about UI. Next, a Vox designer got involved in the process to refine the UX/UI.

About the Text-to-Speech API

Manual transcription is a time-intensive process that takes three to four times the length of the media. Third-party services that provide manual transcription generally require a 24-hour turnaround time and are often costly. In comparison, autoEdit generates a transcript in five minutes regardless of media length. This frees up time and resources for video producers and ensures they can focus on what story to tell out of the transcription.

I considered several text-to-speech APIs including Google Speech, Rev.com, and Spoken Data, but I decided to use IBM Watson, as I found the documentation and API reference very easy to get up and running with a clear price structure, while I couldn’t get my head around the documentation of the Google one. Microsoft's speech API is claiming close to human accuracy, but I could not find an up-to-date API that supported transcribing more than two minutes of audio to try it out.

I did want to make sure that IBM Watson met the minimum acceptability threshold by the editorial staff before building a tool on top of that service. So I built and user-tested a small “Transcriber” app that, when given a video or audio file, would return the text of the transcription from IBM STT Service.

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Although journalists turned out to prefer manual transcription, rather than editing the generated transcripts, video producers were more than happy with it.

One piece of feedback received at this stage from the video producer was to add timecodes to the text to make it easier to find corresponding video and to use it for paper editing within Google Docs.

I added the timecode feature and forgot about it while I started working on the second iteration.

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The editorial product team then received the following feedback from one of the video producers.

“… I just wanted to say thank you so much. It’s great. It will measurably improve our workflow and general well-being. You all are brilliant.”

Joss Fong, Senior Editorial Producer, Vox.com

This feedback showed we were onto something, and it further confirmed my hypothesis: that they accepted the quality of the automated STT, and it was good timing to introduce the next iteration of the tool. It was also great to get more buy in from the editorial products team/storytelling studio.

More autoEdit Features

Multi-Language Capabilities

As reaching global audiences becomes increasingly important, media outlets are beginning to produce content in languages other than English. However, as with transcription, translation services can create a bottleneck. With that in mind, the following languages are currently supported using IBM Watson: English US and UK; French; Spanish; Japanese; Modern Standard Arabic; Brazilian Portuguese; and Mandarin Chinese.

Offline Options

Using autoEdit, a transcription can be generated locally on a computer without the need for an internet connection. I prioritized this feature because I believe the most interesting documentaries are those at the edge case of video production. Maybe the material you are working with is so sensitive that you don’t want to upload it to a third-party server. You might be in a remote location with slow (or no) internet connection. Or you are on a long flight back from a reporting trip and want to get started while everything is still top of mind.

Captioning and Export Support

In the era of autoplay social media videos, empirical tests show that captioned videos increase the number of views. Captions are also critical to ensure accessibility. Through autoEdit, users can export a caption SRT file of the video in addition to transcriptions.

Once you have proofed your captions for accuracy, it is also possible to use another tool I made to burn them onto a video file without having to use video editing software. This was originally a prototype hypothesis to speed up the captioning workflow.

What’s Next for autoEdit

The third release will allow users to bring selections from multiple transcriptions into a story outline. Eventually a video preview of the story selection will also be possible in order to shorten the feedback loop.

Screenshot from future release

The project is open source as well as freely available.

Check out the project page, or download the latest stable release, and see the user manual to find out how to set up the speech-to-text system before getting started. Dive into the documentation to learn more.

The project is relatively stable and has been through QA by Vox’s internal team, but if you see an issue or find a bug feel free to raise it here.

If you’d like to get involved in the development, this is also where you can find some interesting issues to tackle. We are also using the “Trello style” waffle.io board to keep the GitHub issues organized.

Some folks have also shown interest in refactoring the open source forced aligner Gentle into a standalone module that could be self contained and return the transcriptions it creates as a byproduct of the alignment. More info and a proposed solution are in this Google Doc.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at pietro@autoedit.io or find me on Twitter: @pietropassarell

Upcoming event

If you are a developer interested in this problem domain of using transcriptions as a way into the video, you might also be interested in a transcription video event I am organizing with Open News. Sign up to be kept in the loop.

Last but not least

Last but not least, I'd like to thank the folks at the Vox product and storytelling studio team, without whom this project would have not been possible. I'd also like to thank the video producers across the various Vox Media brands who have been eager to try and get involved in field testing early releases of the software, providing invaluable feedback. 

Tom Gewecke (Multilingual Mac)

MacOS/OS X: Bug in Apple Sinhala Qwerty Keyboard

A poster in the Apple Support Communities (ASC) has pointed out that the Sinhala QWERTY input source is missing the character ඳ (U+0DB3).  This should be on option-D, but instead that produces ඦ which is already on option-J.  A revised .keylayout file with the right character at option-D is available here.

The Stoa Consortium

EpiDoc training workshop, London, April 2017

We invite applications to participate in a training workshop on digital editing of papyrological and epigraphic texts, at the Institute of Classical Studies, London, April 3–7, 2017. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard and Lucia Vannini (ICS) and Simona Stoyanova (KCL). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc: Ancient Documents in XML

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and EAGLE Europeana Project. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and use of the online Papyrological Editor tool.

The workshop will assume knowledge of papyrology or epigraphy; Greek, Latin or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to professors, are welcome. To apply, please email gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk with a brief description of your background and reason for application, by February 28, 2017.

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Event Roundup, Jan 17

By Erika Owens

Event Roundup, Jan 17

Before she leaves Correct!v, Knight-Mozilla Fellow Sandhya Kambhampati will give a final data journalism training.

Deadlines

Know of any upcoming fellowship or conference proposal deadlines? Have an upcoming event? Let us know: source@mozillafoundation.org.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Classics and Social Justice

Classics and Social Justice
The purpose of the group is to bring together those scholars in the field who are working in various ways on social justice, using Classics. This work is a form of outreach that brings Classics out of the academy and returns it to the least privileged in our society; we seek to draw together those trained in our field who are in some cases giving intellectual life-lines to those in nearly hopeless situations: the incarcerated, veterans, and children with least access to quality education. Each of these has so many underexplored dimensions and is too little visible at the SCS even though many individuals in the discipline are doing such work. Our goal is to create a dialogue about how Classicists and their students are using Classics, texts, traditions, and receptions, to address problems of inequality–social, educational, economic, etc.

The group members will discuss the practicalities of their programs and the theoretical structures that could help individual practitioners and expand our field’s interaction in the world outside of academia. We envision addressing such questions as: Should we use our positions in the academy as a springboard for activism? How do we include students and still teach them? What kinds of engaged work helps us foster our communities? How can we use art as an instrument of social justice?
The Committee sees these programs as continuing the work of opening the Classics beyond the elite; at the same time, advancing the discipline by showing the importance of a liberal education in the 21st century: the role of Classics in these marginalized settings gives new evidence of its value. By drawing into the field voices that have previously not been part of it, Classics as a discipline stands to benefit greatly. Invigorating new perspectives on Classical texts emerge from this work outside the traditional classroom. Thus, our discussions include the ways in which teaching outside the academy changes us as educators and how we see our profession.

Many in the teaching professions are beginning to wonder how we can call attention to the fundamental inequality between those who receive an education and those who do not and the role that this inequality plays in the problem of mass incarceration, and what we can do to help mend this inequality. The work of a Committee on Classics and Social Justice can advance that conversation and potentially rehabilitate our field — by establishing real connections to the communities outside of the academy in which Classics is very much alive and proving practically useful — just as much as it considers how we as Classicists can offer something to the rehabilitation of those in difficult life circumstances.

Corona Atlas & Referencing System

[Firsts posted in AWOL 3 December 2011, updated 17 January 2017]

Corona Atlas & Referencing System
CORONA is the codename for the United States’ first photographic spy satellite mission, in operation from 1960-1972. During that time, CORONA satellites took high-resolution images of most of the earth’s surface, with particular emphasis on Soviet bloc countries and other political hotspots in order to monitor military sites and produce maps for the Department of Defense. The more than 800,000 images collected by the CORONA missions remained classified until 1995 when an executive order by President Bill Clinton made them publicly available through the US Geological Survey. Because CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields.

In regions like the Middle East, CORONA imagery is particularly important for archaeology because urban development, agricultural intensification, and reservoir construction over the past several decades have obscured or destroyed countless archaeological sites and other ancient features such as roads and canals. These sites are often clearly visible on CORONA imagery, enabling researchers to map sites that have been lost and to discover many that have never before been documented. However, the unique imaging geometry of the CORONA satellite cameras, which produced long, narrow film strips, makes correcting spatial distortions in the images very challenging and has therefore limited their use by researchers.

Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) has developed methods for efficient orthorectification of CORONA imagery and now provides free public access to our imagery database for non-commercial use. Images can be viewed online and full resolution images can be downloaded in NITF format.

IMAGERY

This project's initial focus was on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972. During this time, there were sixteen successful CORONA missions, designated 1101 through 1117 which recovered more than 188000 images. These satellites were equipped with two panoramic cameras, one facing forward and another aft with a 30º angle of separation, producing an approximate ground resolution of 6 feet (1.8m) at nadir as well as offering the capability for stereo-viewing and the extraction of topographic data. Images were originally recorded on black-and-white film, copies of which are curated by the USGS EROS Data Center. The USGS has scanned the images at 7 micron (3600 dpi) resolution. Additional technical details regarding the CORONA program and image characteristics can be read here.

Cameras on different CORONA missions produced images that vary a great deal in quality, while many images suffer from cloud cover, atmospheric haze or other issues. For imagery which we purchased, we have concentrated on providing the greatest possible regional extent, as opposed to multiple images of the same area, and have also sought to offer stereo coverage wherever possible. Imagery purchased for this project has been supplemented by images purchased for other projects or those shared with us by colleagues, notably the Center for Archaeology of the Middle Eastern Landscape (CAMEL) and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

Our work has been largely dedicated to developing methods for orthorectification of CORONA imagery. The technical aspects of this process are described in a forthcoming paper: Jackson Cothren, Jesse Casana, Tuna Kalayci and Adam Barnes, “An efficient method for rigorous orthorectification of CORONA satellite imagery” International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Images from our database reproduced in publications, presentations or online should be credited to: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas/U.S. Geological Survey 

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Ceramics from Koutsopetria in Context

Last week, I asked for an extension on a blog post on the ceramics from the site of Pyla-Koutsopetri on Cyprus. My generous readers granted my the extension and, believe, I hope that you’ll find that you’ve been rewarded for your wait.

This is the final section in the first effort to prepare a draft of our work at the site of Koutsopetria in Cyprus which we excavated in 2009 and Dr. Maria Hadjicosti excavated in the 1990s. This excavation produced a significant assemblage of ceramic material that could be compared to a similar assemblage of material produced through intensive pedestrian survey of the plain. This comparison allowed us both to consider the excavated area in a larger context, but also to speak to the relationship between material below the plow zone and material on the surface.  

My earlier posts focused on the architecture and history of the site, so here is what we can say about the pottery: 

Despite being dominated by a Late Roman period building, the excavations at Koutsoeptria produced a robust assemblage of ceramics that speak to the long history of activity at this site. In this way, the excavation produced an assemblage that provides us with a useful comparative perspective on the data collected from the intensive pedestrian survey of this area and published in 2014. Among the most persistent critiques of intensive survey is that the relationship of the objects on the surface and those outside the plow-zone remains ambiguous hindering our ability to make functional arguments on the basis of artifact scatters (e.g. Sanders 2004). The formation processes and depositional history of assemblages in long-lived, multi-period sites set amid active and dynamic landscapes compound this further. At Koutsopetria excavations revealed how the persistence of residual material used in construction and floor packing, the cutting into earlier layers by later building and activity at the site, and hint at the effects of erosion and plow smear across the site created a diachronic surface assemblage. At the same time, the excavated assemblage revealed complexity that our sampling of the surface did not recognize. This complexity allows us to add meaningful detail both to our understanding of our survey assemblage and to an emerging ceramic signature present at historical period sites in the eastern part of the island.

Our discussion of the assemblage from Koutsopetria excavations relies upon two different excavation teams who sampled and analyzed ceramics based on two different strategies. During the 2009 excavations, we collected and analyzed all ceramics that were not tiles and sampled the tiles by type and extant part. It is unclear whether and how the excavation in the 1990s sampled artifacts from excavated contexts, but after excluding roof tiles from the samples, the excavation produced approximately the same number of artifacts (in 2009 we collected 3063 whereas in the 1990s they collected 3127) but much more artifacts by weight (2009 = 27778 and 1990s=82879) suggesting a more selective method of collecting ceramic material for analysis focusing on larger, presumably more diagnostic artifacts. Despite the disparity between the character of the two assemblages and the way in which they were produced, they are remarkably similar. From 2009, 68% of our material could only be assigned to the broadest possible category: Ancient Historic; from the 1990s this category of material was amounted to 59% of the assemblage by count.

The excavated area produced two discernible groups of pre-Roman material. There was a small assemblage of ceramics of Iron Age, Cypro-Archaic-Classical, and Cypro-Classical date which included coarse, medium coarse, and fine wares. These made up only a small percentage (far less than <1% by both number and weight) of the material from the excavated area and coincided with a similarly small number of artifacts associated with this period from the survey area generally. Most of this material is in secondary context and the fragments are quite small. The material likely entered into an excavated area from either Classical period activities along the base of the Vigla height where the survey documented a small concentration of Cypro-Classical age pottery perhaps from near an earlier findspot of the large, inscribed Cypro-Classical to Hellenistic period settling basin dedicated to Apollo Karaiates (Hadjisavvas 1993: 75–76, 83). Another possible location for Iron Age material is the site on the nearby Kazamas ridge or the earlier phases of activity at the fortified site of Vigla which may have been quarried for building material. During the Hellenistic period, the coastal plain saw greater activity, and this is reflected in the residual pottery from the Koutsopetria assemblage. Unlike Iron Age material which tended to be small fragments of fine wares, the material dated to either the Hellenistic period or one of the broader, related periods (Hellenistic-Early Roman or Hellenistic-Roman) tended to be larger and represent a more functionally diverse assemblage with the full range of coarse and medium coarse utility wares, amphora, kitchen wares, and fine ware. Of particular note was the long-lived (Archaic-Hellenistic) basket-handled amphora that appeared in excavated contexts and appeared both on Vigla as well as on the coastal plain. The link between these vessels and settling basin may hint at the importance of olive oil production in the area. The fine ware present was evenly split between Black-Glaze (21) and Color Coated wares (23), and this followed closely the division in the Hellenistic fine ware assemblage from the survey area suggesting that these may reflect the supply to the area during this period. The excavated assemblages did not produce kitchen or medium coarse wares that appeared in the survey although these artifacts did not appear in the immediate vicinity of the excavated area. The broader Hellenistic-Early Roman period, however, did produce a more robust assemblage. The challenge with more broadly dated material is that they tend to straddle the overlap between the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

The Hellenistic-Roman and Hellenistic-Early Roman assemblage from Koutsopetria made up just over 5% of the total assemblage from Koutsopetria. The assemblage is diverse and includes coarse and medium coarse utility wares, amphora, kitchen, and fine wares. The comprehensive character of this assemblage is consistent with finds from the survey area, but likely reflects the slow spread of settlement on the coastal plain over the course of the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods. Material from these long periods includes long-lived Rhodian type amphora, cooking pots, and fine wares types that persisted even Eastern and Cypriot Sigillatas replaced color-coated wares on local tables.

During the Early Roman period, the diversity and quantity of material from the site expands and this parallels neatly the expansion of material from this period in the survey area. The most significant distinction between the assemblage produced from excavation and survey does not appear to the be presence of Early Roman and Roman material, but the assemblage produced from excavation proved significantly more diverse. The excavated assemblage produced no examples of cooking pots or utility wares save a handful of Koan-type amphora, which were likely produced on the island. Some of this is the result of certain artifact types being shifted into broader categories. For example Rhodian amphoras which we identified as predominantly Early Roman in the survey, were dated Hellenistic-Early Roman in the excavation. The appears to be also the case for kitchen wares which were more commonly dated to the broader Roman, Hellenistic-Roman, or Hellenistic-Early Roman periods. As a result, fine ware represented the Early Roman period in the excavation. The most striking difference between the survey assembalge and the excavation assemblage is that Cypriot Sigillata comprised 28% (n=21) of the Early Roman fine wares from the survey, but only 4% (n=3) from the excavation. Other Early Roman fine wares – largely less diagnostic fragment of red slips – consisted of 27% of Early Roman fine wares from the survey (including a fragment of Arretine ware and Eastern Sigillata B) and 55% from the excavation. The remaining sherds were the common Eastern Sigillata A, but the excavation revealed six subforms (Form 19, 37, 38, 44, 65, and a lagynos) whereas the survey only produced a single recognizable subtype Atlante Form 4. It is worth noting that the 2009 excavations produced a small piece of Roman glazed pottery likely dating to the Early Roman period, but quite unusual and without parallel at sites in the region. The absence of Cypriot Sigillata from the excavation is consistent with relatively rarity of this type of Early Roman fine ware. At the nearby site of Panayia-Ematousa, near the modern village of Aradipou, Cypriot Sigillata accounted for only 8.8% of the total fine ware from the site. The absence of CS from the western part of the island may reflect the flow of ceramic materials from east to west with Eastern Sigillata entering the eastern part of the island from Levantine ports and CS circulating from the western production area. The majority of this material appears in secondary contexts, particularly in floor packing or fills, that reflect early patterns of activity in the area.

The broadly defined Roman period at Koutsopetria captures some of the transition from Early to Late Roman activity at the site. Like many places on Cyprus, the 3rd and 4th centuries are poorly represented in both the survey and excavation assemblage at Koutsopetria. The excavation, for example, produced no “pinched-handled” amphoras or forms of CRS or ARS with well-established 3rd-4th century dates. . There are a number of long-lived types of pottery that appear in the broadly dated Roman assemblage that might hint at at “middle Roman” activity at the site. For example, there are African Red Slip sherds that can be assigned to no specific type which makes it impossible to exclude the possibility of early forms existing at Koutsopetria, but no specific evidence for those early forms appeared. Among the range of undiagnostic coarse and medium coarse wares in Roman fabrics, the presence of a small number of long-lived micaceous water jars (Middle Roman 3 amphora) which appear from 1st to 6th century AD offer a glimpse of the middle Roman centuries. The presence of Roman lamps and cooking wares make clear that the coastal plain of Koustopetria was a settlement during the Roman period.

The Late Roman period is the most abundant from both the survey and excavation. The utility wares and amphoras from the excavated contexts are largely identical to those found in the survey. Late Roman 1 amphoras are predictably common in both contexts. The excavation also produced a small number (n=10) of Late Roman 2 amphora from the Aegean and Palestinian amphora (n=2 [check this]). The assemblage produced a significant quantity of kitchen ware sherds including a small number of rather late Dhiorios ware cooking pots that are likely the latest artifacts from the excavation and have comparanda from the survey of the coastal plain. As with most other periods, the fine ware from the Late Roman period provides the best opportunity to reflect on the diversity of material from our site. The two dominant categories of Late Roman fine ware were African Red Slip and Cypriot Red Slip with the former accounting for 48% of the Late Roman fine wares by count and 38% by weight and the latter being 44% by count and 53% by weight. The remaining 10% is made up of Phocaean ware and other rather less diagnostic Late Roman fine ware. It is notable that African Red Slip is significantly better represented in the excavated assemblage than in the survey assemblage. In the survey, ARS accounted for 17.4% of the Roman period fine ware whereas CRS accounted for 42.5% of the same total. The diversity of the two assemblages, however, speaks to their fundamental similarity. There are no ARS forms present in the excavated material that were not also present in the survey with ARS Forms 61, 67, and 105 appearing in both contexts. Likewise the CRS forms reflect the more common types CRS9 and CRS11 as well as the less common CRS8. Phocaean ware appeared in two forms PWH 10 and 5 and the very common PHW 3 was largely absent with only 1 possible example of that form. The presence of substantial quantities of African Red Slip pottery in the excavation assemblage supports two general impression from our survey. First, our local Late Roman fine ware assemblage was dominated by African Red Slip and Cypriot Red Slip suggesting that the site had ties both to regional production centers and Mediterranean wide trade networks. The small quantities of PHW in the excavated area does little to challenge the distribution of this type of pottery at the base of Mavrospilos and Kokkinokremos along the Late Roman coastline and coastal road. We have argued elsewhere that this concentration may mark the presence of warehouses associated with the site’s role as a emporion (Caraher et al. 2014, 295).

There is no compelling evidence for post-Roman material from the site aside from 2 fragments of early modern roof tiles. This is consistent with the distribution of the small quantities of later material in the survey which tend to be concentrated in units adjacent to the small Ottoman/Venetian coastal battery some 300 m to the east of the excavated area. The two tiles are likely the result of plow smearing, local road building, or even intruded during the excavation process rather than a reflecting evidence for a distinct later activity at the site. While it remains possible that some of the assemblage datable to nothing more narrow than Ancient Historic could include later material, it seems more likely that post-Roman activity on the coastal plain was limited and did not directly involve the collapsed church building.


Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

I corsi ISCR dell'International Training Projects

Prendono il via i corsi ITP-International Training Projects per il 2017 che l’ISCR ha organizzato nell’ambito del programma coordinato dalla Direzione Generale Educazione e Ricerca del MiBACT: trenta corsi che l’Istituto dedica ad un tema specifico nel campo del restauro e della conservazione dei BBCC.

January 16, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Notiziario Italiano di Antichistica

Notiziario Italiano di Antichistica
unzioni e regole

Il Notiziario Italiano di Antichistica è un bollettino telematico di informazione sia sulle principali iniziative realizzate in Italia nel settore degli studi classici (convegni, seminari, incontri di studio) sia sulle nuove pubblicazioni (riviste, miscellanee, volumi, strumenti multimediali). Può anche diffondere notizie su manifestazioni culturali che si svolgono all'estero.
Il Notiziario, fondato da Emanuele Narducci per conto della Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo Antico e ora diretto da Sergio Audano, viene distribuito gratuitamente per e-mail, con periodicità di un numero ogni tre settimane, a quanti ne facciano richiesta all'indirizzo di posta elettronica: notantichistica@libero.it (si precisa che non è un indirizzo automatico).

Gli interessati sono pregati di indicare, nel messaggio di richiesta, il proprio nome e cognome e il proprio indirizzo di posta elettronica.
Il Notiziario, che già conta numerosi sottoscrittori, raccoglie e diffonde le informazioni e gli annunci che riceve. Esso fa pertanto affidamento sulla attiva collaborazione di tutti gli iscritti alla lista di distribuzione.

 
Regole per l'invio di annunci al Notiziario
Si ricordano alcune regole fondamentali per l'invio degli annunci: ciascun annuncio deve portare nella prima riga il titolo dell'iniziativa cui fa riferimento, e nella riga successiva il nome e l'indirizzo di posta elettronica del mittente (si prega di astenersi da comunicazioni personali al redattore, che vanno eventualmente affidate a un messaggio separato inviato all'indirizzo: sergioaudano@libero.it).
Il nome del mittente e il relativo indirizzo di posta elettronica saranno indicati pubblicamente (salvo esplicita richiesta in senso contrario). Gli annunci devono essere formulati come corpo del testo del messaggio, in 'plain text', evitando qualsiasi formattazione dei caratteri (il greco deve essere traslitterato). Sono accettati solo messaggi inviati da mittenti che risultano ufficialmente registrati nella mailing list. Per l'indicazione dei volumi si prega di adottare con la maggior precisione (di dati e di forma) lo schema abitualmente riportato. Si consiglia vivamente di inviare messaggi da ambienti Windows (e non Mac).

AVVERTENZE IMPORTANTI: il Notiziario non può assolutamente accettare annunci inviati sotto forma di 'attachments' (e allegati di ogni tipo): ciò sia perché questi ultimi appesantiscono notevolmente i tempi di spedizione, sia perché molti virus informatici si diffondono proprio tramite gli 'attachments'.
I messaggi contenenti 'attachments' vengono automaticamente distrutti. In ragione della finalità eminentemente informativa del Notiziario, circa le pubblicazioni si darà conto solo delle informazioni tecniche relative alla loro reperibilità (e, dove possibile, anche degli indici): i messaggi contenenti elenchi di titoli lontani nel tempo, riassunti, giudizi, o recensioni non saranno presi in considerazione, così come saranno ignorati gli annunci contenenti riferimenti a sponsor privati.
Gli annunci che non si atterranno alle suddette regole verranno ignorati, così come non si darà conto di quelli palesemente privi di rilevanza scientifica e culturale (o tali ritenuti dalla Redazione).
Quanti dovessero ricevere il Notiziario per sbaglio o senza averne fatto esplicita richiesta possono richiedere di essere depennati inviando comunicazione all’indirizzo e-mail del Notiziario (il redattore si scusa in anticipo per eventuali errori). Si ringrazia sentitamente per la cordiale collaborazione (la medesima procedura è valevole per quanti volessero iscriversi al Notiziario). A causa dell'alto numero di iscritti alla mailing list, la distribuzione del Notiziario avverrà tra la domenica e il lunedì successivi all'ultimo giorno utile per l'invio dei messaggi. Si ricorda di verificare sempre la data di scadenza per l’invio dei messaggi (non si darà conto degli eventi svolti in precedenza).

È qui di sotto attivo un motore di ricerca per facilitare la consultazione dei numeri del Notiziario a partire dal luglio 2007.


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Shawn Graham (Electric Archaeology)

Text re-use in Instagram posts selling human remains

Lincoln Mullen has a wonderful R package on rOpenSci for detecting and measuring text reuse in a corpus of material (the kind of thing that is enormously useful if you’re interested in 19th century print culture, for instance). I wondered to myself what I would find if I fed it the corpus of material I’ve collected (see this gist) concerning the trade in human remains on Instagram (It’s looking for ngrams 5 words long, which means that I end up looking at 3k posts from my initial corpus of 13k). We’re writing all of this up for submission shortly, so this textreuse isn’t in our paper, yet; but anyway, a preview…

A score of ‘1’ indicates a perfect match. After running my materials through, I found many posts scoring 1. I thought, hmm, probably an error? Or perhaps, duplicate entries had found their way into my corpus? But after hand checking several I realized, no, the image is always different. So that’s interesting: people selling this material use the same language time and time again. Let’s consider some of it. We’ll start with this post:

  • Real human skull for sale, message me for more info. #skull #skulls #skullforsale #humanskull #humanskullforsale #realhumanskull #realhumanskullforsale #curio #curiosity

A post that scored 1 for similarity has the exact same text but a vastly different photograph. I’m not going to link to the photos or posts here because I don’t want to encourage this. A post at .9375 similarity has one extra hashtag appended to the text (and of course, a different photo):

  • Real human skull for sale, message me for more info. #skull #skulls #skullforsale #humanskull #humanskullforsale #realhumanskull #realhumanskullforsale #curio #curiosity #dead

We continue so on until we’re at arond .5 for our score:

  • Skull and arm £400 for the pair. One of the fingers on the hand is missing it’s tip and the whole arm needs glue removing and tidying up a bit. Real human skull for sale, message me for more info. #skull #skulls #skullforsale #humanskull #humanskullforsale #realhumanskull #realhumanskullforsale #curio #curiosity #dead

These posts are all by the same individual. That one phrase, ‘Real human skull for sale, message me for more info’, and that sequence of hashtags is as good an identifier for this individual as any username I’m thinking. I’m still going through these results, but the thought occurs that perhaps I might find *different* users using very similar language. If I found that, that would be very interesting indeed – a sign of influence between users? A sign of community? A kind of shibboleth, a marker of belonging?

Other implications?


Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Le ultime novità 3D Target per il settore UAV: le termocamere FLIR DUO e TC FUSION

3D TARGET presenta sul mercato due nuove termocamere per droni con doppia camera (visibile e IR): FLIR Duo/FLIR Duo R e THERMAL CAPTURE Fusion.

Esperienze tridimensionali: il Museo di Sir John Soane

Il Museo di Sir John Soane è uno dei musei più interessanti di Londra, presso la casa dell'architetto neoclassico John Soane (XIX secolo) e contiene molti dei suoi disegni, modellini, una vasta collezione di dipinti e antichità.

Magnifica avventura di un frammento: il blocco NXLVI del fregio nord del Partenone in realtà aumentata

Lo Studio Glowarp presenterà il prossimo mercoledì 18 gennaio la videoinstallazione in realtà aumentata presso la SUN di Aversa - Facoltà di Architettura, in occasione del ciclo di Seminari del Dottorato organizzato dalla prof.ssa A. Cirafici. Per l'occasione sarà presentato il progetto di totem multimediale inerente l'utilizzo della SAR (Spatial Augmented Reality) in ambito museale (Aula P1 ore 10.30-17.00).

L’allestimento si pone come occasione per riflettere sul significato che l’introduzione delle tecnologie digitali sta assumendo in termini di strategie comunicative, nella fruizione del patrimonio culturale e sulla nascita di una nuova idea di ‘ambiente sensibile’, inteso come luogo in cui l’interazione tra presenza fisica e componente virtuale genera un inedito spazio dell’esperienza e dell’apprendimento capace di trasformare gli ambienti museali in ‘ecosistemi della conoscenza, luoghi immersivi della sperimentazione, territori della memoria’ Si tratta di un allestimento visivo della copia a grandezza naturale di una piccola porzione del lungo fregio, un unico pannello denominato Block NXLVI il cui originale, splendido gruppo di cavalieri al galoppo in marmo pentelico, misura 1 metro e due centimetri di altezza per 98 centimetri di lunghezza.
Nel suo dispiegarsi, il racconto di cui il frammento NXLV si rende protagonista coinvolge lo spettatore in una dimensione per così dire drammaturgica che mescola spazio fisico, spazio virtuale e narrazione in una vera e proprio sceneggiatura. Una magia che ridona significato ad una cultura dell’oralità che per lungo tempo è stata esclusa dalla esperienza museale e che invece è in grado di amplificare a dismisura la ‘densità umana’ della cultura antica. Un’occasione preziosa per trasformare un ‘contenitore’ di memoria in luogo di elaborazione e definizione di significati e identità collettiva.

Programma
Magnifica avventura di un ‘frammento’ - Videoinstallazione_Studio Glowarp (Aula P1 ore 10.30-17-00)

Seminari di ricerca del dottorato - Incontro a cura di A. Cirafici (Aula P9 ore 14.30)

- I musei e la progettazione strategica: l’esperienza del MANN (Ludovico Solima, docente di Management delle imprese culturali)
- Storytelling digitale e videomapping: Itinerari visivi nella comunicazione per i beni culturali (Donato Maniello, Studio Glowarp)

Il seminario ha l'obiettivo di proporsi come occasione di riflessione sul nuovo modo di concepire l’idea stessa di ‘museo’ e di gestione del patrimonio culturale.
In particolare l’intervento del prof. Solima tende a sviluppare una riflessione - attraverso l'analisi di un caso di studio - su un tema di grande importanza per i musei, che risulta però ancora del tutto assente nelle pratiche manageriali dei musei italiani: la formulazione del Piano Strategico. Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli è stato il primo museo in Italia ad affrontare questo tema, pervenendo alla stesura di un documento, in italiano ed inglese, presentato pubblicamente e reso disponibile via internet. La descrizione della genesi e della realizzazione del Piano Strategico 2016-2019 del Mann costituirà l'oggetto della testimonianza di Ludovico Solima, professore associato di Economia e gestione delle imprese e docente di "Management delle imprese culturali" presso il Dipartimento di Economia dell'Università della Campania, che ne ha curato la redazione insieme alla Direzione del museo.

L’intervento dell’arch. Maniello, a partire dall’esperienza della videoinstallazione del Il blocco N XLVI del fregio nord del Partenone in realtà aumentata, si proporrà come momento di riflessione sull'utilizzo della realtà aumentata indoor, sul suo ruolo per la valorizzazione dei beni culturali e sulle potenzialità espressive che la realtà aumentata offre alla fruizione museale, con uno sguardo non tanto volto alla ‘spettacolarizzazione’ dell’esperienza percettiva che così di frequente si accompagna alla moltiplicazione dei livelli informativi, ma piuttosto con una particolare attenzione alla costruzione sapiente di un ‘percorso informativo’ finalizzato all’ampliamento dell’esperienza in termini di accesso alla conoscenza di fruizione consapevole del bene.

L'evento si svolgerà mercoledì 18 gennaio 2017, presso la SUN (Università di Aversa, Facoltà di Architettura).
Fonte: Studio Glowarp

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Climate and Religion in the Late Roman Mediterranean

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading about in the recent work on the climate history, climate change, and the Anthropocene. I’ve been sucked into John Brooke’s massive work, Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey (Cambridge 2014) and spent altogether too much time surfing the footnotes. To simplify a very complex and nuanced book, Brooke argues that large-scale climate change has had a direct impact on the development of human culture. In particular, he argues that “the structure of human history is distinctly “Gouldian”/punctuational, with long periods of relative stability (stasis) interrupted by well- de ned breaks best understood as episodic (not necessarily cyclical) global climate crises – Dark Ages, perhaps – increasingly augmented and surpassed by the eruption of epidemic disease and destructive warfare.” In other words, he human populations, culture, and society as stable and resilient. As a result, change has tended to come when particularly disruptive natural events (in contrast to the slow pressures of, say, population growth) push populations to adapt quickly. Not every natural catastrophe had this impact on human societies, but many did.

Last week, David Pettegrew took the first mighty swing at the introduction to our Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology.  He traced the history of Early Christian archaeology and left us looking ahead to a section on the future of the study of Christian material culture. One of the issues that Brooke’s book has pushed me to consider – as well as recent works (such as the admitted problematic works like Ronnie Ellenblum’s The Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean: Climate Change and Decline of the East 950-1072 (Cambridge 2012)) – is the role of natural disaster in the rise of Christianity. There is a growing body of evidence that Late Antiquity saw a series of closely clustered natural disasters that ranged from earthquakes and the onsets of plagues to the end of the so-called “Classical Optimum” which was characterized by relatively stable climates and warmer temperatures and the start of 400 year period of greater climate variability. For Brooke and others (most notably Michael McCormick), nature has an impact on the transformations marking the end of the ancient world.

Notable among these changes was the rise of Christianity in the Mediterranean. It is difficult to deny the rate of cultural change that took place over the Late Antique centuries. For example, the accelerated growth of Christianity during Late Antiquity (i.e. after, say, 300) paralleled changes in pagan beliefs. In fact, many of the these changes took place side-by-side and created wonderfully diverse examples of pagan-Christian syncretism. This is not to suggest that either Christianity or paganism was stable and unchanging during its previous centuries. In fact, the internal organization of Christianity from its earliest days in cities around the Eastern Mediterranean adapted to persist in a politically hostile environment which included periodically intense persecutions often triggered by local natural (or social) disasters. The ability for Christianity to survive and adapt to attacks by communities who saw Christians as disrupting social cohesion or the relationship between the community and the divine, almost certain served it well as plagues, climate change, and political and military challenges beset the region.

The challenge for an archaeology of Early Christianity remains identifying evidence for the interaction of Christianity and climate change in specific instances. 


Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Free online course: Rome: a Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Rome: a Virtual Tour of the Ancient City
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
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About the course 
Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with University of Reading expert, Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed, historically accurate and award-winning, 3D digital model of this awe-inspiring city.

Immerse yourself in the architecture and history of Ancient Rome

Join Matthew on a walk around the city of Rome, and ask yourself:
Why was this ancient city built where it was? Did all roads really lead to Rome? How was drinking water supplied to the city’s million inhabitants? Where did Romans worship their gods and meet their political masters? And which buildings provided a backdrop for the spectacular events that both celebrated emperors and secured the loyalty of the masses?
The course will encourage you to explore the answers to all of these questions and many more. It combines excerpts and ‘virtual walk around’ views of the 3D digital model with timelines, animations and 360 degree panoramic images. Moving seamlessly between the digital model and real-life film footage of contemporary Rome, Matthew brings the ancient city to life as never before.
By the end of the course, you will:
  • be familiar with the topography, architecture, and political and social history of ancient Rome;
  • understand how experts study these topics and what they use as source material to gain an accurate insight into the past;
  • and better understand and interpret the archaeological ruins that you might encounter, for example, on holiday in Rome.

Learn with a Roman history expert from the University of Reading

Throughout the course, you will learn with Dr Matthew Nicholls, a recognised expert on ancient Rome. Matthew has extensive broadcast and public speaking experience on Roman history, and directs a specialist Masters degree on the ancient city in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading.

Requirements
This course is open to anyone with an interest in discovering more about ancient Rome. You might be: planning a visit to the Italian capital; an avid watcher of documentaries on Roman history; or considering studying archaeology, classics or history at university.

January 15, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Afrique: Archéologie & Arts

Afrique: Archéologie & Arts
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Afrique : Archéologie & Arts est une revue annuelle dédiée à l’archéologie et aux arts d’Afrique. Elle rend compte de la diversité des cultures anciennes du continent en s'appuyant sur des disciplines connexes (géomorphologie, archéométrie...), privilégiant, pour l'étude des productions artistiques, les méthodes de l’histoire de l’art. Fondée par l’équipe Afrique de l’UMR 7041 du CNRS, elle regroupe des travaux originaux, des synthèses, des cahiers thématiques et présente les écrits universitaires de qualité soutenus dans l’année. Ces textes – en français ou en anglais – sont accompagnés d’une abondante documentation iconographique.

Afrique : Archéologie & Arts paraît en version imprimée et en version numérique. Les anciens numéros de la collection seront prochainement numérisées et accessibles sur le site.

    Numéros en texte intégral

      Open Access Journal: The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

      [First posted in AWOL 4 November 2009. Updated 15 January 2017]

      The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture
      ISSN: 1754-517X
       Journal for Late Antique Religion & Culture logo
      JLARC is a full text open access online Journal edited by members and associates of CLARC and published by Cardiff University, Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.
      Contributions are welcome for a wide range of topics in the research area as defined on the homepage of the centre.









      2007

      Open Access Journal: Revue des Études Tardo-antiques (RET)

      Revue des Études Tardo-antiques (RET)
      ISSN: 2115-8266
      La « Revue des Études Tardo-antiques », fondée par l’association « Textes pour l’Histoire de l’Antiquité Tardive » (THAT) et placée sous son patronage, a l’ambition d’être une revue scientifique internationale de référence dans le domaine de l’Antiquité tardive, de ses sources et de ses prolongements. Elle permet aux chercheurs de publier et de faire reconnaître leurs travaux sur les textes antiques (éditions, traductions, analyses, confrontations) dans une perspective historique, qu’il s’agisse de l’histoire proprement dite ou de l’histoire littéraire, rhétorique, religieuse, des idées, du droit, de la tradition manuscrite, de leur fortune et de leur réception. Dotée d’un comité scientifique international comptant des personnalités du monde de la recherche sur l’Antiquité tardive et d’un comité de lecture permanent auquel, pour chaque proposition d’article, les experts les mieux qualifiés sont sollicités d’apporter leur concours, la « Revue des Études Tardo-antiques » fournit aux auteurs et aux lecteurs la garantie d’une haute qualité scientifique.
      Free to individuals after registration

      DigPal Blog

      DigiPal wins Inaugural MAA Digital Humanities Prize

      We are very happy and honoured to announce that the DigiPal project has won the inaugural Digital Humanities Prize of the Medieval Academy of America. The full citation notes that

      DigiPal’s innovative framework, collaborative origins, open access, quality design, and skillfully curated pilot collection make it an excellent model for the practice of digital humanities scholarship in the field of medieval studies.

      I personally want to thank all the people who have contributed to DigiPal as a project and to the free and open-source software that we have continued to develop since the project finished in 2014; these thanks include the European Research Council who funded the whole project through an ERC Starting Grant. The citation formally credits the 'core' DigiPal team of Peter Stokes, Stewart Brookes and Geoffroy Noël, and I certainly want to thank my colleagues Stewart and Geoffroy, but this is only a small seletion of the people who have contributed directly to the project over the last seven years. The DigiPal, Models of Authority and Conqueror's Commissioners (Exon Domeday) projects, as well as smaller projects such as ScandiPal, SephardiPal, ViGOTHIC, and Polices des Caractères et Inscriptions Monétaires, along with the various advisory boards, student interns, and others, brings the total number of contributors to well over 30 people. These people and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, who funded Models of Authority and the Conqueror's Commissioners, all deserve recognition.

      Finally, to give some sense of the significance of this award, here is some text on the Academy and prize (thanks to the MAA's Executive Director, Lisa Fagin Davis, for providing this):

      The Medieval Academy of America is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy was founded in 1925 and comprises more than 3500 members worldwide. Among other activities, the Academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum and awards more than a dozen prizes, grants, and fellowships. In 2016, the Council of the Medieval Academy voted to add an annual Digital Humanities Prize to its slate of publication honors. More than twenty digital projects were nominated for the inaugural prize, which is being awarded to DigiPal. The Prize will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy, to be held at the University of Toronto from April 6-8. More information about the Medieval Academy can be found at http://medievalacademy.org.

      Congratulations again to everyone in the rapidly growing DigiPal community, and I look forward to working with you all more in the years to come.

      Links and References

      [This article has been cross-posted with minor changes on the DigiPal, Models of Authority and Conqueror's Commissioners websites.]

      January 14, 2017

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      ALIM: Archivio della Latinità Italiana del Medioevo

      ALIM: Archivio della Latinità Italiana del Medioevo
      l progetto ALIM (Archivio della Latinità Italiana del Medioevo) intende offrire alla libera consultazione, sulla rete Internet, tutti i testi composti in Italia nel corso del medioevo e scritti in latino (Elenco dei testi che entreranno a far parte dell'archivio elettronico ALIM). Il latino rappresentò, infatti, per molti secoli la sola lingua in cui ebbero espressione scritta molte le principali creazioni del pensiero, della scienza e della letteratura del medio evo, oltre che la sua documentazione storica e, anche quando si affermarono nella scrittura le lingue nazionali, non perse mai, sino alla fine del medioevo ed oltre, la funzione e il prestigio di lingua transnazionale, cui era necessario fare ricorso quando si intendeva conferire alle opere piena funzione espressiva, dignità letteraria e circolazione internazionale.
       
      Il progetto di ricerca, nato negli anni Novanta e tuttora in corso di esecuzione, riguarda i testi composti in Italia fra VIII e XV secolo e si propone di completare le informazioni linguistiche reperibili, per i secoli precedenti, nel grande dizionario della latinità medievale italiana, promosso dall' Unione Accademica Nazionale* e curato da Francesco Arnaldi e Pasquale Smiraglia, il Latinitatis Italicae Medii Aevi lexicon (saec. V ex. – saec. XI in.), Editio altera, SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo, Firenze 2001. Anche il progetto ALIM è condotto sotto gli auspici dell' Unione Accademica Nazionale* e rappresenta un nuovo contributo italiano al più ampio progetto, promosso dall'Union Académique Internationale di Bruxelles, di realizzare un dizionario del latino medievale europeo, che integri i lessici delle rispettive latinità medievali, elaborati da tutti gli Stati europei. Inoltre, in ragione della finalità lessicografica dell'intero progetto, si è da ultimo aperto l’archivio ad una tipologia testuale diversa da quella letteraria, ossia la ricca produzione documentaria pubblica e privata dei secoli VIII-XV, partendo dalle fonti già edite in grandi raccolte diplomatiche, come il Codex diplomaticus Cavensis (1873-1990).
       
      Il programma ALIM, che comprende anche ricerche di filologia, stora letteraria e informatica umanistica, è stato finora realizzato con finanziamenti del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), dell’Unione Accademica Nazionale (UAN), oltre che delle Università coinvolte**. Ha fruito, inoltre, di finanziamenti del Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica nell’ambito dei seguenti bandi per progetti di ricerca di rilevante interesse nazionale:
       
      PRIN 1996 (coordinatore nazionale: Giovanni Polara); PRIN 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 (coordinatore nazionale: Gian Carlo Alessio); 2005 (coordinatore nazionale: Antonio De Prisco) 2009 (coordinatore nazionale: Gian Carlo Alessio), 2012 (coordinatore nazionale: Francesco Stella).



      Open Textbook: The Intelligent Troglodyte’s Guide to Plato’s Republic

      The Intelligent Troglodyte’s Guide to Plato’s Republic
      Douglas Drabkin, Fort Hays State University
      Pub Date: 2016
      ISBN 13:
      Publisher: Independent

      Table of Contents

      Book I
      1 A Religious Festival in the Piraeus
      2 Being Old
      3 Treasure for Heaven
      4 Giving What is Owed
      5 The Craft of Justice
      6 Benefiting Friends and Harming Enemies
      7 The Advantage of the Stronger
      8 The Good Shepherd
      9 The Blushing Argument
      10 Function, Virtue, and the Soul
      Book II
      11 The Division of Goods
      12 The Social Contract Theory of Justice
      13 The Magic Ring
      14 The Challenge
      15 The Teaching of Justice
      16 Glaucon’s Lover
      17 From Souls to Cities
      18 Making the Most of Differences
      19 Luxuries in the Just City
      20 The Good Soldier
      21 Censoring Homer
      22 Gods Causing Bad Things
      23 Gods in Disguise or Speaking Falsely
      Book III
      24 Fear and Grief
      25 Laughter and Lying
      26 Lust, Wrath, and Greed
      27 Narrative Style and Personal Integrity
      28 The Emotional Power of Tune and Rhythm
      29 Love of the Fine and Beautiful
      30 Physical Training
      31 Doctors and Judges
      32 Harmony in the Soul
      33 Rulers
      34 The Myth of the Metals
      35 Private Property and Private Interests
      Book IV
      36 The City as a Whole
      37 Lawfulness Internalized, Legislation Minimized
      38 Wisdom in the City
      39 Courage in the City
      40 Temperance in the City
      41 Justice in the City
      42 Parts of the Soul ¬¬ Appetitive and Rational
      43 The Spirited Part of the Soul
      44 The Virtues of the Soul
      45 Injustice is Sick
      Book V
      46 A Desire to Listen
      47 The Natures of Men and Women
      48 Good Breeding
      49 Families and the Saying of “Mine” and “Not Mine”
      50 The Waging of War
      51 Philosophers and Knowledge of the Forms
      Book VI
      52 The Virtues of the Philosopher
      53 Philosophical Perspective and the Fear of Death
      54 The Uselessness of Philosophers
      55 Gifted Students and the Sophists
      56 Putting Knowledge of the Forms to Use
      57 The Form of the Good
      58 Every Soul Pursues the Good
      59 The Sun
      60 Degrees of Clarity (The Line)
      Book VII
      61 The Cave
      62 Two Kinds of Confusion
      63 The Craft of Education
      64 Compulsory Service for Philosophers
      65 Numbers as Summoners
      66 Further Mathematical Studies
      67 Dialectic
      68 Selecting Students for Philosophy
      69 Abuses of Refutation
      70 Completing the Education of the Rulers
      71 Establishing Justice
      Book VIII
      72 The Fall of the Aristocratic City
      73 The Timocratic City
      74 The Timocratic Soul
      75 The Oligarchic City
      76 The Oligarchic Soul
      77 The Democratic City
      78 The Democratic Soul
      79 The Tyrannical City
      Book IX
      80 Lawless Desires
      81 The Right Way to Fall Asleep
      82 The Tyrannical Soul
      83 The First Proof: Analogy of City and Soul
      84 The Second Proof: Who’s to Say?
      85 The Third Proof: True Pleasures
      86 How Much More Unpleasant is the Tyrannical Life?
      87 An Emblem of the Soul
      88 Will the Just Person Take Part in Politics?
      Book X
      89 Return to Poetry
      90 First Accusation: Imitation in Ignorance
      91 Second Accusation: Injustice Promoted in the Soul
      92 A Call to Poetry’s Defenders
      93 An Argument for the Soul’s Immortality
      94 The Soul Without Barnacles
      95 Rewards from Gods and Human Beings
      96 Suffering, Philosophy, and the Choice of a Lifetime

      About the Book

      The Republic of Plato is one of the classic gateway texts into the study and practice of philosophy, and it is just the sort of book that has been able to arrest and redirect lives. How it has been able to do this, and whether or not it will be able to do this in your own case, is something you can only discover for yourself. The present guidebook aims to help a person get fairly deep, fairly quickly, into the project. It divides the dialogue into 96 sections and provides commentary on each section as well as questions for reflection and exploration. It is organized with a table of contents and is stitched together with a system of navigating bookmarks. Links to external sites such as the Perseus Classical Library are used throughout. This book is suitable for college courses or independent study.

      About the Contributors

      Author(s)

      Douglas Drabkin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 with degrees in literature, education, and philosophy, and has been a member of the department since 1994. He teaches a wide range of courses including Introduction to Philosophy, Bioethics, Aims of Education, Classical Greek Philosophy, Foundations of Modern Philosophy, and Aesthetics, and is currently involved in the Living and Learning Community Heart and Mind: Philosophizing About the Arts. He has published articles in the philosophy of religion, and has recently written an unusually good little book on Plato’s Republic. A fairly accomplished amateur violinist, he shamelessly scrapes away.

      Open Textbook: World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

      World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650
       
      Laura Getty, North Georgia College & State University
      Kyounghye Kwon, University of North Georgia

      Pub Date: 2015
      ISBN 13: 978-1-9407713-2-8
      Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

      Table of Contents

      Middle East, Near East, Greece 
      • Hebrew Bible, “Genesis” and “Exodus” 
      • The Epic of Gilgamesh 
      • The Iliad and The Odyssey 
      • Medea 
      • Oedipus the king
      • The Apology of Socrates 
      China 
      • The Analects 
      • The Art of War 
      • The Book of Songs 
      • The Mother of Mencius 
      • The Zhuangzi 
      India 
      • The Bhagavad Gita 
      • The Mahabharata 
      • The Ramayana 
      Rome 
      • The Aeneid 
      • Metamorphoses 
      Bibliography
      Appendix

      About the Book

      This peer-reviewed World Literature I anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

      About the Contributors

      Author(s)

      Laura Getty is an English professor at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA. 
      Kyounghye Kwon is an assistant professor in the English department at the University of North Georgia. She received her doctoral degree in English and her certificate in Theatre and Performance from The Ohio State University. Her teaching and research areas include world literature, postcolonial studies, Asian/Asian American studies, gender studies, and performance studies. Her current research focuses on how Korean traditional puppet theatre preserves, alters, and adapts Korea's pre-colonial/indigenous memory in its performance repertoires for contemporary audiences, with particular attention to indigenous memory, gender, and the changing nature of the audience. She is co-editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature (UNGP, 2015), an open access textbook funded by a Complete College Georgia Grant. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Pinter Et Cetera, and Text & Presentation.

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

      From my diary

      I am continuing to turn my reference books into PDFs by taking the covers off and breaking them into sections, guillotining the edge and then scanning them.  This is going well.

      I also visited a local second hand bookshop and purchased a few classics for a couple of dollars each.  These were books that I already had, but where I wanted to retain my cherished paper copy.

      One thing that I would like to do is to scan Christian paperbacks from the 1980s in the same way.  Unfortunately it seems that charity shops and second-hand shops tend to discard “religious” paperbacks as unsaleable.

      I now have a couple of monster volumes to do.  One of these is an Italian reference volume which I bought in a bookshop in the Via della Conciliazione in Rome, the street that leads up to the Vatican.  It has since been translated into English, and it would be more useful to me in PDF.  Another is a monstrous volume sent to me for review, which I consider unreadable in paper form.  I think that it is a show volume, created solely to impress, rather than inform.  Anyway, it would be better in PDF.

      A correspondent drew my attention to a series of volumes giving yet another “real Jesus” narrative.  I am preparing a review of one of the key points of this theory; but it doesn’t really seem to be widely known, and I am nervous of giving it publicity.

      In the process I discovered the existence of a “Life of St Paul” included in many Greek manuscripts of the Acts and Letters, and attributed to a certain Euthalius.  I’ll probably do a post on this once I understand the matter better than I do now.

      It is the depths of winter here at the moment.  At some point I hope to get another contract and go back to work.  Meanwhile … I can continue to declutter my shelves!!

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      One Off Journal Issues: Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault's Rome

      Foucault Studies, Number 22: January 2017: Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault's Rome
      ISSN: 1832-5203
      Cover Page
      Cover photo © Shreyaa Bhatt
      Shreyaa Bhatt writes about the photo:
      The Roman forum was the administrative and commercial centre of Roman civic life. Today, the site is filled with a deep, but puzzling, sense of history. Existing structures enmesh original ancient ruins dating from the Republican and Imperial periods with Christian and Renaissance facades. At the centre of the photo is the Temple of Saturn, originally dedicated in 497 BCE, and rebuilt several times over the course of the next approximately 800 years due to fire. To the left of temple is the triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus, erected in 203 CE and suggestively built in front of the Temple of Concord to imply the restoration of peace following the victories against the Parthians. Behind the arch is the Curia, the meeting place of the Roman senate, the building works of which commenced in 44 BCE by Julius Caesar and completed in 29 BCE by Augustus. The building was in use as a senatorial curia up until 630 CE, when it was converted into the church of Sant’ Adriano by Pope Honorius I. Between the major monuments which still stand, or partially stand, today are broken columns, fragmentary bases of statues and remains of old paths and stairwells, leaving a chaotic and confusing sense of a monumental past, which, in its own day would have been extraordinarily polished and orderly.

      Table of Contents


      Editorial


      Editorial
      Sverre Raffnsøe et al.
      1-7

      Special Issue on Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault's Rome


      Richard Alston
      8-30

      Ika Willis
      31-48

      Dean Hammer
      49-71

      Shreyaa Bhatt
      72-93

      Richard Alston
      94-112

      James I. Porter
      113-133

      Articles


      Verena Erlenbusch
      134-152

      Tahseen Kazi
      153-176

      Navid Pourmokhtari
      177-207

      Translations


      Cuvier’s Situation in the History of Biology
      Lynne Huffer
      208-237

      Interviews


      Foucault and Intellectual History: An interview with Stuart Elden on his book FOUCAULT's LAST DECADE (Polity Press, 2016)
      Antoinette Koleva
      238-253

      Julian Reid on Foucault – applying his work on war, resilience, imagination and political subjectivity
      Kristian Haug
      254-262

      Book Reviews


      Stuart Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016), 272pp, pb £17.99, ISBN: 9780745683928
      Kurt Borg
      263-268

      Paul Colilli, Agamben and the Signature of Astrology. Spheres of Potentiality (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015), i-xx, 214 pp. hard cover, $85.00 (US) ISBN: 978-1-4985-0595-6
      Alain Beaulieu
      269-272

      Peter Sloterdijk, Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault, trans. Thomas Dunlap (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN: 978-0231153737
      Jonathan G. Wald
      273-275

      January 13, 2017

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Open Access Journal: Jordan Journal for History and Archaeology (JJHA) - المجلة الأردنية للتاريخ والآثار

      [First posted in AWOL 17 November 2013, updated (with all links now to the Internet Archive) 13 January 2017]

      Jordan Journal for History and Archaeology (JJHA) -  المجلة الأردنية للتاريخ والآثار
      ISSN: 1996-9546
      Jordan Journal for History and Archaeology (JJHA) is an International Quarterly, Refereed Research Journal. It is concerned with publishing refereed scientific papers by local and international authors. Issued quarterly, the journal sets itself to publishing original topics whose scientific and practical value is concerned with history and archaeology. Manuscripts are published mainly in Arabic or English. However, other languages approved by the Editorial Board may be considered as well. Submitted papers are evaluated anonymously by specialists in their field.








      2007





      Open Access Journal: Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin

      Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin
      ISSN: 2410-0951
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      The Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin (ISSN 2410-0951, since 2015) has succeeded the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Newsletter as the main organ of the European network in Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies. 

      It is a biannual peer-reviewed international journal, published on-line (under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license) and on paper as print-on-demand.

      It is dedicated to the vast variety of issues concerned with the research into the oriental manuscript traditions, from instrumental analysis, to codicology and palaeography, to critical text editing, to manuscript preservation, to the application of digital tools to manuscript research. The geographical focus is the Mediterranean Near East, with its wide array of language traditions including, though not limiting to, Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Caucasian Albanian, Christian Palestinian Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Slavonic, Syriac, and Turkish.

      News from the ANS Digital Library

      More than 80 LOD-enhanced ebooks published to the ANS Digital Library
      Friday, January 13, 2017
      The American Numismatic Society has nearly completed its Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Open Book program. Eighty-two of 86 books have been enhanced by a Whitney Christopher, a TEI specialist from the King's College London DH program to link to people and places defined on Nomisma.org, Pleiades (either directly linked or by means of Nomisma's internal concordance system), VIAF, Wikidata, and the ANS's own archival authority control system. The final four books will go online soon. They are all available in the ANS Digital Library.
      The number of people and places mentioned in these texts is a staggering figure, and it should be noted that we have focused on linking those entities that are most relevant to the texts, but we will continue to refine the linking over time, especially when it comes to Nomisma concepts and bibliographic references to Worldcat Works (links to which have not yet been incorporated). As Nomisma expands further into the Greek world and other domains of numismatics (after the ancient period), we will return to these ebooks to insert or replace links to Nomisma mints, people, and political entities.

      Beyond relevant people and places, we have inserted hundreds of links to IGCH records (about 170 different coin hoards are cited in 400 locations in a handful of books), to the ANS collection, and to coin types defined in OCRE or CRRO. So far, more than 100 coins in the ANS and 6 in the Smithsonian American Art Museum have been identified by their accession numbers, although one of the four remaining books to be published will soon include nearly 70 more links to ANS coins. There are many more coins referenced in these books that may now belong to the ANS, but were not accessioned at the date of publication. A curator with more specific knowledge will need to identify these in the future.

      One of the most often cited hoard is the Demanhur Hoard (IGCH 1664), which is mentioned in four books and on various pages of two of Edward Newell's notebooks. By linking archival authorities mentioned in these texts, we have greatly enhanced access to the works by and about Edward Newell and other prominent numismatic figures associated with the Society. A user of the ANS's authority portal (built on EAC-CPF) will have access to books written by Newell in our digital library, as well as his archival materials. Furthermore, mentions of Newell from the books written by other scholars will appear under annotations. In his case, he is mentioned in 18 other books, sometimes in multiple sections.

      Like Mantis, the OCRE and CRRO config files have been updated to link to our archival SPARQL endpoint, and therefore annotations about specific types are accessible directly through types defined in these system. Nearly 50 types in OCRE are linked from Roman Medallions, and a researcher can drill down into a specific section of the book from RIC 5 Gallienus and Salonina 1.

      Finally, through the links to Pleiades, each section in each book that mentions an ancient place will be accessible in Pelagios.

      Open Access Monograph Series: Ausgrabungen in Uruk-Warka

      [First posted in AWOL 1 March 2012, updated 13 January 2017]

      Ausgrabungen in Uruk-Warka

      One of a series of AWOL pages seeking to pull together publication series digitized and served through AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports

      Ethan Gruber (XForms for Archives)

      More than 80 LOD-enhanced ebooks published to the ANS Digital Library

      The American Numismatic Society has nearly completed its Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Open Book program. Eighty-two of 86 books have been enhanced by a Whitney Christopher, a TEI specialist from the King's College London DH program to link to people and places defined on Nomisma.org, Pleiades (either directly linked or by means of Nomisma's internal concordance system), VIAF, Wikidata, and the ANS's own archival authority control system. The final four books will go online soon. They are all available in the ANS Digital Library.

      The number of people and places mentioned in these texts is a staggering figure, and it should be noted that we have focused on linking those entities that are most relevant to the texts, but we will continue to refine the linking over time, especially when it comes to Nomisma concepts and bibliographic references to Worldcat Works (links to which have not yet been incorporated). As Nomisma expands further into the Greek world and other domains of numismatics (after the ancient period), we will return to these ebooks to insert or replace links to Nomisma mints, people, and political entities.

      Beyond relevant people and places, we have inserted hundreds of links to IGCH records (about 170 different coin hoards are cited in 400 locations in a handful of books), to the ANS collection, and to coin types defined in OCRE or CRRO. So far, more than 100 coins in the ANS and 6 in the Smithsonian American Art Museum have been identified by their accession numbers, although one of the four remaining books to be published will soon include nearly 70 more links to ANS coins. There are many more coins referenced in these books that may now belong to the ANS, but were not accessioned at the date of publication. A curator with more specific knowledge will need to identify these in the future.

      One of the most often cited hoard is the Demanhur Hoard (IGCH 1664), which is mentioned in four books and on various pages of two of Edward Newell's notebooks. By linking archival authorities mentioned in these texts, we have greatly enhanced access to the works by and about Edward Newell and other prominent numismatic figures associated with the Society. A user of the ANS's authority portal (built on EAC-CPF) will have access to books written by Newell in our digital library, as well as his archival materials. Furthermore, mentions of Newell from the books written by other scholars will appear under annotations. In his case, he is mentioned in 18 other books, sometimes in multiple sections.

      Like Mantis, the OCRE and CRRO config files have been updated to link to our archival SPARQL endpoint, and therefore annotations about specific types are accessible directly through types defined in these system. Nearly 50 types in OCRE are linked from Roman Medallions, and a researcher can drill down into a specific section of the book from RIC 5 Gallienus and Salonina 1.

      Finally, through the links to Pleiades, each section in each book that mentions an ancient place will be accessible in Pelagios.

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

      Review: “Before Nicea: The early followers of Prophet Jesus” by Abdul Haq al Ashanti and Abdur Rahman Bowes, 2005

      This book was drawn to my attention on Twitter, where it was offered as a scholarly source for some very odd remarks about ante-Nicene Christianity.

      The book has the ISBN of 0955109906.  But it circulates most widely in eBook form, e.g. Archive.org.  The eBook that I have marks it as “© SalafiManhaj 2005”, although it does not seem to appear on the salafimanhaj.com site here.  The authors are Abdul Haq al-Ashanti (once known as Paul Addae, a 39-year old SOAS graduate), and Abdur Rahman Bowes (once known as Tim Bowes, I think).  The former is a media representative for the Brixton mosque in London, set up by West African Salafi muslims, as is apparent from this report here.

      The introduction tells us that the book is intended for those “who seek to know the original belief of the people that followed the teachings of Jesus”  and make “comparisons between early Christianity and Islam”.  They add that “Before Nicea should not be viewed as ‘Muslim propaganda’ or bias, rather as an honest look at the evidence that qualified scholars have provided.”[1]

      The title is misleading, however.  It is not in fact concerned with giving a historical account of the church “before Nicea”.  This becomes apparent very quickly.

      Now I’m sure that some readers remember the old trick, much beloved of students in a hurry, of reading a book from the back?  Doing so is revealing, and I will review it, section by section, in just that way.

      For pages 98-76 (“Where does this leave us?”) are about the Koran, and how wonderful it is; material that, true or false, can have no possible relevance to such a theme.  On this section, I will only observe that while we have no critical edition of the text of the Koran, assertions about the extreme textual reliability of copies circulating today cannot be based on anything but wishful thinking.

      Pages 75-59 (“Later Christianity and its parallels in the wider world”) involves a copy and paste of “pagan Christs” material from such folk as long-dead headbanger T. W. Doane, whose claims that Christianity is copied from Buddhism sit strangely with the supposed purpose of the book.  There are claims about “Isis – Mother of God”; claims that the hellenistic use of “Sons of God” mean that Jesus was not really considered divine; and much else, all of it the fag-end of someone else’s polemic, all of it plainly unchecked, and repeated purely in order to attack Christianity and for no other reason.  This indicates the real purpose of the book; it’s a tract.

      Pages 58-55 are devoted to the history of the translation of the English bible, a topic of no conceivable relevance to the subject; but which contains the following gem of logic:

      The evangelical Christians would say that the people who persecuted the two characters, Tyndale and Wycliff, were not “real Christians,” yet at the same time the Evangelical Christians denounce and brand as “heretical” the original followers of Jesus who had similar beliefs to Islaam.

      I’m sure that we have all seen before an argument which boils down to “some claims that X is a fake are untrue, therefore all claims that X is a fake must be wrong.”  It is not very impressive that the authors fall into such an elementary mistake.

      Pages 54-37 (“The Bible: its alteration, compilation and translation”) consist of recycled atheist anti-bible polemic, made up of supposed quotations from “scholars”.

      The purpose of this section is to bring together the facts about the Bible, as presented by many Christian scholars.[2]

      The scholars are not in fact Christians; claiming that they are is a polemical trick copied from the atheist literature.  But what on earth is the relevance of all this fifth-hand nonsense to the topic of Before Nicea?

      One notes that the book was compiled so hastily that the authors did not recognise that they had included a statement from F. G. Kenyon twice.  It is mildly depressing to discover that the statement itself is a complete misrepresentation of Kenyon’s views on whether the text is reliable; for he, contrary to what the authors would like the reader to learn, that the bible text is indeed reliable, on the very next page of his work.[3]

      Pages 36-31 consist of attacks on the Trinity.  This might have been relevant.  But in fact the authors are only concerned to show that the early Christians did not hold Trinitarian views.  Unfortunately they are not very familiar with the history of doctrine, and they blunder badly.

      As we all know, the term itself is Latin, and was applied by Tertullian to his summary of the biblical teaching in Adversus Praxean., ca. 215 AD.  But the authors know nothing of this, and commence their comments with “The New Catholic Encyclopedia, officially approved by the Catholic Church, explains that the concept of the Trinity was introduced into Christianity in the fourth century”.  The quotes that follow really suggest that the authors thought that the trinity is post-Nicene, and did not realise that details, such as the precise position of the Holy Spirit, or whether the Son was of the same substance or like substance, are not of themselves the doctrine of the Trinity.  The encyclopedias that they read, and mined for quotes, consequently misled them.

      Pages 30-28 as “Is Jesus God”?  The second century fathers, to a man, say that he is.  The heretics of the period agree, apart from the few Jewish heretics; instead asking whether Jesus was really human or a phantasm.  But none of this, about the church before Nicea, merits discussion; because the authors knew nothing about it.  Instead we get a couple of pages of assertions.  None of these merit much discussion.

      Pages 27-19 are titled “early Christianity”.  This is what the book is supposed to be about; and it is disappointing that it consists of a mere 8 pages.

      Unfortunately the section is consists really of an assertion that the early Christians believed only in the Father.  But this is not so.  I have a few quotes on the incarnation here, which by themselves would indicate otherwise.

      A quotation from the Koran, from the Shepherd of Hermas, a passage from the Nicene Creed (?!), and a couple of very dubious quotes from 19th century scholars who certainly did not believe the views the authors attribute to them take up two of the 8 pages. We then get 4 pages of vague claims about the Ebionites and related heresies.  Some of these claims are strange; if we consult Epiphanius Panarion, we quickly find that Basilides believed in many gods, one of whom was the Hebrew god; and Jesus was not a man but a phantasm[4]  But certainly some heretics mixed Jewish-type views into their collection of strangenesses.  The oddities of these groups, their angelologies and so forth, are not mentioned by the authors, which misleads the reader into supposing that these people were proto-muslims.  The section ends with the following:

      Hans Küng et al. note that “the traditional and historical parallels between early Judaic-Christianity and Islam are inescapable.”[5]

      The parallels seem remarkably escapable to most of us.

      Pages 18-12 – the first pages after the introduction – are headed “The crucifixion”; but in reality the purpose of this section is to establish that those whom the early church called heretics were the real Christians, and the real Christians simply invented the teachings which they attributed to Christ and his apostles.  In fact even the introduction, the authors make the curious demand that Christians should not claim to decide who share their views and who do not, but instead should let the authors decide (!).

      The authors do not conceal their reasoning.  The Koran says that Jesus was not crucified; the apostles and those they appointed say that he was; those who the apostles rejected and who rejected the teaching of the apostles said that Jesus was not crucified, and indeed adapted and changed the apostolic teaching freely and in any old manner.  So … clearly the latter were the real followers of Jesus.

      As an analysis of the historical record this is wretched stuff.  We don’t try to discover whether or not the disciples of (e.g.) Valentinus kept to his teaching, or invented their own, on ideological grounds.  We look at the data.  Those who were concerned, then as now, to preserve the teaching of Christ, nothing added, nothing taken away, are clearly visible to us.  Those who preferred to make stuff up, in the manner of the old philosophical schools or haereses, are also visible to us, not least because they kept right on changing their teachings.  Valentinus’ disciples were not faithful to the teaching of their master.  Tertullian in De praescriptione haereticorum 7, and 43, lists who they borrowed their teachings from, and how they run their cults.  Only groups that are interested in preservation are likely to preserve.

      The authors list a number of heretical groups that evaded the idea that Jesus was crucified.  They don’t ask why these groups might do so, assuming that this was a tradition handed down to them, even though a list of the teachings of these groups shows that they did not rely on any handed down tradition.  But in fact we learn that the crucifixion of Jesus was shameful in the Roman world, and a cause of embarrassment to Christians.  Tertullian makes much of this point in De carne Christi 5, arguing that Jesus must have been crucified and risen, precisely because nobody would go out and invent such a daft and embarrassing story.

      But the authors are not interested in demonstrating their claim.  Instead they just assert:

      All of these notions of the crucifixion differ from the ‘orthodox’ Christian understanding, illustrating that there were indeed varied beliefs amongst the early followers of Jesus. These would later be deemed as ‘heretics,’ by ‘orthodox’ Christians with beliefs much further away from the teachings, belief and practice of Jesus…

      But we have only the authors’ assertion that these people were followers of Jesus.  Why should we accept it?  The New Testament itself talks of “false teachers”, of those who try to “deceive” with adulterated teaching.  It’s a very common idea in every piece of early Christian writing.  Likewise we have in Irenaeus a quotation from no less than the apostle John.  On going to the baths one day, and learning that their supposed hero Cerinthus was there, the apostle responded:

      Let’s get out of here.  Cerinthus is inside, and he’s so dishonest that if he leans against a wall, the whole place may collapse.[6]

      The reader asks why he should listen to these heretics; but no answer is given.

      The authors do seem to be aware that those whom they wish to call the “original Christians” are in fact a disreputable group, whose teachings won’t bear much examination.  They would have fared better had they tabulated the teachings of each group, to the extent that they are known, for it would have explained clearly that they were in fact a mish-mash of stuff borrowed from anywhere as convenient.

      These 8 pages show the weakness of the authors.  They are not really concerned to investigate.  Instead they have produced a set of proof texts, mainly from modern authors, to prove their thesis that Jesus was not crucified.  Everything revolves around that need.

      And … that’s the book.  None of it is about the early church.  None of it is about “Before Nicea”.  It’s an islamic religious tract.  It’s not a study, nor a review of what scholars say, nor an attempt to describe what happened.

      It is rather a collection of excuses to ignore what the Christians say about themselves in order to confirm what the Koran says about Christians, padded out with anti-Christian polemic copied from atheists, and which eventually forgets altogether what it was supposed to be about, in order to settle down to debunking Christianity and promoting Islam.

      Of course such a tract has a perfect right to exist.  None of us can complain that a book is not what it does not set out to be.  But since it is being touted as scholarship, then let’s identify that it is not.

      1. [1]All these quotes on p.4.
      2. [2]P.38.
      3. [3]Online here.
      4. [4]Panarion 24.
      5. [5]Reference given is Hans Küng (ed.), Christianity and the World Religions – Paths of Dialogue with Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism (1986), p.24.  But I have not been able to check this.
      6. [6]My paraphrase of the rather more sober text in Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, book 3, 3:4. Here. “There are also those who heard from him [Polycarp] that John, the disciple of the Lord, going to bathe at Ephesus, and perceiving Cerinthus within, rushed out of the bath-house without bathing, exclaiming, “Let us fly, lest even the bath-house fall down, because Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is within.” And Polycarp himself replied to Marcion, who met him on one occasion, and said, “Dost thou know me? “”I do know thee, the first-born of Satan.” Such was the horror which the apostles and their disciples had against holding even verbal communication with any corrupters of the truth; as Paul also says, “A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.””  Polycarp knew John personally; Irenaeus knew Polycarp.

      The crucifixion graffito of Alkimilla from Puteoli

      I was unfamiliar with this item until today, and I doubt that I am alone in this.[1]

      In 1959 a group of eight Tabernae were excavated at Puteoli.  Taberna 5 was a guesthouse, as is clear from the graffiti within it.  These mention various names and cities.

      On the west wall of taberna 5, a mass of graffiti included the following graffito of a crucified woman.[2]  The cross is 40 cm high, the cross-piece is 26 cm long, and the figure is 35 cm high.  The graffiti belongs to the reign of Trajan or Hadrian.

      A name, Ἀλκίμιλα (= Alkimila, Alkimilla), is inscribed over the left-hand side of the image, above the shoulder, suggesting that this is the name of the person in question. It is also possible that this is a form of curse text, rather than a record of an actual event.  The marks across the body are perhaps from flaying or whipping.

      The Crucified Alkimilla. Trajanic-Hadrianic era. Puteoli: Via Pergolesi 146, Taberna 5. West Wall. Drawing by Professor Antonio Lombatti.
      1. [1]Details via John Granger Cook, Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World, 2014, p.203-4, which gives a photograph of the graffito and the inscription, and a good bibliography.
      2. [2]Published in M. Guarducci, “Iscrizioni grechi e latine in una taberna a Pozzuoli”, Acta of the Fifth International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy Cambridge, 1967, Oxford (1971), 219-223.

      Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

      New PhD Placements: Greek Papyri in the British Library

      The British Library is offering a PhD placement opportunity for a student working on Greek papyri. This three-month placement will allow someone studying various aspects of Greek literature, papyrology, Late Antique history and religion to have first-hand experience with the ancient sources preserved in one of the world’s most renowned...

      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      Announcing Picking the President

      It is my pleasure to announce the publication of Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College edited by Eric Burin by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota.

      This The Digital Press’s first effort at a “quick book” that draws together essay from over a dozen authors on the Electoral College. Some were published before and some were written for this book. We combined these essays with historical documents and hope that they provide a platform for thoughtful engagement. The entire project took less than a month from start to finish owing largely to the hard work of my colleague and the book’s editor Eric Burin and the willingness of the contributors to move quickly over the winter break! It was a real rush to get the entire book together this quickly and aside from a few little glitches – like the first page of the table of contents on an even numbered page (which will be ironed out before the book is printed on paper). 

      We also collaborated with North Dakota Quarterly to extend the reach of the Digital Press to new readers and a new audience, pushing the book out late yesterday afternoon on the NDQ website

      Finally, working on this book was such a welcome respite from winter writing grind. I’ve spent the last few weeks hacking through a long term writing project, and the rush of producing a book in a deeply collaborative way was exactly the tonic that saved me from a total implosion into my own mind. 

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      Here’s the blurb:

      Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College. Edited by Eric Burin

      The 2016 presidential election has sparked an unprecedented interest in the Electoral College. In response to Donald Trump winning the presidency despite losing the popular vote, numerous individuals have weighed in with letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, blog posts, videos, and the like, and thanks to the revolution in digital communications, these items have reached an exceptionally wide audience. In short, never before have so many people had so much to say about the Electoral College.

      To facilitate and expand the conversation, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College offers brief essays that examine the Electoral College from different disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, mathematics, political science, history, and pedagogy. Along the way, the essays address a variety of questions about the Electoral College: Why was it created? How has it changed over time? Who benefits from it? Is it just? How will future demographic patterns affect it? Should we alter or abolish the Electoral College, and if so, what should replace it? In exploring these matters, Picking the President enhances our understanding of one of America’s most high-profile, momentous issues.

      With contributions by Eric Burin, Brad Austin, Bill Caraher, Allen C. Guelzo and James H. Hulme, Mark Stephen Jendrysik, Donald F. Johnson, Benjamin J. Kassow, Andrew Meyer, Cynthia Culver Prescott, Timothy Prescott, Patrick Rael, Andrew Shankman, Manisha Sinha, Mark Trahant, and Jack Weinstein.

      ~

      As you all know, the Digital Press relies on friends and supporters to get our books into the hands of interested readers. We think this book brings together over a dozen short essays and significant historical document in an effort to understand in a more nuanced way the history and arguments for and against the Electoral College in the immediate context of the 2016 presidential election. We also hope that this book will find its way into classrooms both on campus and beyond. It’s concise form, open access status, perspective and provocative essays, and the inclusion of historical documents make a platform for informed discussion.

      Here’s a link to the book: https://thedigitalpress.org/picking-the-president/

      Here’s (my version of the) official press release for the book:

      Announcing the Newest Title from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota:
      Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College. Edited by Eric Burin. 

      No matter where one stands in American politics, the 2016 presidential elections were momentous. After a long and contentious campaign, it seemed somehow fitting that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Donald Trump won the electoral vote. This touched off another round in the long running debate over the role of the Electoral College in American presidential elections.

      The wide range of views on the Electoral College in the state and national media prompted Prof. Eric Burin of the Department of History to team up with North Dakota Quarterly and the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota to publish Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College. This volume brings together scholars from across campus, the state, and the US to discuss the history and the future of the Electoral College.

      For Prof. Burin, “the Electoral College may be the most momentous and contentious feature of American life. It determines who will be president, the most powerful office in the world. The stakes couldn’t be higher.  That’s why people feel so strongly about it.  That’s also why we need to study it so carefully.”

      While all the contributors prepared their essays in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, their perspectives span from the world of antiquity to Early Modern Europe, 19th century America, and the present day. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as math, philosophy, communications, and political science, Burin notes: “Picking the President aims to enrich the public conservation about the Electoral College. The book’s collection of brief, engaging, and insightful essays are not intended to be the final word on the Electoral College. Rather, the goal is to make our discussions on the subject even more wide-ranging, thoughtful, and rewarding.”

      The book also includes a series of important documents in the history of the Electoral College including both well-known texts like Article II of the U.S. Constitution which established the Electoral College and documents that might be less familiar to the general public like James Madison’s correspondence with John Hillhouse and George Hay on the issue.

      The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota leverages a new ecosystem of digital publishing tools, social media distribution, and print-on-demand printing to produce high quality digital publication.  These digital tools allow the Digital Press to bringing together scholars from campus, the state, and the nation to engage thoughtfully in a conversation of immediate relevance. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Debbie Storrs remarks: “The scholars in this volume represent multiple perspectives and demonstrate in their responsiveness and urgency an innovative deployment, made possible by digital technology and committed scholarship, of disciplinary expertise to engage public discussion, democracy and citizenship. The continued relevance of the liberal arts is revealed in the thoughtful analysis of the Electoral College by scholars.”

      The book is available as a free download here.

      And will be available at the end of the month as a low-cost paperback on Amazon.com.

       

       

       


      Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

      Prorogata l'iscrizione al Master Produzione e Trattamento di Dati 3D da Terra e da Drone

      Il master è promosso dai Dipartimenti di Ingegneria civile e ambientale e di Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali dell'Università di Firenze, in collaborazione con l'Istituto Geografico Militare, il Collegio Provinciale dei Geometri e dei Geometri Laureati di Firenze ed il Centro di Addestramento al volo Zefiro Ricerca&Innovazione.

      January 12, 2017

      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

      Open Access Journal: Cahiers de la Villa Kérylos

      Cahiers de la Villa Kérylos
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      Depuis 2013, les colloques de la Villa Kérylos sont progressivement mis en ligne sur le portail Persée (http://www.persee.fr/collection/aibl). Ce portail mis en place avec le soutien du ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche est destiné à accueillir des revues scientifiques francophones en sciences humaines et sociales dans une logique d’accès libre. 
      Afin de mener à bien ce projet dans le respect des auteurs ou de leurs ayants droit, il est nécessaire que ces derniers donnent (à titre non exclusif) l’autorisation de reproduire et de diffuser, sur le portail Persée, les articles ou contributions qu’ils ont publiés dans les Cahiers de la Villa Kérylos. L’AIBL a ainsi mené une large campagne de demande d’autorisation auprès de ses auteurs. Si toutefois, malgré nos efforts, vous n’avez pas pu être contacté, nous vous prions de bien vouloir nous écrire à l’adresse suivante : numerisation@aibl.fr

      Open Access Journal: The Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (JSCS) formerly, The Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (BIOSCS)

      The Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (JSCS) formerly, The Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (BIOSCS)
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      The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies produces an annual journal, the Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (JSCS). For issues 1 through 43, it was known as Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (BIOSCS). With issue 44, the name changed to Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies. Under either name, the Journal is the periodical publication of the IOSCS. Eisenbrauns has published the Journal since Issue 34. 
      Each issue contains articles, book reviews, notices of recent dissertations, and society information. The JSCS is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts.
      The Journal's Editor is Siegfried Kreuzer. An Editorial Board with native competence in French, German, and English assists the Editor with the peer-review process for articles submitted to the Journal, and with policy and procedures for the Journal. The current Board consists of Cécile Dogniez (Paris, France), Siegfried Kreuzer (Wuppertal, Germany), Alison Salvesen (Oxford, UK), and Glenn Wooden (Acadia Divinity College, Canada).
      The Journal is sent to every current member. For subscription information, please see Eisenbrauns’ IOSCS membership page(or our membership page). The major contents of the Journal are listed elsewhere in this website. Digitized copies (PDF files) of the first 43 volumes of the Journal are available. Back issues of the Journal are available from Eisenbrauns.
      The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of the JSCS is 2325-4793. The ISSN of the BIOSCS is 0145-3890.
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      Open Access Journal: Bollettino di Archeologia On Line

      [First posted in AWOL 14 March 2011, updated 12 January 2017]

      Bollettino di Archeologia On Line
      ISSN 2039-0076
      http://www.bollettinodiarcheologiaonline.beniculturali.it/images/mibact.png
      Editoriale


      Quasi un secolo è passato dall’emanazione del R.D. 30 gennaio 1913, n. 363 (Regolamento di esecuzione delle leggi 20 giugno 1909, n. 364, e 23 giugno 1912, n. 688, per le antichità e le belle arti), ma ne resta, tra altri, tuttora in vigore l’art. 83 che assegnava alla responsabilità del Soprintendente l’invio al Ministero, ai fini della pubblicazione, di una relazione sui risultati scientifici ottenuti negli scavi più importanti. La sede allora prevista per la pubblicazione erano le ”Notizie degli scavi e scoperte d'antichità” dell’Accademia dei Lincei, cui si sono opportunamente affiancate nel corso di questo secolo numerose altre sedi di pubblicazione. Nonostante tale moltiplicazione di testate, il problema della edizione degli scavi archeologici è tuttavia restato un problema fondamentale e, duole dirlo, largamente irrisolto; ciò anche per l’enorme dilatarsi, naturalmente ben venuto sotto il profilo culturale, della materia oggetto della ricerca scientifica, al quale però non ha corrisposto un’adeguata estensione dei mezzi per le pubblicazioni.


      Da alcuni anni la tecnologia informatica è venuta in aiuto mettendo a disposizione strumenti molto potenti per dar soluzione – o almeno avviare a soluzione - a questo problema. Non è naturalmente questa la sede per illustrare i vantaggi che il nostro Ministero può ricavare dall’utilizzazione dell’editoria elettronica nel settore archeologico, ma vale la pena ricordarli almeno sommariamente: mettere a disposizione delle Soprintendenze un efficace strumento per gestire, anche con metodologie e criteri innovativi, la pubblicazione di grandi quantità di dati in tempi utili al progredire della ricerca e alla comunicazione di informazioni su temi di interesse generale (ad esempio nel campo dell’archeologia preventiva); offrire al personale tecnico-scientifico del Ministero e ai loro collaboratori esterni la possibilità di pubblicare (mantenendo la proprietà intellettuale delle opere prodotte) con costi ridotti la propria produzione scientifica di qualità garantita, in un circuito che ne permette la diffusione accanto o in alternativa all’editoria commerciale; offrire un servizio all’utenza contribuendo all’attività di valorizzazione del patrimonio; accrescere l’impatto della produzione scientifica entrando a far parte del circuito globale delle “digital libraries”; diffondere l’immagine del Ministero anche attraverso un proprio marchio editoriale.


      A circa vent’anni dalla nascita del “Bollettino di Archeologia” ad opera di Paola Pelagatti e Adriano La Regina e a quasi un decennio della nascita di una Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici, la Direzione per le Antichità ha voluto perciò istituire, anche avvalendosi dell’importante esperienza maturata in collaborazioni come quella con “Fold&amp;R” e “Fastionline”, una rivista telematica che costituisca un punto di riferimento ed un luogo di discussione per tutti gli studiosi, funzionari, collaboratori, docenti e ricercatori che operano a vario titolo nel settore archeologico. L’obiettivo è che essa diventi oltre che luogo di pubblicazione di scavi e ricerche, anche sede di incontro di problematiche specifiche e luogo di confronto per realtà diverse, occasione per offrire un ampio panorama delle attività di ricerca, di tutela e di promozione della conoscenza del ricco patrimonio archeologico italiano, strumento per informare e confrontarsi su tematiche attuali, su questioni di metodo, su prospettive innovative e sulla molteplicità di iniziative di comune interesse per quanti operano nel settore. Naturalmente l’interesse dell’uso dell’informatica sta anche nella possibilità di rinnovare i modi stessi della comunicazione archeologica, e crediamo che la disponibilità di uno strumento, peraltro a utilizzazione gratuita, come questo, faciliterà la sperimentazione di nuovi modi di divulgazione, ma anche riflessioni sul senso del nostro lavoro nel contesto attuale, anche nel confronto con quanto si fa in altri settori e altri paesi.


      Se nel tempo molte Soprintendenze Archeologiche hanno meritoriamente attivato proprie collane editoriali, destinate a sensibilizzare soprattutto un pubblico locale, la nuova testata potrà costituire occasione anche per dare risalto a livello nazionale ed internazionale alle attività editoriali ed alle pubblicazioni di ciascun Ufficio, anche attraverso presentazioni, anticipazioni o recensioni.


      Al tempo stesso è auspicabile che l’iniziativa possa invogliare la partecipazione dei colleghi di altri Paesi, europei e non, con problematiche simili o punti di vista differenti, per confermare la validità e la vitalità di un dibattito aperto nella comunità scientifica degli archeologi e degli amministratori del patrimonio di antichità, indipendentemente dai confini circoscritti di ciascuna nazione.


      Non a caso, in apertura della Rivista e in alcuni dei primi fascicoli saranno pubblicati gli atti del XVII International Congress of Classical Archaeology - Meetings between Cultures in the ancient Mediterranean, svoltosi a Roma dal 22 al 26 settembre 2008, raccolti e curati per la pubblicazione dall’Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica con la quale questo Ministero ha da tempo istituito la proficua collaborazione sopra ricordata per Fasti online e Fold&amp;R. Il numero 0 della nuova rivista scientifica è solo una ridotta presentazione della più vasta rassegna che sarà messa in rete nei prossimi mesi con la pubblicazione delle diverse sessioni del Congresso, contestualmente alla presentazione dei contributi scientifici e agli spunti di discussione che auspichiamo possano pervenire numerosi per arricchire il panorama che ci si prefigge di presentare.


      Nel frattempo ci attendiamo dai colleghi proposte, suggerimenti, articoli, contributi per dar corpo e linfa vitale alla nuova rivista, che, come indica la partecipazione al Comitato Scientifico di tutti i Soprintendenti italiani, intende essere più che la Rivista della Direzione per le Antichità, la rivista di tutti gli archeologi dell’Amministrazione. La pubblicazione dei dati degli scavi e delle ricerche archeologiche, resta infatti, insieme alla tutela e alla conservazione del patrimonio, il fine ultimo del lavoro degli archeologi che operano nel Ministero, oltre che un loro preciso dovere culturale e sociale, in quanto non si tratta solo di mettere sempre nuovi e più precisi segmenti nell’inesauribile disegno della ricerca scientifica, ma anche di far partecipe nei diversi modi della comunicazione l’intera comunità, che sostiene i costi di queste ricerche, dei valori della storia: ovvero dare sempre più compiuta attuazione al dettato dell’articolo 9 della nostra Costituzione.


      Buon lavoro.


      Stefano De Caro
      Current Volume:


      ARCHIBAB News

      Du nouveau sur le site d’ARCHIBAB (décembre 2016) 
      Publié le par
      digitorient.com
      Voilà 7 ans que le site web d’ARCHIBAB a été lancé : merci à tous ceux qui ont contribué à son enrichissement ou nous ont envoyé des corrections ou suggestions – et merci d’avance à tous ceux qui se joindront à l’aventure en 2017 !

      PHOTOS
      Les photos inédites des tablettes du volume ARM 30, annoncées par J.-M. Durand à la sortie de son livre en 2009, sont désormais disponibles sur ARCHIBAB (300 tablettes) ; ce travail a été effectué par F. Nebiolo dans le cadre du financement par PSL du projet DIGIBARCHI.
      La table BIBLIO compte désormais 4638 fiches, avec références au total à 32798 textes intégralement publiés dans 1299 publications. Noter la publication toute récente de 210 textes originaires de Nippur par A. Goddeeris dans TMH 10 (avec la republication de 7 textes découverts ailleurs, publiés par Ungnad dans ZA 36, 1925) ; ils seront intégrés dans le cours de 2017.
      La table TEXTES compte désormais 18378 fiches, soit 56% du corpus.

      Nouveautés (21 textes)
      – de Boer ZA 106, 2016 : 16 textes, avec copies et photos [RdB/DC]
      – Charpin Mél. Beyer, 2016 : 3 textes de Mari (dont la lettre A.4344, avec photo) [DC]
      – Charpin Mél. Kepinski, 2016 : 1 procès (réédition de JCSSS 2 95 avec photo) [DC]
      – De Zorki, AfO 53, 2015 [2016] : 1 texte de Larsa (avec copie) [DC]
      – Durand Mél. Kepinski, 2016 : 1 lettre de Mari (réédition de A.4563, avec photo) [JMD/DC]
      – Ziegler RA 110, 2016 : 1 lettre de Mari (A.1246, avec photo) [NZ/DC]

      Travail rétrospectif (190 textes)
      – Tell Leilan : les 190 lettres de PIHANS 117 sont désormais entièrement accessibles (avec lemmatisation) : on y trouvera de nombreuses propositions nouvelles par rapport à l’édition de J. Eidem, dont le review article de la RA 108, 2014, p. 141-159 n’avait donné qu’une partie [DC].
      Bilan de l’année 2016
      L’année 2016 a vu la publication de 248 nouveaux textes. Outre le suivi de l’actualité, le projet a mis l’accent sur l’édition des lettres hors collection (= hors Mari et hors AbB) et sur l’intégration des textes publiés de façon dispersée (notamment dans la revue JCS). Grâce au projet Digibarchi financé par PSL, de très nombreuses photos de tablettes de Mari (dont beaucoup de photos encore inédites) ont pu être intégrées à ARCHIBAB.

      Ce contenu a été publié dans ARCHIBAB, Mondes mésopotamiens par Dominique Charpin. Mettez-le en favori avec son permalien.

      Open Access Journal: Acta Palaeobotanica

      [First posted in AWOL 20 December 2012, updated 12th January 2017]

      Acta Palaeobotanica
      ISSN: 2082-0259 (electronic version)
      ISSN: 0001-6594 (printed version)
      http://www.botany.pl/ibwyd/acta_paleo/Rysunek3.PNG
      Acta Palaeobotanica is an international journal publishing high quality contributions to palaeobotany and palynology. It is the only journal in Central and Eastern Europe focused on all fields of palaeobotanical and palynological investigations and publishes original palaeobotanical, palaeoecological, palaeophytogeographical, palynological, and archaeobotanical papers in addition to monographs, comprehensive review and discussion articles and book reviews. The journal is open to contributors from all over the world.

      It is published regularly with one volume per year each comprising two numbered parts, printed in June (No. 1) and in December (No. 2). The language of the journal is English. All manuscripts to be published in the journal are peer reviewed by at least two referees, and after acceptance of corrected manuscripts printing time is only approximately 6 months. 
      Acta Palaeobotanica is now an open access journal and currently abstracts and full text of the articles in the PDF format beginning from volume 1 (1960) are freely accessible onwards here. 
      The internet service also provides catalogues for volumes and supplements published since 1960 and includes information on ordering forms of printed copies.
       Recent volumes are available at De Gruyter Open

      The internet service also provides catalogues for volumes and supplements published since 1960 and includes information on ordering forms of printed copies.

      Contents & Abstracts > full text - pdf [Year (Volume): No.]
      1960(1): 1, 21961(2): 1, 2, 31962(3): 1, 21963(4): 1, 2
      1964(5): 1, 21965(6): 1, 21966(7): 1, 21967(8): 1, 2, 3
      1968(9): 11969(10): 1, 21970(11): 1, 21971(12): 1, 2
      1972(13): 1, 21973(14): 1, 2, 31974(15): 1, 21975(16): 1, 2
      1976(17): 1, 21977(18): 1, 21978(19): 1, 21979(20): 1, 2
      1980-81(21):1, 21982(22): 1, 21983-84(23): 1, 21984(24): 1-2
      1985(25): 1-21986(26): 1-21987(27): 1, 21988(28): 1-2
      1989(29): 1, 21990(30): 1, 21991(31): 1-21992(32): 1
      1993(33): 1, 21994(34): 1, 21995(35): 1, 21996(36): 1, 2
      1997(37): 1, 21998(38): 1, 21999(39): 1, 22000(40): 1, 2
      2001(41): 1, 22002(42): 1, 22003(43): 1, 22004(44): 1, 2
      2005(45): 1, 22006(46): 1, 22007(47): 1, 22008(48): 1, 2
      2009(49): 1, 22010(50): 1, 22011(51): 1, 22012(52): 1, 2
      2013(53): 1, 22014(54): 1, 22015(55): 1, 2 2016(56): 1, 2  
          
      Supplements: Contents & Abstracts  [No. (Year)]
      S. 1 (1994)S. 2 (1999)S. 3 (2003)S. 4 (2003)
      S. 5 (2004)S. 6 (2005)
      See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

      Medicalia Online

      Medicalia Online
      DIGMEDTEXT Project (ERC GA 339828, PI Prof. Isabella Andorlini)
      Thematical and alphabetical online glossary of the technical terms in the Greek medical papyri, connected to the Online Corpus of Greek Medical Papyri. The glossary is built within the framework of the project ERC-AdG-2013-DIGMEDTEXT (Principal Investigator: Prof. Isabella Andorlini), Grant Agreement No. 339828, funded by the European Research Council and held at the University of Parma.

    • Lexicalia
    • Medical branches
    • Text typologies
    • Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

      Book Making Day: Picking the President

      Today is book making day, and, as anyone who has ever worked with The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota knows, this is my favorite day. Today, I’m going to put the finishing touches on Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College, edited by Eric Burin

      It’s an exciting project for a number of reasons. First, it’s timely and is a good read! It brings together a nice combination of new works and previously published articles on the Electoral College. It is also well-balanced between UND contributors and contributors of national status, and I think the perspectives offered reflect a range of perspectives. I’m not sure the book is comprehensive, in terms of views on the Electoral College, but I think there is plenty of room for a reader to challenge the perspectives offered in the book and come to their own conclusions on its role in the American republic.

      I enjoyed working closely with a colleague in the Department of History to produce something that, with any luck, should offer both our department and the University of North Dakota some visibility at a time when the fate of higher education in the state is being actively debated. 

      Finally, and most importantly, this is the first time The Digital Press produced a “quick book.” That is a book length treatment of an issue of pressing and historic significance. Generally speaking conventional academic publishing is a slow process. Publishers queue books up for production and design, copy-editing, correspondence, printing, and distribution all take place on a carefully managed schedule of deadlines. The Digital Press is a very, very small and as a result, we have great flexibility. We also work so closely with our authors and contributors who almost all appreciated the pressing deadlines (particularly the editor of this book, Eric Burin) and got things done on time and to spec.

      So stay tuned! With any luck, this book will appear in the next 12 hours.

      Here’s a little sneak peek.

       

      Picking the President Jan 8 Draft

       

      Picking the President Jan 8 DraftTOC

      Picking the President Jan 8 DraftTOC2

      Picking the President Jan 8 DraftTOC3

      Picking the President Jan 8 WRC