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Recent and Forthcoming Publications by ISAW Community Members
As part of ISAW's commitment to making specialized research on the ancient world widely available to other academics and the public, we encourage our community ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/21/2018 03:22 PM
Babylonians and Elamites in the Zagros
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/20/2018 03:26 PM
Fragments of Greek Science in a Palimpsest from Bobbio
In 1819 Angelo Mai discovered that on several pages of an 8th century codex of Isidore of Seville's "Etymologies" in the Ambrosiana Library in Milan, the Latin ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/20/2018 03:25 PM
ARCE Lecture: Dirty Pictures for a Dangerous Goddess
Papyrus 55001 in Turin's Museo Egizio, often called the "Turin Erotic Papyrus" has long been a subject of intense Egyptological interest despite its rather ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/14/2018 04:59 PM
Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt
In this paper, I will discuss the creative ways that individuals wove Demotic into traditional Hieroglyphic texts using a group of funerary stelae from the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/12/2018 10:44 AM
The Autobiographical Polis
All communities tell stories about themselves. In literate communities, this historical consciousness manifests itself not only as cultural memory but also as ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/12/2018 09:57 AM
Immortalizing Death at the Sanctuary of Orthia
The corpus of carved ivories from the sanctuary of Orthia at Sparta has often been invoked as evidence of religious and artistic interrelations between Sparta, ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/12/2018 09:50 AM
Beyond Thucydides
Drawing on overlooked genres of evidence and new theoretical approaches, my research illuminates how the fifth-century Athenian empire was not a stable, ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/12/2018 09:35 AM
Containers, Commodities, and Greek Colonization in the Mediterranean of the 8th Century BCE
The 8th century BCE is punctuated by milestones in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and by a remarkable intensification of connections, from the Near ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/09/2018 10:16 AM
AIA Lecture: Greeks in the North
Note: We are now fully booked for this event and are only accepting names for the wait-list. Ancient Thrace was a land of opportunity, adventure, and trouble. ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/05/2018 03:28 PM
Film Screening: "The Poor Man of Nippur" in the Original Language
"The Poor Man of Nippur" is a comic folk tale in Babylonian language. The main manuscript is a clay tablet from 701 BC found at the site of Sultantepe, in ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/05/2018 02:23 PM
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
The fourth lecture will discuss the scholars who pursued astronomy and their institutional, religious, social and economic context. This takes us to the main ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/01/2018 02:44 PM
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
The third lecture will present new insights into Babylonian mathematical astronomy, which emerged after about 400 BCE. The underlying mathematical methods for ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/01/2018 02:44 PM
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
The second lecture will focus on the astronomical diaries and related texts, which are observational reports that emerged in Babylonia during the seventh ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/01/2018 02:44 PM
Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
In the first lecture the geographical and historical contours of Babylonian astronomy are sketched, the cuneiform sources are introduced, and the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 02/01/2018 02:44 PM
Language & Writing Resources
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/23/2018 06:24 PM — Filed under:
Savoring the Past
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/22/2018 09:44 AM
ARCE Lecture: My Violent King
Representations of violence abound in ancient Egyptian art and texts, where the figure of the smiting king is one of the longest enduring images. Trampling the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/17/2018 01:58 PM
NYU Shanghai Lecture: Fluid Fire
Medical treatises of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) make constant reference to phlegm (tan 痰) as both cause and consequence of disease. Phlegm figures as a ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/17/2018 04:29 PM
Revisiting Harappan Iconography
During the second half of the third millennium BC, the Harappan civilization covered an area of over one million square kilometers in South Asia, extending ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/17/2018 09:40 AM
What Do Barbarians Eat?
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/11/2018 04:15 PM
Cutting Rome Down To Size
Three-quarters of the monumental work of the Roman historian Livy (59 B.C.-A.D.17) is lost. The single most important source to enable us to reconstruct the ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 01/11/2018 03:43 PM
ARCE Lecture: Tricks of the Trade
While working in the per-ankh or "house of life" where vast repositories of manuscripts were kept, Egyptian scribes made every effort to transmit ancient ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/18/2017 11:45 AM
Dissertation Submission
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/11/2017 05:13 PM — Filed under:
The Silent Fall of an Empire in 1200 BCE
The events causing the end of the Hittite empire at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean are still unknown, but while its causes have ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/11/2017 09:09 AM
The History of Eighth-century Khotan as Seen from Khotanese Documents
Khotan is an oasis on the southern rim of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. Viewed as an entrepôt along the “Silk Road,” Khotan is famed as a source of ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/08/2017 03:13 PM
Monumental Art and Political Change in Ancient Syria
In the 12th century BCE, when the dissolution of the Hittite Empire released the Eastern Mediterranean communities into times of profound change, the polities ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/06/2017 06:12 PM
Maya Maskarinec
by Marc LeBlanc last modified 12/04/2017 09:37 AM
NYU Shanghai Lecture: From Scripture to Literature
From the first century BCE to the second century CE, China experienced a wax and wane of zeal for the so-called “Confucian” Classics. For example, in 72 CE, ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 11/27/2017 02:57 PM
NYU Shanghai Lecture: Dreaming in Common
Around 500 BCE, the Ionian thinker Heraclitus is supposed to have said: “For those who are awake there is a single, common universe, whereas in sleep each ... by Marc LeBlanc last modified 11/27/2017 02:57 PM