Thursday, March 5, 2015

Open Access Australasian Society for Classical Studies Proceedings

 [First posted in AWOL 28 July 2010, updated (addition of the 30 papers from ASCS 32) 5 March 2015]

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Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Conference Proceedings
Following the ASCS tradition to publish a limited number of papers presented at the annual conference on the society’s website, we are pleased to announce that the papers from ASCS 33 (2012) are now available, edited by Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides.
The link below will take you to the abstracts of papers presented at the ASCS 33 conference in Melbourne in 2012:

These Selected Proceedings consist of 30 papers originally presented at the University of Auckland, 24-27 January 2011, edited by Assoc. Prof. Anne Mackay.
Editor's preface
These Selected Proceedings consist of papers originally presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS), convened by my colleague, Dr Jeremy Armstrong, and myself, and held in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, 24th-27th January 2011. ASCS is the professional body in Australasia for those engaged in study of the classical world, and its conference is the largest annual meeting in the region for the dissemination of new research in the many subsidiary fields.
ASCS 32 was exceptionally large, with over 180 registrants drawn from both hemispheres variously attending five parallel sessions in which were presented some 150 papers. A wider range of research areas than usual was represented: in addition to Greek and Roman history, philosophy and literature, there were several sessions on archaeology and material evidence, including Egyptology; there were particularly strong contingents of those involved in the fields of ancient philosophy and late antiquity, and also the classical  tradition. This broader representation of research expertise enabled a valuable measure of interdisciplinarity in many post-paper discussions. The Conference’s range of sub-disciplines is, as it has turned out (and not by design), well represented in these Selected Proceedings.
ASCS 32 confirmed the decision taken at ASCS 31 (Perth, Australia) to publish the selected proceedings of the conference on line. Speakers were accordingly invited to submit manuscripts, which were then subjected to independent and expert anonymous peer review: the papers presented here have all been selected as a result of this review process. I should like to acknowledge my sincere gratitude to those necessarily anonymous colleagues in several countries who have supported the endeavour by generously agreeing to serve as referee-readers.
Access to these refereed papers is free, but the copyright of all material remains with the individual authors unless otherwise indicated. While each paper is individually paginated and accompanied by its own list of references, it has been the editor’s intention to impose on the collection a homogeneity of presentation sufficient to warrant its being regarded as a single publication. Abbreviations are standard, where possible following the OCD3.
Papers should be cited as follows:
Author (2011). ‘Title’, in ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings, ed. Anne Mackay (
Anne Mackay
University of Auckland
New Zealand
June 2011


D.A. Alexander Marc Antony’s Assault of Publius Clodius: Fact or Ciceronian Fiction? abstract full text
J. Armstrong Power and Politics in Fifth Century BC Rome. The Censorship and Consular Tribunate in Context abstract full text
J. Barsby Classics At Otago 3: The Manton Period (1949-65) abstract full text
M. Bissett Visualising Festivals: Black-figure Depictions of the Delia abstract full text
D. Burton Hades: Cornucopiae, Fertility And Death abstract full text
M.W. Champion Aeneas of Gaza on the Soul abstract full text
R. Covino The Fifth Century, the Decemvirate, and the Quaestorship abstract full text
M. Davies Senecan Philosophy as Counter-ideology (Epistle 31) abstract full text
A. Dawson Seeing Dead People: A Study of the Cypselids abstract full text
R. Evans Learning to be Decadent: Roman Identity and the Luxuries of Others abstract full text
V. Gray Work in Progress on Xenophon’s Language abstract full text
L. Grech From Popery to Paganism: Oscar Wilde in Greece abstract full text
C.R. Hamilton ‘I Judge between two brothers, to their satisfaction’ – Biographies and the Legal System in the Old Kingdom abstract full text
P. Hannah Soldier and Sceptre-Bearer: a Question of Identification in Attic Vase Painting abstract full text
J. Hellum Pepi I: a Case Study of Royal Religious Devotion in the Old Kingdom abstract full text
V. Howan Three Fleets or Two? abstract full text
I. Kehrberg Roman Gerasa Seen From Below. An Alternative Study of Urban Landscape abstract full text
M. Leenen The Evolution of Roman Diplomatic Interaction with the Achaean League, 200-146 B.C.E abstract full text
B. Marshall ‘Where Have All the Leaders Gone?’ A Possible Reason for the Failure of the Sullan Senate. abstract full text
M. Masterson The Visibility of ‘Queer’ Desire in Eunapius’ Lives of the Philosophers abstract full text
P. Mountford Aeneas: An Etruscan Foundation Legend abstract full text
J. O’Maley Paradigm Introductions and Mytho-Historical Authority in the Iliad abstract full text
L. O’Sullivan Tyrannicides, Symposium and History: A Consideration of the Tyrannicide Law in Hyperides 2.3 abstract full text
S.R. Perris What Maketh the Messenger? Reportage in Greek Tragedy abstract full text
J. Ratcliffe Cornelius Celsus and the Treatment of Fistula in Ano: a Surprise and a Conundrum abstract full text
G. Salapata The More the Better? Votive Offerings in Sets abstract full text
K. Slaska-Sapala Paradise Lost and the Language of Epic Rebellion abstract full text
J. Stove ‘Gut-madness’: Gastrimargia in Plato and Beyond abstract full text
H. Tarrant A Six-Book Version of Plato’s Republic: Same Text Divided Differently, or Early Version? abstract full text
L. Wadeson Nabataean Tomb Complexes at Petra: New Insights in the Light of Recent Fieldwork abstract full text
All abstracts (PDF)

The Proceedings of the Conference, containing 29 of the papers delivered, were edited, after a refereeing process, and produced in electronic format by Dr Neil O'Sullivan. They are available online at

Editor's preface

These papers were originally presented at the 31st conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, convened by my colleague, Dr Lara O'Sullivan, and held in Perth at the University of Western Australia, 2-5 February 2010. ASCS is the peak body in Australasia for the professional study of the classical world, and its conference is the largest annual meeting in the region for the dissemination of new research in this very international field. The Discipline Group of Classics and Ancient History at UWA wishes to acknowledge the generous contribution of the UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, in support of this event.
As the programme shows, ASCS 31 featured some 80 papers, with speakers drawn from four continents. This year, for the first time, a plan was formulated to publish the papers of the conference and so make their findings available to a much wider audience. Speakers were invited to submit their work, which was then subjected to independent and expert anonymous peer review. The papers presented here have all passed this review process and been recommended for publication. I take this opportunity to thank once more the referees for the generous donation of their time and expertise.

Access to these refereed papers is free, but the copyright of all material remains with the individual authors unless otherwise indicated.

Please cite papers in the following way:

Author, 'Title', in ASCS 31 [2010] Proceedings:

Each paper is individually paginated.

Neil O'Sullivan
University of Western Australia
July 2010


M. Beasley A philosophical Gigantomachy in the Metamorphoses abstract full text
F. Billot Hannibal, elephants and turrets abstract full text
D. Blyth Philosophy in the late Latin West abstract full text
D. Burton The role of Zeus Meilichios in Argos abstract full text
M.W. Champion Creation from Gaza abstract full text
J. Davidson Prometheus Bound in Christchurch 2009 abstract full text
S. Ford Spatial context of Odyssey 5.452 to 6.317 abstract full text
S. Gador-Whyte Emotional preaching: ekphrasis in the Kontakia of Romanos abstract full text
P. Garrett Character inheritance in Suetonius' Caligula and Nero abstract full text
M. Gillett The 'Etruscan League' reconsidered abstract full text
K.M. Heineman The chasm at Delphi: a modern perspective abstract full text
D. James Art of gold: precious metals and Chariton's Callirhoe abstract full text
P. Jarvis The politics of fraud: a Seruilius Casca in Livy abstract full text
P. Johnson Fabius, Marcellus and Otacilius - the alliance that never was abstract full text
D. Keenan-Jones The Aqua Augusta and control of water resources in the Bay of Naples abstract full text
B. Leadbetter Galerius, Gamzigrad and the politics of abdication abstract full text
J. Maitland Homer and the Aiakid cousins: kinship celebrated or overlooked in the Iliad abstract full text
B. Marshall 'With friends like this, who needs enemies?' Pompeius' abandonment of his friends and supporters abstract full text
S. Midford From Achilles to Anzac: Heroism in the Dardanelles from antiquity to the Great War abstract full text
G. Miles 'I, Porphyry': narrator and reader in the Vita Plotini abstract full text
P. O'Sullivan Use your illusion: 'Critias' on religion reconsidered abstract full text
K.J. O'Toole The Demosthenic basileus: a phantom in the Ath. Pol.? abstract full text
D.J. Phillips Thucydides 1.99: tribute and revolts in the Athenian empire abstract full text
D. Pritchard War, democracy and culture in classical Athens abstract full text
R. Sing Jury pay and Aristophanes abstract full text
H. Tarrant The Theaetetus as a narrative dialogue? abstract full text
W.J. Tatum Tyche in Plutarch's Aemilius Paulus - Timoleon abstract full text
J. Wallis (Un)Elegiac characterisation in Propertius 3.12 abstract full text
K. Welch Pietas, Pompeiani and Cicero's Thirteenth Philippic abstract full text


Iraqi Open Access Journals

 [First posted in AWOL 7 December 2012, updated 5 March 2015]

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Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals -  نبذة حول المشروع
The Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Iraq is pleased to announce the launch of the new service "Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals" (IASJ). 

IASJ is one platform where all scholarly journals published by the Iraqi universities and research institutions are indexed and discovered. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed and open access. 

The main aim of IASJ is to improve the online discoverability and visibility of and access to the published scholarly research of iraqi academics. IASJ will help Iraqi authors to disseminate their research globally. 

At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version with only 71 journals published by 18 institutions. The service will be further developed and will cover all journals, more than 200 journals publisher by 40 academic institutions in Iraq. 

IASJ is developed and hosted by SemperTool, a company specialized in building digital library products. All content of IASJ will be included in the Iraqi Virtual Library System IVSL and it's discovery system LibHub provided by SemperTool. 

نبذة حول المشروع
يعتبر المشروع من اهم المشاريع الاستراتيجية الكبرى التي تبنتها وزارة التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي العراقية بنشر وفهرسة المجلات العراقية الصادرة من الجامعات والهيئات العراقية كافة حيث ان جميع المجلات المتوفرة على هذا الموقع هي مجلات محكمة و ستكون الاعداد متوفرة منذ عام 2005 ولغاية الان وتتحدث دوريا وسيتم تطبيق نظام استكشاف وفهرسة متطور من شركة SemperTool الدنماركية ويمتاز بالعديد من المواصفات الشبيهة بنظام المستخدم لادارة المكتبة الافتراضية العراقية

The following journals are listed under the subject Archaeology

مجلة مركز دراسات الكوفة

واسط للعلوم الانسانية
ISSN: 1812512
Publisher: Wassit University
Subject: Historical archaeology --- Education (General)

مجلة كلية التربية للبنات للعلوم الانسانية
ISSN: 19935242
Publisher: Kufa University
Subject: Historical archaeology

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Open Access Journal: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL  31 October 2009. Updated 4 March 2015]

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Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter: A Publication of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee
This committee is composed of attorneys with an interest in the field of art, cultural heritage, and cultural property law and who work in a variety of settings, including private practice, museums, government, and academia. This area of law is concerned with both movable and immovable property of artistic, cultural, religious and historic interest. Topics recently considered by the committee include the 1970 UNESCO Convention and international trade in antiquities, underwater cultural heritage, art works stolen during the Holocaust, ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and the impact of war on the cultural heritage of Iraq. Within a diverse field with often sharply differing opinions, the committee endeavors to represent a variety of perspectives and welcomes all with an interest in this timely and fascinating subject.
A&CH Law Committee Spring 2014 Newsletter
A&CH Law Committee Year in Review (2013)
Newsletters and Year in Review Archive
Call for Articles!

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM): Manuscripts

 [First posted in AWOL 13 December 2013, updated 4 March 2015]

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The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM): Manuscripts
The requirements that need to be satisfied for using these images in publication vary from manuscript to manuscript. Each possessing institute or individual has its own requirements. If you wish to publish any of these images, you will need to get permission from CSNTM first. We can then direct you to the contact person of the institute that owns the manuscript(s) for further instructions. CSNTM does not charge for the use of these images, though the institute that owns the manuscripts may. At minimum, CSNTM needs to be credited with the photographs and the possessing institute needs to be credited with ownership of the manuscript in all research for which these images are used. For more information about usage of manuscript images, contact

In order to find your way through the images of manuscripts, you should download the scripture index for each manuscript (it's the first document on each manuscript's page). Only a few manuscripts currently have a scripture index, but more are coming.

Press Release
2 March 2015
In the summer of 2013, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) digitized the Greek biblical papyri housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL) in Dublin, Ireland. The Chester Beatty collection includes some of the earliest and most important Greek biblical manuscripts in the world. In addition to these biblical manuscripts, CSNTM also digitized several extra-biblical Greek papyri that are part of the CBL collection.
For the first time, images of two of these extra-biblical Chester Beatty manuscripts have now been made available:
1) The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians
Jannes and Jambres is an apocryphal work. Its text is fragmentary and dated from the 3rd-4th century.
2) Enoch and Melito
Enoch is an extra-biblical work. Melito is an early Christian homily. The text is from the 4th century.
These texts are uniquely significant, as they contain an early witness to rare works for which only a handful of copies have survived, and in the case of Jannes and Jambres, this is the only Greek manuscript known to exist.
Visit the manuscript page to view these new images from Dublin.

Khirbat en-Nahas Project خربة النحاس

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Khirbat en-Nahas Project خربة النحاس 
As a part of the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project the UCSD Levantine Archaeology Lab under the direction of Prof. Thomas Levy, has excavated three seasons at Khirbat en-Nahas (KEN). This study of Iron Age state formation in southern Jordan is deeply rooted in three conceptual frameworks: a) general anthropological theory concerning processes of secondary state formation and the evolution of social power, b) historical models concerning the Iron Age based on Anthropology, Biblical and extra-Biblical sources, and c) Middle Range theory that aims at linking raw archaeological data with more complex generalizations and conclusions about the past based on the hard archaeological evidence retrieved from the excavations. Fundamentally, the research was a response to the unsolved problem of who controlled metal production at this key Levantine site during the Iron Age, a period that follows the collapse of many of the Late Bronze Age civilizations in the eastern Mediterranean region. Recent field work at KEN and limited AMS radiocarbon dating have pushed back the dates for the Iron Age in Edom some 200 to 400 years earlier than previously thought (Levy et al 2004, 2005; Higham et al 2005). This has opened up new research questions that challenge models that explain the emergence of the Edomite state (i.e. core-civilization (Assyrian) dominance over Edom vs. local peer polity interaction with neighboring statelets such as Israel, Judah, Moab and others).
Field Directors
Research Team Members
1365 digital objects.
Levy TE, Najjar M, and Ben-Yosef E, editors. 2014. New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan - Surveys, Excavations and Research from the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP). Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press UCLA.
Preferred Citation
Levy, Thomas E.; UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology Laboratory (2014): Khirbat en-Nahas Project. UC San Diego Library Digital Collections.
Scope And Content
Since 1997, the UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology Laboratory has worked closely with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan on a deep-time study of the role of mining and metallurgy over nine thousand years from the Neolithic period to Islamic times – in Jordan’s Faynan district, some 50 km south of the Dead Sea. Faynan, located near the beautiful Dana Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Biosphere Reserve, is home to one of the world’s best preserved ancient copper mining and metallurgy districts. The UCSD project is called the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project, or ELRAP. ELRAP is special because of its focus on developing and using a high-tech, on-site digital archaeology system. Through the project students have gained extensive experience not only participating in archaeological survey and excavation, but also mastering an array of digital survey and recording tools. There is also a strong daily field laboratory component to the research that includes analysis of ceramics, zooarchaeology, archaeometallurgy, lithics, digital photography, GIS and more.

The excavated material from KEN consists primarily of ceramics and material associated with the process of copper production, including slag, furnace fragments, tuyere pipes and copper left behind. Other special finds include scarabs, beads and other objects related to daily life at KEN. The digital collection consists of the spatial data collected during excavation, descriptions of important finds, illustrations, photographs, video, three-dimensional scans of objects and the site, and spectrographic data.
Location Of Originals
The physical collection is on permanent loan from Jordan to the Levantine Archaeology Lab at UC San Diego.
View formats within this collection
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  • UCSD Research Data Collections

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News from the The Annotated Corpus of Luwian Texts (ACLT)

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From "Ilya Yakubovich" <>:
The Annotated Corpus of Luwian Texts (ACLT), available for public use at <>, has now been updated to includes the analysis of Luwian cuneiform texts published in Die keilschrift-luwischen Texte in Umschrift (StBoT 30) by Frank Starke. The Iron Age Luwian texts published since the appearance of the Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions (CHLI) by J. David Hawkins have also been included in the new version of the corpus.

The interface of the corpus contains the provisional Luwian glossaries, whose lemmata can be used as entries for automated search. For practical reasons, the glossaries to the cuneiform and hieroglyphic corpora are given separately, even though they reflect essentially the same language. I The narrow transliteration of the hieroglyphic texts used in the corpus generally follows the system of the CHLI but incorporates several modifications reflecting the recent progress in the Luwian Studies. The narrow transliteration of the cuneiform texts reflects the conventions of StBoT 30 and its computer adaptation by H. Craig Melchert. Note that the present corpus, as a rule, does not contain isolated Luwian forms occurring in Hittite texts.

This project has been completed with the assistance of a research grant of the Corpus Linguistics Program sponsored by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ilya Yakubovich acted as the principal investigator of the project, whose team consisted of Dr. Timoofey Arkhangelskiy, Mr. Sergey Boroday, and Dr. Alexei Kassian.

Queries and corrections of both linguistic and technical errors will be warmly welcomed.
For linguistic issues, please contact Ilya Yakubovich (
For possible problems with computer interface, please contact Timofey Arkhangelskiy (

New Online from the CHS: Giovanni Parmeggiani, ed., Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography

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