Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Open Access Journal: Iris: Journal of the Classical Association of Victoria

[First posted in AWOL 30 August 2011. Updated 12 December 2017]

Iris: Journal of the Classical Association of Victoria
ISSN 1448-1421
iris2015vol28cover

What is Iris?

Iris is the journal of the Classical Association of Victoria. The New Series of the journal was founded in 1988. The Journal Editor is Dr Rhiannon Evans of La Trobe University. The Honorary Secretary is Dr. K.O. Chong-Gossard, lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Iris is published with the support of the Muriel P. Blackwood Memorial Fund.

What is in Iris?

The most recent issue - Volume 24, 2011 - is now available for download.
Iris is now a refereed publication. This means that articles published in the refereed section undergo a peer review process. This involves assessment of the publication in its entirety (not merely an abstract or extract), before publication, and by appropriately independent, qualified experts. Independent in this context means independent of the author.

How do I contribute to Iris?

Persons interested into submitting articles or letters to the journal should send them to either the Journal Editor (Rhiannon Evans) or the Honorary Secretary (K.O. Chong-Gossard). Contributors should state whether they wish their article to be refereed or not.


  • ‘Iris’ Volume 28 – 2015
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 27 – 2014
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 26 – 2013
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 24 – 2011
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 23 – 2010
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 22 – 2009
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 21 – 2008
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 20 – 2007
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 19 – 2006
  • ‘Iris’ Volume 18 – 2005
  • ‘Iris’ Volumes 16-17 – 2003-4
  • ‘Iris’ Style Sheet


  • The (Proto-)Masoretic Text: A Ten-Part Series by Prof. Emanuel Tov

    by Prof. Emanuel Tov

    — Part 1—
    The Bible and the Masoretic Text
    The Masoretic Text (MT), whether in its consonantal form (Proto-MT) or its full form, is the commonly used version of the Hebrew Bible, considered authoritative by Jews for almost two millenia.[1] From the invention of the printing press, all Hebrew editions of the Hebrew Bible have been based on a text form of MT, with the exception of publications of the Samaritan Pentateuch or eclectic editions.[2]
    The roots of MT and its popularity go back to the first century of the Common Era. Before that period, only the proto-rabbinic (Pharisaic) movement made use of MT, while other streams in Judaism used other Hebrew textual traditions.
    In other words, before the first century of the Common Era, we witness a textual plurality among Jews, with multiple text forms conceived of as “the Bible,” or Scripture, including the Hebrew source upon which the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint (LXX), was built...
      Table of Contents
      Part 1   –   The Bible and the Masoretic Text

      Part 2   –   Judean Desert Texts Outside Qumran
      Part 3   –   Socio-Religious Background and Stabilization
      Part 4   –   The Scribes of Proto-MT and their Practices
      Part 5   –   Precise Transmission of Inconsistent Spelling

      Part 6   –   Scribal Marks
      Part 7   –   Key Characteristics of the (Proto-)MT
      Part 8   –   Other Biblical Text Traditions
      Part 9   –   Evaluating (Proto-)MT
      Part 10 –   Editions and Translations of (Proto-)MT

    The Khalili Research Centre Image Database

    The Khalili Research Centre Image Database
    The Khalili Research Centre Image Database contains just over 30,000 images that have been scanned of the slides used for teaching Islamic Art at the University of Oxford since the 1960s.
    The database includes slides from important collections including those of Olga Ford, Sylvia Matheson, and Antony Hutt, alongside slides and photographs taken by academics and researchers affiliated to the KRC, Ashmolean Museum, or Faculty of Oriental Studies.

    We continue to work on adding images to the database, and improving the metadata for records already within the archive, and we hope that it will prove a valuable resource to both students of Islamic Art and the public in general

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Tesserae: A flexible and robust web interface for exploring intertextual parallels

     First posted in AWOL 21 December 2012, Updated 11 December 2017]

    Tesserae
    http://tesserae.caset.buffalo.edu/images/Tesserae.png
    Tesserae is a collaborative project of the University at Buffalo Department of Classics and Department of Linguistics, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Notre Dame, and the Département des Sciences de l'Antiquité of the University of Geneva.
    The principal investigators are Neil Coffee, Associate Professor of Classics, University at Buffalo; Walter J. Scheirer, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Notre Dame; and Jean-Pierre Koenig, Professor of Linguistics, University of Buffalo. A list of personnel and collaborators is here.
    This project has been funded by the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities (Start-up Grant #HD-51570) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (Project #146976), and by the Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo.


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    The ACOR Research Library Photographic Archive Project 
    The ACOR Research Library Photographic Archive Project is made possible under a Fiscal Year 2016  American Overseas Research Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

    The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, is a non‑profit, 501(c)(3) academic institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on issues related to Jordan and the broader Middle East. ACOR exists both to facilitate research by postgraduate researchers and senior scholars and to assist in the training of future specialists who focus on all phases of Jordan’s past and present.

    The ACOR Library holds a remarkable photographic archive related to its role in preserving and promoting the country’s heritage. The complete collection, estimated to number more than 100,000 images, provides primary visual documentation of Jordan, including the major archaeological and cultural heritage projects the center has sponsored across the country over the decades. Given its broad range of content and subject matter, the ACOR Library photographic archive has the potential to be a crucial resource for American, international, and Jordanian scholars involved in cultural and natural heritage preservation and management.

    As a first step in making this extensive archival collection available to researchers, the ACOR Library has begun to process, digitize, and make fully accessible (and searchable) online a majority of ACOR’s major institutional and donated photographic holdings. By leveraging technology to make these photographs available and freely accessible, the ACOR Library will better equip American, Jordanian, and international researchers and policy makers to monitor and assess the numerous threats facing heritage sites in the Middle East and especially Jordan.

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