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This paper, as a conlcusion to this special issue, presents the future work that is being carried out at NTU Singapore in collaboration with Microsoft Research and Microsoft Azure for Research. For our research team the real frontier research in world histories starts when we want to use computers to structure historical information, model historical narratives, simulate theoretical large scale hypotheses, and incent world historians to use virtual assistants and/or engage them in teamwork using social media and/or seduce them with immersive spaces to provide new learning and sharing environments, in which new things can emerge and happen: “You do not know which will be the next idea. Just repeating the same things is not enough” (Carlo Rubbia, 1984 Nobel Price in Physics, at Nanyang Technological University on January 19, 2016).

In: Asian Review of World Histories
Brill’s Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets is a peer-reviewed book series dedicated to original scholarship on the social, cultural, and economic mechanisms underlying the circulation of art. Over the last two decades interest in the formation, display, and dissolution of art collections increased tremendously; art markets, trade routes, and dealer networks became a rich field of interdisciplinary inquiry. Scholarship brought forth a lot of information about the flamboyant personalities to which the possession of art was a lifestyle; for the “social life of things”, i.e. the provenances of individual artworks, many research gaps could be closed. This shift in scholarly interest from the production side to the consumption side of the art world is also reflected in the emergence of specialized post-graduate courses offered by a number of institutions internationally, as well as an ever-increasing stream of exhibitions, conferences, and publications devoted to the subject. Brill’s book series accommodates scholarly monographs, collections of essays, conference proceedings, and works of reference that engage in the broadly defined topic of art markets and collecting practices throughout history.


Ever since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the influence of Plutarch, the great writer of Chaeronea, has been enormous. From Montaigne and Shakespeare to S. Zweig and J.K. Rowling, Plutarch has helped to shape modern Western thought and culture. Besides being an influential figure for intellectual and literary trends, Plutarch has also been fundamental in the transmission of ancient lore to medieval, Renaissance and modern Europe. Indeed, Plutarch is still a key figure for our understanding of the first centuries of the Common Era: his social provenance, education, rich political career and social life make him a first-rate witness to the cultural life of late antiquity.

The past two decades have witnessed an upsurge in scholarship on Plutarch. Classicists, archaeologists, historians, philosophers and theologians alike have shown a renewed interest in this intriguing figure and his works, particularly for the light they might shed on ancient culture. In point of fact, both his Lives and his Moralia are inexhaustible sources of information about numerous aspects of the ancient world and its wisdom, helping scholars as they attempt to reconstruct the past. This is as true for religion, philosophy, literature, politics, and science (botanic, zoology, astronomy, or mathematics), as it is for pseudo-sciences such as divination, astrology, or numerology.

Brill’s Plutarch Studies is a response to this renewed scholarly interest in the encyclopedic writer of Chaeronea. In addition to monographs and edited volumes, the series includes updated [English] translations of and commentaries on both Lives and Moralia. As such, it intends both to bring together the most significant Plutarch scholarship of recent years, as well as to provide a forum in which new approaches might be discussed.
South Asian Art Photograph Collection

Photographs document the art and architecture in South Asia including archeological and religious sites ( monuments, mosques, tombs) as well as sculpture housed in museums and private collections.

Organized into the following sections:
Part 1: Kushan period, Caves and Gupta period
Part 2: Gandhara
Part 3.1: Buddhist and Hindu Art of Eastern India and Bangladesh
Part 3.2: Islamic Monuments of Eastern India and Bangladesh

Guide
Printed guides for parts 3.1 and 3.2.

Provenance
The American Committee for South Asian Art.
Wulz Photo Archives
From the Archivi Alinari, Florence

Photographs taken by Giuseppe, Carlo, Wanda and Marion Wulz between 1860 and 1980. Collection includes not only images produced in their studio in the Palazzo Hirschl but also views of Trieste - documenting the growth of the city, its port, the sea shore, the fortifications. Photos also document the art, architecture and monuments of Trieste.

Content note
Organized into the following series: Accessori di Moda; Archeologia; Architettura; Architettura, interno; Arti Minori; Artisti; Cronaca; Disegno/Grafica; Foto Artistico; Mondo del lavoro; Mondo dello spettacolo; Personaggi ritratti; Plante; Pittura non idenfificata; Pubblicita: Moda; Scultura; Sport; Trasporto; Veduta; Beduta di citta; Veduta navale; Vita sociale; Zoologia/Animali.

Guide
Printed subject index.

Language note
Text in Italian.

Provenance
Archivi Alinari, Florence.

This collection includes the sections:
Trombetta Collection
Wulz Collection
Polish Independent Publications, 1976-

This collection, based on the extensive holdings of Radio Free Europe in Munich and the Polish Library POSK in London, offers unique primary source materials representing a very wide range of opposition and dissident periodicals up to 1988, the year in which many oppositional publications started to appear more or less openly.

Scope
Part 1: Uncensored periodicals, 1976-December 12, 1981 (174 titles)
Part 2: Solidarnosc periodicals, 1980-December 12, 1981 (356 titles)
Part 3: Martial law and underground periodicals, December 1981- (896 titles)
Part 4: Monographs, December 1981- (135 titles)

Guide
Printed guide consisting of an introduction in English and an alphabetical listing of titles in Polish.

Language note
Texts in Polish.

Provenance
Periodicals from the holdings of Radio Free Europe in Munich and the Polish Library POSK in London.
Online Access to Complete Sales Catalogues from 1600-1900
Now available: User Guide: Art Sales Catalogues Online.

The Art Sales Catalogues Online (ASCO) publication offers easy access to complete historical art sales catalogues for the period 1600 to 1900. Lugt's Répertoire Online database has been included in this publication and serves as the "entrance gate" to the catalogues.
The earliest art sales catalogues, also known as auction catalogues, appeared in the early 17th century, as simple leaflets. Over time, the catalogues grew into extensive, richly-illustrated publications. The catalogues are intriguing not only from the point of view of Art History, but also provide glimpses into the economic and sociological climate of the time.
Much research in the field of Art History relies on access to art sales catalogues. Art Sales Catalogues Online providing access to thousands of complete sales catalogues from the period 1600-1900, combines a wealth of information from art sales catalogues with the reference facility of Lugt’s Répertoire.
In his impressive four-volume work Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l’art ou la curiosité ("Repertory of Catalogues of Public Sale concerned with Art or Objets d'art"), Frits Lugt (Amsterdam 1884–Paris1970) covered the period 1600 to 1925. In Lugt’s Répertoire, the catalogues are arranged in strict chronological order and provide meticulous details of auctions, as well as recording annotations written in the catalogues. Lugt also indicates the library where the catalogue may be consulted. The online edition of Lugt’s work for the period 1600-1900 is the “entrance gate” to Arts Sales Catalogues Online.

Search Options in ASCO:
• FULL TEXT SEARCH
• Lugt number
• Date of Sale
• Place of Sale
• Provenance
• Auction House
• Content
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• Keyword
• Getty Provenance Index number
• ESTC number


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• Includes Lugt’s Répertoire Vols. 1-3
• Currently available: 65482 Lugt records (1600-1900), 34,015 scanned catalogues (1600-1900)
• Last supplement: November 2019: 464 catalogues from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

New supplements will be added regularly.

Please visit our ASCO website at http://primarysources.brillonline.com/browse/art-sales-catalogues-online

To enquire about this product, or arrange a free 30-day institutional trial, please contact our Sales Department at sales-nl@brill.com (outside the Americas) or sales-us@brill.com (the Americas).
Volume I
Jesus research is a difficult task because of the number of primary source materials and their complexities. These complexities involve problems that arise from imperfect preservation of sources, uncertain literary relationships among the documents themselves, and even less certain knowledge of their respective provenances. Jesus research inevitably involves reaching behind the extant sources, inferring from what lies before us the nature of the material upon which the evangelists drew. This volume reviews the criteria, assumptions, and methods involved in critical Jesus research. Its purpose is to clarify the procedures necessary to distinguish tradition that stems from Jesus from tradition and interpretation that stem from later tradents and evangelists, and to inquire into the various forces and situations that led to the emergence of the tradition as we have it.

Volume II
In this companion volume to Authenticating the Words of Jesus, the authors examine the important issue of the original setting and context in which the words of Jesus were spoken. They proceed on the assumption that authenticating the activities of Jesus is just as important as authenticating his words. A historical framework, made up of several fairly certain facts, must be clarified and used as a primary criterion for determining which sayings and episodes ought to be considered the stronger candidates of authentic tradition and how they should be interpreted. Many of Jesus’ sayings cohere with historical elements and oftentimes either explain them or are explained by them. A complete study of the words of Jesus must also include a study of the activities of Jesus.

Please note that Authenticating the Words of Jesus (ISBN 90 04 11301 0) and Authenticating the Activities of Jesus (ISBN ISBN 90 04 11302 9) were previously published by Brill in hardback (still available seperately).