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March 20, 2018

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Open Access Monograph Series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis

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

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

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

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

    Open Access Monograph Series: Dickinson College Commentaries

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

    Dickinson College Commentaries


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


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


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


    Aeneid  Selections
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    Tacitus Annals

    Tacitus, Annals 15.20–23, 33–45

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    Allen & Greenough’s Latin Grammar

    Allen & Greenough’s Latin Grammar

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


    Gallic War selections
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    Callimachus Aetia


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    Cicero Against Verres 2.1.53–86


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


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

    Core Vocabularies

    Latin and Ancient Greek
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    Cornelius Nepos Life of Hannibal

    Cornelius Nepos

    Life of Hannibal
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    Goodell's School Grammer of Attic Greek

    Goodell's School Grammar of Attic Greek

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    Lucian True Histories, Book 1


    True Histories, Book 1
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    Ovid Amores Book 1


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

    Sulpicius Severus

    The Life of Saint Martin of Tours
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    Tor Marancia

    The modern toponym Tor Marancia is claimed to derive from the Praedium Amaranthianus, a villa belonging to the second-century A.D. freedman Amaranthus.

    Sette Bassi

    A large, suburban villa complex on the Via Tuscolana. The villa was in use from the reign of Antoninus Pius until the fourth century A.D.


    The Domus Marmeniae is a villa located on the Via Appia near the fourth milestone. The villa grounds hosted a pagan necropolis and tradition holds that the matrona, Marmenia, relocated the body of St. Urban to a mausoleum built on the grounds.

    Via Caecilia

    The Via Caecilia left the Via Salaria at the 35th mile and continued to the Adriatic coast.


    Dragoncello is a modern district of Rome's metropolitan area where archaeological evidence for a series of late republican villas was uncovered. At least four in number, these villa rustica sites have evidence for domestic production.

    Contrada S. Rustico

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 42 F3 Contrada S. Rustico


    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 D2 Solous


    An ancient settlement on the north-west coast of Sicily, some 16 km east of modern Palermo.

    March 19, 2018

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    Open Access Journal: Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti

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


    No 1 (2016)

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

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


    Supplement to issue 2

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


    No 3 (2018)

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

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

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

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

    Open Access Journal: NABU at Achemenet

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

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

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

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



    Ancient settlement on the southern side of the Hyblean Mountains, between Syracuse and Camarina.

    Pizzo di Casa

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 C3 Pizzo di Casa


    Nepet had become a Roman town before 396 B.C. when Livy dubs it, along with Sutrium, as one of the "keys" to Etruria. It became a Roman colony in 383 B.C. and a municipium after the Social War.

    Pizzo di Ciminna

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 D3 Pizzo di Ciminna

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    Things that travelled-Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium CE

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


    Pizzo Nicolosi

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 C3 Pizzo Nicolosi

    March 18, 2018

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    Make Your Own Maps of Corinth and Greece

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

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

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


    GIS Data

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


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


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

    Layer Files, how to...

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


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

    Corinth Computer Project

    Corinth Computer Project

    A Collaboration Between

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

    Free articles from Dead Sea Discoveries

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



    Gath, Gat, or Geth (Hebrew: גַּת)) is mentioned in the El-Amarna letters as Gimti/Gintu/Gimtu. It was one of the five Philistine city-states. The town is mentioned in Neo-Assyrian sources; the modern site is Tel es-Safī.


    Boukephala or Bucephala was an ancient city founded on the right bank of the Hydaspes river by Alexander the Great following the battle with Porus. Alexander named the city after his warhorse, Bucephalus. Its precise location remains debated.

    Aquitanicus Sinus

    Aquitanicus Sinus (Bay of Biscay) is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean located south of the Celtic Sea.


    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 G5 Cittadella

    Monte S. Croce

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 44 E3 Monte S. Croce

    OSM location of Monte Santa Croce

    Representative location based on OpenStreetMap.

    Monte Serra

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 41 C4 Monte Serra

    Marciana Marina

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 41 C4 Marciana Marina

    S. Giovanni

    An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 41 C4 S. Giovanni

    March 17, 2018

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    Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments

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

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

    Nubian Monasteries

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

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

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

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

      AS: Acta Sanctorum (Société des Bollandistes)

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

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

      CSEL: Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum

      CSHB: Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae

      GCS: Die Griechischen Christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte

      Loeb: Loeb Classical Library

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

      MGH: Monumenta Germaniae Historica

      Migne PG: Migne's Patrologia Graeca

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

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

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

      Open Access Journal: Oriental Institute Annual Report

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

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

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







      Public Education and Outreach. Leila Makdisi

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

      Volunteer Program. Susan Geshwender




      • Emeritus Faculty
      • Faculty
      • Research Associates
      • Staff


      2015–2016 Annual Report

      2014–2015 Annual Report
      2013–2014 Annual Report

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


      Capitolinus Mons

      The smallest of Rome's hills and one of its most important, the Capitoline served as the citadel (arx) of the city and as the site of its poliadic temple.

      Iaxartes/Silis/Tanais (river)

      Iaxartes/Silis/Tanais fl. (Syr Darya river) is a river of Central Asia. It flows from the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan to the remains of the Aral Sea.


      An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 82 B4 Nubaei?

      March 16, 2018

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      Mycenaean Atlas Project

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

      Locational Data: Accuracy

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

      Open Access Exhibition Catalogues and Museum Brochures from Arabia Antica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Oman, the land of Sindbad the sailor

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

      The Museum of Baynun

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

      The Museums of Dhamar

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

      The National Museum of Aden

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



      The Hekateion is a monumental temple for the goddess Hekate constructed in Lagina ca. 125 BCE.

      Aventinus mons

      One of the seven hills of Rome. Until the reign of the emperor Claudius, the hill lay outside the pomerium of the city.

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      Perseus Digital Library: Scaife Viewer

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

      Hip Sublime : Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition

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


      Aral Sea

      The Aral Sea, a large lake of Asia, is a remnant of the ancient Paratethys Sea. It was once one of the largest lakes in the world.

      Oxus (river)

      Oxus fl. (modern Amu Darya river) is a major river of central Asia. It flows from the Pamir Mountains to the Aral Sea.

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      Open Access Journal: Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları

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

      Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları
      ISSN: 1017-7663


      Takht-i Sangin

      Takht-i Sangin is an ancient settlement located near the confluence of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers. It may be the source of the so-called "Oxus Treasure".

      Temple of the Oxus

      The Temple of the Oxus is a Seleucid-era temple situated within the citadel of Takhti-Sangin, a Graeco-Bactrian town between the Vakhsh and Panj rivers.