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Marble Past, Monumental Present

Building with Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean


Michael Greenhalgh

A broad survey of the various structural and decorative uses of marble and antiquities throughout the Mediterranean during the Millennium following the Emperor Constantine. The heavy footprint of Roman civic and religious architecture helped provide attractive and luxurious building materials, re-used to construct diverse and often sophisticated monuments. The book argues that marble-rich sites and cities around this lake were linked at various times and in varying degrees by trade, pilgrimage, war and diplomacy, as well as by the imperatives of religion - Venice to Alexandria, Damascus to Córdoba. Aachen makes less sense without reference to Rome or Jerusalem; Damascus without Kairouan; Istanbul without Cairo. To accompany the illustrations in the text, the DVD at the back of the book contains over 5,000 images, together with discussions which extend various arguments in the printed book.


Edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan Avery-Peck

The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity offers easily accessible introductions to the content and historical setting of the main writings of Greco-Roman paganism, early Judaism, and formative Christianity from the period of Alexander the Great to Mohammed. Examining over seven hundred ancient texts, the Encyclopedia provides for each document details of authorship and provenance, a statement of the text’s content and place within its religious tradition, a listing of editions and commentaries, and a bibliography of the pertinent scholarly literature. The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity is an unparalleled resource both for general readers and for scholars of ancient religion and philosophy.

Perspectives on Panopolis: An Egyptian town from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest

Acts From an International Symposium Held in Leiden on 16, 17 and 18 December 1998


Edited by Egberts, Brian Muhs and van der Vliet

Panopolis, the modern town of Akhmîm in Southern Egypt, was in Graeco-Roman times an important religious and cultural centre. Its gigantic temple was a stronghold of traditional Egyptian religion. In Late Antiquity it became a major centre of Hellenistic literature and learning and, at the same time, of Coptic monasticism.
The sources for Graeco-Roman Panopolis are numerous and diverse. They not only include numerous texts of all genres in various scripts and languages, but archaeological artefacts too. This volume brings together seventeen contributions, dealing with epigraphy, both hieroglyphic and Greek, Greek papyri, Demotic funerary texts, Coptic literature and local monastic architecture. Without neglecting the heuristic problems which these various sources pose, they conjure up a vivid picture of a world marked by profound religious and cultural change.

Viva Vox Iuris Romani

Essays in Honour of Johannes Emil Spruit


Edited by Luuk de Ligt

With contributions by J.A. Ankum, O. Behrends, G.C.J.J. v.d. Bergh, A.M.J.A Berkvens, Th.E. v. Bochove, F.J. Bruinsma, R. Feenstra, R. Forrez A.Fl. Gehlen, F.W. Grosheide, J. Hellebeek, M.L. Hewett, J.B.M. van Hoek, A.M. Hol, E. Hondius, C.J.H. Jansen, R. Knütel, C. de Koninck, C. Krampe, B. Kupisch, L. de Ligt, J.H.A. Lokin, J. Menner, O. Moorman van Kappen, P.L. Nève, C.H. van Rhee, E.J.H. Schrage, A.J.B. Sirks, E. Slob, B.H. Stolte, R. Verstegen, M. v.d. Vrugt, A. Wacke, L. Waelkens, T. Wallinga, A. Watson, L.C. Winkel, F.B.J. Wubbe, W.J. Zwalve



Edited by James Hargrave

This book traces the development of hammering techniques in Greek, Roman and related (e.g. Graeco-Scythian) jewellery and toreutics based on the analysis of ancient tools used for manufacture of hammered metalwork, primarily punches and matrices with figural designs, and actual finds of metalwork and jewellery.
The book offers essays on metalworkers' tools from Mycenean Greece until the Late Roman Period. It includes chapters on different categories of hammered metalwork in the corresponding periods and Excursus about particular matrices or punches and hoards of toreutics. Bringing together the tools of metalworkers and actual objects manufactured with them opens new perspectives on chronological and cultural attribution of ancient jewellery and toreutics and illuminates the role of mass production and artistic creativity in ancient history. The book is illustrated with 133 photographs.


Louis Feldman

Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is unquestionably among the most important writers from classical antiquity. The significance of the works of Josephus as sources for our understanding of biblical history and of the political history of Palestine under Roman rule, can scarcely be overestimated.

This is the first volume published in this commentary series, which is the first comprehensive literary-historical commentary on the works of Flavius Josephus in English.

Please note that Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 is also available in paperback, ISBN 0 391 04221 1.

P. Michigan Koenen (= P. Mich. XVIII)

Michigan Texts published in Honor of Ludwig Koenen


Edited by Römer and Gagos

Römer, C.E. & T. Gagos (eds.) P. Michigan Koenen (= P. Mich. XVIII). Michigan Texts published in Honor of Ludwig Koenen. 1996
Contributors: R.S. Bagnall, W. Brashear, G.M. Browne, B. Burns, T. Caulfield, R. Daniel, J. Dillery, T. Gagos, A. Giessen, M. Gronewald, D. Hagedorn, U. Hagedorn , A.E. Hanson, R. Hübner, B.H. Kraut, A.M. Keith, B. Kramer, A. Loftus, K.O. Lord, W. Luppe, V. McCarren, C.S. MacKay, K. Maresch, D. Martinez, R. Merkelbach, P. van Minnen, G.W. Most, L. Pratt, S. Prince, T. Renner, C.E. Römer, H.M. Schenke, G. Schwendner, P.J. Sijpesteijn, T. Wilfong.
SA 36 (1996), 440 p. + 45 p. plts. Cloth. 21x28 cm. - 154.00 EURO, ISBN: 9050631274


R.P. Salomons

This book consists of three parts: 1) A full edition of 53 unpublished biblical and documentary papyri taken from the stock mentioned in part 3). 2) Descripta. In this part only a description of the physical condition of the papyrus and a transcription of the text together with short notes are given of all those fragments that may be expected to yield more results on a closer inspection and study or after some restoration of the papyrus in question. 3) A catalogue or short description of the papyrological stock of the Bodleian Library in Oxford including the biblical, the literary and documentary Greek and Latin papyri in strict shelf mark order.

Hundred-Gated Thebes

Acts of a Symposium on Thebes and the Theban Area in the Graeco-Roman Period


P.W. Pestman and Vleeming

The choachytes (or morticians) of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes provided a rich documentation linking the city of the living on one side of the Nile with the city of the dead on the other. The family archives of these choachytes deal to a large part with their professional role in serving the dead entrusted to their care, but they are also virtually our only source of information about the city of Thebes, whose physical remains were ruthlessly obliterated in the nineteenth century. This material constitute one end of a chain which links the temple statues of Amun's servants and descriptions of their houses on the one hand with their tombs and their tomb inventories on the other, allowing us to identify individual choachytes from their papers. The papyrological finds can thus provide an exact dating for objects that might otherwise be only dated to within several centuries, while the objects themselves and the tomb architecture provide a factual dimension to historical and legal documents which might otherwise remain flat and arid.
It was in order to draw attention to the richness of all the constituent parts of this documentation that a number of scholars were invited to present their views on Graeco-Roman Thebes at a colloqium held from 9 to 11 September 1992 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The survey papers and communications presented at this colloqium are published here.

To Hellen's Noble Land

Dutch accounts of travellers, geographers and historians on Greece

Daniël Koster