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    ROMANCE AND REASON: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past

    KhamsaFolios 50 verso, 51 recto: Iskandar Served Kay Khusraw’s Magical Goblet (jam-i jahan-bin)Author: Nizami Ganjavi (1141–1209); Copyist: Unknown; Language: PersianInk, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperIndia, 17th century, illustrations possibly laterFrom the collections of The National Library of Israel: Ms. Yah. Ar. 1021Image (c) National Library of Israel 
    The story of antiquity reads as an endless cycle of expansion, conflict, and conquest. Yet despite the divisions that existed among peoples and nations, the exchange and appropriation of ideas, images, and heroic figures across cultures knew no boundaries, with the Classical World retaining a particular appeal across countries and beliefs.

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    The oldest Dutch work of art is a 13,500 year-old carved bison bone dredged up from the bottom of...

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  • Symposium—Early Codices
    Production, Destruction, and Modern Conservation
    Date: February 23, 20181:00 – 5:00 pm
    Location: 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall
    Cost: Free

    This symposium, organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity, aims to give an overview of the scholarship around the innovation of the codex in late antiquity and its gradual establishment as the standard form of the book until today. Speakers will focus on two distinct but complementary aspects—the historical, which derives primarily from the study of codices as texts, and the material, which derives from the study of codices as physical objects. The purpose of both the exhibition and the symposium is to merge different disciplines, points of view, and approaches in order to gain a better understanding of the early history and evolution of one of the most fascinating and culturally significant objects, the book.
    Throughout history the number of books produced must have been huge, but the number of books lost is also substantial. Subtracting those destroyed from those created leaves us the number of books preserved today, which, especially for those produced in the earliest stages of the evolution of the book is frustratingly small. This scarcity of physical evidence is partly what makes the surviving codices from the early centuries extremely important, not just for their texts but also for their technical and material culture aspects. Conserving these precious relics is a challenge that poses both physical and theoretical problems, but at the same time grants a privileged access which enables a closer study and understanding of the technical history of codices.
    1 pm
    Peter N. Miller
    Dean and Professor, Bard Graduate Center
    Ivan Gaskell
    Professor, Curator and Head of the Focus Gallery Project, Bard Graduate Center
    Georgios Boudalis
    Head of the Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece
    1:20 pm
    Brent Nongbri
    Independent Scholar
    The Emergence of the Codex in the Roman Empire
    2 pm
    Dirk Rohmann
    Lecturer, University of Wuppertal
    Canon Formation: Book-Burning and the Christian Codex in Late Antiquity
    2:40 pm
    Coffee Break
    3 pm
    Francisco H. Trujillo
    Associate Book Conservator, Morgan Library and Museum
    Incipient Forms: Codicology of the Coptic Bindings Collection at the Morgan Library & Museum
    3:40 pm
    Maria Fredericks
    Drue Heinz Book Conservator, Thaw Conservation Center, Morgan Library and Museum
    The Coptic Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum: Conservation Then and Now
    4:20 pm
    Georgios Boudalis
    Head of the Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory, Museum of Byzantine Culture
    Codex as Craft: Can a Book be Compared to a Sock?
    5 pm
    This event will be livestreamed. Please check back the day of the event for a link to the video. To watch videos of past events please visit our YouTube page.

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    Cycle de conférences organisé par Michel DABAS, Katherine GRUEL et Thierry LEJARS A l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris 5e, du 9 février au 25 mai 2018 Pour plus de détail : Programme

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    Stirling castle buckleSTIRLING, SCOTLAND—The Herald Scotland reports that a belt buckle dating to World War I was unearthed at the site of an eighteenth-century footpath known as the Back Walk near Scotland’s medieval Stirling Castle. The buckle, which bears an image of the double-headed imperial eagle and the Austrian coat of arms, was the type issued to soldiers in the Austrian Army. During World War I, the castle was a working barracks and a military prison. The lost buckle may have been a souvenir collected by a Scottish soldier, or it may have belonged to a prisoner of war. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century clay tobacco pipes, a small knife, and a lead musket ball were also found in the area of the Back Walk. A midden closer to the castle yielded pottery and stoneware dating to the medieval period. To read about another recent discovery in Scotland, go to “Fit for a Saint.”

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    Turkey Plutonium gasDUISBURG, GERMANY—Science Magazine reports that volcano biologist Hardy Pfanz of the University of Duisburg-Essen and his colleagues measured the concentration of carbon dioxide emitted from the cave-like grotto at the temple dedicated to Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld, in Hierapolis. The visible mist still pours from deep fissures in the earth under the Plutonium into an open-air arena surrounded by raised stone seating. Pfanz and his team found that the warmth of the sun during the day dissipates the gas, but in the cool of the night, the gas, which is slightly heavier than the air, collects on the floor of the arena. At dawn, the concentration of carbon dioxide on the arena floor would have been strong enough to kill animals and people within a few minutes. Pfanz suggests the temple priests probably led bulls and other animals into “the gates of hell” for sacrifice in the morning, when their heads would not have risen above the layer of gas, while the priests themselves would have been safe. As the animals became dizzy, their heads would have dropped even lower into the carbon dioxide layer until they suffocated. For more, go to “Portals to the Underworld.”

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    Annales Islamologiques
    ISSN électronique: 2429-2850

    Les Annales islamologiques sont une revue pluridisciplinaire annuelle, publiant en français, anglais et arabe, des études originales dans tous les domaines relatifs à l’Égypte et au monde arabo-musulman, du VIIe siècle à nos jours : histoire, histoire de l’art, archéologie, conservation et restauration, linguistique, littérature, droit, religion, histoire des sciences, ethnologie. Chaque numéro comprend un dossier thématique et des varia.


    Earlier volumes (open access through  volume 46) are available directly from the IFAO:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 26.2 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
    41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48.1 48.2 49 50

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    Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale volume 112 (2013) is now open access:

    BIFAO 112 (2013)


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    Grimal (Nicolas) Jean Leclant (1920-2011). p. 1-6 0.23 Mb BIFAO112_art_01.pdf
    Valbelle (Dominique) Paul Barguet (1915-2012). p. 7-10 0.16 Mb BIFAO112_art_02.pdf
    Tallet (Pierre) Michel Baud (1963-2012). p. 11-18 0.24 Mb BIFAO112_art_03.pdf
    Ashour (Sobhi) An Unpublished Granite Statue of Diskophoros Ephébos in Cairo. p. 19-56 1.2 Mb BIFAO112_art_04.pdf
    Bonnet (Charles) Les grands monuments égyptiens et nubiens du début de la XVIIIe dynastie sur le site de Doukki Gel (Kerma). p. 57-76 2.8 Mb BIFAO112_art_05.pdf
    Brovarski (Edward) Studies in Egyptian Lexicography III : CG 20506 and the Word for “Bed Canopy”. p. 77-96 1 Mb BIFAO112_art_06.pdf
    Cuvigny (Hélène) « Quand Hèroïs aura accouché… » ἐάν = ὅταν dans l’expression de l’éventuel. p. 97-100 0.2 Mb BIFAO112_art_07.pdf
    Delattre (Alain) Trois papyrus du monastère de Baouît. p. 101-110 0.38 Mb BIFAO112_art_08.pdf
    Dhennin (Sylvain) Djekâper et Nikiou, anciennes métropoles sur le territoire de la Minūfīya. p. 111-128 0.9 Mb BIFAO112_art_09.pdf
    El-Enany (Khaled) Une statuette sistrophore d’Atfih. p. 129-138 0.54 Mb BIFAO112_art_10.pdf
    Elmaghrabi (Mohamed Gaber) Two Letters Exchanged between the Roman Forts of Dios and Xeron (Eastern Desert of Egypt) concerning a mulokopion. p. 139-146 0.43 Mb BIFAO112_art_11.pdf
    Faucher (Thomas), Fischer-Bossert (Wolfgang), Dhennin (Sylvain) Les monnaies en or aux types hiéroglyphiques nwb nfr. p. 147-170 0.52 Mb BIFAO112_art_12.pdf
    Gamelin (Thomas) Un assemblage décoratif pour une construction théologique dans la chapelle de Méhyt à Edfou. p. 171-190 1 Mb BIFAO112_art_13.pdf
    Gräzer Ohara (Aude) Le palais des monts sur un bloc de remploi de Karnak : marou d’Amon et/ou complexe jubilaire d’Amenhotep III à Malqata ? p. 191-214 1.7 Mb BIFAO112_art_14.pdf
    Koleva-Ivanov (Elka) Osiris et les briques sacrées. p. 215-224 0.26 Mb BIFAO112_art_15.pdf
    Lorand (David) Un scribe sur les lieux de l’Histoire. À propos de l’ostracon MMA 32.1.119 et de la fréquentation des pyramides de Licht à la XIXe dynastie. p. 225-242 0.53 Mb BIFAO112_art_16.pdf
    Mekis (Tamás) The Cartonnage of Nestanetjeretten (Louvre AF 12859; MG E 1082) and its Enigma. p. 243-274 1.8 Mb BIFAO112_art_17.pdf
    Mougenot (Frédéric) Metchetchi en famille sur le linteau 93.32.3 du Chrysler Museum of Art de Norfolk. p. 275-290 0.54 Mb BIFAO112_art_18.pdf
    Pantalacci (Laure), Lesur (Joséphine) Élevage et consommation de viande à Balat (oasis de Dakhla). Fin de l’Ancien Empire-Première Période intermédiaire. p. 291-316 1 Mb BIFAO112_art_19.pdf
    Qahéri (Sépideh) Fragments de vaisselle inscrite en égyptien conservés au Musée national d’Iran (Irân-e-Bâstân) – Téhéran. p. 317-348 1.4 Mb BIFAO112_art_20.pdf
    Saragoza (Florence) La « maison à double-carré » de Médamoud et les sanctuaires isiaques d’Égypte. p. 349-370 0.65 Mb BIFAO112_art_21.pdf
    Shalaby (Noha) A Headless Block Statuette of the XXVIth Dynasty (CGC 941). p. 371-380 0.71 Mb BIFAO112_art_22.pdf
    Tallet (Pierre), Laisney (Damien) Iry-Hor et Narmer au Sud-Sinaï (Ouadi ‘Ameyra). Un complément à la chronologie des expéditions minières égyptiennes. p. 381-398 1.3 Mb BIFAO112_art_23.pdf
    Tallet (Pierre), Marouard (Grégory), Laisney (Damien) Un port de la IVe dynastie au Ouadi al-Jarf (mer Rouge). p. 399-446 4.1 Mb BIFAO112_art_24.pdf
    Valbelle (Dominique) Comment les Égyptiens du début de la XVIIIe dynastie désignaient les Kouchites et leurs alliés. p. 447-464 1.1 Mb BIFAO112_art_25.pdf

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    Annales Islamologiques
    ISSN électronique: 2429-2850

    Les Annales islamologiques sont une revue pluridisciplinaire annuelle, publiant en français, anglais et arabe, des études originales dans tous les domaines relatifs à l’Égypte et au monde arabo-musulman, du VIIe siècle à nos jours : histoire, histoire de l’art, archéologie, conservation et restauration, linguistique, littérature, droit, religion, histoire des sciences, ethnologie. Chaque numéro comprend un dossier thématique et des varia.


    Earlier volumes (open access through  volume 46) are available directly from the IFAO:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 26.2 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
    41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48.1 48.2 49 50

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    Ethiopia Melka KunturePOOLE, ENGLAND—The Independent reports that footprints left some 700,000 years ago at Ethiopia’s site of Melka Kunture offer insight into the parenting techniques of Homo heidelbergensis. The footprints suggest a group made up of adults and children had been at the site, where stone tools and the butchered remains of a hippo were also found. “Clearly the adult members of the groups were getting on with normal activities,” said Matthew Bennett of Bournemouth University. He says children tagged along with the adult hunting group, and thus learned firsthand about toolmaking, hunting, and butchering from an early age. For more, go to “Our Tangled Ancestry.”

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    “We should police ourselves,
    otherwise outsiders will who do not 
    understand the subtleties of the art market.”

    Speaking at  the art fair in Maastricht ['Taming the Beast: Professionalising the Art World'], chairman of The Art Loss Register Julian Radcliffe has argued that an art trade-wide association regulating standards and ethics should be launched (Laura Chesters, 'TEFAF Talk: Calls for art market to create standards association' Antiques Trade Gazette 15 Feb 2018). Radcliffe  suggested that the UK could take the lead internationally:
    We need a publication of standards, and mandate a certain level of training. When there are near-misses it should be reported, anonymised and circulated so others can learn from it.” Radcliffe said the industry should take the lead. He criticised the existing associations in the art world and said they have conflicts of interest because they represent their members and try to regulate them. [...] Radcliffe warned that if standards do not improve further the art market will “lose the ability to influence government”.
    Also on the panel of speakers, art consultant Sara Pearce warned: “We should police ourselves, otherwise outsiders will who do not understand the subtleties of the art market.”  I really do not share the optimism that the UK 'can' led on this, it has done precious little to justify the optimism. Neither fdo I see anything is gained by not naming and shaming those guilty of the sub-standard deeds euphemised as  'near misses'. Yes, certain sectors of the art market should now lose the ability to influence government.

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    Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

    HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum decimum Kalendas Martias.

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


    3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sibimet merces industria (English: Effort is its own reward).

    ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Qui vult caedere canem, facile invenit fustem (English: He who wants to beat a dog easily finds a stick).

    POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit (English: Fawning begets friends, but truth begets hatred).

    GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐις μελίττας ἐκώμασας (English: You have gone bursting in on the bees, which is something like stirring up a hornet).

    BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quae Corpora Consumunt. Click here for a full-sized view.

    And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

    Sapiens sua bona secum fert.
    A wise man carries his goods with him.

    Mens sana in corpore sano.
    A healthy mind in a healthy body.


    MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Vulpes Territa, a story about how familiarity breeds, not contempt, but contentment.

    Vulpes et Leo (De Familiaritate)

    PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is canis et thesaurus et vulturius, a story about greed for money: Latin text and Smart's translation.

    STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de asino et catella , a story about the jealousy: Latin text and English versions.

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    Artefact collectors tend to think they have a 'right' to buy whatever they want, but some countries draw firm lines about what can be brought within their national borders. In the latest of recent confiscations of such items in the country, Argentinian police have seized a package containing objects adorned with Nazi symbols sent from the USA to the northwestern Argentine province of Salta (Luc Cohen, 'Argentina seizes package of objects adorned with Nazi symbols' UK Business Insider/Reuters Feb. 14, 2018).
    Police raided the home of the individual who picked up the package from a post office, the Ministry said, adding that the person was cooperating with authorities. "There is no room in Argentina for these types of expressions, which make reference to a tragic era in human history," Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said in the statement. [...] Last June, police seized a cache of Nazi artifacts hidden behind a library in the house of an art collector in Buenos Aires. 
    Vignette: Nationalist ideologies can lead to extremism and dehumanisation and need to be contested wherever they occur.

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    The American Committee for Cultural Policy have a new conspiracy theory, this one is a real cracker:  'Tangled Interests With State Department, ICOM Emergency Red Lists May Serve Other Goals' ('Yemen Claims Jewish Religious Artifacts). Whoah, tinfoil helmets out everyone. 

    This is about the new Emergency Red List for Yemen (January 2018) which has made the no-questions-asked market a bit leery. And of course, it being America, the Jews are involved. For the ACCP this is not at all about the heritage of the territory of Yemen, but part on an anti-Jewish conspiracy, Readers may remember the fuss the same group of people kicked up about the so-called Iraqi Jewish Archive a while ago. Now it is Yemeni Jewish Collectables they are on about.

    The Yemen Red List has raised extreme concerns among the broader Jewish community, and especially among exiled Jews from the Middle East. Yemen is just the latest nation to assert its government’s ownership and control over the heritage of Jewish peoples that were persecuted and driven to leave en masse in the mid-20th century, after the partition of Palestine and creation of a Jewish state in 1947. Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Libya have already laid claim to all of their former Jewish population’s heritage. Yet the Department of State has long held to the position that people do not have legitimate claims to their history or their art; only governments have claims to art and history. [...] There is no acknowledgement of legitimate private or community ownership, even in the case of heritage belonging to exiled peoples. 

    That is because we live in a world in which human communities are currently organized into states. When the anarchists (or Leninists) get their wish, then there would be no states, and no state oppression of the rights of individuals to do as they wish. Poland too recognizes its obligation to look after the heritage of former Jewish populations of the state's territory, as do the Germans, Hungarians, Danes and many of the rest of the European countries from which the Jews have departed, why does the ACCP concentrate on only the brown-skinned countries of the Muslim world, one wonders. Could there be some bias in their summary of the issues?

    The author is the text clearly misunderstands or misrepresents what a Red List is for:
    While Red Lists may accomplish the goal of helping law enforcement to recognize a country’s most distinctive artworks, they do not help to determine if an artwork has been stolen or illicitly trafficked – or not. 
    Well, of course they do not. That is not at all their purpose. But they help prompt law enforcement to request what any no-questions-asked dealer dreads hearing: 'have you got any paperwork showing licit origins of that item?'. Many of them are inexplicably careless about keeping any legitimacy-affirming paperwork with the objects they bring onto the international market. It is that paperwork that determines that an object has not been stolen or illicitly trafficked (the same as the documents being carried by a brown-skinned man in Trump's America show he has the right to be in the US, if he's undocumented, he cannot stay, no?). 

    Once again, the antiquities trade lobby focuses on their bugbear of destruction of buildings and monuments as the stock-in- trade smokescreen for the no-questions-trading of loose artefacts. Chalk and cheese:
    Given that the destruction of war has been so great, and the illicit removal of cultural items so relatively sparse [...] why is the Department of State so focused on illicit trade, when a US ally is actively engaged in obliterating key monuments of Yemen’s cultural heritage?
    The answer to that is not any kind of anti-Jewish conspiracy, but a corollary of the manner in which the US administration is organized. Cultural property protection is accommodated as part of US 'soft power' among the diplomats of the Department of State, rather than a dedicated Ministry of Culture as in other countries (such as Yemen). In its exercise of 'hard power', the US is just as capable of blowing up old buildings as any 'brown-skinned Ayrab' regime of the Orient.

    When it comes to the conspiracy theory we read that:
    The government of Yemen seems very concerned with reclaiming the heritage of its exiled peoples. Jewish (and also Christian) art, artifacts and heirlooms are included in the items covered by the Red List. Jewish religious artifacts and manuscripts are pictured and explicitly included. The Yemen Red List includes photographs of a pair of Torah finials and a Hebrew manuscript. 
    How odd eh? Now Google "Yemeni torah" and see how many Yemeni manuscripts are currently on the market, almost all of them without any but the vaguest and apparently unsupported indication of how and when they reached the market. This is the clue to why there is concern, with a large emigre population eager to buy some tangible link to their culture (to their feeling of self ) there is a huge potential market. If the buyers restrict themselves to goods that are demonstrably of legal origin, no problem. If they stoop to buying stuff where the seller cannot demonstrate it's from a legal origin, then there is a problem. Thus since one cannot dictate what people buy on a free market, at least one can try to curb the passage of unpapered artefacts from the source countries into the market countries. Why is that so difficult for the ACCP to understand?  Too many syllables in the words? 

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    Hermann Parzinger (left), more research
     on collecting histories needed
    Berlin Museums chief calls for rules on restitution of colonial artefacts Hermann Parzinger wants more research on collecting histories to be carried out in German collections:

    Art Newspaper

    Cultural Property Repatriation News and Issues Blog


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    Israeli warplanes have bombed and evidently badly damaged facilities in Syria as part of their proxy war with Iran. Far from expressing outrage, the major antiquities trade lobbying groups including the ACCP, GHA and the ADCAEA have remained silent about this. But why? A cynic might think these groups are more concerned about angering the Israeli establishment than in maintaining a consistent message of apparent concern for the well-being of the poor residents of 'source countries'. After all, Israel is for dealers associated with these groups a major source of valuable artefacts with export permits from archaeological sites across the region.

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    Kathleen Riley, Alastair J. L. Blanshard et Iarla Manny (éd.), Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity, Oxford-New York, 2017.

    Éditeur : Oxford University Press
    400 pages
    ISBN : 9780198789260
    75 £

    Few authors of the Victorian period were as immersed in classical learning as Oscar Wilde. Although famous now and during his lifetime as a wit, aesthete, and master epigrammist, Wilde distinguished himself early on as a talented classical scholar, studying at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford and winning academic prizes and distinctions at both institutions. His undergraduate notebooks as well as his essays and articles on ancient topics reveal a mind engrossed in problems in classical scholarship and fascinated by the relationship between ancient and modern thought. His first publications were English translations of classical texts and even after he had 'left Parnassus for Piccadilly' antiquity continued to provide him with a critical vocabulary in which he could express himself and his aestheticism, and a compelling set of narratives to fire his artist's imagination. His debt to Greece and Rome is evident throughout his writings, from the sparkling wit of society plays like The Importance of Being Earnest to the extraordinary meditation on suffering that is De Profundis, written during his incarceration in Reading Gaol.
    Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity brings together scholars from across the disciplines of classics, English literature, theatre and performance studies, and the history of ideas to explore the varied and profound impact that Graeco-Roman antiquity had on Wilde's life and work. This wide-ranging collection covers all the major genres of his literary output; it includes new perspectives on his most celebrated and canonical texts and close analyses of unpublished material, revealing as never before the enduring breadth and depth of his love affair with the classics.


    Lire la suite...

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  • 02/17/18--00:45: From my diary
  • This morning I  have received another chunk of the translation of the Vita Compilata of St Nicholas of Myra.  This is going well, and the end is not so far distant now.

    I’ve not been able to blog at all lately.  But I have a nice backlog of blog article ideas to work on when I get a moment (which will probably be at Easter – only a month away now!)

    I’m working away from home at the moment.  But I’ve been having difficulties with my hotel.  It’s hard to blog when you don’t get much sleep!  Naturally I ask to be put in the quiet section of the hotel.  The problem arises when some chap who works nights arrives.  These gentry are not quite and sensitive souls, but they do want to sleep in the daytime.  So they always ask to be put in the quietest part of the hotel, where all the light sleepers are.  Then at 4am they get up and slam the doors and wake up all the other guests.

    Maybe all of life is like that!

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  • 02/17/18--02:39: The Song of Songs
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  • 02/17/18--02:53: Vashti's Persian insult
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    I really enjoyed learning from student blog posts not only what they are finding engaging in my class on the Bible and music, but also what they are finding frustrating. One example of the latter was my mentioning in passing of historical questions, doubts, and debates related to the stories of the crucifixion of Jesus […]

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    The how and why of editing forgeries is a largely inarticulated domain. Whilst forgeries are ubiquitous in collections everywhere, they remain understudied and unappreciated. Efforts have concentrated on the identification of tell-tale signs of duplicity rather than on the mechanics used to feign authenticity. As the intention of forgers differs from that of ancient scribes, the publication of textual remains cannot proceed as usual. Lacunae may be intentional and text fragmentary from its inception.

    Palaeographical description and the registering of other metatextual features are further complicated by the aspirations and failures of forgers. What sorts of comparisons are possible or even responsible? How much of the traditional repertoire of conventional signs and symbols should we read into ambiguous marks? Do we engage with the artefact as executed or imagined? Is it ethical to publish editions which make transparent forgers’ techniques? Does scholarly engagement with forgeries merely warn future fakers of things they should avoid?

    These questions illustrate some of the potential problems which attend the publication of forgeries. These issues will form the basis of discussion through the presentation of a diverse range of textual forgeries purporting to be from antiquity through to the Renaissance. A a two-day workshop in which participant each present a forged text and ways to best edit and study them on 20th–21st will be followed by a day of lectures on synthetic themes for a wider audience on Saturday 22nd.

    The keynote speaker will be Professor Christopher Rollston, Associate Professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures, Department of Classical and Near Eastern languages and Civilizations, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

    Offers of papers are welcome, and should be addressed to by April 13th. Expressions of interst in participating should identify a forged manuscript which will be examined in the workshop. “Manuscript” should be understod broadly, to include any surface used for writing, including papyrus, parchment, paper, metal, stone, wood, pottery, etc. The chronological range of the conference (in terms of when the forgeries have been asserted to date to) is antiquity through to the Renaissance, but papers on forgeries from after this period which address the themes of the conference will also be considered.

    For further information please email

    Conference website:

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  • 02/17/18--06:41: Weekend Roundup
  • A recent DNA study confirms that the “Screaming Mummy” is the son of Ramses III, and the hanging marks around his neck indicate that he was the conspirator who plotted to murder his father.

    Haaretz:“About a dozen life-sized stone sculptures and reliefs of camels have been found in a markedly inhospitable site in northern Saudi Arabia.”

    A 2nd-century Roman temple has been discovered in Kom Ombo, Egypt.

    Randall Younker will be lecturing on “Ancient Worlds of the Bible” on Feb 23 and 24 in Medford, Oregon.

    The Times of Israel has a short article on a seal depicting Cupid that was discovered in Jerusalem in 2010.

    The Albright Institute has a busy schedule of events in February and March.

    Luke Chandler notes a new video on the Lachish excavation that includes a number of interviews with dig volunteers and career archaeologists.

    Carl Rasmussen looks more closely at Herod’s Tomb in the Israel Museum.

    Israel’s Good Name describes the second day of the Wadi Qilt Tour.

    John DeLancey is wrapping up another tour of Israel.

    The Book and the Spade is celebrating 35 years of broadcasts, and this week Mark Fairchild is on the program discussing the latest discoveries at Laodicea.

    Gordon Govier was on The Eric Metaxas Show yesterday discussing the world of biblical archaeology.

    HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer

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    Artefacts of Excavation: British Excavations in Egypt 1880-1980

    Men packing crates of finds from excavations directed by Flinders Petrie. Date unknown. Petrie Museum archives.
    From the 1880s to the 1980s hundreds of excavations were carried out across Egypt by British organisations, which resulted in the discovery of tens of thousands of artefacts. This website allows users to explore the fieldsites, the excavation seasons, the people who worked there, the objects they found, and the places these objects ended up travelling to.  
    More than 4000 archival documents from the Egypt Exploration Society Lucy Gura Archive and the archive of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology are available to search. These record the distribution of Egyptian artefacts to more than 320 unique destinations around the world in 26 countries.
    We hope that material brought together here will allow people to discover and tell new stories about not just about where these things came from, but also about their diverse afterlives since leaving Egypt. 

    منذ 1880 وحتي 1980توافدت المئات من البعثات الأثرية البريطانية الي مصر للقيام بأعمال الحفر والتنقيب عن الآثار في كافة الأنحاء مما أدي إلى إكتشاف عشرات الآلاف من القطع الأثرية. يتيح مشروع "القطع الأثرية من الحفائر"وموقعه الإلكتروني للجميع معرفة مواقع تلك الحفائر، مواسمها، الأشخاص الذين عملوا بها، القطع الأثرية التي عثروا عليها وعلي وجه الخصوص الأماكن التي أنتهت بها تلك القطع في نهاية المطاف.
    أكثر من 4000 وثيقة أرشيفية متاحة للبحث من أرشيف لوسي غورا Lucy Guraالمحفوظ بجمعية إستكشافمصر Egypt Exploration Societyوأرشيف متحف بيتري للآثار المصرية Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology بالمملكه المتحدة. تسجل تلك الوثائق كيف تم توزيع عشرات الآف من القطع الأثرية المصرية المكتشفه نتاج الحفائر البريطانية إلى أكثر من 320 وجهة فريدة حول العالم في 26 دولة.
    نحن نتطلع إلى أن تتيح المواد والمعلومات المجمعة هنا للجميع إكتشاف وسرد قصص جديدة عن هذه القطع الأثرية المميزه والأماكن التي أتت منها ومغامراتها بعد مغادرة مصر


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  • 02/17/18--09:25: Troy: Fall of a City
  • Op BBC 1 kun je vanavond kijken naar het eerste deel van ‘Troy: Fall of a City’, een nieuwe historische dramareeks over de oorlog tussen de Grieken en de Trojanen. De serie, die uit acht afleveringen, bestaat is een coproductie van BBC en Netflix. De eerste aflevering start om 22u10, en vertelt het verhaal van de jonge herder Paris, zijn deelname aan de Trojaanse spelen en zijn verboden liefde voor Helena.

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    The Gifted Passage: Young Men in Classic Maya Art and Text
    by Stephen Houston
    Yale University Press, 2018

    “Deep, smart, and thoughtful, this book should be read by every scholar of Mesoamerica.”—Mary Miller, Yale University

    “Lucid and engaging, with a secure grasp of the wider anthropological issues at hand, this volume is without question a significant contribution to Maya studies.”—Simon Martin, University of Pennsylvania MuseumFrom Yale University Press:

    In this thought-provoking book, preeminent scholar Stephen Houston turns his attention to the crucial role of young males in Classic Maya society, drawing on evidence from art, writing, and material culture. The Gifted Passage establishes that adolescent men in Maya art were the subjects and makers of hieroglyphics, painted ceramics, and murals, in works that helped to shape and reflect masculinity in Maya civilization. The political volatility of the Classic Maya period gave male adolescents valuable status as potential heirs, and many of the most precious surviving ceramics likely celebrated their coming-of-age rituals. The ardent hope was that youths would grow into effective kings and noblemen, capable of leadership in battle and service in royal courts. Aiming to shift mainstream conceptions of the Maya, Houston argues that adolescent men were not simply present in images and texts, but central to both.

    Stephen Houston is Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.

    Order here from Yale University Press.

    A quick video look at the book from Yale University Press.

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    [First posted in AWOL 2 October 2011. Updates 17 February 2018 (new URLs)]

    ARYS: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades
    EISSN 2173-6847

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    Revista de la Asociación ARYS: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades. Con periodicidad anual, ARYS publica trabajos de investigación sobre la interacción entre la religión y la sociedad en el mundo antiguo.


    ARYS. Nº 12

    Reyes y dioses: la realeza divina en las sociedades antiguas. Fernando Lozano, Pedro Giménez de Aragón y Carmen Alarcón (Eds.)


    ARYS. Nº 11

    Dioses y guerras, conflictos religiosos y violencia en el mundo antiguo


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    ΠΗΓΗ/FONS: Revista de estudios sobre la civilización Clásica y su recepción
    EISSN: 2445-2297

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    Fundada en 2016 ΠΗΓΗ/FONS es una revista electrónica de periodicidad anual editada por el Instituto de Estudios Clásicos sobre la Sociedad y la Política "Lucio Anneo Séneca" (UC3M). PEGE publicará artículos, notas, discusiones y reseñas de filosofía, filología clásica, historia antigua y teoría política clásica, prestando especial atención a la recepción del legado clásico en la tradición posterior


    Tabla de contenidos

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    Descargar ΠΗΓΗ/Fons Vol. II


    Francisco L. Lisi
    Marcelo D. Boeri
    Álvaro Pablo Vallejo Campos
    Étienne Helmer
    Charlotte Murgier
    Sun Yu-Jung
    Francesco Fronterotta
    Franco Ferrari
    João Gabriel Conque
    Michele Abbate
    Francesca Iurlaro

    Reseñas bibliográficas

    Àngel Pascual Martín
    Cristina Basili
    Federica Pezzoli
    Francisco L. Lisi
    Michele Curnis
    Michele Curnis


    Revisores del nº 1 (2016)

    ΠΗΓΗ/FONS Vol. I

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    Francisco Lisi
    Michele Curnis


    Veronika Konrádová
    Lucio Bertelli
    Arianna Fermani
    Manuel Andreas Knoll
    Elena Irrera
    Jakub Jinek
    Aleš Havlíček

    Reseñas bibliográficas

    Michele Curnis
    Michele Curnis
    Michele Curnis


    Jakub Jinek

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    [First posted in AWOL 18 August 2014, updated 17  February 2018]

    Argos: Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios Clásicos
    versión On-line ISSN 1853-6379
    ISSN: 0325-4194

    Misión Publicar artículos, notas breves y reseñas sobre temas de filología, filosofía, historia y arte grecorromanos, producidos por investigadores argentinos y extranjeros.

    Números disponibles*
    Vol.    Número
    38 1 2
    37 1 2
    36 1 2
    35 1 2
    34 1 2
    33 1 2
    32 1 2

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    Studia Universitatis Hereditati
    ISSN: 2350-5443

    Studia universitatis hereditati je humanistična znanstvena revija za raziskave in teorijo kulturne dediščine z mednarodnim uredniškim odborom. Objavlja znanstvene in strokovne članke s širšega področja kulturne dediščine (arheologija, arhitektura, etnologija, jezikoslovje, literarna, kulturna, glasbena, intelektualna, religijska, vojaška zgodovina, zgodovina idej itn.) in pregledne članke ter recenzije tako domačih kot tujih monografij z omenjenih področij. Vsi znanstveni članki so recenzirani.  Revija izhaja dvakrat letno. Izdaja jo Založba Univerze na Primorskem za potrebe Fakultete za humanistične študije (Oddelek za arheologijo in dediščino).

    Poglavitni namen revije je prispevati k razvoju raziskav kulturne dediščine v najširšem in k topoglednemu interdisciplinarnemu pristopu k teoretičnim in praktičnim raziskovalnim vprašanjem. Tako revija posebno pozornost namenja razvoju slovenske znanstvene in strokovne terminologije, konceptov in paradigem na področju raziskovanja kulturne dediščine v okviru humanističnih ved.

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    Kirkuk and Kurdish region

    According to Iraqi News:
    Iraq has foiled an attempt to smuggle antiquities worth millions of dollars to Turkey, its interior ministry said on Saturday. The ministry’s general inspector said in a statement, quoted by Alforatnews, that ministry teams in Kirkuk blocked the transfer of scriptures and antiquities worth USD13 million to Turkey, which were in the possession of two people. Those, the statement revealed, included scriptures and a bust. It added that the suspects confessed to agreeing with another party in Turkey on the handover of the pieces. They said they were also expecting to receive more items while waiting at the Turkish borders, including jewelry belonging to the wife of late president Saddam Hussein worth millions of dollars.
    Mohamed Mostafa, 'Iraq foils smuggling of USD13 mn antiquities smuggling to Turkey', Iraqi News Feb 17, 2018,

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    Il libro presenta l’insieme delle esperienze condotte nei due anni passati per il restauro della cinquecentesca fontana del Nettuno a Bologna.

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    via The Guardian, 12 Feb 2018: A good simple primer on what we currently know about human evolution. The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one. Hannah Devlin looks at what we know – and what might be next for our species Source: Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind’s evolutionary journey

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    I remember the scene in the movie The Mission in which one of the characters responds to the statement “thus is the world” by saying “no, thus have we made the world – thus have I made it.” I wonder whether we do the same thing when we who are academics in the postmodern era analyse everything […]

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    Titre: Delos Network First Workshop: Ideals
    Lieu: Université de Birmingham / Birmingham
    Catégorie: Colloques, journées d'études
    Date: 17.03.2018
    Heure: 15.00 h - 17.00 h

    Information signalée par Mantha Zarmakoupi

    Delos Network First Workshop



    The Delos Network is a collaborative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council that brings together an international network of scholars, architects and planners to re-interrogate the history, legacy and impact of Constantinos Doxiadis and the Delos Symposia (1963-75). Urban design solutions were sought in the classical past, for example ancient Greek cities as prototypes for future cities, as well as in new construction, communication and machine technologies. They attracted the foremost intellectuals, scientists and practitioners of the day, laying the foundations for the United Nations 'Habitat' agenda. The Delos Network project will be an opportunity to not only better understand the significance of the symposia but also to address how the Delos debates compare with and feed into contemporary concerns about demographic pressures and environmental sustainability, and their relation to historical precedents by architects, planners and others. It will also connect researchers and practitioners in history, architecture and planning with key stakeholders from professional architecture, architectural education, built environment policy and grassroots organisations currently exploring the intersections of design, environmental concerns and historical continuity. Full details of the project, including its events, organizers and contributors, can be found at:

    The aim of the first workshop is to investigate the ways which the urban and environmental ideals expressed in the context of the Delos Symposia related to contemporary understandings and interpretations of history, tradition and technology. Themes to be addressed include:

    - The ways in which Doxiadis and the Delos group explored, interpreted and re-deployed ancient and vernacular precedents – including building technology and urban paradigms – in their theory and practice;

    - Their pioneering uptake of new technologies and state-of-the-art computing into the fields of urban analysis as a tool to help forge the holistic new planning science of Ekistics;

    - The intersections and disjunctions between their technological and social interests and visions;

    - Their engagement with the developed and developing worlds, including Africa and Japan, in pursuing the spread and implementation of their ideals.





    Welcome and introduction


    Dimitris Philippidis, Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

    "The past as a stage set by C. A. Doxiadis"

    10:25 - 11:20

    Mantha Zarmakoupi, Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

    "History as a backdrop: The appropriation of the classical past in the Delos Symposia"

    11:20 - 11:40

    Coffee break

    11:40 - 12:35

    Kostas Tsiambaos, Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Architecture, Department of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

    "Some rhetorical aspects of the Declarations of Delos"

    12:35 - 13:30

    Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Theory and Sociology, School of Economics and Political Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

    "The Sociology of Ekistics and the spatial and technological dimensions of post-WWII Modernity: A note on the Delos deliberations"

    13:30 - 14:30


    14:30 - 15:25

    Ellen Shoshkes, Adjunct Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University (PSU), Portland OR, USA.

    "The Delians and Japan/Metabolism"

    15:25 - 16:20

    Mark Wasiuta, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program, Columbia University, GSAPP, New York, USA.

    "Doxiadis' Computer Drive"

    16:20 - 16:40


    16:40 - 17:35

    Petros Phokaides, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

    "Rural development and infrastructures in Africa: Doxiadis Associates' visions for a postcolonial world"

    17:35 - 18:30

    Panayiota Pyla, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.

    "Global schemes of Ekistics related to tourism and development"

    18:30 - 19:00


    For more information and online registration (no fee) for this event:

    The organizers

    Mantha Zarmakoupi, Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

    Simon Richards, Lecturer in Architectural Context, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, University of Loughborough, Loughborough, UK.

    Lieu de la manifestation : Université de Birmingham, Angleterre, Arts Building, Lecture Room 1
    Organisation : Mantha Zarmakoupi, Simon Richards
    Contact : Μ.Ζarmakoupi[at] ; S.Richards[at]

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    Stavros Frangoulidis et Stephen Harrison (éd.), Life, Love and Death in Latin Poetry: Studies in Honor of Theodore D. Papanghelis, Berlin - Boston, 2018.

    Éditeur : De Gruyter
    Collection : Trends in Classics-Supplmentary Volumes 61
    xvi, 329 pages
    ISBN : ISBN: 978-3-11-059618-2
    119.95 € / $137.99 / £108.99

    Inspired by Theodore Papanghelis' Propertius: A Hellenistic Poet on Love and Death (1987), this collective volume brings together seventeen contributions, written by an international team of experts, exploring the different ways in which Latin authors and some of their modern readers created narratives of life, love and death. Taken together the papers offer stimulating readings of Latin texts over many centuries, examined in a variety of genres and from various perspectives: poetics and authorial self-fashioning; intertextuality; fiction and ‘reality'; gender and queer studies; narratological readings; temporality and aesthetics; genre and meta-genre; structures of the narrative and transgression of boundaries on the ideological and the formalistic level; reception; meta-dramatic and feminist accounts-the female voice. Overall, the articles offer rich insights into the handling and development of these narratives from Classical Greece through Rome up to modern English poetry.

    Lire la suite...

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  • 02/18/18--07:45: Who did Jesus look like?
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    A weekly recap of some pointers from Troy, Fall of a City. In the first epsiode I consider the difficulty in transferring oral myth to the screen, large flightless birds and a bad pun I came up with.

    Feel free to find me on twitter (@ancientblogger) as I’ll be following each episode live #TroyFallofaCity

    Check out this episode!

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    The head of a middle-aged woman who likely died more than 2,200 years ago during the Iron Age - and may have been decapitated as part of a prehistoric ritual...

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    A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis (Western Isles, Scotland). The Iron Age souterrain was revealed during the digging...

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     [First posted in AWOL 17 October 2014, updated 18 February 2018]

    Bulletin de l'Association Pro Aventico
    ISSN: 1015-115X

    Le "Bulletin de l'Association Pro Aventico" (BPA) est l?organe de publication des activités du Site et Musée romains d?Avenches ; il paraît depuis 1887. Il contient des contributions scientifiques relatives aux fouilles, aux monuments et à tous sujets scientifiques touchant de près ou de loin Aventicum.

    L'"Association Pro Aventico" a été fondée en 1885 par un groupe de savants soucieux de sauvegarder le site d'Aventicum, la capitale de l?Helvétie romaine. Des fouilles systématiques furent entreprises et publiées régulièrement dans le "Bulletin de l?Association Pro Aventico". L?organisation des fouilles ayant passé aux mains de la "Fondation Pro Aventico" en 1964, l?Association a gardé pour tâche principale de promouvoir les publications scientifiques et de haute vulgarisation tendant à faire connaître les résultats des fouilles.
    1. Volume 56 (2014)
    2. Volume 55 (2013)
    3. Volume 54 (2012)
    4. Volume 53 (2011)
    5. Volume 52 (2010)
    6. Volume 51 (2009)
    7. Volume 50 (2008)
    8. Volume 49 (2007)
    9. Volume 48 (2006)
    10. Volume 47 (2005)
    11. Volume 46 (2004)
    12. Volume 45 (2003)
    13. Volume 44 (2002)
    14. Volume 43 (2001)
    15. Volume 42 (2000)
    16. Volume 41 (1999)
    17. Volume 40 (1998)
    18. Volume 39 (1997)
    19. Volume 38 (1996)
    20. Volume 37 (1995)
    21. Volume 36 (1994)
    22. Volume 35 (1993)
    23. Volume 34 (1992)
    24. Volume 33 (1991)
    25. Volume 32 (1990)
    26. Volume 31 (1989)
    27. Volume 30 (1988)
    28. Volume 29 (1985)
    29. Volume 28 (1984)
    30. Volume 27 (1982)
    31. Volume 26 (1981)
    32. Volume 25 (1980)
    33. Volume 24 (1976)
    34. Volume 23 (1975)
    35. Volume 22 (1974)
    36. Volume 21 (1970)
    37. Volume 20 (1969)
    38. Volume 19 (1967)
    39. Volume 18 (1961)
    40. Volume 17 (1957)
    41. Volume 16 (1954)
    42. Volume 15 (1951)
    43. Volume 14 (1944)
    44. Volume 13 (1917)
    45. Volume 12 (1914)
    46. Volume 11 (1912)
    47. Volume 10 (1910)
    48. Volume 9 (1907)
    49. Volume 8 (1903)
    50. Volume 7 (1897)
    51. Volume 6 (1894)
    52. Volume 5 (1894)
    53. Volume 4 (1891)
    54. Volume 3 (1890)
    55. Volume 2 (1888)
    56. Volume 1 (1887)

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    Revue d'Histoire des Textes (RHT)

    Print ISSN: 0373-6075 
    Online ISSN: 2507-0185
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    The Revue d’histoire des textes is published by the IRHT. It covers a vast chronological and geographic realm; it focuses on texts composed before 1500 from the Latin, Greek, Romance and oriental linguistic domains. It publishes preliminary material for critical editions as well as studies on the whole of a given textual tradition, illustrated as necessary by the edition of short texts and of previousy unpublished fragments. An index of all the manuscripts cited makes each volume a valuable tool for authors of catalogues, as well as for cultural historians and, in general, for all those interested in the transmission of intellectual heritage. 

    La Revue d’histoire des textes est publiée par l'IRHT. Elle couvre un très vaste domaine, chronologique et géographique; elle s'intéresse aux textes des domaines linguistiques grec, latin, roman et orientaux, composés avant l’an 1500. Elle publie des matériaux préliminaires à des éditions critiques et des études portant sur l'ensemble d’une tradition textuelle, illustrées au besoin par l'édition de textes courts et de fragments inédits. Un index des manuscrits cités fait de chaque volume un instrument de travail précieux pour les auteurs de catalogues, aussi bien que pour les historiens de la culture et, en général, pour tous ceux qu'intéresse la transmission du patrimoine intellectuel. 
    Five year moving wall for open access
    2010 - 2017
    2006 - 2009
    Volume 1
    Open AccessVolume 1 (pp.i–352).

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    Op woensdag 21 februari organiseert de Antwerpse Vereniging voor Romeinse Archeologie (AVRA) de lezing ‘De hal van Aphrodite, woonde Cleopatra in Pompeï?’. Gastspreker is Francis Van Elst.

    De wortels van deze voordracht liggen in de bijna legendarisch geworden reis die AVRA in augustus 1995 naar Pompeji en de Baai van Napels organiseerde. In Boscoreale stond de Villa Regina, een sympathiek boerenbedrijf voor de productie van wijn, op het programma. Toen Francis Van Elst jaren later het Metropolitan Museum in New York bezocht, bleken daar drie zalen gewijd aan fresco’s uit de villa’s van Boscoreale en Boscotrecase. Deze nu op zichzelf staande gemeenten waren in de Romeinse periode als Pagus Felix Suburbanus een buitenwijk van Pompeji. Die fresco’s waren tijdens illegale opgravingen rond 1900 “op een barbaarse wijze van de muren gescheurd van de villa’s waarvoor ze bestemd waren”. Van de villa’s zelf is geen spoor meer overgebleven. Ze werden herbegraven.

    In het kader van de lezing gaat de spreker de Villa met de ‘Hal van Aphrodite’ trachten te reconstrueren en uit te zoeken wie de eigenaar zou kunnen geweest zijn.

    Praktisch: de lezing start om 20u in de UA-Stadscampus (Rodestraat 14, Antwerpen). De toegang is gratis. De lezing wordt georganiseerd i.s.m. de Vakgroep Geschiedenis van de Universiteit Antwerpen.

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    Archeologen van SOLVA voerden onlangs een proefsleuvenonderzoek uit aan de Belktestraat in Hofstade (Aalst), naar aanleiding van de aanleg van een waterbufferbekken. Bij het onderzoek werden onder meer twee Romeinse crematiegraven aangetroffen.

    Hoewel het om een nat terrein gaat, dat in het verleden nooit bebouwd was, ligt het terrein wel in een archeologische zone met een hoog potentieel. De site is gelegen op ca. 600 m van de gekende Romeinse tempelsite van Hofstade en op 200 m van een Romeinse bewoning (steenbouw). Recent werd ook het grootste urnenveld van Vlaanderen opgegraven in Hofstade.

    De proefsleuven tonen aan dat het terrein deels opgehoogd is met een pakket grond afkomstig van de vijver die op het aanpalende perceel was gelegen. De vijver staat al op de kaart van Ferraris (1771-1778) gekarteerd. Uit deze laag kwamen verschillende vondsten, waaronder enkele prehistorische artefacten.

    Daarnaast zijn twee Romeinse graven aangetroffen. Het gaat om kuilen die de resten bevatten van de brandstapel waarop de dode werd gecremeerd. In één van de graven zijn de resten gevonden van een grote pot, die meegegeven werd met de overledene. Mogelijk zijn deze graven te linken aan nabij gelegen Romeinse bewoning. De grond uit de kuilen wordt in het depot van SOLVA verder uitgezeefd om ook kleinere, minder zichtbare vondsten, zoals bijvoorbeeld munten, schoenspijkers of mantelspelden, niet te missen.

    Meer informatie over het project vind je op

    Bron en foto: SOLVA