ISAW Resources: New Online Content from the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

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July 30, 2016


DARE Location

Representative point location, site precision

Naqsh-i Rustam

An ancient necropolis located northwest of Persepolis.

Naqsh-i Rajab

An archaeological site with rock-cut reliefs made under the Sasanian kings Ardašir I (224-241) and Shapur I (241-272).

DARE Location

Representative point location, site precision

Caepionis Monu.

Caepionis Monumentum (Tower of Caepio) was a tower-cum-lighthouse built by the Roman proconsul Quintus Servilius Caepio in 140 BC. The aim was to make the Salmedina reef at the mouth of the river Baitis (Guadalquivir) navigable. The modern toponym is Chipiona.

Bostra/Col. Nova Traiana Alexandriana

The ancient city of Bostra (modern Busra in Syria), where extensive ancient Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad structures still visible. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

Apollo Alaeus, T.

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 46 F3 Apollo Alaeus, T.


Takyris is an ancient royal Egyptian necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile.

OSM location of Red Pyramid

The third pyramid built by Pharaoh Sneferu. Representative point location based on OpenStreetMap.

OSM location of White Pyramid

A pyramid built by Pharaoh Amenemhat II. Location based on OpenStreetMap

Qubbet el-Hawa

Qubbet el-Hawa is a site of a group of rock cut tombs known as the Princes' Tomb on the west side of the Nile, opposite Aswan. The tombs mostly date to the Old Kingdom.

Tabula Traiana

The Tabula Traiana is a monumental inscription in what is now Serbia commemorating the completion of a Trajanic road along the Danube. The inscription was moved from its original spot to its present location in 1972.

Kafr Aqareb

An ancient place, located in modern Syria, with remains of Roman praetorium, a temple and grottoes for pagan worship, a Byzantine basilica, and a large communal reservoir. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 as part of the "Ancient Villages of Northern Syria."

July 29, 2016


Mnajdra Megalithic Temple (Malta)

Megalithic temple complex of the fourth millennium BC.


megalithic temple complex of the fourth millennium BC

Temple of Athena Pronaia

The Temple of Athena Pronaia, located at Delphi, is a peripteral Doric building (6 x 12 columns) with a tholos at its the center. It was built ca. 500 B,C. It is known as one of the earliest temples in Greece and is the largest building in the sanctuary.

OSM location of Archaic temple of Athena

Location based on OpenStreetMap

OSM Location of Torre del Breny

Polygonal geometry corresponding to the perimeter of the extant remains of the monument. Derived from an OpenStreetMap way.

Torre del Breny

A monumental Roman tomb of likely third century date located in the modern town of Castellgalí, between Barcelona and Manresa in Catalunya. Purportedly also known as the "Torre dels Dimonis" (Devil's Tower), it has no known ancient name.

Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo (VII,7,32) in Pompeii is one of the city's oldest cults, dating to the sixth century BC. The sanctuary assumed its present appearance in the second century BC.

OSM location of so-called "Tempio di Apollo"

Location based on OpenStreetMap

Montagna di Ramacca

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 47 F4 Montagna di Ramacca

Ancient World Online (AWOL)

Open Access Journal: Figura. Studi sull’immagine nella tradizione classica

Figura. Studi sull’immagine nella tradizione classica
ISSN 2317-4625
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Figura. Studi sull’immagine nella Tradizione Classica è una rivista internazionale di accesso illimitato in rete, destinata alla divulgazione di ricerche attuali e di testi di riferimento sulla Tradizione Classica. Il suo dominio comprende studi sulla cultura visiva e testuale dell’Antichità, ma anche sulle appropriazioni e sulle trasfigurazioni di questa tradizione operate dal mondo antico e post-antico. Si può intendere per mondo post-antico anche il periodo contemporaneo, in modo che il taglio che fa da quadro di riferimento ai testi proposti dalla rivista non è temporale, ma concettuale, cosa che richiede una precisazione.

Figura. Studi sull’immagine nella Tradizione Classica is a new international journal to be published twice yearly online with unrestricted access, in order to  disseminate current research and writing on the Classical Tradition’s repertoire. The journal will encompass studies of Antiquity’s visual and textual culture, as well as appropriations and transfigurations of this legacy in the ancient and post-ancient world. Post-antiquity may be taken to include the contemporary period, therefore the cut-off used as a frame of reference for content proposed by Figura is conceptual rather than temporal, which calls for a distinction in this respect...     

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Pleiades Help: Getting Coordinates for a Place

Getting Coordinates for a Place
Creators: Tom Elliott Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jul 27, 2016 06:00 PM

Coordinate information is stored in Pleiades "location" resources, which are grouped inside the "place" resources. We also calculate "representative points" (centroids) for each place on the basis of the associated locations. You can get whichever of these values is best for your purposes.
Portion of a place page, showing the location of the representative point and the clickable list of locations. 
Pleiades "place resources", e.g., are essentially containers for information about notional places (see further our Conceptual Overview). The maps on each place pull their coordinates from any "location resources" that have been assigned to that place. You'll see links to these under the "Locations" heading. If you click on a location there, you'll see information about the associated coordinates (points, lines, polygons), displayed in GeoJSON format.

For each Pleiades place resource, we calculate a "representative point" as well. This point -- which is the centroid of all associated locations -- is prominently displayed on the place page and rendered in the map on the place page with a distinctive orange circle. You can easily copy the representative point coordinates by selecting the "copy-to-clipboard" icon that appears immediately after the latitude and longitude coordinate pair under the "Representative Point" heading on the place page.

You can also download all of our data here: The places tables include "reprLong", "reprLat" and "reprLatLong" columns which hold the coordinates of a single representative point (centroid) for a place. If you'd just like the agreed upon, single representative latitude and longitude pair for a place, that's the best data source.

Sardis Publications from the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Project

Sardis Publications from the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Project

greek-accentuation 1.0.0 Released

greek-accentuation 1.0.0 Released
greek-accentuation has finally hit 1.0.0 with a couple more functions and a module layout change.
The library (which I’ve previously written about here) has been sitting on 0.9.9 for a while and I’ve been using it sucessfully in my inflectional morphology work for 18 months. There were, however, a couple of functions that lived in the inflectional morphology repos that really belonged in greek-accentuation. They have now been moved there.

There is syllabify.debreath which removes smooth breathing and replaces rough breathing with an h. And there is syllabify.rebreath which reverses this.

The other big change made is there are no-longer three top-level modules—everything is enclosed in a greek_accentuation package so instead of from syllabify import * you say from greek_accentuation.syllabify import *.

You can pip install greek-accentuation==1.0.0. The repo is at

greek-accentuation is made available under an MIT license.

Thanks to Kyle Johnson of the wonderful Classical Language Toolkit project for encouraging me to finally do the 1.0.0 release.


Location of the sanctuary

The site is located at La Garenne, Moulin des Gaumins, commune Thaumiers, département Cher. The sanctuary has two temples (fana) and a theater.

Unnamed sanctuary at Garenne

In modern Moulin des Gaumins in commune Thaumiers, France (BAtlas 14 H2 Thaumiers)


The Etruscan Vatluna resisted Rome's influence in the seventh century, although the city may have been the source of Rome's adoption of the curule chair and the fasces.

OSM location of 'Costa Murata' archaeological area

A site with votive activity from the Archaic period and a later Roman house. Location based on OpenStreetMap

OSM location of Mura dell Arce

Location based on OpenStreetMap

OSM location of 'Pietrera' tomb

An Etruscan tholos tomb of the seventh century BC. Location based on OpenStreetMap.

OSM location of 'Diavolino II' tomb

An Etruscan tomb of the seventh century BC. Location based on OpenStreetMap.

OSM location of Belvedere tomb

An Etruscan tomb of the seventh century BC. Location based on OpenStreetMap.


An ancient city of coastal Etruria, Telamon was eventually razed by L. Cornelius Sulla.

Villa S. Silvestro

The remains of a Republican temple podium now support a Christian church at Villa S. Silvestro in Umbria. The temple's podium likely dates, in its first phase, to the third century B.C.

Nemora Vacunae

Shrine dedicated to a rural divinity of the Sabina.

*Hercules Curinus

A sanctuary dedicated to Hercules Curinus located near Sulmo.


An Umbrian hilltown, Iguvium is best known as the find-spot of the Iguvine Tables.

DARE Location

Representative point location, site precision

Castiglione del Lago

An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 42 C2 Castiglione del Lago


An ancient settlement originating the late fourth or third centuries BC and lying along the route of the Roman Via Flaminia.

OSM location of twin sanctuary

Location based on OpenStreetMap

Alba Fucens

A town of the Aequi along the Marsic frontier where the Romans established a Latin colony in 304/3 BC. Alba Fucens was a significant center of the middle republican period and became a place where Rome kept state prisoners, including Syphax of Numidia, Perseus of Macedonia, and Bituitus, king of the Arverni.

Church of St. Peter

A twelfth century AD Christian church built atop the remains of a Roman temple of Apollo.


Clusiolum is an unlocated site in Umbria. Pliny the Elder discusses it in connection with the Felginates who at one point held Clusiolum. Its location is described as being above Interamna.

Fanum Voltumnae

A shrine of Voltumna that served as the chief religious center of Etruria. The Etruscan League (duodecim populi Etruriae) was said to meet annually at the shrine.

OSM location of Campo della Fiera

The archaeological excavations of the site of Campo della Fiera have been posted as the definitive location of the Fanum Voltumnae. Location based on OpenStreetMap.