Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


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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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    Palaeohispanica n. 20, 2020: Actas del congreso internacional “Lenguas y culturas epigráficas paleoeuropeas. Retos y perspectivas de estudio” (Roma, 13-15 marzo 2019), by F. Beltrán Lloris, B. Díaz Ariño, M.J. Estarán Tolosa, C. Jordán Cólera.

    This volume contains the acts of the final workshop for the international project AELAW (Ancient European Languages and Writings) with contributions by scholars of the languages and writing systems of pre-Roman Italy which launch the discipline of Paleo-European studies with the following goal "to undertake interdisciplinary, comparative and comprehensive research into the sets of local languages, writing systems and epigraphic practices that form the furthermost stratum of written European culture" (F. Beltrán Lloris, p. 13). This multilanguage and interdisciplinar publication is organized into three parts, devoted respectively to the diachronic development of paleo-european epigraphic cultures; to the presentation of different groups of languages, writing systems and epigraphic cultures; to the analysis of the writing systems.
    The open access digital version of the volume can be found at the following address:
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    Mnamon update - Latin

    The Latin section was carefully reviewed and enriched by Dr Mirko Donninelli, within a curricular internship.

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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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