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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Dennis Pardee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264928
eISBN:
9780191754104
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The discovery and decryption of Ugaritic cuneiform tablets in the 1920s has given scholars an insight into the development of alphabetic writing and the origins of biblical poetry. This book, based ... More


Wooden Stilus Tablets from Roman Britain

Alan K. Bowman and Roger S. O. Tomlin

in Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262962
eISBN:
9780191734533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Methodology and Techniques

The imaging of ancient document papers presents several challenges, the nature of which is determined by the character of the text, the material on which it is written and the state of preservation. ... More


Digitising Cuneiform Tablets

Carlo Vandecasteele, Luc Van Gool, Karel Van Lerberghe, Johan Van Rompay, and Patrick Wambacq

in Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262962
eISBN:
9780191734533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Methodology and Techniques

In 1850, ‘Assyriology’, or the science of reading and interpreting cuneiform, was created. During this period, historians travelled to the Middle East and spent years copying cuneiform tablets. Now, ... More


Classical History: a Sketch, with Three Artifacts

T. P. WISEMAN

in Understanding the History of Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264010
eISBN:
9780191734946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264010.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter examines the chronological range of Greco-Roman history and the nature of the main narrative sources. The discussion begins about 1200 BCE, with the end of the Bronze Age palace culture, ... More


Shadow Stereo, Image Filtering, and Constraint Propagation

Michael Brady, Xiao-Bo Pan, Veit Schenk, Melissa Terras, Paul Robertson, and Nicholas Molton

in Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262962
eISBN:
9780191734533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Methodology and Techniques

It is agreed that stilus tablets are very important documentary sources, however they are the most difficult to decipher. The difficulties in deciphering them is due to the rough surface of the ... More


Ugaritic Literary Composition

Dennis Pardee

in The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264928
eISBN:
9780191754104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 1 attempted a rough sketch of the uses of writing at Ugarit and, particularly, of the types of texts that are attested in the alphabetic script and the Ugaritic language. It showed that of ... More


Greek Epigraphy and Ancient Economics

Alain Bresson

in Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197265062
eISBN:
9780191754173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265062.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

After initial comments on the role of Greek inscriptions as ‘archives’, this chapter reviews the drastic changes that have occurred since Finley's book of 1973 in the picture of the ancient economy, ... More


Price Behavior in Hellenistic Babylon

Peter Temin

in The Roman Market Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147680
eISBN:
9781400845422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147680.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter talks about Hellenistic prices in Babylon, with which a large data set has survived. The price data come from a vast archive of astronomical cuneiform tablets from the ancient city of ... More


Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Esther Eidinow

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

In this book, question tablets from the oracle at Dodona are set side-by-side with curse tablets (katadesmoi or defixiones) from across the Ancient Greek world (for the period 6th-1st centuries BCE). ... More


John Anthony Crook 1921–2007

P. D. A. Garnsey

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 161, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264577
eISBN:
9780191734267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264577.003.0006
Subject:
History, Historiography

John Anthony Crook (1921–2007), a Fellow of the British Academy, was a distinguished ancient historian with a special interest in Roman history and law. Among historians, his knowledge and ... More


Frames of the Letter

Peter White

in Cicero in Letters: Epistolary Relations of the Late Republic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195388510
eISBN:
9780199866717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388510.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Apart from their explicit content, Roman letters signaled meaning through material elements of the text: the papyrus or tablet surface, the handwriting, and the writer's seal. Generic conventions—the ... More


Epigraphy as a Source for Early Imperial Women's Verse 1

Jane Stevenson

in Women Latin Poets: Language, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198185024
eISBN:
9780191714238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The case for epigraphy as a source for women's verse production in Imperial Rome is considered. Evidence for women's literacy in the Roman empire, including non-literary sources such as graffiti and ... More


Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semi-mythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his ... More


‘My lady knows impious things’: Impotence Magic in the Ancient World

Catherine Rider

in Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199282227
eISBN:
9780191713026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282227.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter surveys the sources for impotence magic in the ancient world. It discusses a number of classical writers who mentioned impotence magic in their literary works, including Ovid and ... More


Tragic and Tragicomic “Letters”

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 6 considers writing tablets as metatheatrical props that symbolize and embody the process of composing tragedy out of competing possible plotlines. Trachiniae’s oracular deltos (writing ... More


The Qur'an and God's Prophets

Barbara Freyer Stowasser

in Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111484
eISBN:
9780199853397
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111484.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The Qur'an, the God's Word revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, teaches believers the doctrine of its own nature. First, the Arabic Qur'an is truly and literally God's Word as revealed verbatim (word ... More


Falsity Puzzles

David Sedley

in The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199267033
eISBN:
9780191601828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199267030.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

I examine Part 2 of the Theaetetus, on the puzzles of false belief (or false judgement) and Socrates’ attempted solutions. I argue that these bring him close to Plato’s definitive solution in the ... More


Oracles and Daily Life

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Collecting the oracle tablets in one catalogue reveals underlying patterns among the individual consultations at Dodona. This chapter discusses the subject matter and timing of the questions; the ... More


Curses!

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter turns the reader's attention to binding spells, or curses (katadesmoi or defixiones). It examines the scanty literary evidence for the practice of creating these curses, and describes ... More


The Best Defence

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter focuses on judicial curse tablets, which offer a unique viewpoint on Ancient Greek litigation, revealing the fears of those going to court. At the same time, they add to the ... More


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