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    I have already discussed several cases of problems with the PAS public-funded database. here is another one, fictional entries.   FLOs accuse this blog - critical of the PAS as 'fake news'. I cannot imagine what the Essex FLO was thinking here:  FINGER RING Unique ID: ESS-FF63AA
      
    Object type certainty: Certain Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation A complete gold engraved finger ring of probable second-age date, c. SA 1600. The inscription in the Black Speech of Mordor reads: "Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul" Translated: One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. Finger rings such as these were frequently used to enslave millions of people, elves and other dark creatures. Notes: This particular example is damaged, possibly by fire, likely in an attempt to destroy it. Subsequent actions Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder Chronology Broad period: UNKNOWN Period from: UNKNOWN Period to: UNKNOWN Dimensions and weight Quantity: 1 Personal details Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn Materials and construction Completeness: Complete Spatial metadata County or Unitary authority: Mordor District: Orodruin Parish or ward: Mount Doom References cited No references cited so far.
    If this is a gold ring, then a Treasure case number is required. If the ring was (as her entry asserts) forged in the Second Age and destroyed over two millennia later, then it is older than 300 years. So why was it "returned to finder"?


    I think this kind of messing around in a database that is already compromised by a lot of problematic material in it, really cannot improve public trust in it, or the people that spend public money compiling it.

    I have distorted the photo above, otherwise the Essex Museums lot will be having the police on me again, bless them. Sort yourselves out, Essex.



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    Before I dive into this episode from the Tom Baker era, let me draw attention to an article by a Butler University graduate, Emily Swan, who wrote about the most recent season of Doctor Who’s engagement with God and theology. Here’s a snippet: It seems natural that any show running as long as Doctor Who would need updates […]

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  • 01/05/19--02:15: YHWH "the Impassioned One?"
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  • 01/05/19--02:25: Where did we get cats?
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  • 01/05/19--05:35: Weekend Roundup
  • A woman taking a stroll near Tel Beth Shean discovered that winter rains had exposed two Roman statues.

    New technology now makes declassified US spy photos from the 1960s more useful for research in the Middle East. LiveScience tells the story, and you can explore the amazing Corona Atlas yourself.

    A team of archaeologists and climbers scaled the cliffs of Sela in order to study a relief made by the Babylonian king Nabonidus.

    Ruth Schuster surveys the archaeological evidence for the earthquake in the days of Uzziah mentioned by Amos and Zechariah (Haaretz premium).

    Kyle Harper attempts to trace the origins of the Nazareth Inscription.

    ‘Serve the Gods of Egypt’ is an exhibition focusing on the Third Intermediate Period (1069-664 BC), now showing at the Museum of Grenoble, located in southeast France. 

    Now online: Maps, drawings, and photographs from the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Sphinx Project, 1979-1983.

    The Fall 2018 issue of DigSight includes stories on the seal impression of Isaiah, new publications, recent finds, and upcoming events.

    The Oriental Institute 2017–18 Annual Report is now available.

    On the ASOR Blog, Claudio Ottoni asks, “Where do cats come from?”

    Carl Rasmussen provides illustrations for Paul’s boxing metaphor.

    Wayne Stiles explains why Peter’s trip to Caesarea was apparently inefficient and yet perfectly necessary.

    A 4-minute video from the Today Show explains how NASA technology is being used to decipher Dead Sea Scrolls. The video includes footage inside Cave 1.

    Owen Jarus suggests five archaeological discoveries to watch for in 2019.

    The editors of The Bible and Interpretation have chosen their five best articles for 2018.

    In a full article posted from Biblical Archaeology Review, Robert Cargill explains what a day on a dig looks like.

    Jerusalem is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Jordan’s tourism in 2018 was its second highest ever.

    William B. Tolar of Fort Worth, Texas, a longtime professor of biblical backgrounds and archaeology [at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary], died Dec. 29.” He apparently led 80 trips to Israel.

    There will be no roundup next weekend.

    HT: Ted Weis, Agade, Mark Hoffman, Chris McKinny, Joseph Lauer, Paleojudaica, Bryan Windle


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    Dr. Christophe Snoeck, die verbonden is aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is door het Britse vaktijdschrift ‘Current Archaeology’ genomineerd voor de award van ‘Archaeologist of the Year’. Snoeck heeft zijn nominatie te danken aan de opmerkelijke resultaten van zijn onderzoek op gecremeerde botfragmenten uit de neolithische site van Stonehenge. Vind je ook dat Snoeck deze award verdient? Tot 11 februari kan iedereen zijn of haar stem uitbrengen via archaeology.co.uk.


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    Het 25ste congres van de European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) vindt van 4 tot en met 7 september 2019 plaats aan de Universiteit van Bern (Zwitserland). Nog tot 15 februari kan je je inschrijven voor het geven van een lezing of het presenteren van een poster in een van de weerhouden sessies. Om in te schrijven en deel te nemen aan het congres moet je wel lid zijn van de EAA. Lid worden kan via e-a-a.org. Alle nodige info vind je ook op de congreswebsite e-a-a.org/eaa2019.


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  • 01/05/19--09:54: Some new essays on Ovid
  • In honor of Ovid's Bimillennium, a group of essays has been posted by In Medias Res, a magazine published by the Paideia Institute. They include readings of the Amores, the Heroides, the Medicamina faciei femineae (his work on make-up), and the Metamorphoses.

    An intro with links to them by John Byron Kushner is here.

    From Kusher's essay on Metamorphoses:
    Ovid seems to be arguing against responsibility, and for sympathy. All of these desires — licit and illicit — come into our lives through our bodies, and it is not clear that we are to be held responsible for our bodies, or that we are our bodies, a theme Ovid plays with continually. Adonis coming into manhood is described as iam se formosior ipso est — more beautiful than himself (10.523). Marriage for Atalanta is described — quite powerfully, knowing how difficult marriage can be for us all — as teque ipsa viva carebis (“you will no longer have yourself, though you will be alive,” 10.566). 
    In Latin our lives begin and end with passive verbs: nascimur and morimur (we are born, we die). And much of the in-between fits into the verb patimur, we suffer, which is the main material of the Metamorphoses, in its varied forms . . . 
    After a helpful discussion of the long speech of Pythagoras, he notes:
    For Ovid, to use E.J. Kenney’s phrase used by Feeney, “the Augustan settlement was not, as it had been for Vergil, the start of a new world, novus ordo saeclorum, but another sandbank in the shifting stream of eternity.”
    Of course, Ovid being nothing if not Ovid, one thing will remain, through some unidentified agency, unchanged beyond that shifting stream -- his name:

    parte tamen meliore mei super alta perennis
    astra ferar, nomenque erit indelebile nostrum

    Still in my better part far beyond the lofty stars
    I shall be borne immortal; my name will be indelible.




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  • 01/05/19--13:16: From my diary
  • It is Saturday night; in fact the twelfth night after Christmas day, and so – according to Google – the time to take down Christmas decorations.  It is slightly surprising that the Church of England press office does not issue a formal letter to the press, reminding everyone.  Sadly the ecclesiastics of today tend to have other things on their mind.  In its place, a google search reveals confusion.

    My own Christmas tree has disappeared into the loft for another year.  How quickly the Christmas season is over!  On Monday I must go back to work on a client site.  It’s a total mess over there – worse than I have ever seen – so how long I will last there remains to be seen.  It will take all my energies just to remain.  If this is what God wants me to do at this time, however, I am willing.  I must bring it to the Lord in prayer, as we must all.  I must make sure to leave, however, before it becomes too much.

    My paper trimmer, that I use to cut off the gluey edge next to the spine of a book, has given up the ghost.  The thousand pages of Tissington Tatlow’s Story of the Student Christian Movement were too much for it, it seems; and it died.  I must get another.

    I had intended to chop up and scan Douglas Johnson’s Contending for the faith, the history of the Intervarsity Fellowship (now UCCF), but found myself reading it instead and growing interested.  One episode took place at Edinburgh University, where the EUCU (Edinburgh University Christian Union) faced a takeover bid from the SCM in 1951.  On searching the web about this, I was surprised to find a detailed account from someone involved whom I have actually met at the Oxford Patristics Conference and corresponded with about Tertullian!   He was, of course, on the side of the resistance.  I’ve written to ask for more details.  It’s a long time ago, but Christian Unions in universities still face malicious opposition from time to time.  It’s useful to recognise some of the standard ploys.

    A few of the books on my “out” shelf have proven more interesting a second time around.  Maybe I should have another go at the Mystery of Mar Saba.

    Over Christmas a friend lent me (by post) the autobiography of Emerson Lake and Palmer keyboardist, Keith Emerson, entitled Picture of an Exhibitionist.  I’ve read the corresponding rather sober book by Greg Lake.  Emerson’s book was intended, I think, to show what a wild man he was in the 60’s with The Nice and in the 70s with ELP.  To my surprise it was a sad story, of a lost soul who lived a rather wretched life. Thus he tells us how his creative ability ended when he started using cocaine.  All the “groupies” that the music press journalists loved were in reality just prostitutes.  Many of them were diseased, and so were the “roadies” and musicians.  Indeed ELP actually went on tour with bags of condoms and packs of anti-biotics!  And so on.  There was little glamorous about the life described.  It was a vision of hell, as perhaps so much of the showbiz world really is, if we but knew.

    Onward!


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  • 01/05/19--14:31: Babylonian Hours
  • Babylonian Hours
    -Willis Monroe (@willismonroe, willismonroe@gmail.com)

    This clock uses a system of time calculation from 2,500 years ago used by the Babylonians in ancient Mesopotamia. The time is based on the concept of a seasonal hour, i.e. the length of an hour is seasonal and depends on the duration of daylight in your current location. This website grabs your location and computes your local time in this Babylonian system (here's an example of a cuneiform tablet from ancient Mesopotamia calculating seasonal hours). Obviously, the ancient Babylonians did not have digital clocks, so this clock takes a few liberties with how it displays the data, if you want to know more about the calculations and ancient Babylonian units of time continue reading below.
    If you're just curious how to read this clock, the first number is the hour past sunrise or sunset (depending on day or night), the second is a unit called an which counts up from zero to a maximum of 12 for your current location, the third number is a unit called gar for which there are 60 in an , the acronym at the end refers to a named quarter of the 24-hour day.

    Acknowledgments:

    You can check out the source code on GitHub.
    Geolocation is provided by freegeoip.net.
    Local sunrise and sunset is provided by sunrise-sunset.org.

    Thanks to friends and colleagues who looked over this and pointed out inconsistencies and/or typos.


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    PLGO: Bibliotheca Pretiosa

    PLGO




    Bibliotheca Pretiosa [Formerly LibScribd] is a project wich born inside the PLGO Community, looking provide and share with the visitors a well ordinated collection of works, related directly with Patristic/Patrological themes. 

    Taking all the advantages provided by the Scribd' API, the PLGO community has been working in this project since September 2010, and through different steps in the development of such projects, the May 3, 2014, we merge both projects offering to our friends and visitors the actual Bibliotheca Pretiosa.

    Here you will find all the contents included in our Scribd account, but minimizing to the limit the difficulties to place and access such documents, and displaying none advertisement' banners nor pop-ups.

    Indexing, organizing and reviewing our contents, we hope still helping the academical community providing classical texts and editions carefuly selected from various sources, as Gallica, Google Books and Internet Archive..

    We are convinced too that our minimal web template allow browse quickly and easily between the contents, and optimizes too the 'full screen' reading, displaying the items with the best results in any screen. And best of all, ¡legally and most of them from Public Domain!
    Collections
    Here you will find all the documents stored and shared through the Scribd service,
    which are being reviewed and organized by the PLGO Community.

    Collection No. Docs. Links
    Abrégé de l'histoire ecclésiastique de M. l'abbé Fleury (1750) 8 Open the Collection.
    Acta Martyrum et sanctorum [Bedjan Ed.]. 6 Open the Collection.
    Acta Sanctorum. 1863. 65 Open the Collection.
    Analecta Bollandiana. 1882-1908. 27 Open the Collection.
    Aramaic related materials. 27 Open the Collection.
    Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen-âge. 1926-1939. 12 Open the Collection.
    Auger. Homélies, discours et lettres choisis de S. Jean Chrysostôme. 1826. 4 Open the Collection.
    Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis: Opera et Studia 56 Open the Collection.
    Aurelius Augustinus. Opera Omnia [Des. Eras. Rot. Ed.]. 1528-1529. 20 Open the Collection.
    Baer. Textum Masoreticum accuratissime expressit e fontibus Masorea varie illustravit. 1869. 13 Open the Collection.
    Bibliothèque choisie des Pères de l'Église grecque et latine, ou, Cours d'éloquence sacrée [1822-1829]. 26 Open the Collection.
    Brooke, McLean, Thackeray. The Old Testament in Greek according to the text of Codex vaticanus. 1906. 8 Open the Collection.
    Bunsen. Christianity and mankind : their beginnings and prospects. 1854. 7 Open the Collection.
    Byzantine Empire 31 Open the Collection.
    Caillau. Thesaurus Patrum Floresque Doctorum. 9 Open the Collection.
    Ceillier. Histoire générale des auteurs sacrés et ecclésiastiques [Nouvelle Édition].1858. 17 Open the Collection.
    Ceillier. Histoire générale des auteurs sacrés et ecclésiastiques. 1729. 23 Open the Collection.
    Church history 78 Open the Collection.
    Clavis, Indices, Catalogi. 6 Open the Collection.
    Clemens Alexandrinus. Opera [Dindorf Ed.]. 1869. 4 Open the Collection.
    Clemens Alexandrinus: Opera et Studia 14 Open the Collection.
    Codices, Incunabula & Early Editions 52 Open the Collection.
    Collectio Selecta SS. Ecclesiæ Patrum. [Caillau, Guillon, Ed.]. 4 Open the Collection.
    Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum. 1828-1877. 13 Open the Collection.
    Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 65 Open the Collection.
    Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae 51 Open the Collection.
    Cramer. Catenae Graecorum patrum in Novum Testamentum. 1844. 8 Open the Collection.
    CSCO 40 Open the Collection.
    Cyrillus Alexandrinus: : Opera et Studia. 12 Open the Collection.
    Dictionaries, Lexicons, Grammars 111 Open the Collection.
    Dictionnaire de la Bible (1912) 12 Open the Collection.
    Dods. The works of Aurelius Augustine : a new translation. 1871. 15 Open the Collection.
    Dufourcq. Étude sur les Gesta martyrum romains. 1900. 4 Open the Collection.
    Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus: Opera et Studia. 11 Open the Collection.
    Exposition du dogme catholique (1873-1890). 21 Open the Collection.
    External materials 31 Open the Collection.
    Gfrörer. Pabst Gregorius VII und sein Zeitalter. 1859. 10 Open the Collection.
    Gifford. Eusebiou tou pamphilou euaggelikes proparaskeues. 1903. 5 Open the Collection.
    Giles. Saint Bede, The Complete Works of Venerable Bede, 8 vols. 1843. 8 Open the Collection.
    Giry, Guérin. Les petits Bollandistes. 1888. 17 Open the Collection.
    Greek ecclesiastical historians of the first six centuries of the Christian era. 1843. 12 Open the Collection.
    Griechische Christliche Schriftsteller 47 Open the Collection.
    Histoire des conciles d'après les documents originaux 21 Open the Collection.
    Histoire des conciles d'après les documents originaux [1869]. 12 Open the Collection.
    Histoire littéraire de l'Afrique chrétienne depuis les origines jusqu'à l'invasion arabe [1901]. 6 Open the Collection.
    Individual Works, Studies, Monographies 507 Open the Collection.
    Jeannin. Saint Jean Chrysostome. OEuvres Complètes. 1887. 11 Open the Collection.
    Joannes Chrysostomus. Opera Omnia Quæ Exstant [Montfaucon, Ed.]. 1839. 12 Open the Collection.
    Jstor Patristic/Patrological contents before 1923 year. 3 Open the Collection.
    Klostermann. Eusebius Werke [GCS Ed.]. 1902. 9 Open the Collection.
    Koetschau. Origenes Werke [GCS Ed.]. 1899. 7 Open the Collection.
    La Sainte Bible Polyglotte (1900) 9 Open the Collection.
    Lightfoot. The Apostolic Fathers : a revised text with introductions, notes, dissertations, and translations. 1890. 5 Open the Collection.
    Luchaire. Innocent III. 1906-1908. 6 Open the Collection.
    Mai. Patrum Nova Bibliotheca. 1843-1854. 8 Open the Collection.
    Mai. Spicilegium romanum. 1839. 10 Open the Collection.
    Mémoires pour servir a l'histoire écclésiastique. 16 Open the Collection.
    Migne. Patrologiae Cursus Completus, Series Latina. [PIMS Digitazion]. 220 Open the Collection.
    Miscellanea 129 Open the Collection.
    Montalembert. Les moines d'Occident depuis Saint Benoít jusqu'a Saint Bernard/The monks of the West, from St. Benedict to St. Bernard 14 Open the Collection.
    Moroni. Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica da S. Pietro sino ai nostri giorni. 1840. 109 Open the Collection.
    Mourret. Histoire générale de l'Église. 1921. 9 Open the Collection.
    Opera Spuria, Apocrypha, Gnostica seu Haeretica. 50 Open the Collection.
    Origen. Opera omnia quae graece vel latine tantum exstant [La Rue, Lommatzsch Eds.]. 1831. 25 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Ambrosius. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1836. 10 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Basilius. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1833. 5 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Eusebius. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1830. 6 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Gregorius Theologus. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1835. 5 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: S. Athanasius. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1830. 4 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quarti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: S. Ephræm. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1832. 8 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quinti Ecclesiaæ Sæculi: S. Augustinus. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1835. 41 Open the Collection.
    Patres Quinti Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Joannes Chrysostomus. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1835. 26 Open the Collection.
    Patres Tertii Ecclesiæ Sæculi: Origenes. Opera Omnia. [Caillau, Guillon Ed.]. 1829. 7 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Graeca [Googlebooks]. 307 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Graeca [Internet Archive]. 16 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Latina [BNF/Gallica]. 181 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Latina [Googlebooks]. 286 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Orientalis [BNF/Gallica Digitazion]. 35 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Orientalis [PIMS Digitazion]. 16 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Orientalis [University of Toronto Digitazion]. 24 Open the Collection.
    Patrologia Orientalis [University of Toronto Digitazion]. 24 Open the Collection.
    Philo of Alexandria. Opera Omnia. 1828. 8 Open the Collection.
    Poujoulat, Raulx. Saint Augustin. OEuvres Complètes. 1864. 13 Open the Collection.
    Poujoulat. Lettres de Saint Augustin. 1858. 4 Open the Collection.
    Res aliena 512 Open the Collection.
    Res aliena: Iudaica. 90 Open the Collection.
    Res Curiosa & Rara. 4 Open the Collection.
    Revue de l'Orient Chrétien 30 Open the Collection.
    Revue de l'Orient Latin 9 Open the Collection.
    Revue des études byzantines. 1943-2005. 244 Open the Collection.
    Riches de Levante. The hexaglot Bible : comprising the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in the original tongues. 1906. 6 Open the Collection.
    Roberts, Donaldson. Ante-Nicene Christian library : translations of the writings of the Fathers down to A. D. 325. 1867. 24 Open the Collection.
    Robinson. Texts and studies : contributions to Biblical and Patristic literature. 1891. 14 Open the Collection.
    Rohrbacher, Dufour. Histoire universelle de l'Église Catholique. 1842-1849. 30 Open the Collection.
    Routh. Reliquiae sacrae. 1846. 5 Open the Collection.
    S. Isidorus Hispalensis. Opera Omnia. [Franciscus Lorenzana Ed.]. 1797. 7 Open the Collection.
    S. P. C. K. 24 Open the Collection.
    Sacra Scriptura 161 Open the Collection.
    Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio [H. Welter, Ed. 1901-1927] 14 Open the Collection.
    Saint Basil. Opera omnia quae exstant [Julianus Garnier Ed.]. 1839. 6 Open the Collection.
    Saint Bernard. Oeuvres Complètes [Charpentier, Trad.]. 1865. 7 Open the Collection.
    Schaff, Wace. A Select library of Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church. Second series. 1890-1900. 14 Open the Collection.
    Schaff. A Select library of the Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church. First series. 1886. 14 Open the Collection.
    Scriptorum Veterum Nova Collectio 10 Open the Collection.
    Sevestre. Dictionnaire de Patrologie. 1851. 4 Open the Collection.
    Sic vos, non vobis 2 Open the Collection.
    SMSR 41 Open the Collection.
    Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur. 1883. 41 Open the Collection.
    The Fathers of the Church 31 Open the Collection.
    The history of the popes, from the close of the middle ages 40 Open the Collection.
    Tischendorf. Novum Testamentum graece. 1869. 7 Open the Collection.
    Vivien. Tertullianus praedicans. 1856. 6 Open the Collection.
    Whiston. Primitive Christianity reviv'd : in four volumes. 1711. 4 Open the Collection.
    XXXIII. 33 Open the Collection.

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    Open Greek & Latin

    An international collaboration committed to creating an open educational resource featuring a corpus of digital texts, deep-reading tools, and open-source software. We strive to support and enhance teaching and research. All materials can be downloaded, modified, and redistributed in accordance with all applicable licenses.


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    Haverford Digital Commentary Library: An Aggregator of Open-Access Classical Commentaries

    This website lists Open-Access commentaries on Latin and Greek texts. Some of these commentaries are the peer-reviewed work of scholars, as are the Dickinson College Commentaries; others have been created by students as part of their course work or by enthusiasts of various stripes. As an aggregator of commentaries hosted on other sites, the commentaries will be of different styles, approaches, and quality.
    The goal of the Haverford Digital Commentary Library is to support the dissemination of Open-Access classical commentaries and by so doing to foster the reading, appreciation, and enjoyment of Classical texts. Comments about the commentaries themselves should be directed to their authors.
    Submission
    To list your Open Access commentaries on a text in any classical language, please complete this brief application form. Other comments may be sent to Bret Mulligan.

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    Robert Wiśniewski, The Beginnings of the Cult of Relics, Oxford, 2018.

    Éditeur : Oxford University Press
    272 pages
    ISBN : 9780199675562
    65 GBP

    Christians have often admired and venerated the martyrs who died for their faith, but for a long time thought that the bodies of martyrs should remain undisturbed in their graves. Initially, the Christian attitude towards the bones of the dead, saint or not, was that of respectful distance. The Beginnings of the Cult of Relics examines how this attitude changed in the mid-fourth century. Robert Wiśniewski investigates how Christians began to believe in the power of relics, first over demons, then over physical diseases and enemies. He considers how the faithful sought to reveal hidden knowledge at the tombs of saints and why they buried the dead close to them. An essential element of this new belief was a strong conviction that the power of relics was transferred in a physical way and so the following chapters study relics as material objects. Wiśniewski analyses how contact with relics operated and how close it was. Did people touch, kiss, or look at the very bones, or just at tombs and reliquaries which contained them? When did the custom of dividing relics begin? Finally, the book deals with discussions and polemics concerning relics, and attempts to find out the strength of the opposition which this new phenomenon had to face, both within and outside Christianity, on its way to become an essential element of medieval religiosity.

     

    Source : OUP


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    Kuzmanov, G. et A. Minchev (2018) : Антични лампи. Колекция Регионален исторически музей Варна / Antichni lampi. Kolekcija Regionalen istoricheski muzej Varna, Sofia [Lampes antiques. Collection Musée d’histoire régionale de Varna]. Le catalogue comporte 1000 lemmes dont 146 pour des lampes … Lire la suite

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    I received a delightful email not long ago that has made me want to turn it into a short story, a piece of historical fiction rather than my usual sci-fi, so as to explore it. Alas, I didn’t manage to accomplish this by today (I had another story I was trying to get finished – […]

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