Saturday, March 17, 2018

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







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    • Emeritus Faculty
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    2015–2016 Annual Report

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

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    Mycenaean Atlas Project

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

    Locational Data: Accuracy

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

    Open Access Exhibition Catalogues and Museum Brochures from Arabia Antica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oman, the land of Sindbad the sailor

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

    The Museum of Baynun

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

    The Museums of Dhamar

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

    The National Museum of Aden

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

    Perseus Digital Library: Scaife Viewer

    Perseus Digital Library: Scaife Viewer
    The Scaife Viewer is a reading environment for pre-modern text collections in both their original languages and in translation. It is the first phase of work towards the next version of the Perseus Digital Library, Perseus 5.0.
    This project is part of the Open Greek and Latin Project, an international collaborative consortium of librarians and researchers, that includes the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard, the Harvard Library, the Library of the University of Virginia, Mount Allison University, the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts, and the Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at Leipzig funded the initial development by Eldarion.
    The Scaife Viewer is named for Ross Scaife, a pioneer in digital classics who lived the virtues of collaboration and who set an early example in establishing open access and openly licensed data as the standards upon which Digital Classics now depends. The initial release of the Scaife Viewer was on March 15, 2018, the tenth anniversary of his premature passing on March 15, 2008.
    While Eldarion has led the initial work, the goal is to create a foundation which members of the community can extend. The code is open source under an MIT license. See 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: Language: English 
    Publisher: The Ohio State University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100786 
    In their continual attempt to transcend what they perceived as the superficiality, commercialism, and precariousness of life in post-World War II America, the Beat writers turned to the classical authors who provided, on the one hand, a discourse of sublimity to help them articulate their desire for a purity of experience, and, on the other, a venerable literary heritage.This volume examines for the first time the intersections between the Beat writers and the Greco-Roman literary tradition. Many of the “Beats” were university-trained and highly conscious of their literary forebears, frequently incorporating their knowledge of Classical literature into their own avant-garde, experimental practice. The interactions between writers who fashioned themselves as new and iconoclastic, and a venerable literary tradition often seen as conservative and culturally hegemonic, produced fascinating tensions and paradoxes, which are explored here by a diverse group of contributors.

    Open Access Journal: Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları

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

    Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları
    ISSN: 1017-7663

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

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

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Open Access Journal: Scripture Bulletin

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

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

    All editorial communications and requests for back numbers should be addressed to:
    The Editor, Mr. Ian Boxall, St Stephen’s House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX.

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

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

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

    Open Access Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft

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

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

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

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