Monday, February 8, 2016

Coming Soon: VÉgA Vocabulaire de l’Égyptien Ancien - Vocabulary of Ancient Egyptian

VÉgA Vocabulaire de l’Égyptien Ancien - Vocabulary of Ancient Egyptian
Vocabulaire de l’Égyptien Ancien
Le VÉgA, ou Vocabulaire de l’Égyptien Ancien, constitue une innovation dans le domaine de l’égyptologie. Ce dictionnaire numérique en ligne inédit est le fruit d’une collaboration public/privé dans le cadre du LabEx Archimede au sein de l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, ainsi que des recherches des égyptologues et des méthodologies du design et de l’informatique. Il vise à devenir pour l’égyptologie une source incontournable et sans cesse actualisée, ainsi qu’un support de collaborations scientifiques internationales pour les décennies à venir. Grâce au VÉgA et à ses divers niveaux de lecture, chaque utilisateur, qu’il soit amateur ou professionnel, étudiant débutant ou linguiste, pourra étudier les mots du vocabulaire égyptien, en accédant en ligne à l’information académique la plus récente disponible sur le sujet.
VÉgA, Vocabulary of Ancient Egyptian, is an innovation in the field of Egyptology. This new online digital dictionary is the result of private/public collaboration within the LabEx Archimede at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier. It is also the product of research carried out by Egyptologists as well as design and computer software methodologies. The aim is not only to be an indispensable and regularly updated source of information for Egyptology, but this online dictionary also strives to be a medium for international scientific collaborations for many years to come. Thanks to VÉgA, every user, whether they be an amateur, professional, student or linguist, will be able to study the Egyptian words through online access to the most up-to-date academic information available on the subject.

The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database

 [First posted in AWOL 9 August 2013, updated 8 February 2016]

The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database

Magical gems

The designation magical gem is a category of modern archaeology, which denotes the most sophisticated amulet type of the Roman Imperial Period. Magical gems were carved of precious stones sized 1 to 3 centimeters, chiefly between the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD, and were designed to bring their owners health, prosperity and love. Their typology follows the shapes of Graeco-Roman glyptics complemented with a few Mesopotamian and Egyptian variants. They are distinguished by their characteristic engravings of inscriptions, signs and images, which usually appear on both faces of the gems, sometimes even on the edge. (For a more detailed definition of magical gems, see our Glossary.)

The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database

Magical gems known today number about 4000 pieces and are preserved in different museums and private collections worldwide, often inaccessible for the public. The groundbreaking, and still fundamental, study on magical gems was published in 1950 by American scholar Campbell Bonner, who then described a tenth of the corpus in his Studies on Magical Amulets. In 2004 Simone Michel listed over 2800 pieces in her monograph Die Magischen Gemmen
Named after Bonner, the primary aim of the Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (CBd) is to bring the entire corpus of magical gems online in order to make them better accessible for both scholars and the public, and to facilitate their study through the potentials offered by a digital database. Since its launch in 2010 the database has grown to be a much used research tool, and has helped recognize the genre of magical gems as an important object group of the classical material tradition. 
A further incentive of CBd is to publish the second, online edition of Bonner’s Studies on Magical Amulets within the framework of the database, revised and enlarged by leading scholars of the field.



[n.b. Today is the tenth anniversary of the founding of ANE-2]

A successor to the Ancient Near East Discussion List originally hosted by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

ANE 2 is a moderated academic discussion list that focuses on topics and issues of interest in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, from the Indus to the Nile, and from the beginnings of human habitation to the rise of Islam. It is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on these topics between and among scholars and students actively engaged in research and study of the Ancient Near East.

Active (on-list) participation in ANE 2 assumes an informed knowledge of the ancient Near East and adherence to List Protocols (which are available at
and are sent to each new subscriber upon approval of subscription application).

The act of subscribing to the list signifies the agreement of the subscriber to follow these protocols and to accept the adjudications of the Moderators.

ANE 2 is international in scope. List Members should expect to be able to read postings in English, French and German. Participants are free to post in any of these languages, and, upon occasion, in other languages used in the study of the Ancient Near East.


Trudy S. Kawami, Ph.D.
Columbia University Art History & Archaeology
Director of Research, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

N. P. Lemche
Professor Dr.Theol.
Department of Biblical Exegesis
The University of Copenhagen

Marc Cooper
Missouri State University
Department of History

Robert Whiting
University of Helsinki

Charles E. Jones
Penn State University Library

Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The World of Funerary Cones

[First posted in AWOL 1 April 2012, updated 7 February 2016]

The World of Funerary Cones
This website is dedicated to the study of funerary cones (Grabkegel, Friesziegel, cônes funéraires, conos funerarios, Grafkegel, pohřební kužel, Νεκρικοι κωνοι).

The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues Website

The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues Website 
The main goal of the The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues website is to display the world of synagogues from the Land of Israel for the scholar, student and layperson.  This website provides information such as bibliographical references, geographical location, photos, plans and brief descriptions of ancient synagogues from the Roman and Byzantine periods in the Land of Israel.  It also presents information on selected historically significant synagogues from the Middle Ages through the beginning of the 20th century.  This site will be constantly updated including the latest relevant research news and scholarly works. A search of bibliographical references is currently in preparation.

Public structures in the Land of Israel dating as early as the beginning of the 1st century BCE have been identified by excavators, surveyors and researchers as synagogues. This region contains the largest concentration of identified ancient synagogues in the world.  The number of identified ancient synagogues reaches a peak in the Roman and Byzantine periods, mainly from the 3rd through 7th centuries CE, and decreases during the 7th through 10th centuries with the collapse of the Jewish population. From the Middle Ages to the early modern period, the size of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel was relatively limited, and usually perceived as secondary to the major thriving Jewish communities in the diaspora. The relatively few synagogues, which were established and functioned in the Land of Israel during this period, had a significant social and spiritual status. From the beginning of modern times, the number of synagogues serving the different Jewish communities grew gradually to over 500 by 1948, and were diverse in terms of their appearance, social significance and liturgical nature.

Open Access Journal: Colloquia Maruliana

Colloquia Maruliana
ISSN: 1332-3431 (Print)
Colloquia Maruliana I-XVI were entirely devoted to the study of the life and works of Marko Marulić. From volume XVII on, Colloquia Maruliana, in conjunction with articles about Marko Marulić, also publish articles about other writers and themes from Croatian Humanist and Renaissance literature. Besides the papers addressed to the conference held every year in Split, other worthwhile contributions can also be accepted.
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha

e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha
e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha is a comprehensive bibliography of Christian Apocrypha research assembled and maintained by members of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL). Entries for each text include a detailed description (a summary, the various titles used in scholarship, clavis numbers, and identification of related literature), an inventory of manuscript sources (with online images where available), an extensive bibliography (including online resources), and information about the text’s use in iconography and popular culture.

One of the primary goals of this resource is to encourage interaction and collaboration among scholars of the Christian Apocrypha. Entries are prepared by scholars working with the texts; users are encouraged to contact the contributors with suggestions for improvement or enhancement. The success of e-Clavis is contingent upon the willingness of users and contributors to exchange information and consistently update the entries.

e-Clavis is looking for volunteers to contribute entries for unassigned texts. Contact members of the editorial board for more information.