The 2013 Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) will take place from May 30th to June 1st 2013 on the campus of Drew University. Organized by Tom Elliott (ISAW), Sebastian Heath (ISAW), and John Muccigrosso (Drew; 2013 Host), the LAWDI focuses on Linked Open Data and represents “an approach to the creation of digital resources that emphasizes connections between diverse information on the basis of published and stable web addresses (URIs) that identify common concepts and individual items.” The initiative has received funding support from the NEH. For the 2013 iteration, AWMC’s own Ryan Horne (Ph.D. student, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill) will be one of the participants. AWMC and its partners are extremely interested in the applications of linked data to the geography and history of the ancient world. AWMC is experimenting with linked data possibilities in its Benthos project and also by its participation in the Pelagios network.
Chinese scholar Feng Ding Xiong (Zhejiang Ocean University Zhoushan 316000 China) has produced a new monograph entitled Roman Roads and Roman Society that has now been issued by the China Social Sciences Press (pub. date 2012; ISBN-13: 9787516113813). It does not appear that any Western libraries yet hold this title, but a copy kindly sent by the author will be deposited in the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Chinese-language monograph does include an English table of contents.
On May 3, 2013, Richard Talbert will present the 2013 Josephine Earle Memorial Lecture at Hunter College in New York City. The topic of the lecture will be “The World of Roman Sundials: Space, Time, Imagination” and the event will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 PM in the Hunter College-Chanin Language Center, 68th St. and Lexington Avenue, Room B126, West Building, New York NY. For more information, visit the event site.
Tauris re-prints An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World by William Smith
Publisher I. B. Tauris has re-printed William Smith’s landmark nineteenth century work An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World. The new edition includes an introduction written by Richard Talbert. See Tauris’ website for ordering information. The publisher’s description, in part, states “Published to complement his Greek and Roman dictionaries, “An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical” by Sir William Smith is the rarest and most visually compelling of the volumes. Produced to the highest standard by the leading mapmaker of the day, the maps – large-scale, small-scale, historical, topographical, multiple city plans and other insets – are clear, detailed, intricately colored works of art. “The Atlas” provides the first complete set of maps of the ancient world, both classical and biblical. A full index of names and places, both ancient and modern, accompanies each of the larger maps. For each map there is also an accompanying text, giving sources and authorities for them.”
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2013
Number of Pages: 240
Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for the Digital Humanities & Social Sciences will host the 2013 iteration of a “Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH)“. This “open community publication project that brings together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day” will take place on April 8, 2013, and invites the digital humanities community to document their work on that day by registering for a blog account. AWMC looks forward to participating and helping to answer the question “what do digital humanists really do?”
ISAW publishes Hatke Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU 2013).
A digital monograph from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) has appeared. George Hatke’s Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (ISAW NYU 2013) ISBN: 0-8147-6066-X (alk. paper) is available as an e-book and as a traditional print publication. Its topic treats ancient Northeast Africa and includes three custom-made maps produced by AWMC. The electronic version is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives License.
A new title of interest has appeared on the ongoing study of the Artemidorus Papyrus. This title, edited by C. Gallazzi, B. Kramer, and S. Settis is Intorno al Papiro di Artemidoro, III. Geografia e Cartografia: Atti del Convegno internazionale del 27 novembre 2009 presso la Società Geografica Italiana. Villa Celimontana, Roma (LED, 2012). ISBN-13: 9788879165082.
The College of Charleston (Charleston SC) will host the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series: Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean on February 21 and 22, 2013. Three speakers – Michael Maas (Rice), Richard Talbert (UNC) and Trevor Harris (West Virginia University) will present papers connected to the theme “Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”. Visit the College of Charleston website for more information.
AWMC has launched a Beta version of its new project, Benthos: Digital Atlas of Ancient Waters. This project aims to map not only the physical geography of ancient Mediterranean waters, but also to map cultural and historical information related to transportation, communication, and commerce. The initial sample includes data for Mediterranean ports, shipwrecks, and a preliminary attempt at creating network maps for point-of-origin for some elements of commercial wares that were included in the cargo of sunken ships. AWMC feels that a platform such as Benthos has great potential both as a standalone application, but that its value is increased greatly by interfacing with other cognate projects already online. AWMC welcomes community feedback on this new project, as well as inquiries from potential collaborators and data partners.