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16 hours 14 min ago Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 24 << Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog) Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest or the Distich Poems Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem nonum Kalendas Apriles.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Dionysus and Ariadne, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Domi manendum (English: It's better to stay home).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Beneficia plura recipit, qui scit reddere (English: Someone who knows how to do favors will get more of them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Gygis annulus (English: The ring of Gyges; from Adagia 1.1.96, which you can read about at Wikipedia).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Omnium rerum vicissitudo est: The worlde chaungeth every daye, every thing hath his course. It ys a proverbe by the which ys signified that yn this worlde ys nothinge stable permanent nor durable, but lyke as the sea doth contynuallye flowe and ebbe, so do all thinges yn this world dayly chaunge, nowe up, nowe down, nowe mery, nowe sadde, nowe frynde, now foe, nowe accepted and anon out of favoure.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Praemium et Poena. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Cupimus negata.
We desire what is denied to us.

Latent futura.
The future things are hidden.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, a story of two frogs: one reckless and one cautious (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rusticus et Coluber, a story of how no good deed goes unpunished!

rusticus et coluber

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: ἐξέτεινεν Αβρααμ τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ λαβεῖν τὴν μάχαιραν. Extenditque manum, et arripuit gladium.And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife.

18 hours 7 min ago Neolithic Rock Art Found in Egypt << Archaeology Magazine

Egypt Neolithic mask imageBONN, GERMANY—According to a report in Live Science, an image dating to Egypt’s Neolithic period was found pecked into a rock on Qubbet el-Hawa, a hill along a shallow stretch of the Nile River, during an archaeological survey of the area. Egyptologist Ludwig Morenz of the University of Bonn said that the 6,000-year-old image depicts a hunter with a bow, an ostrich, and a dancer wearing an ostrich mask. He pointed out that scholars were unaware of mask use during Egypt’s Neolithic period, and thinks the mask might have served a ritual purpose. In later Egyptian history, after the pharaohs united the country around 3100 B.C., during which Qubbet el-Hawa eventually became a necropolis for the city of Elephantine, masks were reserved for the dead. “This archaeological area is about a millennium older than we knew before,” Morenz concluded. For more on archaeology in Egypt, go to “The Great Parallelogram.”

18 hours 42 min ago Seventeenth-Century Ship Identified << Archaeology Magazine

rudder Swash Channel WreckPOOLE, ENGLAND—After ten years of research and excavation, a seventeenth-century ship known as the Swash Channel Wreck has been identified as The Fame, an armed Dutch merchant vessel, by a team of scientists from Bournemouth University. BBC News reports that The Fame’s crew may have planned to stop in Poole on its way from Amsterdam to the West Indies when it foundered and broke up during a storm in 1631. Tree-ring dating of the Swash Channel Wreck’s timbers suggests that the wood in the hull came from trees cut down between 1619 and 1639 in the Netherlands or Germany. Historic records indicate that all 45 people on board The Fame, and its master, John Jacobson Botemaker, were rescued, but the ship became a danger to other ships navigating the channel. Its contents and cannon are thought to have been salvaged, though it is also possible that it had been traveling without any cargo. “Everything fits, although you can never be sure,” explained marine archaeologist Dave Parham. To read about the discovery of a long-lost shipwreck in Canadian waters, go to “Franklin’s Last Voyage.”

19 hours 21 min ago 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Shroud Rediscovered in Scotland << Archaeology Magazine

Scotland mummy shroudEDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that a full-length mummy shroud has been found wrapped in brown paper in the collections of Scotland’s National Museums by Margaret Maitland, senior curator of ancient Mediterranean collections. It depicts the deceased as the god Osiris, and identifies him as the son of a Roman-era official named Montsuef, and his wife, Tanuat, both of whose deaths were recorded in 9 B.C. A curator’s note, placed in a Second World War service envelope, identified the contents of the parcel as an ancient Egyptian artifact from a tomb that was used for more than 1,000 years in what is now Luxor. Conservators humidified the shroud’s brittle linen fibers before beginning to unfold it, a process that took almost 24 hours. “Before we were able to unfold the textile, tantalizing glimpses of colorful painted details suggested that it might be a mummy shroud,” Maitland said, “but none of us could have imagined the remarkable figure that would greet us when we were finally able to unroll it.” For more, go to “Egypt’s Immigrant Elite.”

22 hours 6 min ago Dime online: Datenbank der demotisch und griechisch bezeugten Personen aus Soknopaiu Nesos << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) [First posted in AWOL 10 June 2013, update 24 March 2017]

Dime online: Datenbank der demotisch und griechisch bezeugten Personen aus Soknopaiu Nesos
Herzlich Willkommen bei, der online-Datenbank zur Prosopographie des Faijum-Ortes Soknopaiu Nesos (Dime)!

Diese Datenbank-Projekt erfaßt systematisch die in den demotischen und griechischen Texten aus Soknopaiu Nesos belegten Personen und personenbezogenen Angaben. Aufgenommen sind weiterhin die vor allem in Verkaufsurkunden erwähnten topographischen Daten, die es vielleicht ermöglichen, Teile des Stadtplanes von Soknopaius Nesos zu rekonstruieren.  

Die Materialbasis bilden zunächst die römerzeitlichen dokumentarischen Quellen. Die Datenbank soll es allen Altertumswissenschaftlern, unabhängig von ihren Sprachkenntnissen, ermöglichen, mit den prosopographischen und topographischen Informationen, die die Papyri und Ostraka aus Soknopaiu Nesos bieten, zu arbeiten.

Sie haben die Möglichkeit, die Datenbank mit und ohne Registrierung zu benutzen. Registrierte Benutzer können selbst Daten einpflegen.
Weitere Informationen: >> lesen Sie hier weiter >>

Update 2016:

Unser Datenbestand wird zur Zeit systematisch überarbeitet. Weitere Informationen dazu zeitnah an dieser Stelle. Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse!
22 hours 15 min ago La mémoire des désastres de l'Antiquité romaine << Compitum - &eacute;v&eacute;nements (tous types) Titre: La mémoire des désastres de l'Antiquité romaine
Lieu: Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme / Aix-en-Provence
Catégorie: Colloques, journées d'études
Date: 07.04.2017
Heure: 18.00 h

Information signalée par Patricia Zuntow

La mémoire des désastres de l'Antiquité romaine

Analyse des traditions documentaires et perspectives de recherche


L'étude des catastrophes connaît un nouvel intérêt depuis la fin des années 2000. Le développement des "resilience studies" dans la recherche anglo-saxonne engage une réflexion en science humaine qui porte, d'une part, sur l'acceptation du désastre par la communauté qui en est victime, et d'autre part, sur la manière dont cette société surmonte l'épreuve et en tire collectivement des leçons. Ces questionnements investissent progressivement les travaux des historiens, et ils ont notamment trouvé un premier aboutissement dans les études anciennes avec la parution en 2013 de "Roman Disasters", une monographie dans laquelle Jerry Toner analyse la confrontation des Romains aux catastrophes naturelles, militaires et politiques.

À partir de ces réflexions pionnières, cet atelier de recherche a pour objectif d'entamer une réflexion collective sur la manière dont les Anciens se sont réappropriés les moments les plus difficiles de leur histoire. À travers l'analyse de plusieurs dossiers thématiques, cette première rencontre sera l'occasion d'identifier et d'étudier les sources que les historiens peuvent utiliser afin d'étudier la mémoire des désastres de l'Antiquité romaine.

Vendredi 7 avril 2017
Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme,
5 Rue Château de l'Horloge, Aix-en-Provence
Salle B 279


8h30 : Accueil des participants

9h-9h30 : Introduction

9h30-10h : Pierre-Alain Caltot (Aix-Marseille Université) : « La mémoire de Pharsale : variation épique sur le désastre de la guerre civile dans la Pharsale de Lucain »

10h-10h30 : Sophie Hulot (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne) : « Le souvenir du coût humain des guerres romaines : du deuil privé à la mémoire publique des désastres militaires (deuxième guerre punique – Ier s. ap. J.-C.) »

10h30-10h45 : Pause

10h45-11h15 : Mathieu Engerbeaud (Aix-Marseille Université) : « L'anniversaire de la bataille de Cannes (216 av. J.-C.) : un jour funeste du calendrier romain ? »

11h15-12h : Discussion
Pause déjeuner

14h-14h30 : Charles Davoine (Aix-Marseille Université) : « Les vestiges matériels, supports d'une mémoire des désastres dans l'Antiquité romaine ? »

14h30-15h : Pierre Courroux (Université de Picardie-Jules Verne) : « Réception et recréation des désastres antiques au Moyen Âge »

15h-15h30 : Discussion

15h30-16h : Conclusion des travaux et discussion sur les perspectives de recherche

Lieu de la manifestation : Aix-en-Provence, Maison Méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme salle B279
Organisation : Mathieu Engerbeaud (Aix-Marseille Université)
Contact : mathieu.engerbeaud[at]

1 day 19 min ago From my diary << Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

I am now recovered from the virus that struck me down last week.  Thank you everyone who prayed for me.  I’ve spent the last few days preparing for a job interview with a new client.  This required quite a bit of revision of my skills, for the inevitable technical test.  But I was successful. Evidently the “other guy” bombed the technical test, for they got back to me in a couple of hours, before I had even got home.  So gainful work beckons in a week’s time.  Sadly I shall have to spend much of that week haggling over contractual terms, but such is the nature of the business.  It is my dream to find a client one day who does not attempt to impose an unreasonable contract.  But in twenty years this has yet to happen.  It will be back to dwelling in a hotel for four nights a week.

In the limited time available, I’ve been OCRing the 1845 French translation of Serenus Sammonicus.  It looks to me as if Google Translate would process this into English quite easily.  Indeed the Latin itself is not difficult.  So I will carry on with this.

An email today asked me if I knew where the “pine cone” in the Vatican courtyard came from.  It was previously in the atrium before Old St Peter’s.  Before that … I can’t say that I know.  Something to think about one day!

I have a little list of blog post topics that has built up over the past few weeks.  I shall get to them all one day!

1 day 51 min ago 500.000 euro voor restauratie stadhuis en belfort Menen << ArcheoNet BE

Geert Bourgeois kent een premie van 500.000 euro toe voor de restauratie van het stadhuis en het belfort van Menen. Met de premie wordt ook de WO II-schuilkelder, die deel uitmaakt van het complex, geconserveerd en toegankelijk gemaakt.

Het stadhuis is een vierkant gebouwencomplex dat bestaat uit verschillende historisch met elkaar vergroeide gebouwen. Het bestaat uit een 18de-eeuws landhuis dat beschadigd en hersteld is tijdens de Franse periode. In de 19de eeuw kwam er een uitbreiding met vierkantsvleugels, en in 20ste eeuw werd een schuilkelder aan het complex toegevoegd. Het bijhorende belfort is middeleeuws en symboliseert de bewaking van de stedelijke vrijheden. Het belfort, samen met 32 andere belforten ook erkend als UNESCO-werelderfgoed, is sinds 1939 beschermd als monument. Vier jaar later volgde de bescherming van het aanpalende stadhuis. In 2003 werd ook de schuilkelder uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog beschermd.

Enkele jaren geleden werd het interieur van het stadhuis grondig gerestaureerd en verbouwd tot administratief centrum op maat van de hedendaagse noden. De buitenkant van het stadhuis bleef grotendeels ongemoeid. Het belfort is nog niet gerestaureerd. Dat kan nu met deze premie gebeuren. De bakstenen muren worden hersteld, de uurwerken krijgen een onderhoud en het buitenschrijnwerk een restauratie. Daarnaast wordt de schuilkelder onder de Grote Markt toegankelijk gemaakt en het interieur geconserveerd. Ten slotte worden enkele kleine restauratiewerken aan de voorgevel van het stadhuis uitgevoerd.

Door deze restauratie kunnen het belfort en de schuilkelder in de toekomst bezocht worden door het grote publiek. Vanop het dakterras op het belfort zal de bezoeker een prachtig uitzicht krijgen op het historische centrum en de omgeving van Menen.

1 day 1 hour ago New Online from the Oriental Institute: OIS 11. The Late Third Millennium in the Ancient Near East: Chronology, C14, and Climate Change << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) OIS 11. The Late Third Millennium in the Ancient Near East: Chronology, C14, and Climate Change


Edited by Felix Höflmayer, with contributions by Matthew J. Adams, Aaron A. Burke, Michael W. Dee, Aron Dornauer, Donald Easton, Hermann Genz, Raphael Greenberg, Roman Gundacker, Felix Höflmayer, Sturt W. Manning, Peter Pfälzner, Simone Riehl, J. David Schloen, Thomas Schneider, Glenn M. Schwartz, Harvey Weiss, and Bernhard Weninger

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This volume contains the papers of the tenth annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Postdoc Seminar on “The Early/Middle Bronze Age Transition in the Ancient Near East: Chronology, C14, and Climate Change. The seminar brought together specialists from various fields, including Egyptology, Near Eastern archaeology, radiocarbon dating and Assyriology. The articles in this volume discuss the complex interconnection between the rapid climate change around 2200 BC and societal collapses throughout the ancient Near East in the mid-late third millennium BC. A reassessment of this crucial period in Near Eastern history became necessary as radiocarbon dating projects conclusively showed that the Early Bronze Age chronology has to be raised considerably. Part I raises questions of urbanism and its demise in the Early Bronze Age southern, central, and northern Levant. Part II discusses issues of the collapse of the Akkad empire and how it might be connected to the rapid climate change around 2200 BC. Part III (Egypt) focuses on the end of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, and questions of absolute calendrical dates, but also presents a reassessment of Egyptian texts and toponyms based on the new radiocarbon chronology for the Early Bronze Age Levant. Part IV sets the topic into the wider context of the late third millennium Eastern Mediterranean. It is hoped that the present volume will serve as a concise reference for this crucial period in the coming years.
  1. The Late Third Millennium B.C. in the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean: A Time of Collapse and Transformation. Felix Höflmayer
  2. No Collapse: Transmutations of Early Bronze Age Urbanism in the Southern Levant. Raphael Greenberg
  3. Economic and Political Implications of Raising the Date for the Disappearance of Walled Towns in the Early Bronze Age Southern Levant. J. David Schloen
  4. The Transition from the Third to the Second Millennium B.C. in the Coastal Plain of Lebanon: Continuity or Break? Hermann Genz
  5. Western Syria and the Third- to Second-Millennium B.C. Transition. Glenn M. Schwartz
  6. “Seventeen Kings Who Lived in Tents”. Harvey Weiss
  7. Ḫabur Ware and Social Continuity: The Chronology of the Early to Middle Bronze Age Transition in the Syrian Jezireh. Peter Pfälzner
  8. Bioclimatic and Agroecological Properties of Crop Taxa: A Survey of the Cuneiform Evidence Concerning Climatic Change and the Early/Middle Bronze Age Transition. Aron Dornauer
  9. Regional Environments and Human Perception: The Two Most Important Variables in Adaptation to Climate Change. Simone Riehl
  10. Amorites, Climate Change, and the Negotiation of Identity at the End of the Third Millennium B.C. Aaron A. Burke
  11. “What Is the Past but a Once Material Existence Now Silenced?”: The First Intermediate Period from an Epistemological Perspective. Thomas Schneider
  12. Absolutely Dating Climatic Evidence and the Decline of Old Kingdom Egypt. Michael W. Dee
  13. The Significance of Foreign Toponyms and Ethnonyms in Old Kingdom Text Sources. Roman Gundacker
  14. A Gap in the Early Bronze Age Pottery Sequence at Troy Dating to the Time of the 4.2 ka cal. b.p. Event. Bernhard Weninger and Donald Easton
  15. Comments on Climate, Intra-regional Variations, Chronology, the 2200 B.C. Horizon of Change in the East Mediterranean Region, and Socio-political Change on Crete. Sturt W. Manning
  16. Egypt and the Levant in the Early to Middle Bronze Age Transition. Matthew J. Adams
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-61491-036-7
  • Pp. xii + 516; 176 illustrations
  • Oriental Institute Seminars 11
  • $25.95
For an up to date list of all Oriental Institute publications available online see: The Oriental Institute Open Access Publications
1 day 1 hour ago Open Access Books from Edition Topoi << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) Open Access Books from Edition Topoi
Zu den Publikationen der Edition Topoi gehören die Monographien und Sammelbände der Buchreihe Berlin Studies of the Ancient World sowie diverse Einzelpublikationen. Die hier behandelten Themen reichen von der Philosophie bis zu den Archäologien, von der Wissenschaftsgeschichte bis hin zur physischen Geographie.
And see also Topoi: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World / Berliner Studien der Alten Welt  [ISSN: 2191-5806]

Die Spur des Heiligen

Raum, Ritual und die Feier des Santiago in den südlichen zentralen Anden

Axel Schäfer

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 36
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 400
Preis: 49,90
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudissthesis000000102894-0
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Santiago, der iberische Schutzherr gewaltsamer Missionierung, ist in den südlichen peruanischen Anden einer der populärsten Heiligen. Häufig wird dies auf den Erfolg kolonialer Propaganda zurückgeführt. Demgegenüber unterstreicht die vorliegende Untersuchung die aktive Rolle der indigenen Bevölkerung bei der Aneignung des Heiligen. Anhand von fünf Fallbeispielen wird die Feier des Santiago analysiert und gezeigt, welche Bedeutung der Kult im ländlichen Raum hat. Santiagos Patronat über die Pferde und seine wichtige Rolle bei der Segnung der Saatfrüchte belegen ebenso wie die engen Beziehungen zwischen kommunalen und familiären Santiagofeiern, zwischen katholischer Liturgie und indigenem Ritual, wie weit der Heilige in die bäuerliche Lebenswelt integriert ist. In der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Raum konstituieren die Feiernden die rituelle Landschaft. Ihr imaginatives und handlungsbezogenes Verhältnis zum Raum zeigt, wie Rituale und Symbole auf Orte und Richtungen bezogen werden und welche Reichweiten diese entfalten. Die Feiern fügen sich zu ganzen Festzyklen, in deren Rahmen Siedlungen und Landschaftselemente rituell miteinander in Verbindung gesetzt werden.

Verborgenes Wissen. Innovation und Transformation feinschmiedetechnischer Entwicklungen im diachronen Vergleich

Barbara Armbruster, Heidemarie Eilbracht, Oliver Hahn, Orsolya Heinrich-Tamáska (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 35
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 290
Preis: 49,90
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudocsdocument000000024684-8


Der vorliegende Band versammelt die Beiträge eines internationalen Workshops, der unter gleichem Titel im Jahr 2011 in Berlin stattfand. Er stellte die erste Initiative des kurz zuvor gegründeten „Netzwerks Archäologisch-Historisches Metallhandwerk (NAHM)“ dar und wurde im Verbund mit dem Exzellenzcluster Topoi durchgeführt. Die Aufsätze widmen sich den Feinschmiedetechniken metallener Objekte und behandeln ausgewählte Fundgruppen und Fragestellungen aus der Sicht der Archäologie, der Metallkunde, den Naturwissenschaften sowie der Restaurierungspraxis. Die Erschließung eines „Verborgenen Wissens“ zielt auf die Rekonstruktion des technologischen Knowhow. Dessen Bestimmung ermöglicht weiterführende Fragen und Antworten nach der sozialen Organisation des Handwerks oder nach Werkstattkreisen. Für das umfassende Verständnis der einem Objekt zugrundeliegenden chaîne opératoire ist eine interdisziplinäre Herangehensweise unerlässlich. Dies spiegelt sich in der Vielfalt der angewandten Methoden in den elf Beiträgen wider. Die Autorinnen und Autoren spannen zudem einen weiten chronologischen Bogen von der Bronzezeit bis in die Neuzeit, der zu einer vergleichenden Betrachtung einlädt.

3D-Anwendungen in der Archäologie. Computeranwendungen und quantitative Methoden in der Archäologie

Workshop der AG CAA und des Exzellenzclusters Topoi 2013

Undine Lieberwirth, Irmela Herzog (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 34
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 208
Preis: 39,90
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudocsdocument000000023922-8


Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Computeranwendungen und Quantitative Methoden in der Archäologie (AG CAA) veranstaltet jährlich einen gleichnamigen Workshop, der 2013 an der Freien Universität Berlin stattfand. Die Aufsätze zeigen, dass dreidimensionale Daten bei der archäologischen Dokumentation und Analyse immer wichtiger werden. 3D-Modelle oder digitale Geländemodelle (DGMs) lassen sich mithilfe von photogrammetrischen Methoden (Structure-from-Motion) oder Laserscanning erstellen. Über die Dokumentation von Funden und Befunden hinaus erlauben solche Daten zum Beispiel die virtuelle Rekonstruktion von eingestürzten Mauern, die Mustererkennung auf Keilschri ftafeln oder auch die Analyse der Beleuchtung im Innern eines griechischen Tempels. Archäologische Befunde werden in hoch aufgelösten DGMs (Lidar-Daten) sichtbar. DGMs sind auch die Basis für Sichtbarkeitsanalysen und Berechnungen zur Wegerekonstruktion.
Diese Publikation ausgewählter Beiträge zu aktuellen Dokumentations- und Analyseverfahren in den Altertumswissenscha ften deckt einen weiten Bereich typischer CAA-Themen ab.

Spatial Metaphors. Ancient Texts and Transformations

Fabian Horn, Cilliers Breytenbach (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 39
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 242
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:11-100237814


In presenting philological readings of spatial metaphors in ancient texts and their reception based on theoretical approaches to metaphor, this is a pioneering study which also bears testimony to the increasing interest in the potential and cognitive functions of metaphor in literary studies. The individual studies o ffer a representative synopsis of current theories on spatial metaphors and encompass applications to literary texts from a number of genres and languages ranging from wisdom texts and philosophical treatises to tragedy and from Ancient Egyptian to Shakespearean English, thus spanning almost 3000 years of human thought and language. Based on this framework of theory and practice, this volume collects a series of papers originally delivered at a conference entitled Raum-Metaphern in antiken Texten und deren Rezeption, organized by research group (C-2) Space and Metaphor in Cognition, Language and Texts of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi — The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations in Berlin in June 2014.

Bronzezeitliche Hortfunde und ihre Fundorte in Böhmen

Tilmann Vachta

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 33
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 337
Preis: 49,90
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudocsdocument000000023918-1
Böhmen ist mit seinen gut 450 Horten aus älterer und jüngerer Bronzezeit eine der zentralen Deponie-rungslandschaften Mitteleuropas. Ausgehend von der Interpretation der bronzezeitlichen Metalldeponie-rungen als Weihgaben wird im vorliegenden Band aus der Perspektive der longue durée das Auf und Ab des reichen Deponierungsgeschehens in Böhmen geschildert und seine regionalen und zeitlichen Konjunkturen aufgezeigt. Im Fokus stehen dabei die Deponierungsorte: Durch die Auswertung alter Fundberichte war es möglich, zahlreiche Horte zurück ins Gelände zu bringen und mit dem Raumaspekt eine Facette bronzezeitlicher ritueller Praxis zu beschreiben, die in der älteren Forschung kaum beachtet wurde. Ein ausführlicher Fundstellenkatalog und Karten ermöglichen darüber hinaus die weitere wissenschaftliche Nutzung des vorgelegten Materials. Somit bietet der Band eine  Geschichte der bronzezeitlichen Hortsitte in Böhmen, in der neben den Bronzen auch erstmals die Topographie der Fundorte und die die Horte umgebenden Befunde eine prominente Rolle spielen.

Raum, Gabe und Erinnerung

Weihgaben und Heiligtümer in prähistorischen und antiken Gesellschaften

Svend Hansen, Daniel Neumann, Tilmann Vachta (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 38
Jahr: 2016
Seiten: 330
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudocsdocument000000023919-8
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Die Konzepte Raum – Gabe – Erinnerung entfalten durch ihr Zusammenspiel ein großes sozialhistorisches Erkenntnispotential für die altertumswissenschaftliche Forschung. Nicht nur Formen des Gabentausches oder des gesellschaftlichen Erinnerns stehen in einem kulturspezifischen Kontext, sondern auch die Konstruktion des Raumes selbst. Der Band versammelt ein fachlich breites Spektrum an Beiträgen von der Ethnologie über die prähistorische Archäologie bis zur klassischen Altertumskunde mit Beispielen von Irland bis Zentralasien. Die Beiträge eröffnen nicht nur neue empirische Einblicke, sondern auch neue theoretische Perspektiven für die Erforschung der Votivpraxis seit der Bronzezeit. Die Praxis der Votivgabe ist ein Kennzeichen der meisten antiken Religionen und reicht mit der Fortführung in der christlichen Kultpraxis bis in die Gegenwart.


Historiographical Approaches to Past Archaeological Research

Gisela Eberhardt, Fabian Link (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 32
Jahr: 2015
Seiten: 242
Preis: 29,90 Euro
URN (PDF): urn:nbn:de:kobv:11-100233492


Writing the history of archaeology has become increasingly diverse in recent years due to developments in the historiography of the sciences and the humanities. A move away from hagiography and presentations of scientific processes as an inevitable progression has been requested in this context. Historians of archaeology have begun to utilize approved and new historiographical concepts to trace how archaeological knowledge has been acquired as well as to reflect on the historical conditions and contexts in which knowledge has been generated. This volume seeks to contribute to this trend. By linking theories and models with case studies from the nineteenth and twentieth century, the authors illuminate implications of communication on archaeological knowledge and scrutinize routines of early archaeological practices. The usefulness of di fferent approaches such as narratological concepts or the concepts of habitus is thus considered.

Between Feasts and Daily Meals

Towards an Archaeology of Commensal Spaces

Susan Pollock (ed.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 30
Jahr: 2015
Seiten: 288
Preis: 29,90 EUR
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Kommensalität – das gemeinsame Essen und Trinken in einem gemeinsamen physischen und sozialen Rahmen spielt eine fundamentale Rolle im menschlichen Alltagsleben. Diese zentrale Bedeutung macht Kommensalität zu einem besonders wichtigen Ausgangspunkt für die Erforschung sozialer Beziehungen und politischer Mechanismen. Um die in jüngster Zeit in der Archäologie und verwandten Disziplinen zu beobachtende einseitige Fokussierung auf Feste und andere besondere kommensale Anlässe zu relativieren, sollte der Blick auf Alltagskommensalität gerichtet werden, in deren Rahmen sich entscheidende Prozesse sozialer Reproduktion abspielen. Ich werde zwei besondere Formen von kommensalen Praktiken hervorheben, Gastfreundschat und die Zuteilung von bzw. Versorgung mit Lebensmitteln (“provisioning”), die in vielen Facetten in den Beiträgen dieses Bandes diskutiert werden. Schließlich erörtere ich den in der Archäologie weitgehend vernachlässigten Forschungsbereich Hunger und dessen Implikationen für die Nutzung von Kommensalität als Machtinstrument.

Amici - socii - clientes? Abhängige Herrschaft im Imperium Romanum

Ernst Baltrusch, Julia Wilker (eds.)

Reihe: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World. Vol. 31
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Das Imperium Romanum war kein ‚Staat‘ im modernen Sinne, sondern ein diffuses Gebilde mit unterschiedlichen Substrukturen. Dazu zählten auch die amici et socii: Könige, Fürsten, Städte, nationes, gentes, die mit Rom engere oder weitere Bindungen eingingen. Diese ‚Klientelstaaten‘ werden aus römischer wie regionaler Perspektive anhand von Fallbeispielen, aber auch anhand von inhaltlichen Aspekten in den Blick genommen. Es geht dabei nicht um eine abschließende Beantwortung moderner Fragestellungen, sondern um die Förderung eines Dialoges unterschiedlicher Ansätze und Blickwinkel zum Thema ‚Klientelkönigtum‘. Der vorliegende Band versammelt Beiträge, die die generelle Tragfähigkeit des Klientel-Konzepts, Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen dem Osten und Westen des Imperiums und ihre Auswirkungen auf die lokalen Reiche und Gemeinden diskutieren und damit die Entwicklungen ebenso wie die Bandbreite des Instruments der abhängigen Herrschaft und ihrer modernen Deutung deutlich machen.

Genealogie und Migrationsmythen im antiken Mittelmeerraum und auf der arabischen Halbinsel

Almut-Barbara Renger, Isabel Toral-Niehoff (eds.)

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1 day 8 hours ago CJ-Online Review: Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia << David Meadows (rogueclassicism)

Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia by Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxvi + 374. $ 40.99. Paper. ISBN 978-1-107-57715-2.

Reviewed by Jan P. Stronk, Universiteit van Amsterdam

In a world where various forms of imperialism still exist, it is interesting to look at the way how (the idea of) Empire worked for the Achaemenids. Dusinberre has looked into this matter, specifically for Anatolia-a region she is very familiar with as her 2003 book Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis attests. However, in that book she organized the treatment of evidence (largely confined to the city of Sardis) after the type of evidence, in the current one she presents the material-for a much larger area-thematically. Due to its treatment of many varied types of sources (archaeological, epigraphical, literary, art historical), necessary to create the comprehensive picture that Dusinberre presents, the book seems to be aimed primarily at an academic audience. In spite of its scholarly aims and contents, the book is nevertheless-in my view-(relatively) accessible and a pleasure to read.

The publisher’s blurb summarizes Dusinberre’s book neatly: “The Achaemenid Persian Empire (550-330 bce) was a vast and complex sociopolitical structure that encompassed much of modern-day Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, and included two dozen distinct peoples who spoke different languages, worshiped different deities, lived in different environments, and had widely differing social customs. … Through a wide array of textual, visual, and archaeological material, Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre shows how the rulers of the empire constructed a system flexible enough to provide for the needs of different peoples within the confines of a single imperial authority and highlights the variability in response. This book examines the dynamic tensions between authority and autonomy across the empire, providing a valuable new way of considering imperial structure and development.”

As indicated in the first paragraph of this review, Dusinberre’s book has been structured thematically, basically a chapter dedicated to each theme (imperial control, religion, education, diet, to name some). What strikes the eye is both the diversity and the varying amount of evidence present for each of these themes. Some themes (like education) are hampered by the near absence of viable data, while others (like diet and death: the latter I find an excellent contribution to our knowledge and understanding of how people in Anatolia incorporated Achaemenid elements into their funerary culture) are blessed by a relative wealth of evidence.

Whenever the amount of evidence is poor, I think Dusinberre deals as well with the problem as might be expected, relying more heavily on literary than on material evidence, the type of evidence she prefers in the chapters where both types are present. The risk of bias in the literary evidence, however, remains-in my view regrettably-largely unattended by Dusinberre. For instance, she appears to ignore the fact that some authors may well have been more informed than others. In this respect a discussion on minimalist-maximalist attitude, i.e. the extent one can rely on literary sources might have been really helpful.[1]

As the title of the work indicates, Dusinberre confines her study largely to Achaemenid Anatolia, which thereby serves as a kind of exemplum for Achaemenid imperial practice.[2] Methodically, I think, few can argue with her approach and its results. Nevertheless I sometimes felt slightly uncomfortable with the strict way she sticks to her approach. As the publisher’s blurb, quoted above, rightly states, the Achaemenid Empire (my emphasis) encompassed many regions and many peoples. An excursion to (cautiously) compare the situation in (or of) Anatolia with that in other parts of the empire would-as far as evidence goes-have been extremely welcome. In the same category would have fitted an excursion into the afterlife of Achaemenid Anatolia during the succeeding Antigonid and (after 301 bce advancing) Seleucid kingdoms. Many of the practices Dusinberre describes did not disappear with the Achaemenids and, therefore, such an excursion could contribute to the understanding of Achaemenid imperial elements in their relation(s) to Anatolian local and/or regional ones.

Since a good deal of Dusinberre’s evidence in the various themes is of art historical nature, it is obvious that the illustrations in this book are many and, necessarily, (almost) all of good or excellent quality. They support many of Dusinberre’s observations. I was less impressed by the quality of the maps and the fact that some of them are used more than once (a simple: see figure so and so on page xx could suffice). Also the added value of inscribed aerial pictures instead of plain, well-drawn maps eludes me at all. As with fig. 18 (page 25), such maps distort the geographical dimensions and only allow for a limited amount of information. Only occasionally, as in fig. 25 (page 47) which shows (some of) the relief of the Taurus mountains against the Cilician plain, such aerial pictures may add to our understanding, though here as well the geographical distortion is obvious. In a work aimed at academic use I find the use of endnotes instead of footnotes obnoxious, distorting the coherence of text and note. The bibliography is extensive, up to date, and really helpful. The index, regrettably only limited to a general one, is succinct but sufficient.

Nevertheless, in spite of the critical remarks in the preceding two paragraphs, I am happy with the final result of Dusinberre’s attempt to bring her audience up to date through a review of the available evidence on Achaemenid influences upon local and/or regional communities in one of the provinces constituting the Achaemenid Empire. The book, moreover, is well taken care of and only counts few typos. For everyone taking either Achaemenid or Anatolian studies seriously, this absolutely is a book to own.

[1] Elementary in such a discussion is at present: Hall, J. M., Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian, Chicago 2014. Though this book had not yet been published when Dusinberre composed hers, the subject itself obviously is a long debated one that Dusinberre largely passes by.

[2] The book under scrutiny in a way deepens our understanding of one (geographical) area that already figures, though obviously less pregnant, in Gruen, E. S. (ed.), Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, Los Angeles, CA, 2011. In this book Margaret Miller wrote a contribution on drinking in Achaemenid Anatolia (97-134).

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1 day 8 hours ago CJ-Online Review ~ Metaphorical Coherence: Studies in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales << David Meadows (rogueclassicism)

Metaphorical Coherence: Studies in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales. By Aaron Sjöblad. Studia Graeca et Latina Lundensia. Lund: Lund University, 2015. Pp. 84. Paper, $45.00. ISBN 978-9-163-79425-4.

Reviewed by Margaret Graver, Dartmouth College

This exceptionally short work (84 pages including front and end matter) was originally intended to be an article. In his prefatory acknowledgements, Sjöblad thanks the Latin seminar at the University of Lund for helping him to develop his ideas, as well as six Swedish grant agencies that supported the writing and also the printing.

The aim of the work is not to document Seneca’s dazzling array of metaphoric and otherwise figurative language; that work has been performed with admirable thoroughness in Mireille Armisen-Marchetti’s Sapientiae facies: Étude sur les images de Sénèque (Paris: Belles Lettres, 1989). Sjöblad’s project is rather to document three particular observations concerning Seneca’s use of metaphor. Chapter 1 maintains that metaphors connected with the human body, its characteristics and movements, are related to those involving sickness and health and also to those relating to travel or to hand-to-hand combat, e.g. the combat with fortune that begins Ep. 13.

The second chapter treats metaphors representing the self or soul as an enclosed space, a “fortress” to be defended against the world. Although this group of metaphors was treated by Armisen-Marchetti and more recently by Shadi Bartsch (Seneca and the Self, Cambridge and Oxford, 2009), Sjöblad adds something new in that he also finds a connection to metaphors of commerce, of the stage, and of slavery.

Finally, Chapter 3 considers those elements of Seneca’s figurative language that speak of moral progress as a journey toward wisdom and of life as a journey toward death. Sjöblad finds the two metaphors to be strikingly similar, and in consequence puts forward the idea that wisdom and death are “close to each other in meaning” for Seneca (74): even if the road of life is shortened by suicide, the Stoic who maintains his principles has still reached his goal.

To those who read Seneca as a way to learn about ancient Stoicism, Sjöblad’s book has little to offer. Considering how much work has been done on Stoic philosophy of mind in recent decades, it is remarkable that Sjöblad can write an entire chapter on the body-soul analogy in Seneca without ever mentioning that the analogy was used extensively, and in very similar ways, by both Chrysippus and Posidonius (Galen, PHP 4.5-6, 5.2; Cic. Tusc. 4.23, 30-31). Conceptually, too, Sjöblad fails badly in that he consistently elides the Stoic distinction between sages, those rare beings who have attained both wisdom and its concomitant apatheia, and progressors, who aspire toward wisdom but have not attained it. Statements like “[B]oth literal and metaphorial buying and selling, as Seneca sees it, threaten to disturb or damage the inner apatheia of the learning Stoic” (51) will not advance anyone’s understanding of Seneca’s thought.

As a literary critic, Sjöblad does rather better. His chief endeavor is to work out the relations among the several source domains from which Seneca most often draws his figurative language, and this project holds significant interest. He gains some traction with the notions of a “conceptual metaphor” (9), which is to say a system of metaphors that helps to advance Seneca’s thinking, and of a “metaphoric blend” (72) that combines information from two input spaces. These are potentially useful tools for analysis of that synergy between doctrine and aesthetics and that is Seneca’s prose. Neither is original with Sjöblad, and Sjöblad’s applications of them are not always convincing; nonetheless, Metaphorical Coherence does offer some material for reflection to those with strong interests in Seneca’s prose technique.


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