Mesopotamian mathematics & cuneiform tablets

By Mary Fisk|July 29, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

Cuneiform writing was devised initially for the purpose of keeping accounts, and for the first few centuries, it was used almost entirely for book-keeping. ORACC (Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus) at the University of Pennsylvania has added transcriptions and translations of around 1000 cuneiform mathematical tablets to its database. The text and editions on this site have been made available by Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge), one of the founders

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Commodity Prices in Ancient Babylon 385 – 61 BC

By Victoria Bird|July 24, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, History, Unknown|0 comments

Yesterday morning I was shown an interesting piece on the International Institute of Social History website about commodity pricing in late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Babylon, by R.J. van der Spek from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The prices were recorded alongside other data by astronomers in the employ of the king. There are six key commodities in the listing: these are barley, dates, mustard, cress, sesame and wool. The earliest commodity price in

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Melilah (Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies) now on open access

By Mary Fisk|June 13, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, History, Religions|0 comments

  This interdisciplinary journal was first published in Hebrew by Manchester University Press between 1944 and 1955. The journal was relaunched in English in 2004, under the auspices of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester and has,since then, been published annually The journal covers all aspects of Jewish history and culture from ancient times to the present day. The title Melilah refers to the ears of

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Some updates on 2 open access journals on Hebraica & the Ancient Near East

By Mary Fisk|May 12, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

Seferad: estudios hebraicos, sefardies y de Oriente Proximo is a Spanish journal, first published in 1941, on the history and culture of the Spanish Jewish community and the Sephardic diaspora, including Hebrew and Ladino language and literature. Open access content is currently from 2001 to 2013. SOAS Library has print holdings from 1941 onward at Per 5 / 49429 (Level F) Access is either via the Seferad website or AWOL

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Samuel Montagu and the Western Hebrew Library: online exhibition

By Mary Fisk|April 8, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

From the exhibition: The first Mishneh-Torah printed in Amsterdam (1702) (http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/mullerlibrary/digital_library/WHL/MT1.html) “The world of printed words: Samuel Montagu and the Western Hebrew Library” is a new online exhbition hosted by the Leopold Muller Memorial Library (Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies) In the 1890s, Sir Samuel Montagu (1832-1911), the banker, founder of the Federation of Synagogues and Liberal MP for Whitechapel, gave his private library of early Hebrew printed

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Syriaca.org: the Syriac reference portal

By Mary Fisk|April 8, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

Newly launched under the auspices of a consortium of academic institutions including Princeton University and Vanderbilt University, Syriaca.org is an online reference work for the study of Syriac authors, literatures and manuscripts. Scholars of Syriac are invited to collaborate and contribute to the development of the portal, which will eventually comprise an ontology or classification system for Syriac studies a multi-lingual authority file for standardising references to Syriac authors, texts

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Journal back-files on open access, including Journal of the American Oriental Society

By Mary Fisk|April 7, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, History, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

(via the AWOL blog) – http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.co.uk/ The prestigious Journal of the American Oriental Society has made its out-of-copyright material available on open-access. Content covers research by American scholars and Orientalists on the literatures and civilizations of the Near East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Inner Asia, the Far East and the Islamic World. Open-access volumes cover Vol.1 (1843) to Vol. 42 (1922) Click here to go to Journal of the

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New on open-access: Hebrew Annual Review

By Mary Fisk|April 3, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

The Hebrew Annual Review was published by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at the Department for Judaic and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Ohio State University) between 1977 and 1994. Content looks at all aspects of the Hebrew language and literature from Biblical times to the presnt The entire run of the journal has been made available on open-access through Ohio State University’s Knowledge Bank Click here to link

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Photographic archive of expedition to Iraq 1919-1920

By Mary Fisk|March 25, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Archival collections, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

Photographs of James Breasted’s photographs documenting his journeys through the Near East in the period immediately following the First World War to record archaeological sites for the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago) have recently been added to the Oriental Institutes’s open-access photographic archive. Click here to go to the photographic archive page on the Oriental Institute’s website Clicking on the map allows you to select a site from those visited

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Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft: open-access content

By Mary Fisk|March 25, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

The Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen has made the first 100 volumes of the eminent Mitteilingen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft (MDOG) from 1898 to 1968 available on open-access. The journal contains reports from the excavations carried out by the German Archaeological Society (DOG) in the Ancient Near Eastern region, along with philological, historical, religious and cultural studies Click here to go to the University’s website and link to the journal