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17 hours 8 min ago Open Access Journal: Camenulae << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) Camenulae

Le numéro 19 de Camenulae contient les actes de la seconde journée annuelle de l’École doctorale I « Mondes antiques et médiévaux » (Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université), intitulée Communauté, société et alliance, qui a eu lieu le 9 avril 2016 sous la direction de Paul Demont.
Certaines communications n’ont pas été publiées.
Mise en page Marion Franchet-Lamalle, secrétaire de rédaction de l’ÉD1, mise en ligne Valérie Naas, Maître de conférences de latin HDR et directrice de Camenulae.
On trouvera sur ce même site les numéros précédents de la revue Camenulae.
17 hours 8 min ago Weekend Roundup, Part 1 << BiblePlaces Blog

A 12-minute video on the discovery of the Isaiah seal impression describes the background and significance of this find. The video includes interviews with Eilat Mazar and Shmuel Ahituv.

Christopher Rollston issues some cautions about identifying that seal impression with the prophet Isaiah. Michael Welch goes further and says that the seal belongs to Isaiah (son of) Nobai or Isaiah the Nobian and not the famous prophet.

Biblical Archaeology Review is honoring its founder Hershel Shanks with a double issue, the table of contents of which is now online.

Mark D. Smith investigates the probability of a body of an criminal executed by Rome being buried.

Wayne Stiles considers the purpose of Jesus’s transfiguration and its significance to us today.

Ferrell Jenkins recalls his own experiences in visiting the Jordan River near Jericho.

How was Jesus heard without a microphone? That’s the topic on this week’s The Land and the Book broadcast with Barry Britnell.

Sharon Herbert will be lecturing at the Albright Institute on March 1  on “New Work on the Sealings and the Archive from Tel Kedesh.”

Now’s a good time to sign up for the summer excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Ted Weis

19 hours 12 min ago Who is using Clarin or Dariah to work with historical languages? << Perseus Digital Library Updates

Gregory Crane
February 24, 2018

Who is using Clarin ( and/or Dariah (, and particularly the German subprojects and, to work with historical languages?

If so, are you doing so as a funded member of Clarin or Dariah?

Who has used the Dariah repository ( to store data? I have found documentation about how to add data but I have not yet found any collections stored within the Dariah repository?

What other services offered by Clariah and/or Dariah have you used? Are you planning to use any?

Ideally, this would generate a public discussion in forums such as Twitter, Humanist and the Digital Classicist mailing list but feel free to email me directly on gmail (gcrane2008).

19 hours 20 min ago A famous image of Perseus, but is there some dark humour going... << He has a wife you know

A famous image of Perseus, but is there some dark humour going on?

20 hours 17 min ago Living Biblically << James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix) I am really delighted to have had the chance to watch the first three episodes of the brand new CBS series “Living Biblically” and then to talk with the show’s executive producer Patrick Walsh about it. Readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of A. J. Jacobs’ book The Year of […]
20 hours 55 min ago The Babatha archive << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
21 hours 7 min ago The first philologists << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
21 hours 16 min ago INL manuscripts at NYU << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
21 hours 23 min ago Update on medical school Phoenician << Jim Davila ( <img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
22 hours 21 min ago Op en onder de polderklei: archeologisch onderzoek in de Zwinstreek << ArcheoNet BE

In museum Sincfala in Knokke-Heist geeft archeologe Bieke Hillewaert morgen zondag een lezing over de resultaten van recent archeologisch onderzoek in de Zwinstreek. Tot voor kort ging men er van uit dat de complexe sedimentatie- en erosieprocessen in de kustvlakte alle oudere bewoningssporen hadden uitgewist. Recent grootschalig onderzoek bracht echter sporen aan het licht die teruggaan tot de prehistorie. Daarnaast werd ook onze kennis in verband met de Romeinse tijd en de volle middeleeuwen (10de -12de eeuw) in het gebied ruimschoots aangevuld.

De lezing vindt plaats om 10u. Meer info op

22 hours 37 min ago Hoik it Out: 'Best Practice' for 'Citizen Archyologists'. << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Ditching Buckets
Silas Brown this week has some wise words about artefact-hoiking metal detectorists and how much these so-called 'citizen archaeologists' really want to 'save history' ('Farmer Brown: If it walks like an oik and it talks like an oik …' 24/02/2018). It concerns a discussion on a metal detecting forum near you where a 'heritage hero' suggests asking a farmer to get a mechanical excavator with a ditching bucket ('get the farmer to scrape 6″ [sic] off at a time, depends how interested he is if he will do it or not, and how much you can tell him it might be worth his while...'). Damage the soil structure for the Treasure reward, he means. Farmer Brown muses about the manner in which the farmer would be persuaded by this diggedy-duo:
what on earth did this lot say to convince that farmer it was OK?
“Don’t worry there’s probably nothing there?”
“Don’t worry there’s probably lots there, we’ll be rich?”
“Don’t worry, archaeologists would approve?”
He suggests that instead of just accepting that the PAS is telling the public the whole truth about collection-driven exploitation of the archaeological record, they consider just what artefact hunters are actually after:
please, before you let anyone onto your land, watch how they walk. And talk.
Of course the effective-as-a-wet-paper-bag PAS could jolly well pull their Bloomsbury corporate fingers out and (as part of that 'outreach' they claim so earnestly to be doing) inform the public and landowners that not even 'citizen' archaeologists excavate sensitive findspots with a socking big ditching bucket. Fat chance of that, hey? We note that 'not-using-ditching-buckets' is not one of the headings in their pretty pathetic twenty-years-on 'Code of Responsible Metal Detecting in Bonkers Britain' written at not inconsiderable public expense. If it's not there, then I guess the PAS consider this to be 'best archaeological practice', innit?

UPDATE 24th Feb 2018
With regard to the effective-as-a-wet-paper-bag PAS 'pseudo-outreach' on 'best practice artefact hunting', Nigel Swift has just pointed out to me that the detectorist in question has already spoken to the FLO but is still going to dig deep.. well, best practice is 'volutry innit'? But is PAS going to speak out? Don't hold your breath. h/div>
22 hours 41 min ago 2018.02.49: The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Jelena Bogdanović, The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church. Oxford; New York: 2017. Pp. xxxv, 411. $60.00. ISBN 9780190465186.
22 hours 41 min ago 2018.02.48: Vulci: storia della città e dei suoi rapporti con Greci e Romani. Centro ricerche e documentazione sull'antichità classica. Monografie, 40 << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Edoardo Bianchi, Vulci: storia della città e dei suoi rapporti con Greci e Romani. Centro ricerche e documentazione sull'antichità classica. Monografie, 40. Roma: 2016. Pp. vi, 218. €115.00 (pb). ISBN 9788891311993.
22 hours 41 min ago 2018.02.47: Rhétorique et thérapeutique dals le 'De medicina' de Celse. Collection dirigée par Gérard Freyburger et Luarent Pernot, 25 << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Aurelien Gautherie, Rhétorique et thérapeutique dals le 'De medicina' de Celse. Collection dirigée par Gérard Freyburger et Luarent Pernot, 25. Turnhout: 2017. Pp. 492. €85,00 (pd). ISBN 9782503569192.
23 hours 13 min ago Immigrants Pocketing European Archaeological Record << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

The Brexiters do not like the idea of 'furriners coming to our country and taking advantage of the social benefits and all that'. Immigrants like expatriate 'Robert' need to think about this when deciding to go out and pilfer the French archaeologcal record for collectables to pocket:

He was having problems 'researching' it (that is finding out what it is and what it might be worth), but British tekkie Allectus (Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:31 pm) comes to his aid:
It's all out there mate. [emoticon] Here's your one with more info..... en/ stores/ Ken Dorney [emoticon]
There Robert, sixty dollars. In England, that'd be thirty for the landowner, thirty for you, no? And if you were not going to sell it, you'd still owe the landowner thirty dollars for their share. But you are not in England are you?

23 hours 18 min ago From my diary << Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

I’ve received the final chunk of the Vita Compilata of St Nicholas of Myra.  There are only a couple of queries, which I have sent over to the translator.  He is currently busy with the Eastern Orthodox season of Lent; but when I get them back, I will go through the whole text, revise it, and make it freely available here and elsewhere.

Anybody who uses the contact form on this blog will find that I have added a “recaptcha” thing to it.  I loathe them myself; but some cyber-criminal has discovered it and has been abusing it to send me spam.  So… I have to do this.

Germany has passed an internet censorship law, under the pretence of “anti-hate”.  According to TechDirt, it has had the predictable consequence that opposition politicians are being arrested, and even those complaining about the German PM, or even the new law itself.  Sadly such efforts are not lacking anywhere at the moment.

While politicians are endlessly eager to imprison the expression of opinion, they seem unconcerned about spam.  Dealing with spam consumes all of our time, including mine.  The cost to the economy of diverting so much productive labour must be considerable.  I could wish that our rulers were less concerned with name-calling and more with crime.

1 day 17 min ago K. Sandberg et C. Smith (éd.), Omnium Annalium Monumenta << Compitum - publications


Kaj Sandberg et Christopher Smith (éd.), Omnium Annalium Monumenta: Historical Writing and Historical Evidence in Republican Rome, Leyde, 2018.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Historiography of Rome and Its Empire, 2
ISBN : 9789004355446
160 €

This edited volume brings a variety of approaches to the problem of how the Romans conceived of their history, what were the mechanisms for their preservation of the past, and how did the Romans come to write about their past.
Building on important recent work in historiography, and the recent memory turn, the authors consider the practicalities of transmission, literary and generic influences, and the role of the city of Rome in preserving and transmitting memories of the past.
The result is a major contribution to our understanding of the role history played in Roman life, and the kinds of evidence which could be deployed in constructing Roman history.

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1 day 3 hours ago Israeli Collector Sues Turkish Cultural Ministry Over Roman Statue << Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

An Israeli art collector asked a U.S. judge Wednesday to declare that he has a valid title to an ancient Roman statue of an Anatolian goddess claimed by the Turkish cultural ministry. [...] collector Eliezer Levin says Turkey brought a claim of ownership for his 2-foot-tall marble statue of Cybele in 2016. Levin had consigned the statue for sale that year to an auction house in Tel Aviv, which exported it to the United States, where it still remains. [...] Levin claims that U.S., Israeli and international law attest to his good title. [...] Levin says he bought his statue of Cybele in 1987 from the auction house Matsa in Tel Aviv, which traced the statue back to the 1st century A.D. and listed its provenance as “from the collection of the late general Moshe Dayan, sold to a private collector.” [...] “The plinth bears a dedicatory inscription in Greek reading: ‘Asklepiades son of Hermius from the city of Side the ‘Mother of the Twelve Gods’ has dedicated as a vow’
(Adam Klasfeld, 'Israeli Collector Sues Turkish Cultural Ministry Over Roman Statue',  Courthouse News Service February 22, 2018). As justification of his claim, Levin cites that the statue was exhibited at the Eretz Israel Museum 20 years ago in Tel Aviv, and 'three Israeli agencies sponsored the exhibit, which was shown inside one of the country’s largest museums'. The item was bought by Levin in 1987 [so after the date when Turkey became a State Party to the UNESCO Convention, April 21, 1981]. No mention is made of any actual documention that the object really had come from the Dayan collection. Dayan died 16 October 1981 and a 2003 article talks of his involvement in antiquities smuggling and, more importantly, the public debate in Israel about Dayan’s illicit digging after the display of his collection in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in April 1985 (op. cit. p33). How can this be a 'good faith' purchase of an undocumented item from part of his collection merely a year later? . Levin for some reason loaned it to the museum for display in 1992. When it ceased to be on display and where it went after that is not given n the court documents. In 'early 2016', the item was consigned to an auction house in Tel Aviv, and here's where it becomes complicated. The auction house decided to send it to New York for auction and applied for an export licence (which it received on Tuesday 23rd February 2016). The next day the statue was on its way to New York, while On or about Tuesday March 1st, 2016, IAA was notified by Interpol that Turkey suspected that the Cybele was taken out of Turkey illegally.
The artefact had been exported just in the nick of time before that notification.  The two (?) auction houses involved in this transfer of location are not named  The sale was stopped on or about 16th april 2016. The object remains in New York and now a court has to decide its ownership, not by Israeli antiquities legislation, forte object has now been removed from Israeli jurisdiction, but by Israeli property law ('Section 34 of Israeli Sale Law 1968'):
Where any movable property is sold by a person who carries on the sale of property of the kind of the thing sold, and the sale is made in the ordinary course of his business, ownership passes to the buyer free of every charge, attachment or other right in the thing sold even if the seller is not the owner thereof or is not entitled to transfer it as aforesaid, provided that the buyer buys and takes possession of it in good faith.
It will be interesting to see what 'good faith' means in the case of an artefact showing it had come from Side and with no papers to show it entered the Dayan collection legally. Can one buy paperless antiquities in 'good faith' as opposed to those where paperwork is provided to show legal origins? Levin and his lawyers assert that 'There is no Basis for the Forfeiture of the Cybele Under the UNESCO Convention and the [C]CPIA'. Maybe so, but that merely shows how inadequate the US's CCPIA really is. They also assert that 'Turkey has no right of ownership in the Cybele in light of Levin’s ownership and clear title to the Cybele pursuant to Israeli law'. But the item is not now in Israel, note how US collectors moan like anything about their government 'respecting foreign laws' when it means they cannot hang on to some illegally exported loot, but are silent about the same phenomenon when it seems to imply that they can. If the item is legally held in Isrrael, let it be returned for sale in Israel, and we will see what their law allows and does not.

1 day 5 hours ago Early Stone Tools Found in Eastern India << Archaeology Magazine

ODISHA, INDIA—India Today reports that excavations near the River Jira, which is located in eastern India, recovered stone tools and weapons resembling those found in eastern and southern Africa. “This discovery will help us in understanding migration and subsequent colonization by human beings in this part of India,” said P.K. Behera of Sambalpur University. The artifacts include cores as well as projectile points and a hand ax, which are thought to have been used to hunt large animals. Soil samples from the site will be tested in order to date the artifacts and learn more about environmental conditions at the time the tools were used. For more, go to “Earliest Stone Tools.”

1 day 6 hours ago Art May Have Helped Shape Human Cognition and Language << Archaeology Magazine

Cave art communicationBOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—According to a report in The Boston Globe, linguist Shigeru Miyagawa of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his colleagues think that cave art could offer clues to the evolution of language. Ancient paintings are often found in acoustic “hot spots” in caves, where the artists may have experienced echoes of the sounds they generated. Miyagawa suggests modern humans would have had to use a cognitive process to convert the acoustic signal into a mental representation, and then externalize it as a symbolic drawing. For example, the artists might have recreated the sounds of hoof beats, experienced the echo, and then drawn images of hoofed animals. He notes that cave art has been found all over the world, just like human language. For more, go to “he First Artists.”

1 day 7 hours ago Open Access Journal: Indo-European Linguistics << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) [First posted in AWOL 23 September 2015, updated 23 February 2018]

Indo-European Linguistics
ISSN: 2212-5884
E-ISSN: 2212-5892 
image of Indo-European Linguistics
The peer-reviewed journal Indo-European Linguistics (IEL) is devoted to the study of the ancient and medieval Indo-European languages from the perspective of modern theoretical linguistics. It provides a venue for synchronic and diachronic linguistic studies of the Indo-European languages and the Indo-European family as a whole within any theoretically informed or analytical framework. It also welcomes typological investigations, especially those which make use of cross-linguistic data, including that from non-Indo-European languages, as well as research which draws upon the findings of language acquisition, cognitive science, variationist sociolinguistics, and language contact.
1 day 9 hours ago Open Access Book: After Mosul. Re-Inventing Iraq << AMIR: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

Title :     After Mosul. Re-Inventing Iraq
edited by Andrea Plebani ; [introduction by Paolo Magri].
Published: Milano : ISPI, 2017.
Notes:     Collected essays.
Description:     169 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9788867056330
1 day 9 hours ago La graphie. Écrire, avec quoi, comment, pourquoi ? << Compitum - &eacute;v&eacute;nements (tous types) Titre: La graphie. Écrire, avec quoi, comment, pourquoi ?
Lieu: Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme / Aix-en-Provence
Catégorie: Colloques, journées d'études
Date: 04.04.2018 - 05.04.2018
Heure: 18.30 h

Information signalée par Patricia Zuntow

Atelier doctoral “La Main et l'Écrit”, 2e session : La graphie. Écrire, avec quoi, comment, pourquoi ?


L'atelier doctoral “La Main et l'Écrit” entend initier les étudiants d'Aix-Marseille Université (doctorants, Master Pro et Recherche) à la diversité des écrits produits dans l'Histoire et aux différentes approches scientifiques. Il vise à lier la théorie et la pratique en valorisant les travaux de recherche des chercheurs et enseignants chercheurs d'AMU et le patrimoine des bibliothèques et archives de la région qui sont partenaires.

Coordinatrice de l'atelier
[Élodie Attia->art388], chargée de recherche, AMU -
Projet ANR “Manuscripta Bibliae Hebraicae” projet qui dispose d'un volet “diffusion des savoirs”
[ -> ]

Inscription gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles.
Auprès d'Élodie Attia : [attia[at]>]
Les doctorants AMU doivent s'inscrivent directement sur la plateforme ADUM : [>]



Matinée - Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme
Salle Georges Duby - 5 Rue Château de l'Horloge, 13090 Aix-en-Provence

>9h-11h30 | É. Attia, Aix Marseille Université, B. Marino, CNRS
- Présentation des recherches réalisées dans le domaine de la paléographie arabe et hébraïque

>11h30-12h30 | C. Guerin, A. Idasiak, doctorantes AMU, IREMAM (ED 355)
- Initiation à l'épigraphie

Après-midi - Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme

>14h-17h | A. Mailloux, Aix Marseille Université
- La graphie latine dans les registres et documents d'archives : l'analyse de l'enquête Leopard



Matinée - Bibliothèque de l'Alcazar, 58 Cours Belsunce, Marseille 1er

>10h-12h30 | E. Attia, V. Gontero, B. Marino, AMU et J. del Barco (CSIC, IMéRA)
Examen de manuscrits médiévaux du fonds ancien

Après-midi - Après Midi - Aix Marseille Université St Charles, 3 Place Victor Hugo, Marseille 3e (salle à préciser)

>14h-17h | Anne Mailloux, Aix Marseille Université
Pratique des graphies latines, hébraïques, arabes. Matériel fourni.

En savoir plus sur l'atelier

Cet atelier se déroule sur deux jours, une fois par semestre, selon une programmation thématique. Il représente une initiation à l'analyse -par les méthodes et les approches de la recherche actuelle - d'artefacts portant de l'écrit (principalement des documents et codices, mais pas uniquement), datant de l'Antiquité, du Moyen Âge jusqu'à l'invention de l'imprimerie. Il s'agira par exemple de présenter les protocoles d'observation, en codicologie et en paléographie, en diplomatique, en épigraphie, dans le but de l'édition et de l'étude philologique, de l'histoire et/ou de l'histoire des textes, de la transmission des textes, littéraires ou non. La question du devenir des ‘objets manuscrits' au moment de l'invention de l'imprimerie et à l'heure du numérique pourra être abordée.

Les intervenants présentent des introductions méthodologiques et des recherches ou un travail d'observation réalisé sur une source si possible disponible en région PACA, intéressante à valoriser et qui fait écho à leur recherche.
Des présentations théoriques et des mises en situation concrètes d'enquête scientifique au contact des documents visibles en archives ou bibliothèques partenaires sont organisées.
[La première session s'est déroulée en octobre 2017->art445] : "La Main et l'Écrit, approches et méthodes pour l'étude des sources écrites"

Lieu de la manifestation : Aix en Pce et Marseille
Organisation : Élodie Attia
Contact : Élodie Attia : attia[at]

1 day 10 hours ago Classics@16: Seven Essays on Sappho << Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online) Classics@16: Seven Essays on Sappho
Edited by Paul G. Johnston
These seven papers are the product of a graduate seminar led by Gregory Nagy at Harvard in the fall of 2016, entitled ‘Sappho and her Songmaking’. The scope of the seminar was wide-ranging, encompassing philological, linguistic, historical, anthropological, comparative, and reception-based approaches to the great female poet of antiquity. The student participants in the seminar likewise came from a variety of different backgrounds: graduates and undergraduates, classicists and not. This diversity is reflected in the papers gathered in this collection. 
Three of the papers deal with Sappho’s poetry in its own right, exploring the representation and enactment of Aphrodite’s divine epiphany in Sappho 1 (Boylan), the ambiguity of Sappho’s presentation of female eroticism (Cottrell), and connections between Sappho 31 and Homeric epic (Engelmayer). Three further papers focus on aspects of Sappho’s reception in antiquity, arguing for the importance of Sapphic poetry for texts spanning nearly a millennium and from diverse genres: Aristophanes’ comedy Knights from the fifth century BC (Johnston); Daphnis and Chloe, a second-century AD Greek novel by Longus (Segers); and a hymn by the fourth/fifth-century AD Neoplatonist Synesius (Cochran). The final paper (Miller) takes a comparative approach, exploring potential commonalities and similarities between Sappho and a much earlier love poem from Ancient Egypt. 
As a whole, this collection demonstrates the richness of Sappho’s poetry and its amenability to a wide variety of approaches and readings, as well as testifying to its pervasive influence throughout the ancient and late antique world, something which is easy to underestimate given the scanty and poorly-preserved state of her corpus in the present day.


Talia Boylan, "The Morphology of Epiphany in Song 1 of Sappho."
Christopher Cochran, "A Neoplatonic, Christian Sappho: Reading Synesius’ Ninth Hymn."
Katherine Cottrell, "Competition, Mutuality, and Ambiguity: Women’s Erotics in Sappho Song 1 and 94."
Caroline Engelmayer, " A Lyric Aristeia and a Lover’s Rout: Gender and Genre in Sappho 31."
Paul G. Johnston, "Sappho, Cleon and Eros in Aristophanes’ Knights."
Justin S. Miller, "A Comparison of Themes in Sappho and Egyptian Love Lyric: A Preliminary Investigation."
Hannelore Segers, "The Apple in Longus’ Lesvos: Sapphic Imagery in the Poetic Space of Daphnis and Chloe."
1 day 11 hours ago Jesus of Nazareth: Searching for the Historical Jesus << Centre for the Study of Christian Origins

Professor Helen Bond’s lecture recorded 10 February 2018 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London:

“Around the year 30 AD, in an insignificant province of the Roman Empire, a Jewish prophet, teacher and healer met with a shameful and brutal end on a Roman cross. 2,000 years later, this obscure figure has over two billion followers and is acknowledged as the most influential person ever to have walked the earth.”

Session 1:

Session 2:

For images from the event, click here.