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May 31, 2016


Antiouestaion/Bolerion Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 8 B4 Antiouestaion/Bolerion Akron

Ouirouedroum Akron

Ouirouedroum Akron (modern Duncansby Head) is the most north-easterly part of the Scottish mainland, jutting into the North Sea.

Oueroubioum Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 9 D2 Oueroubioum Akron

*Tarouedounon/Orkas Akra

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 9 D2 *Tarouedounon/Orkas Akra

Taixalon Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 9 F3 Taixalon Akron

Oktapitaron Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 8 B3 Oktapitaron Akron

Noouanton Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 9 C6 Noouanton Akron

Herakleous Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 8 C3 Herakleous Akron

Epidion Akron

The Mull of Kintyre.

Kantion Akron

Kantion Akron (South Foreland) is a chalk headland on the coast of southeast England.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 26 E5 Mellaria


Hibernia is the Classical name for the island of Ireland.

May 30, 2016

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

Transcription of TgLam from Urb. 1

Transcription of TgLam from Urb. 1
By Christian Brady
The Text of Targum Lamentations from
MS Codex Vaticanus Urbinas Hebr. 1
This text is from the MS Urb. 1, represented without the vocalization. There is the occasional meaningless error in the MSS which I have omitted from this transcription, such as the additional ל in 1.3, and I have expanded the ligature formed at the end of ישראל by the combination of א ל. For more details concerning the MS see Brady, Vindicating God, Appendix 1, and the Introduction and Notes to Étan Levine’s facsimile edition, The Targum of the Five Megillot. It is this facsimile which I used for my readings.
פרק א
‏1 אמר ירמיהו נביא וכהנא רבא איכדין אתגזר על ירושלם ועל עמהא לאתדנא בתירוכין ולמספד עליהון איכה היכמה דאתדנן אדם וחוה דאתרכו מגנתא דעדן ואספד עלויהון מרי עלמא איכה ענת‏ מדת דינא‏ וכן אמרת על סגיאות חובהא אשתדר ומה דבגוהא בגין תהא יתבא בלחודהא כגבר דמכתש סגירו על בסריה דבלחודוהי יתיב וקרתא דהוה מליא אוכלוסין ועממין סגיאין אתרוקנת מנהון והות דמיא כארמלא ודמתרברבא בעמיא ושליטא באפרכיא והוון מסקין לה מסין הדרת למהוי מכיכא ולמתן לה כרגא בתר דנא‏
‏2 כד שלח משה נביא עזגדין לאללא ית ארעא תבו עזגדיא ואסיקו טיב ביש על ארעא דישראל וההוא ליליא תשעא יומין באב הוה וכד שמעו עמא בית ישראל ית בשורתא בישתא הדא דאתבשרו על ארעא דישראל נטלו עמא ית קלהון ובכו עמא בית ישראל בליליא ההוא מן יד תקיף רוגזא דיי עלויהון וגזר למהוי בכן בליליא הדא לדריהון על חורבן בית מוקדשא וכדו אתאמר בנבואה לירמיהו כהנא רבא למהוי חריבא ירושלם על ידוי דנבוכד נצר רשיעא אין לא תייבין בתתובא מן יד עאל אוכח לעמא בית ישראל וסריבו לקבלא בכן עאל נבוכד נצר רשיעא וצדא ית ירושלם ובית מקדשא אוקיד בנורא בתשע יומין בירחא דאב וביה בליליא בכיאת כנשתא דישראל בכותא ודמעא זליג על לסתהא לית די ימלל תנחומין על לבהא מן כל טעוותא די רחימת למיזל בתריהון ובגין כן כל חברהא ארשיעו בהא אתהפכו למהוי לה לבעיל דבבין‏
‏3 אזלו בית יהודה בגלותא על דהוו מענן יתמין וארמלן ועל סגיאות פולחנא דהוו מפלחין באחיהון בני ישראל דאזדבנו להון ולא קרו חירותא לעבדיהון ולאמהתהון דהוו מזרעית ישראל ובגין כן אף אנון אתמסרו ביד עממיא וכנשתא דבית יהודה יתבא בגו עממיא ולא אשכחת נייח מפולחנא קשיא דשעבידו יתה‏ [וכל דהוה רדיף יתה אדביקו יתה‏]‏ כד היא מתחבאה בין תחומיא ואעיקו לה‏
‏4 כל זמן דהות ירושלם מתבניא סריבו בני ישראל למסק לאתחזאה קדם יי תלת זמנין בשתא ועל חוביהון דישראל אתצדיאת ירושלם ואתעבידו שבילי ציון אבילן מדלית עאיל בה בזמן מועדיא כל תרעהא צדיין וכהנתא אניחן על דבטילו קורבניא בתולתא ספדן על דפסקו למפק בחמשא עשר יומא באב וביומא דכפור דהוא בעשרא יומין בתשרי לחנגא בחנגין אף איהיא מריר לבא לחדא‏
‏5 הוו מעיקהא מתמנן עלהא לרישין ובעלי דבבהא הוו יתבין בשלוה ארום יי תבר יתה על סגי]אות‏[‏ מרודהא רבייהא אזלו בשבייתא קדם מעיקא‏
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An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 54 C3 Ephyra/Kichyros

Boreion Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 2 unlocated Boreion Akron

Notion Akron

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 2 unlocated Notion Akron

Libnios (river)

A river of western Ireland mentioned by Ptolemy, now unlocated.

Birgos? (river)

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 8 A2 Birgos? fl.

Metaurus (river)

Metaurus fl. (Metauro river) flows from near Monte dei Frati in the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. The Metaurus was the site of two key battles in antiquity. The first, in 207 BC, saw the defeat of Hasdrubal Barca by the consuls Marcus Livius Salinator and Gaius Claudius Nero. The second, the Battle of Fano, saw Aurelian defeat the Alamanni in AD 271.

Lavinius? (river)

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 40 A4 Lavinius? fl.

Larius/Comacinus L.

Larius/Comacinus L. (Lake Como)

[Comacina] (island)

A small island in Lake Como.


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 26 E3 Mellaria

Donousa (island)

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 61 B3 Donousa Ins.

Schinoussa (island)

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 61 B4 Schinoussa Ins.

May 29, 2016

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

Progetto Sinleqiunnini: Digital Cuneiform Archives

 [First posted in AWOL 17 Mrch 2013, updated 29 My 2016]

Progetto Sinleqiunnini: Digital Cuneiform Archives


Sinleqiunnini started as a project of Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale". The project was later joined by Università Ca' Foscari Venezia and is currently hosted by its server. Funding has been provided by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR)
The software has been designed by Francesco Di Filippo, who is in charge of its maintenance in the framework of the research activities promoted by CNR-ISMA (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico).

Online Databases

  • Ebla Digital Archives

  • The database is intended to include all texts so far published belonging to the 3rd millennium royal archives of Ebla/Tell Mardikh. Texts are reproduced in the same sequence as in the individual volumes of the series Archivi Reali di Ebla – Testi published by the “Italian Archaeological Mission to Syria” of the Sapienza University of Rome. The seven ARET volumes currently included in the database will be gradually followed by other volumes published in the past years and by text editions that have appeared in other series (such as MEE), in monographs or in journals.
  • Middle Euphrates Digital Archive

  • The database includes all Emar texts so far published and collections from: tell Munbaqa, tell Hadidi, tell Faqous, tell el-Qitar, tell Bazi and Umm el-Marra.
  • LiBER | Linear B Electronic Resources

  • LiBER is a CNR-ISMA project which aims at producing an integrated database of Linear B documents, with the ultimate goal of providing scholars, and all those who are interested in the Mycenaean world, with an updated edition of the Linear B documents, along with a new set of search tools. Individual texts are supplied with transcriptions, critical apparatus, photographs as well as, whenever possible, with all the relevant information about findspots, scribes, chronologies, inventory numbers and places of preservation. The database can be searched by series of documents, syllabic sequences, logograms, scribes and findspots, while search results can be displayed both as lists of texts and interactive maps.

TAY Project - Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri - Archaeological Settlements of Turkey

 [First posted in AWOL 17 March 2013, updated 29 May 2016]

TAY Project - Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri - Archaeological Settlements of Turkey
Türkiye Arkeolojik Yerleşmeleri (TAY) Projesi, dünya kültür emanetlerinin önemli bir parçası olan Türkiye kültür varlıklarının bulgularının, kronolojik bir envanterinin çıkartılması ve bu bilginin uluslararası platformda paylaşılması amacına yönelik olarak tasarlanmıştır. En azından 400.000 yıl eskiye uzanan kültürel verileri barındıran Anadolu ve Trakya toprakları üzerinde, 1800'lerin ilk yarısından başlayan araştırmaların sonuçları ile çağdaş yüzey araştırmaları ve kazıların bilgileri dağınık ve çoğunlukla ulaşılamaz durumdadır. Birçok yerleşmenin yeri bilinmemekte, birçoğu da tahribatın/yapılaşmanın kurbanı olmuş ya da olmaktadır. Bu tahribata karşı ve bu emanetleri korumaya yönelik öncelikle yapılabilecek en önemli çalışma, kültürel verilerin merkezi bir yapı içinde toplanması ve derlenmesidir: Belgeleme olmadan koruma olmaz. İlk kez bu projeyle, Türkiye arkeolojik yerleşmeleri, höyükler, tümülüsler, anıtlar, mezarlıklar, ören yerleri, yerleşme yerleşme, höyük höyük, tümülüs tümülüs belgelenmektedir. 

The TAY (Archaeological Settlements of Turkey) Project was set up to build a chronological inventory of findings for the cultural heritage of Turkey - an important component of World Heritage sites - and to share this information with the international community.

Although both Anatolia and Thrace have revealed cultural traces dating to at least 400.000 years ago, results from early 19th century investigations as well as data generated by current surveys and excavations are neither well organised nor easily accessible. The locations of many sites remain unknown, while many of them have been and continue to be destroyed, taking their undiscovered secrets with them. In order to stop this cycle, it is essential to collect and compile all available cultural heritage information to establish and maintain a central inventory: if we do not document, we cannot protect. TAY project's central aim is to thoroughly document all archaeological settlements within Turkey (such as mounds, monuments, tumuli, cemeteries, etc.). 

Digital Classicist wiki Sprint 31 May

Digital Classicist wiki Sprint
As you may recall, the first Tuesday of every month sees interested List members getting together for an hour or two (in so-called online "sprints") to work on improving the content of the Digital Classicist wiki ( For this month, however, this event is taking place on the last Tuesday, i.e. 31 May, and is dedicated to a particular theme: ancient geography.

Anyone interested in participating should:

1. Request (if you don't already have one) an editing account on the wiki, by getting in touch in advance with Gabriel Bodard ([log in to unmask]). 
2. Join, anytime between 16–18h London time (= 17–19CEST = 11–13EDT = 10–12CDT etc.), the #Digiclass chatroom  (instructions here:, where you can work synchronously with colleagues (or by yourself) to edit or create articles in the DigitalClassicist wiki to do with resources on ancient geography - the geospatial data themselves and the tools for analysing them - created or curated by individuals, projects and/or institutions.

(Of course, you are free to join us to work on other parts of the wiki too!)

Please do extend this invitation to any interested individuals and parties.

We look forward to improving our content with you!

With best wishes,
The Digital Classicist team

Dr Anna Foka
Associate Senior Lecturer
Umeå University 
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Heras? (island)

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 28 D1 Heras? Ins.


Toponym used by Strabo

Atlanticus Oceanus

Atlanticus Oceanus (The Atlantic Ocean) likely derives its name from Atlas, one of the Titans of Greek mythology. The Atlantic Ocean covers ca. 20% of the surface of the Earth.

Fortunatae Insulae? (Madeira Islands)

The modern, Portugeuse archipelago of Madeira seems to have been identified by some ancient authors with the "Fortunatae Insulae" or "Blessed Islands".

Imagery location of Madeira Island

Representative location of Madeira Island. Coordinates following GeoHack, verified in Google Earth.

Fortunatae Insulae (Canary Islands)

The "Blessed Islands", equivalent in most ancient literature to the modern Canary Islands (Islas Canarias).

Canaria? (island)

Canaria? (Gran Canaria) is an island of the Canary Islands archipelago.

OSM location of Isla de Las Palomas

Location based on OpenStreetMap

Ninguaria (island)

Known today as Tenerife, this is the largest of the Canary islands.

DARMC location 11759

500K scale point location

GeoNames location of modern Mersinoba, Turkey

Representative location of modern Mersinoba, Turkey, based on GeoNames.


An alternate Greek name for Birytis.


Greek name for Birytis


An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 56 C2 Birytis?

OSM location of modern Λουτρό

Representative modern location based on a node derived from OpenStreetMap.


Phoinix was an ancient coastal city of western Crete that served as the port of inland Anopolis and also of later Aradena.


An ancient city of Caria located on the Loryma peninsula southwest of Marmaris.

GeoNames location of modern Fenaket, Turkey

Representative location based on GeoNames.

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive

 [First posted in AWOL 17 May 2011. Updated 28 May 2016]

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive
The Virtual Magic Bowl Archive (VMBA) is a collaborative project involving scholars from Israel and the United Kingdom.
The VMBA was initially established by Dr Dan Levene and hosted by the University of Southampton from 2009. In 2014, it was transferred to the University of Exeter, to be continued under the supervision of Dr Siam Bhayro.
The aim of the VMBA is to provide online resources for those engaged in the study of Aramaic incantation bowls from Sasanian Mesopotamia, perhaps the most important primary source we have for studying the everyday beliefs and practices of the Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Zoroastrian and Pagan communities on the eve of the Islamic conquests.
While we envisage more features being added over time, the initial resources will focus on some 650 texts that comprise part of the Schøyen Collection, which are currently being prepared for publication by an international team of scholars under the supervision of Professor Shaul Shaked.
The first published volume of incantation bowls from the Schøyen Collection is:
S. Shaked, J.N. Ford and S. Bhayro, Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One (Magical and Religious Literature of Late Antiquity 1; Leiden: Brill, 2013)
For those interested in learning more about the Aramaic incantation bowls, Dr Levene's booklet Curse or Blessing: What's in the Magic Bowl?‌ can be downloaded as a PDF.
Browse the VMBA photographic archive.
See also Pre-Islamic Incantation Bowls for details of our research on the Schøyen Collection’s Aramaic incantation bowls.