Help the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

I’m sure regular readers of rogueclassicism are familiar with the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project … we regularly post links to bibliographies which are part of that (see the next post, e.g.). I know you all find such things useful and there are perhaps some of you who are thinking, “Hey, rogueclassicist, I’d love to get in on this bibliography action. How can I contribute?” Well, as luck would have it, Charles Jones et al. just sent out a flier on that very subject! Ecce:

Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

 Our Goal: To provide an online destination for students and scholars seeking bibliographies about the ancient world.  In the modern academy, sometimes too much information is as thorny a problem as too little. The Ancient World Open Bibliographies seeks to provide annotated bibliographies on specific subjects that serve as an introduction to students or to scholars exploring a new area of research.  We will also link to existing open-access bibliographical resources online.

Open Access: The project is currently hosted at a dedicated wiki ( ), with duplication using the (free) bibliographic citation management software Zotero (see our group library here: ).  It is open access and covered by a Creative Commons license.

Scope: Geographically, we cover Europe, Asia, and Africa. Temporally, we cover prehistory through ca. 700 CE. Right now the project is richest in Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian Studies, but we welcome broader contributions within our scope.

 How Can You Help? 

  1. Create an annotated bibliography on a topic of your expertise.
  2. Contribute an existing bibliography you have assembled on a topic – perhaps one you use for your own work, or distribute to students.
  3. Add a link to an existing online bibliography you use.
  4. Encourage your colleagues and students to participate by creating and sharing their own bibliographies; for example, consider whether the creation of an collaborative annotated bibliography would work as a class assignment.

Bibliographies or links can be emailed (see contact info below) or feel free to edit the wiki, adding a link or a new page (see details on how to do the latter at ). Emailed bibliographies in most formats will work: .doc, .pdf, .ris or other export from EndNote/Refworks/Zotero/etc.

 Questions, or Want to Contribute?  Visit the wiki or blog or contact Phoebe Acheson (University of Georgia Libraries, ) or Chuck Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, cejo TA ).

Sotheby’s Upcoming Antiquities Auction

I know I’m going to be swamped for the next while and probably won’t get a chance to comment on any of the items in Sotheby’s upcoming antiquities auction (June 11), so you might want to peruse the online catalogue for yourself. There are a handful of red figure items, a few heads, a few headless torsos … there’s an interesting statue of Melpomene holding (presumably) a tragic mask, but I can’t figure out whether the head belongs on the statue or not (strange description) … also noteworthy is the so-called ‘Stowe Sarcophagus’ with its nice sacrifice scene …

Another Temple of Demeter

… but this time in Bulgaria … from Novinite:

A temple of Ancient Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone has been discovered by a team of Bulgarian archaeologists near the town of Sozopol on the Black Sea.

The archaeological team of Prof. Krastina Panayotova found the Ancient Greek temple Tuesday during excavations on the Skamniy Cape where the archaeologists are exploring a fortress wall and a church that were part of a Byzantine imperial monastery.

Panayotova explained that the figurines and ceramics found in a concentrated spot are clear evidence of the cult for Demeter and Persephone.

“We have come across pieces before but this time the finding is concentrated in one location, in the wall of the tower that was built above it. It is connected with the cult for Demeter and Persephone. As there is a church here, we naturally expected a sanctuary from the Antiquity period,” the archaeologist explained as cited by Focus.

The sanctuary is near the monastery complex “St. Apostles and 20 000 Martyrs” built in the first half of the 14th century by Anastasios Palaiologos, brother of the Byzantine Emperor.

Sozopol, whose name as an Ancient Greek colony was Apollonia, was a traditional Byzantine stronghold during the Middle Ages even though its hinterland was in Bulgarian hands. The town itself was conquered by the First Bulgarian Empire under Khan Krum in 812 AD but was later recaptured by Byzantium.

Sozopol was conquered by the Ottoman Turkish Empire only in 1459, six years after the fall of Constantinople; Bulgarian archaeologists have found evidence that the monastery “St. Apostles and 20 000 Martyrs” was set on fire and the town was ravaged during the invasion.

Sozopol appears to be one of the earliest centers of Christianity as in 2010 Bulgarian archaeologist Kazimir Popkonstantinov found relics of St. John the Baptist on the St. Ivan island near the town.

… just a few days ago, we were hearing of a semi-similar find in Russia: Temple of Demeter from Russia