Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


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    Lecture - Video

    On 20 September 2021 in the context of the 15th Mycenological Colloquium (organised in virtual form by the British School at Athens) Vassilis Petrakis held an online lecture on the Linear B texts from Ayios Vasileios (Laconia). The video of the lecture is available at the following address:
    (Maurizio Del Freo)

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    Mnamon update

    The Mnamon sections for Cypro-Minoan, Cypro-Syllabic, Hebrew, Ammonite, Edomite and Moabite were carefully reviewed and enriched by the specialists.

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    On Monday December 13th at 5 p.m. the following webinar will be held within the series of events "Intorno a Cipro. Attività e approfondimenti sulla grande mostra archeologica", promoted by the Royal Museums in Turin:

    Anna Cannavò (CNRS Lione)
    Cipro. Crocevia di scritture.

    To join the webinar, please use the following link.

    For more information and registration details, please write to
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    Mnamon Seminars

    On Tuesday December 7th at 3 p.m. the following seminar will be held online:

    Maurizio Del Freo (Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale CNR-ISPC)
    Francesco Di Filippo (Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo CNR-ISMed)

    "Il progetto LiBER del CNR per la digitalizzazione dei testi in lineare B: novità e sviluppi"

    Live video streaming here.
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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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