Ancient Writing Systems in the Mediterranean: a critical guide to electronic resources
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The so-called Sappho from the Archeological; Naples Museum: portrait of  reader holding a book and a stylus.

The project

Portal for Ancient Writing Systems in the Mediterranean (from the origins to the 6th century A.D.)

Mnamon provides information on the best and most useful material available on the web for the research and study of ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean: archives, research centers, bibliographies and teaching materials.

All information is selected and critically reviewed by specialists. A brief presentation of the characteristics, the places and times when documented and the languages that used each writing system are included.

Editing of the materials is carried out by individuals or small groups of specialists of each writing system, with regular seminars involving all the specialists.

Students, specialists and researchers will all find material of interest on the Portal.

We plan to add a comment and discussion area, moderated by specialists, where users can leave any comments to help us improve or update our information, and where researchers can meet and share information.




The book by Salvatore Gaspa "Contenitori neoassiri: Studi per un repertorio lessicale" (Philippika: Altertumswissenschaftliche Abhandlungen 67), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2014, Pp. 566, 41 ill., 5 tables, ISBN 978-3-447-10126-4 (in Italian with English summary) has just been published.
This study collects and analyzes the lexicon of the containers documented in the texts of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (9th-7th centuries BC). Through an interdisciplinary investigation involving a lexical analysis and a comparison of the textual data with the iconographical and archaeological evidence of the first millennium BC Assyrian vessels, the research presents an updated tool for the study of an important sector of the vocabulary and the material culture of imperial Assyria. The author also suggests some identifications of the containers mentioned in the cuneiform texts. The study sheds light on various important aspects of the daily life in the Assyrian society, from food storage and consumption to ritual dynamics and the symbolism of vessels, from legal practices to the bureaucratic conventions used by the scribes.

icon"Gospel of Jesus Wife"

Scientific discussion on the so-called "Gospel of Jesus Wife" was fuelled again in these days by the publication of the scientific analyses on the papyrus and ink. Here are a few links to understand more about the issue:


iconMnamon seminars

On April 14th starting at 11 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore, Contini conference room, Palazzo della Carovana, two seminars will be held:

Salvatore Gaspa "Scrivere in Mesopotamia e Elam: risorse on-line per lo studio delle iscrizioni sumeriche, proto-elamiche, ed elamiche" at 11 a.m.;
Live video streaming on YouTube.

Paolo Merlo "Scritture alfabetico-lineari semitiche del II millennio a.C. Sintesi dei dati e scoperte recenti" at 12 p.m.
Live video streaming on YouTube.

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