Ancient Writing Systems in the Mediterranean: a critical guide to electronic resources
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Statue of a scribe, Old Kingdom; Alexandria, National Museum

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.



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.

iconMnamon seminars

On March 31st starting at 11 a.m. in Scuola Normale Superiore, Bianchi-scienze conference room, Palazzo della Carovana, two seminars will be held:

Coline Ruiz Darasse "Étranges étrangers. Quelques exemples d’adaptations onomastiques dans les inscriptions préromaines du Nord de l’Espagne et du Sud de la Gaule" at 11 a.m.;

Alessia Prioletta "Scrittura, documenti e pratiche scrittorie in Arabia meridionale prima dell’Islam" at 12 p.m.
Live video streaming will be available via http://tv.sns.it starting at 11 a.m.


The second and last volume of Silvia Ferrara's work Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions. Volume 1: Analysis (Oxford 2012), Volume 2: The Corpus (Oxford 2013), has been published at the end of December. Thanks to a huge work of collection, edition and study of all the extant Cypro-Minoan documents, it proposes new fresh interpretations and a fully original approach. It will certainly be an essential reference for the years to come.
More information here.

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