Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

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  1. 2009-12-21


    The volume by Rex E. Wallace, Zikh Rasna: A Manual of the Etruscan Language and Inscriptions. Ann Arbor/New York: Beech Stave Press, 2008. Pp. xxiii, 271. ISBN 9780974792743 has been reviewed by Roberto López Montero, Instituto de Filología Clásica y Oriental "San Justino", Madrid ( on BMCR; the review can be found at the following address:
  2. 2009-12-07

    International Studies meeting on History and Archeology

    The great Rome of the Tarquins
    Orvieto, Palazzo dei Congressi
    December 18th-20th 2009 More information:
    (D. Maras)
  3. 2009-12-05

    Workshop "Egypt in the Ramesside Age"

    Civic Archaeological Museum of Bologna
    Civic Archaeological Museum of Chianciano Terme
    Workshop "Egypt in the Ramesside Age"
    December 17th and 18th, 2009
    Hotel Le Fonti, Chianciano Terme
    There will be a series of information lectures concerning Egyptian texts in the Ramesside Age.
    More information and the workshop program can be found here.
    (D. Salvoldi)
  4. 2009-11-23

    Mnamon seminar

    On December 2nd at 11 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore, Dini Conference Room, Palazzo Castelletto, a seminar will be held by Paolo Merlo (Pontificia Università Lateranense, Roma). The title of the seminar is: "Punic-Phoenician language and writing system in ancient Mediterranean ".
  5. 2009-11-12

    The site of Khirbet Qeiyafa

    On pages 243-248 of the Israel Exploration Journal 58/2 (2008) there is a report by Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor about the excavations carried out during the years 2007-2008, at the site of Khirbet Qeiyafa. Last year a piece of pottery was found which contained five separate lines of text, dated between the end of the Iron Age I and the beginning of the Iron Age II, around 11th-10th B.C. According to the preliminary examination made by Haggai Misgav, the expert in charge of the deciphering, the language should be Hebrew: it would therefore be the oldest Hebrew inscription ever discovered. The inscription is expected to be published soon.
    (Daniele Tripaldi)
  6. 2009-11-12


    To be published by Walter de Gruyter:
    M. Egetmeyer, Le Dialect Grec Ancien de Chypre, Tome 1: Grammaire; Tome 2: Répertoire des inscriptions en syllabaire chypro-grec, Berlin - New York 2009 (to be published in March 2010)
    H.M. Cotton, L. Di Segni, W. Eck, B. Isaac, A. Kushnir-Stein, H. Misgav, J. Price, I. Roll, A. Yardeni (Eds.), Corpus InscriptionumIudaeae/Palestinae. A multi-lingual corpus of the inscriptions from Alexander to Muhammad, Volume 1: Jerusalem, Berlin - New York 2010 (to be published May 2010; a volume on Caesarea will follow)
    (Daniele Tripaldi)
  7. 2009-11-12

    Micromorphologic examination of the "Gabriel Revelation" Stone

    On the Israel Exploration Journal 58/2 (2008) Yuval Goren from Tel Aviv University published a paper containing the results of the micromorphologic examination of the "Gabriel Revelation" Stone (pp. 220-229) which exclude a modern treatment of the surface of the stone. However, he also makes it clear that this does not guarantee beyond doubt that the entire inscription or parts of it were created in antiquity or forged in modernity; further analyses will be necessary, in particular an examination of the pigment, in order to date it so as to have certain results about the authenticity of the finding.
    (Daniele Tripaldi)
  8. 2009-10-13

    Review of the book "Latina & Italica: scritti minori sulle lingue dell'Italia antica"

    The book "Latina & Italica: scritti minori sulle lingue dell'Italia antica (2 vols.). Ricerche sulle lingue di frammentaria attestazione 3. " by Enrico Campanile (ed), Pisa/Roma: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2008,has been reviewed by E. Nieto Ballester, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ( on Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
    (A. Santoni)
  9. 2009-10-01


    On October 1st and 2nd 2009 the workshop "ΕΠΙΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ, Greek inscriptions and literary communication" will be held in memory of Giancarlo Susini in the Dipartimento di Antichità e Tradizione Classica, University of Rome "Tor Vergata". The program can be found in the site of the University "Tor Vergata".
  10. 2009-10-01


    The book by Paolo Merlo "La religione dell'antico Israele", Carocci, Roma 2009 has just been published. More information can be found on the editor's site.

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