Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


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    On October 25th-27th the XIV Colloque des langues et cultures paléohispaniques, organized by the Istitut Ausonius, will be held online.
    The workshop aims to share the achievements in the comprehension of the languages and the culture of the Iberian Peninsula and its border areas, starting from a number of different fields (history, archaeology, philology, epigraphy, numismatics and history of art). The Colloque des langues et cultures paléohispaniques traditionally devotes at least one session to the Iberic and Southern areas, another one to the Celtiberian area and a third session to the remaining Peninsular documentation. Furthermore in this 14th workshop two sessions will focus on the scientific contributions and the recent archaeological results concerning the Mediterranean and the Atlantic areas in Gaul. The contextualisation and the material dimension of Paleo Hispanic studies will be particularly highlighted.
    Subscription form here:
    More information and the program can be found here
    (C. Ruiz Darasse)
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    Mnamon Seminars

    On Tuesday October 12th at 3 p.m. the following seminar will be held online:

    Alessia Prioletta (CNRS - UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée)
    "Ricerche recenti sulla lingua e la scrittura delle iscrizioni tamudiche della regione di Hima (Arabia Saudita)"

    Live video streaming here.
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    Kritische Edition der sahidischen Version des Johannesevangeliums, edited by Hans Förster, Kerstin Sänger-Böhm and Matthias H. O. Schulz, De Gruyter, 2021.

    The first critical edition of the Sahidic version of the Gospel of John, a project funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund, has just been published in open access. The authors used as many as 172 manuscripts for this important addition to Coptic literature.
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    Mnamon seminars

    On Tuesday May 18th starting at 3 p.m. the following seminar will be held online:

    Daniele Tripaldi (University of Bologna)
    "Dallo scrittoio al deserto e ritorno: tre casi di intersezione linguistica – e scrittoria – nel Mediterraneo orientale di età romana"

    Live video streaming here.
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    Early alphabetic writing in the ancient Near East: the ‘missing link’ from Tel Lachish

    A newly discovered Late Bronze Age alphabetic inscription from Tel Lachish, Israel, dating to the fifteenth century BC is currently the oldest securely dated alphabetic inscription from the Southern Levant.
    The article can be read here.

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    LiBER | Linear B Electronic Resources (v.2)

    Since March 2021, the new version of the CNR database LiBER | Linear B Electronic Resources is online ( The project, developed by Maurizio Del Freo (CNR-ISPC) and Francesco Di Filippo (CNR-ISMed) with the collaboration of Françoise Rougemont (CNRS), aims to create an online electronic edition of Linear B texts, equipped with a search engine specifically designed for logo-syllabic scripts. At present, the database contains all Linear B documents from Knossos, Mycenae, Tiryns and Midea for a total of 4,406 texts. The database contains texts in transcription and photographs and includes information about scribes, findspots, chronologies and places of preservation. The search engine allows users to perform complex queries, the results of which can be displayed as word indexes, document lists, or findspot maps.
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    Palaeohispanica n. 20, 2020: Actas del congreso internacional “Lenguas y culturas epigráficas paleoeuropeas. Retos y perspectivas de estudio” (Roma, 13-15 marzo 2019), by F. Beltrán Lloris, B. Díaz Ariño, M.J. Estarán Tolosa, C. Jordán Cólera.

    This volume contains the acts of the final workshop for the international project AELAW (Ancient European Languages and Writings) with contributions by scholars of the languages and writing systems of pre-Roman Italy which launch the discipline of Paleo-European studies with the following goal "to undertake interdisciplinary, comparative and comprehensive research into the sets of local languages, writing systems and epigraphic practices that form the furthermost stratum of written European culture" (F. Beltrán Lloris, p. 13). This multilanguage and interdisciplinar publication is organized into three parts, devoted respectively to the diachronic development of paleo-european epigraphic cultures; to the presentation of different groups of languages, writing systems and epigraphic cultures; to the analysis of the writing systems.
    The open access digital version of the volume can be found at the following address:
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    Mnamon update - Latin

    The Latin section was carefully reviewed and enriched by Dr Mirko Donninelli, within a curricular internship.