The book by Salvatore Gaspa "Alimenti e pratiche alimentari in Assiria: le materie alimentari nel culto ufficiale dell'Assiria del primo millennio a.C." (History of the Ancient Near East, Monographs 13), Padova 2012: Sargon Editrice e Libreria has just been published.
The book is about foods and food practices which are documented in the Neo-
Assyrian texts (9th-7th cent. BC). The research presents the whole lexicon of
the food substances attested in the cuneiform tablets from the Neo-Assyrian
archives (i.e., cereals and cereal-based products, meat and meat-based dishes,
fish, milk and dairy products, vegetables and fruit, oils, condiments and
sweetening agents, beverages). The main focus of the research is the treatment
of the food substances in the dynamics of the cultic rituals in the period of
the Assyrian empire and the management of the offerings for the official cult
by the central administration of the state. The study presents to the scholar
of Oriental history and to those interested in history of foods and history of
religions a useful tool to understand the role of foods and of the cultic
offerings in the culture of the ancient world's first empire.
Inscriptions in Phrygian and Lydian were unearthed in Daskyleion (North-Western Turkey) and have recently been deciphered by the linguists Alexander Lubotsky and Alwin Kloekhorst. The inscriptions prove that Phrygian and Lydian populations were present in that area. More information here. (G.Torri)
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has completed almost 40 years of research and published online the final entries of a 2,000-page Demotic dictionary
More information here.
On April 17th starting at 11 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore,Contini conference room, Palazzo della Carovana, two seminars will be held:
Laura Montagnaro (IULM Milano) "Teaching and learning writing systems in the
ancient Veneto: epigraphic and archeological records"at 11 a.m.;
Paolo Merlo (Pontificia Università Lateranense, Roma) "The Ugaritic cuneiform alphabet: An example among the alphabetic writing
systems of the II mill. B.C." at 12 p.m.
Live video streaming will be available via http://tv.sns.it starting at 11 a.m.
Excavations conducted by the Università "La Sapienza" in Rome (in cooperation with the Università Cattolica in Milan and with the Università del Salento) in the Tas-Silg sanctuary in Malta, brought to light a 13th-century B.C. Babylonian inscription (a crescent-moon shaped agate stone). The sanctuary was used from the the third millennium B.C. to the first millennium B.C. The inscription has been interpreted and dated by Father Werner Mayer of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.More information here.
On January 18th, at 6 p.m., a meeting entitled "Qumran: men and stones" will be held in Rome, Chamber of Deputies, Mappamondo Conference room. The meeting will present to a large audience an Italian research project on the archeological findings in the Dead Sea area. The program and invitation can be downloaded.