Monday, October 16, 2017

Editorial: The Future of the Past

I am repeatedly asked for the source of the image of "books being churned into a machine and somehow transmitted electronically to boys in a classroom setting" (in the words of one anonymous correspondent today).

I note first of all that it is identified in the right-hand sidebar on the main page of AWOL, but the identifying metadata seems to be removed by the automated process of bundling the AWOL digests for email transmission and for syndication to Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.

The image in question is this one:

It appears online in a variety of places, but is nicely contextualized here at the Public Domain Review:

A series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the then distant year of 2000. As is so often the case their predictions fell some way off the mark, failing to go far enough in thinking outside the confines of their current technological milieu (hence the ubiquity of propellors, not to mention the distinctly 19th-century dress).

There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Due to financial difficulties the cards by Jean-Marc Côté were never actually distributed and only came to light many years later after the science-fiction author Isaac Asimov chanced upon a set and published them in 1986, with accompanying commentary, in the book Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.
Go have a look at them, they're quite charming.

Open Access Journal: Chronika: The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Student Journal

[First posted in AWOL 5 May 2014, updated 16 October 2017]

Chronika: The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Student Journal
ISSN: 2159-9904
EISSN: 2159-9912 
Chronika is an interdisciplinary journal for graduate students studying the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. 
Chronika, like its parent organization The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA), promotes interdisciplinary dialogues and innovative approaches to the study of the past. Chronika is an open access journal and aims to publish cutting edge research in a timely fashion and make it widely available to the scholarly community. We encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship by making the content of our journal freely available online.
Chronika is produced by University at Buffalo graduate students, but welcomes submissions from graduate students at other colleges and universities worldwide. Students are encouraged to submit an article here.
 Current Issue:
Chronika, Volume 6, Full Text
Letter from the Editor: 
letter from the editor.pdf letter from the editor.pdf
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Lina Diers, University of Vienna 
"Space and Identity in Roman Moesia: Rethinking Military and Civilian Spheres in a Frontier Province"
Diers 2016.pdf Diers 2016.pdf
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Type : pdf
Sylvain Vanesse, University of Liege 
"Between Street Vendors, Singing Slaves, and Envy"
Vanesse 2016.pdf Vanesse 2016.pdf
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Andy Lamb, University of Leicester
"The Rise of the Individual in Late Iron Age Southern Britain and Beyond"
Lamb 2016.pdf Lamb 2016.pdf
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Rachel McCleery, Florida State University
"Being Roman, Writing Latin? Consumers of Latin Inscriptions in Achaia"
McCleery 2016.pdf McCleery 2016.pdf
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Kaja J. Tally-Schumacher and Nils Paul Niemeier, Cornell University
"Through the Picture Plane: Movement and Transformation in the Garden Room at the Villa ad Gallinas at Prima Porta"
Tally-Schumacher&Niemeier 2016.pdf Tally-Schumacher&Niemeier 2016.pdf
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Heather Menz, University at Buffalo
"Insights Into the Function of Ireland's Souterrains"
Menz 2016.pdf Menz 2016.pdf
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Katerina Glaraki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
"Minoan Peak Sanctuaries of East Crete: A Walking Perspective"
Glaraki 2016.pdf Glaraki 2016.pdf
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IEMA Travel Grant Reports: 
Erika Ruhl, University at Buffalo
"Textile Analysis in Northern Finland"
Ruhl travel report 2016.pdf Ruhl travel report 2016.pdf
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Kathryn Grow Allen, University at Buffalo
"An Ottoman Cemetery in Romania: Report of Research Conducted with the IEMA Research and Travel Scholarship"
Grow Allen travel report 2016.pdf Grow Allen travel report 2016.pdf
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Ashlee Hart, University at Buffalo 
"Interview with Dr. Attila Gyucha, 2015-2016 IEMA Postdoctoral Fellow"
Interview with Attila Gyucha 2016.pdf Interview with Attila Gyucha 2016.pdf
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Back Issues:
Chronika, Volume 5
Chronika, Volume 4
Chronika Volume 3
Chronika Volume 2
Chronika Volume 1

(Partially) Open Access Monograph Series: Tyche Sonderband

Tyche Sonderband
Holzhausen der Wissenschafts- und Sachbuchverlag

Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online

Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Online

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Augustine Scholarship Open Access courtesy of Classics Wikispaces

Augustine Scholarship Open Access courtesy of Classics Wikispaces
Editions [note also Migne, Patrologia Latina ; html version of Augustine's works from Migne at ]

  • Confessiones , ed. P. Knöll, CSEL 33 [= Augustine 1.1] (Vienna, 1896) [ link ] [ ]
  • Retractationes , ed. P. Knöll, CSEL 36 [= Augustine 1.2] (Vienna, 1902) [ link ] [ ]
  • Contra Academicos , etc., ed. P. Knöll, CSEL 63 [= Augustine 1.3] (Vienna, 1922) [ ]
  • Epistulae , ed. A. Goldbacher, CSEL 34 [= Augustine 2] (Vienna, 1895-1898) [ ]: part 1 [ link ]; part 2 [ link ]; CSEL 44 (Vienna, 1904): part 3 [ link ] [ ]; CSEL 57 (Vienna, 1911): part 4 [ ]; CSEL 58 (Vienna, 1923): part 5: Praefatio editoris et indices [ ]
  • Speculum , etc., ed. F. Weihrich, CSEL 12 [= Augustine 3.1] (Vienna, 1887) [ link ] [ ]
  • De Genesi ad litteram , etc., ed. J. Zycha, CSEL 28.1 [= Augustine 3.2] (Vienna, 1894) [ link ] [ ]
  • Quaestiones in Heptateuchum; Adnotationes in Iob , ed. J. Zycha, CSEL 28 [= Augustine 3.3] (Vienna, 1895) [ link ] [ link ] [ ]
  • De consensu evangelistarum , CSEL 43 [= Augustine 3.4] (Vienna, 1904) [ link ] [ ]
  • De civitate dei CSEL 40, part 1 [= Augustine 5.1] (Vienna, 1899) [ link ] [ ]: part 2 [= Augustine 5.2] (Vienna, 1900) [ ]
  • De fide et symbolo , etc., ed. J. Zycha, CSEL 41 [= Augustine 5.3] (Vienna, 1900) [ link ] [ ]
  • De utilitate credendi , etc., ed. J. Zycha, CSEL 25.1 [= Augustine 6.1] (Vienna, 1891) [ link ] [ ]
  • Contra Felicem , etc., ed. J. Zycha, CSEL 25.1 [= Augustine 6.2] (Vienna, 1892) [ link ] [ ]
  • Scripta contra Donatistas pt. 1 [ Psalmus contra partem Donati, etc.], ed. M. Petschenig, CSEL 51.1 [= Augustine 7.1] (Vienna, 1908) [ ]
  • Scripta contra Donatistas pt. 2 [ Contra epistulam Petiliani , etc.], ed. M. Petschenig, CSEL 52 [= Augustine 7.2] (Vienna, 1909) [ ]
  • Scripta contra Donatistas pt. 3 [ De unico baptismo , etc.], ed. M. Petschenig, CSEL 53 [= Augustine 7.3] (Vienna, 1910) [ ]
  • De peccatorum meritis et remissione et de baptismate parvulorum ad Marcellum , etc., ed. C. F. Vrba and J. Zycha, CSEL 60 [= Augustine 8.1] (Vienna, 1913) [ ]
  • De perfectione iustitiae hominis etc., ed. C. F. Vrba and J. Zycha, CSEL 42 [= Augustine 8.2] (Vienna, 1902) [ link ] [ ]

  • Eugippius, Excerpta ex operibus S. Augustini , CSEL 9 (Vienna, 1885) [ link ] [ ]


  • De Civ. Dei , ed. B. Dombart, 3rd ed., vol. 1 [Books 1-13] (Leipzig: Teubner, 1908) [ link ]; vol. 2 [Books 14-22] (Leipzig: Teubner, 1905) [ link ]; 2nd ed., vol. 1 [Books 1-13] (Leipzig: Teubner, 1877) [ link ]
  • Nisard's collection: Tertullian and Augustine - selected works [Tert. Apol. ; Aug. De Civ. Dei ] (Paris, 1877) [ link ]

  • Confessiones , ed. Von Rauner (Gutersloh, 1876) [ ]
  • De catechizandis rudibus, de fide rerum quae non videntur, de utilitate credendi , ed. C. Mariott [ in usum iuniorum ], 2nd ed. (Oxford, 1869) [ link ]; 4th ed. [adds Enchiridion/de fide, spe et charitate (Oxford, 1885) [ link ]
  • Enchiridion/de fide, spe et charitate , ed. J. G. Krabinger (Tübingen, 1861) [ link ]
  • Ars Grammatica breviata , ed. C. F. Weber (Marburg, 1861) [ link ]
  • De doctrina Christiana; Enchiridion , ed. C. H. Bruder (Leipzig, 1838) [ ]

  • G. A. Hench (ed.), The Monsee Fragments...with Notes and a Grammatical Treatise (Strasburg, 1890) [ link ] [Augustine sermon begins p. 60]
  • L. Delisle et al., Etudes paléographiques et historiques sur des papyrus du VIme siècle (Geneva, 1866) [ link ] - [on p. 107, H. Bordier: Restitution d'un manuscrit du sixième siècle contenant des lettres et des sermons de Saint Augustin]

  • J. Skinner (ed.), Coelestia, the Manual of St Augustine: The Latin Text Side by Side with an English Interpretation (London, 1881) [ link ]

  • S. Angus, The Sources of the First Ten Books of Augustine's De Civitate Dei (Princeton, 1906) [ link ]
  • J. S. McIntosh, A Study of Augustine's Versions of Genesis (Chicago, 1912) [ link ]

Coming Soon: World-Historical Gazetteer

Over a three-year period (2017-2020), the World-Historical Gazetteer (WHG) project will produce a data store and associated software and services supporting collaborative digital and data-driven historical scholarship at the global scale. This Linked Open Data (LOD) system will focus significantly but not exclusively on the centuries since 1500, and have these closely related components:
The gazetteer. A spatially and temporally comprehensive database of significant world historical place names. This broad but shallow resource (an estimated 30,000 entries, subject to change) will draw on a few core sources, including print historical atlas indexes, linguistic atlases, and modern physical geography datasets. Those core records will be aligned with existing gazetteers where possible, including GeoNames and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), and be enriched with some data from DBpedia
A “union index.” Records from the WHG core gazetteer will be merged with those of specialized gazetteers from our project partners and elsewhere in a rich, high-performance index
Interfaces to the gazetteer. We will build (a) a web-based interface for searching, browsing, and editing the data, and (b) an application programming interface service (API) providing faceted programmatic access to the data [GitHub Repository]
Demonstration pilot projects. Data from two groups of historical research projects will be linked via the gazetteer, demonstrating the value of linked data in historical scholarship. One group is concerned with Maritime Asia, the other with the Atlantic World

Cuneiform Commentaries Project News

 Cuneiform Commentaries Project News 
We wish to notify you of nine new texts that have recently been added to the online editions of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project (, a list of which is provided below.

Thanks are expressed to Shana Zaia for her editions of two texts, and to Klaus Wagensonner for reading the commentary on the Literary Prayer to Marduk 2 with us.

You are warmly invited to contribute any editions of commentary tablets you may have made for publication on the CCP website, for which you will, of course, receive full credit.

All the best,

Mary Frazer
Senior Editor of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project

CCP 1.2 (Lugale): In its current condition, this manuscript consists of four joined fragments from the centre of what must have originally been a large tablet with three columns on each side. The preserved text represents column II, which contained the Akkadian version of the base text; of column I – which contained the base text in its original Sumerian – only traces of the final signs in some lines remain. (Read more)

CCP 1.5 (Literary Prayer to Marduk 2): This small and badly damaged tablet contains a commentary that deals with the first sixty-eight lines of the literary prayer Lord, Sage of the Igigi, a text frequently styled, after Lambert’s pioneering edition,1 as Marduk no. 2. (Read more)

CCP 3.1.27.B (Enūma Anu Enlil 27(28) B): In its current state of preservation, this commentary deals with twelve omens derived from the appearance of the sun and drawn from the end of the ‘Babylonian’ recension of Tablet (‘Chapter’) 27 (28) of Enūma Anu Enlil, the divination treatise on omens derived from celestial and meteorological phenomena. (Read more)

CCP 3.4.8.C (Bārûtu 8 Kakku C): A small fragment from the top left of the obverse side of a multi-column tablet of a commentary on the eighth chapter of the divination treatise bārûtu, “extispicy.” This chapter is concerned with the “weapon,” kakku, a small piece of tissue that can protrude from anywhere in the liver. (Read more)

CCP 6.1.2.C (Aa I/5 (?)): This previously unidentified fragment belongs to a commentary on the lexical series Aa. It comments in all likelihood on a section concerned with the readings of the sign LÁ, a section that is unfortunately not preserved in the extant manuscripts of Aa. (Read more)

CCP 6.7.B (Weidner’s God List B): The lexical list known as Weidner’s God List (WGL) or Anum (after its incipit) was significant enough that it prompted numerous copies. Known exemplars reveal that this list was attested as early as the Ur III period and as late as the Neo-Babylonian period (Read more)

CCP 6.7.u1 (Uncertain): W 22712/1a is a fragment from Seleucid period Uruk that was found in the third level of the House of the āšipu1 and preserves 12 lines of text. The beginnings of these lines are lost and it is unclear if the preserved lines comprise one column in a multi-column text. (Read more)

CCP 7.2.u165 (Bird omens (?)): This fragment preserves remains of a commentary on an unidentified text. The first two lines of the reverse probably explain Jupiter’s name dapīnu, “violent,” which means that the base text might be astrological. (Read more)

CCP 7.2.u171 (Uncertain): There is no proof that this small, nondescript fragment belongs to a commentary. Although some cola are visible (ll. 2 and 3), the fragment may well belong to an incantation (as suggested by l. 4) or a bilingual text (as suggested by l. 3). (Read more)