Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


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    Mnamon Seminars

    On Wednesday September 21st at 3 p.m. the following seminar will be held online:

    Emiliano Fiori (Università di Venezia)

    "Da Edessa a internet: venti secoli (e mezzo) di scrittura siriaca"

    Abstract La scrittura siriaca è ininterrottamente attestata dal I secolo dell’era cristiana e probabilmente vide la luce, come la lingua che essa esprime, nell’area di Edessa, la moderna Şanlıurfa . In questo incontro ne ripercorreremo la storia, soffermandoci in particolare sui ricchissimi sviluppi dell’ultimo decennio nell’ambito delle risorse elettroniche per lo studio della cultura e della scrittura siriache.

    Live video streaming here.
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    Hieroglyph FlashCards

    iOS app just released by Aviametrix with almost 200 glyphs from the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom. Glyph shapes are based on Georg Möller's "Hieratische Paläographie" and Joshua Aaron Roberson's "A Very Brief Introduction to Hieratic”. More information here.
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    Mnamon update

    The Mnamon sections for Celtiberian, Gaulish, Celtic writing systems, Iberian, Akkadian Cuneiform, Sumerian Cuneiform, Elamite, Linear Elamite and Proto-Elamite were carefully reviewed and enriched by the specialists.

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    The beta version of the digital paleography portal AKU-PAL: Paläographie des Hieratischen und der Kursivhieroglyphen, part of the Ancient Egyptian Cursive Scripts (AKU), has recently been put online by the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature at the address:
    (D. Salvoldi)

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    Mnamon update

    The Mnamon sections for Greek alphabets, Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A, Linear B and Phaistos Disc were carefully reviewed and enriched by the specialists.

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    G. Torri,The “Haus am Hang” at Ḫattuša. A Late Hittite State Scriptorium and Its Tablet Collections, Studien zu den Bogazköy-Texten 67 (2022).

    Giulia Torri’s research focuses on a collection of Hittite texts discovered during the first excavations in Lower City of Ḫattuša when, in 1907, a palace, later named Haus am Hang (House on the Slope), was discovered. The research reconstructs the archaeological context and provides a new approach in outlining the cultural environment in which the Hittite texts were produced. The texts, classified according to their content as administrative texts, chancellery texts, and texts of the scribal tradition, are collected, studied, and compared with their duplicate versions from other locations, with the aim of showing how the Hittite scribes composed and preserved them.
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    Towards a Digital Inventory of Early Dynastic Hieroglyphic Signs
    International Workshop, organised by Gunnar Sperveslage and Richard Bussmann
    Thursday 7 April 2022
    University of Cologne, Main Building, Neuer Senatssaal and also via Zoom.
    For enquiries and for attending online, please contact or
    Workshop Program
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    Mnamon update

    The Mnamon sections for Aramaic, Phoenician, Proto-Canaanite, Proto-Elamite and Ugaritic were carefully reviewed and enriched by the specialists.

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    SELECT is an Erasmus+ project aimed at supporting the study of ancient history and geography throught a friendly multidisciplinary self learning tool which is an atlas on the cultures in ancient Europe before romanization. The ancient populations outside the Greek-Roman world, are the « minorities of the past », whose heritage is often neglected in the school system. ATLAS will give to European citizens (but not only) an overview on the most ancient European civilizations, that will be summerized on a map, a powerful visual tool fot the knowledge of the past. The project is carried on in cooperation with a few European universities and with scholars from Spain, Finland, France, Italy and Poland.
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    On Monday April 4th at 5 p.m. the following seminar will be held online via Webex, within the cycle Reasearch on Ancient Near East and Egypt (SAGAS University of Florence):
    Prof. Amir Gilan (Tel Aviv University)
    Living with a pandemic? A new look at the plague prayers of great king Mursili II of Hattusa.
    Link to the event

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