Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

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    Diccionario Griego-Español. Anejo VII. Suplemento al Diccionario Micénico (DMic.Supl.), Francisco Aura Jorro, Alberto Bernabé, Eugenio R. Luján, Juan Piquero, Carlos Varias García, CSIC, Madrid, 2020, 427 pp., ISBN 978-84-00-10656-0.

    The volume contains the long-waited supplement to the Diccionario Micénico published by the CSIC in two volumes in 1985 (a-n entries) and 1993 (o-z entries). The Diccionario Micénico is the work of reference for any scholar specializing in Mycenaean epigraphy who wants to get a full overview of the research work about a specific Mycenaean word. Each entry in the Diccionario Micénico collects and discusses all the hypotheses so far advanced on any complete or fragmentary word attested in the Linear B documents. The Suplemento adds to the Diccionario many new entries relating to words which are attested in documents published (or republished with new readings) only after 1985 and 1993. It also updates the Diccionario's a-n and o-z entries with part of the contributions appeared after 1985 and 1993. Finally, it fills a gap in the Diccionario by adding new entries for all the logographic uses of the Linear B syllabograms (abbreviations, adjuncts, ligatures, monograms).

    (M.Del Freo)
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    Mnamon Seminars

    On Friday November 20th starting at 3 p.m. the following online seminar will be held:

    Marco Moriggi (University of Catania)
    “Hatra ed Edessa. Aramaico lingua del limes“.

    Live video streaming here.
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    Mnamon Seminars

    On October 13th starting at 11 a.m. the following online seminar will be held:

    Coline Ruiz Darasse (CNRS Univ. Bordeaux Montaigne, Institut Ausonius)
    “Sur les traces des Gaulois. Le Recueil informatisé des inscriptions gauloises (RIIG)“.

    Live video streaming here. (download Microsoft Teams app first)
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    On October 12th the seminar "Oh Sun-god, you are looking constantly into man's heart!" On Prayers in Hittite Magical Rituals . will be held online by Giulia Torri (University of Florence), within the LCANE autumn lecture series 2020.
    The full lecture series program and the abstracts can be found here.
    Attendance is free, but registration is required via this form.

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    Stones, Tablets, and Scrolls. Periods of the Formation of the Bible, Ed. by Peter Dubovský and Federico Giuntoli, Mohr Siebeck, 2020.
    A constant re-evaluation of the new archaeological and textual material unearthed and edited in recent decades is arecurrent duty of ancient and modern scholars. Since the overwhelming amount of available data and the complexity ofnew methodologies can be competently handled only by specialized scholars, such a re-evaluation is no longer possible fora single scholar. For this reason, archaeologists, cuneiform and biblical scholars as well as classicists joined forces at aninternational conference in Rome in May 2017 to share their accumulated knowledge. The results of the proceedings arepresented here in the oral stage along with the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Greco-Roman periods.
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    700 Skarabäen und Verwandtes aus Palästina/Israel Othmar Keel, Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis. Series Archaeologica, 39, Peeters 2020.

    The scarabs and related seal amulets published here form a collection that was assembled between 1975 and 2012 during work on the author’s Corpus of stamp-seal amulets from Palestine/Israel. The aim was to prevent numerous unusual and interesting pieces disappearing from view in unpublished private collections or as items of jewellery, and to guarantee researchers and the public continuing access to them. The 700 pieces were selected in such a way that the most significant groups and motifs that were produced in or imported into Canaan/Palestine are represented and, collectively, form a kind of textbook on the subject. In that respect, the collection and this catalogue are both unique.
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    A History of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and Judah Edward Lipinski, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 287, Peeters,2020

    This history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and Judah is quite different from the usual narratives of biblical history. It parallels the same author’s History of the Kingdom of Israel (OLA 275) and is mainly based on information provided by epigraphic sources dating from the 19th/18th century B.C. on, when Jerusalem and its rulers are first mentioned. The book is divided in seven chapters. The first one deals with the proto-history of Jerusalem in Bronze Age and Iron Age I. The second one concerns the Davidic dynasty whose lineage is followed until the mid-ninth century. Chapters III and IV continue the history of the kingdom until the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonians in 587. After ca. 800 B.C. the name of the kingdom was changed from Beth David in Judah following internal dynastic problems. Chapter V examines some questions concerning religion in Jerusalem and Judah, especially the alleged "sacred prostitution" and the "molk-sacrifices". Chapter VI discusses the special case of the relations between the Yahwistic sanctuary of Bethel, annexed to Judah by king Josiah, and the theonym Bethel, attested in Jewish-Aramaean ambiences of the Persian period. Chapter VII deals with burial customs and the conception of the netherworld or Sheol, mainly from the monarchic period on.
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    Burton MacDonald A History of Ancient Moab from the Ninth to First Centuries BCE, SBL Press, Atlanta, 2020, 304 pp.

    Recent overview of our literary and epigraphic knowledge on Moab, its language and culture till the Babylonian age.

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    Top ten list of 2019 most important archaeological discoveries in Israel

    Between March and April 2019, three short seal impressions in paleo-Hebrew writing were unearthed in Jerusalem. They date back to 8th-7th centuries BC. First images, a brief comment on the inscriptions and further links provided in the article.

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    The Pylos Tablets Transcribed. Deuxième édition, par Jean-Pierre Olivier et Maurizio Del Freo, Padova, edizioni, 2020, XX + 388 pp., ISBN 978-88-3359-205-3.

    This book contains the second edition of the Linear B tablets from Pylos. The transcriptions are based on those contained in The Pylos Tablets Transcribed, Rome 1973-1976, by E. L. Bennett, jr. and J.-P. Olivier, as well as on a series of contributions with new texts, joins and readings published between 1992 and 2017. This new edition aims not only at providing Linear B scholars with an updated working tool, but also at offering a critical contribution to those who are engaged in the production of the Pylos corpus, the ultimate goal of a complex editorial work, which has seen the collaboration of many specialists over the last decades. The work is dedicated to the memory of the pioneer of the Pylian epigraphy, E. L. Bennett, jr.