This is an online narrative overview of Athens' history, from neolithic to contemporary times. The text is divided into chapters which give an easily-accessible chronological survey of the city from around 5000 BC to the late twentieth century. Key periods covered include: Mycenaean Athens (1500-1200 BC); archaic Athens (750-478 BC); classical Athens (478-339 BC); Hellenistic Athens (339-168 BC); Roman Athens from republic to empire (168 BC-AD 303); Byzantine Athens (AD 303-1205); Crusader Athens (AD 1205-1456); Ottoman Athens (AD 1456-1821); the Greek War of Independence (AD 1821-1833); Bavarian rule (1833-1862); and twentieth-century Athens. Timelines are also given for ancient, medieval and modern Athens, and the site also features a bibliography of secondary material (without annotation).
The website of the "AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History" is intended primarily as a platform to disseminate information about the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies' (SPBS), events, research grants and publications. SPBS was established in 1983, with the object of furthering study and knowledge of the history and culture, language and literature of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbours. The website is a great resource for students, postgraduates and those engaged in higher levels of research. The site features abstracts and longer reports on current projects. A page of links directs the user to a variety of online sources concerning the Byzantine Empire. This centre is the result of a collaboration between the universities of Newcastle and Sussex, and The Queen's University, Belfast. The aim of the centre is to bring together art historians, textual scholars and archaeologists, and the resources to enhance the following projects: Evergetis; Networks; Constantinople; Colour; and Skylitzes. The Centre receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) (now the Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
Anemi is primarily a bibliographic database about Greek Modern literature. However, this website also contains full-text editions of some books and periodicals (about 600 at the time of review) and the collections included in the database include many works regarding Greek and Byzantine culture. The available collections are: Neoellinistis; the Greek Digital Bibliography 1476-1900; rare collections from the Library of University of Crete (including travel literature); the Markos Mousouros collection; the Library of the Educational Association of Adrianoupolis; the Goettinger Digitalisierungs-Zentrum collection; the University of Ioannina collection; Gallica; Hellinomnimon; and works digitised by Google. Most works in the database are in Greek, but other languages (primarily French, Italian and German) are also represented. The interface is neat and allows to browse or search for the records. Users should be aware that Greek works have been inserted in the database using Greek characters and no transliteration into Latin characters is available. Researchers and students of Greek Modern Literature will find this website very useful, but some works may be of interest also to Classicists.
The American School of Classical Studies has been excavating in the area of the Athenian Agora since 1931. The main focus of attention has been the Agora of the 5th and 4th centuries BC but finds from the archaeological site span the periods from the Late Neolithic to the 20th century. The website presents an extensive "Site Tour" including Quicktime panoramas. There are (section "Plans and Drawings") plans of the site at various historical phases and reconstruction models (again as Quicktime) of some of the major buildings as well as pictures of the outdoor sections of the agora ("Architecture and Topography"). Section "Excavations" contains short excavation reports which focus particularly on the artefacts. Some of the artefacts presented are still unpublished and therefore to access these artefacts in the catalogue it is necessary to have permission and registration details from the American School of Classical Studies. The rest of the illustrated catalogue is freely accessible and divided in sections "Black and Plain Pottery"; "Red Figured and White Ground"; "Hellenistic Pottery and Wheelmade Table Ware"; and "Greek Coins". The latest preliminary report can be found in section "Recent Excavations". Section "Resources" outlines the contents of the webiste. Anyone interested in ancient Greece may find this website useful.
Several publications have been made available in HTML format or through Google Books and can be freely accessed in section "Agora Publications". Among the publications are guides; a few volumes of the Athenian Agora Monographs (Vol.12 Black and Plain Pottery; Vol. 26 The Greek Coins; Vol. 29 Hellenistic Pottery; and Vol. 30 Attic Red-Figured and White-Ground Pottery); "The Birth of Democracy" (catalogue of exhibition); "The Athenian Citizen: Democracy in the Athenian Agora"; "The Games at Athens"; "Horses and Horsemanship in the Athenian Agora"; "Ancient Athenian Building Methods"; "Graffiti in the Athenian Agora"; books on coins; "Waterworks in the Athenian Agora"; "Miniature Sculpture from the Athenian Agora" and others. At the time of review access to some titles was difficult and some titles appears mixed (e.g. "Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade"); the alternative "list of all publications" may be used.
One of the finest and most diverse collections in Athens, and also the oldest in Greece, it is no surprise to find that the Benaki Museum's website is exemplary in form and content. It offers all the necessary information for the prospective visitor, including QuickTime movies of many of the galleries, details of past, present and future collections, and overviews of the collections. A journey through the museum passes through Ancient Greece and the Roman period, the Byzantine period, the Frankish and Ottoman occupations, to the struggle for independence in the nineteenth century and the establishment of the Greek state thereafter. Each section is represented by a selection of choice artefacts, the illustrations of which can be enlarged. The Museum also holds important collections of historic heirlooms, over 6000 paintings and drawings by Greek artists and those who visited or were inspired by the country, as well as Coptic, Chinese (largely the gifts of George Eumorphopoulos) and Islamic art and a collection of Toys and Games from Greece and the wider world. There is admirable attention to the history of the museum, with special features on the founder, Antonis Benakis, and other significant donors, as well as the building itself (the Benakis' residence in Athens) and plans for the division of the collection (the Islamic collection, the Department of Historical Archives, and the collection of Toys and Games) and their prospective homes. The Museum's Archive collection is particularly important, and there are separate pages for the Historical (much relating to the Greek War of Independence and the later rise of Eleftherios Venizelos), Neo-Hellenic Architecture and Photography archives. The last has further links to pages devoted to James Robertson, Nelly's, Voula Papaioannou and Dimitris Harissiadis, all of which are well illustrated. All three archives are responsible for publications, details of which are listed.
The British School at Athens' website provides information about the School; its activities and organised events; its museum and archive; its library; and the archaeological site of Knossos. A list of present and past members is available and there is information on how to become a member. The website provides access to the library of the School; lists the publications by the School including the Annual; and publishes events organised by the School; field and bursary opportunities in Greece; it details how to become a friend or member; and how to apply for permits or the facilities available to the School's members, including the Fitch Research Laboratory and the hostels. The School organises courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates. This websites is an essential resource for researchers wishing to carry out research in Greece.
The Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) is a regularly-updated online journal which publishes reviews, written by academics, of books on a whole range of classical subjects (since 1990). The reviews are generally longer than one expects to find within a scholarly journal, often giving a chapter-by-chapter summary of the work as well as critical comment. BMCR also publishes responses to reviews (and occasionally responses to the responses). The website gives access to all reviews published since 1990 and a simple search interface. The website also includes instructions for viewing Greek characters online, as well as guidelines for reviewers. The reviews are relevant to both Classics and Classical archaeology and may be useful to bot researchers and students.
The website for Byzantine Studies from the library at Notre Dame University brings together several useful resources on the subject. Perhaps the most significant of these is a detailed annotated bibliography for Byzantine studies. This includes links to online resources as well as information about books and journal articles, and is divided into the following sections: source collections; general information; art and architecture; geography; hymnography; law; literature; manuscripts; numismatics; patristics (hagiography); prosopography; and journals. The resource also provides downloadable versions of the following texts (in PDF format): an English translation of Eustathios of Thessaloniki's Critical Remarks on Homer's Iliad; the Life of St George of Amastris; and Karl Krumbacher's History of Byzantine Literature. Also within this site is a section on several icons (the Theotokos Eleousa; the Divine Liturgy; the Vita icon of Euthymios of Sardis; the Quadripartite icon and the Ten Saints icon) from the Snite Museum of Art. There is a colour image of each of these icons as well as a full description detailing its size, location, and history. Finally, an annotated list of links to other useful websites is also given.
The website for the Royal Academy of Arts provides access to two audio downloads relating to the exhibition ‘Byzantium 330-1453’, which was held at the Royal Academy from 25 October, 2008 to 22 March, 2009. The exhibition featured icons, enamels, micromosaics, ivories, gold and silver metalwork highlighting the splendours of the Byzantium Empire, and these two audio lectures ‘Icons and the Practice of Prayer’ by His Grace Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and ‘Byzantium: looking at a mirage’ by the exhibition curator, Robin Cormack, both referred to icons, and the objects that were shown in the exhibition. Both audio files require QuickTime. The main Web page for the exhibition includes an education guide, together with a junior version, in PDF.
The website "Byzantium: Byzantine studies on the Internet" is a resource gateway listing Byzantine-related material available on the World Wide Web. The site is provided by Fordham University, and is edited by Paul Halsall. Included in the introductory page is a useful brief history of Byzantium. The links are annotated, and the list is divided into sections, including: news; academic and teaching resources; and texts, images, and sounds. For quick reference, there is also a small selection of non-annotated key links at the top of the front page. The resources cover: palaeography; hagiography; music; book reviews and research articles. This site is both well presented and easy to use. Links are not updated very regularly and some of them were broken at the time of review.
This is the website for the Corinth Computer Project, which is based at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. The project was founded in 1988 with the aim of developing a computerized architectural and topographical survey of the Roman colony of Corinth. The project is particularly concerned with uncovering information about the different stages of the city's development and the impact of non-Roman influences, including Hellenistic, Byzantine and Venetian. There is also an emphasis on research into Roman strategies of city planning. The site offers a detailed methodological essay about the project as well as information about Corinth in Greek, Roman and modern times. The text in each section is accompanied by city plans and photographs, including a number of photographs of the process of excavation, and of the regional landscape. The 'reference' section of the site also provides a glossary of archaeological terms used, a bibliography and links to selected resources for classicists on the Internet. The Corinth Computer Project is a well thought-out scholarly website which has won a number of awards.
The Corinth Excavations website gives brief details of the excavations at Corinth which serve as a field laboratory and training ground for the American School of Classical Studies. The web pages concentrate on the facilities available at the excavation site and the staff involved in the research. There are also brief reports on the results of the excavations carried out between 1998 to 2002 together with links to other web sites about excavation in and around Corinth.
De Imperatoribus Romanis (On the Roman Emperors, or DIR) is a high-quality, online scholarly encyclopaedia about the rulers of the Roman Empire from 27 BC to 1453 AD, (Augustus to Constantine XI Palaeologus). The contents of DIR have been prepared by scholars but are intended to be accessible to non-specialists as well. This is an award winning online resource based at Salve Regina University, useful for teaching and learning about the history of Roman Emperors and many other aspects of Roman life, and easy to navigate. (There are frames and non-frames versions of the site, and a search engine). It includes biographical essays on the individual emperors, and descriptions and maps of significant battles in the empire's history. Each article is rigorously peer reviewed for quality and accuracy by the editorial board (drawn from universities from the USA, Germany, Canada, and Australia) before it can be included in the DIR, and authors undertake to keep their information current. Much of this material is cross-referenced by hyperlinks to: the Imperial Index (an index of all the emperors who ruled during the empire's 1500 years); Imperial Stemmata (family trees of important imperial dynasties); the DIR and ORB Ancient and Medieval Atlas providing maps of the empire at different times; the Imperial Battle Index; and the Virtual Catalog of Roman Coins for emperors before the fall of Rome in 476 AD (sourced from Cohen's "Description historique des monnaies frappées sous l'Empire romain", 1880-1892, and from Justin Paola's online "Collection of Roman Emperors"); as well as other recommended links to related sites.
Demetrius at The Australian National University is the official depository of that university, containing a variety of publications, from archive materials to individual papers by university staff. The depository can be browsed by collections; titles; authors; subjects; and date. It is not easy to browse the collections due to the large size of the digital archive: searching may be preferable in most occasions. It is possible to be notified by email of new additions to any collection by registering for free.
Among the collections are papers on Byzantine Egypt; theses (on any subject); archival material held at The Australian National University on China; photographs of works of art and archaeological sites (many are clearly taken by staff during leisure trips); a vast collection of e-books (includes titles on maritime and coastal archaeology; Australian Aborigines; globalisation; Asian economy; societies, nature and heritage in Oceania); and archives of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau. Archival materials on the Australian Aborigines and the archaeology of Australasia can be found throughout several collections. There are also some contents related to modern English and Spanish literature as well as contents not pertinent to Humanities or Visual Arts. It is advisable to perform searches across the depository and not rely exclusively on browsing specific collections or subjects. This website may be very useful to a wide range of researchers.
The 'Dumbarton Oaks' website is the home page of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a respected institution based in Washington, which possesses significant research collections in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian art and the history of landscape architecture. Containing guidance to the building, collections, research, and publications of the institution, this useful website also aims to improve access to the publications of the Dumbarton Oaks institution by providing free online versions of many works in its specialist fields. Not only a useful guide to the institution itself, this website is also an extremely useful source of many full-text articles previously published concerning the history of Byzantium and the history and archaeology of pre-hispanic, particularly Maya, Central America. Information about fellowships, grants and stipends is offered on the site.
The early Church website covers the history of the Church from its foundation until c.600 CE. This site is a bibliographic guide listing primary and secondary sources by topic. Topics include: the Bible; councils; heresies and sects; famous individuals within the Church (listed alphabetically); ecclesiastical history; philosophy (Aristotle, Plato, Neo-Platonism, Cynicism, Epicurianism and Stoicism); and study aids. The inclusion of non-Christian philosophy means that the coverage period actually dates back to the fifth century BCE, and thus provides a useful bibliography for students of (Classical) philosophy as well as those studying early Christianity. There, are, however, no accompanying descriptions of the books, but given the extensiveness of the lists, this is understandable.The site is maintained by Robert Bradshaw, who has a Cambridge diploma in religious studies from Mattersey Hall (Assemblies of God Bible College).
Explore Byzantium is a general Web resource concerning the Byzantine Empire from the 4th to 15th centuries. There are straightforward introductions and timelines provided for those who are new to Byzantine studies. There are also some unreferenced, introductory articles on various aspects of Byzantine society (including: Emperor and court; women; peasants and farmers; the military; bureaucracy; and the Church) and some book recommendations and reviews. For students and teachers who require more than the introductory material, there is a section on images which provides online photographs of some famous Byzantine sites, art and buildings (including the Hagia Sophia and the Kariye Camii). In addition to this there is a map section which consists of ten maps showing the extent of the Empire at different stages throughout the 4th to 15th centuries.
This German website publishes a bibliographic database of occurrences in ancient Coptic hagiographic texts of female representations. Field "Kommentar" contains short descriptions of the actual figures, but there are no pictures. Access to the database is free and all contents are full-text; a printable version can be selected. The database can be browsed or searched. Specialist researchers intrerested in Byzantine and early Arab Egypt; early Christianity and Coptic religion and culture may find this database useful.
Published to accompany an exhibition on the second golden age of Byzantine art (843-1261) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, from March 11 to July 6, 1997, this website includes examples of art from the first golden age of Byzantine art (324-730) and the later period ending with the Turkish conquest in 1453. The online exhibition includes various pieces of art (busts, caskets and medallions), which range from the time of Constantine (AD 324) to 1453. There is also a brief history of Byzantium, which is divided into the early (324-730 CE), middle (843-1261 CE) and late (1261-1453 CE) periods. The website consists of: enlargeable images of the works of art; a section on the themes in Byzantine art; a history of Byzantium; and a glossary. In addition, there is a 'teacher resources' section designed to introduce schoolchildren to Byzantine works of art, providing several examples which serve as starting points for discussions. Useful elements include a timeline of important dates and an extensive glossary. A brief description accompanies each image, and the pictures can be enlarged for a more detailed view. The images are clear and well-photographed, but the collection of images is only small (numbering only 15 items).
Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies (GRBS) is a journal which has been published quarterly online since 2004 by Duke University and which focuses on Classics. The website lists tables of contents for all volumes since 1958, and provides access to abstracts and the full text of all articles written since 2004. These can be viewed in PDF format. Most of the published articles concentrate on classical and Byzantine literature, but archaeology is represented too. Papers include general literary themes such as "ancestors as icons" and the titanic origin of humans" as well as authors such as Homer, Herodotus and Plutarch. There are also papers on classical epigraphy and the archaeological excavations investigating late antique Palestine.
This site provides an attractively illustrated introduction to the coins and measures of Judaea from early times until the crusader period with historical background and a useful basic bibliography. Before the adoption of Greek and, later, Persian coins (or 'darics') in the 7th-4th centuries BC, a sophisticated system of inscribed weights, based on the unit of the Shekel, was used in Jewish areas. The first Judaean issues proper were not struck until the 4th century BC under Persian and Seleucid licence and were based on the widely used Athenian owls or Persian modes. The Seleucid Antiochus VII also struck hybrid Syrian-Jewish issues in the later 2nd century. The first properly 'Jewish' coins, with Hebrew inscriptions and lacking the portrait heads of earlier issues for religious reasons, did not appear until the time of John Hyrcanus (135-104 BC) and his successors when Judaea became fully independent. The series of coins from the reign of the Herodian dynasty and the Roman conquest down to the Late Empire and Byzantine period provide a fascinating potted history of Judaea as well as important insights on economic and iconographic matters. There is also a short section on the revival of coins of Israel in the 20th century, both in the Mandate period and after independence in 1948. The resource is part of the Jewish History Ring published by Amuseum.org (The Jewish Museum in Cyberspace) and associated with the American Jewish Historical Society. It is a useful complementary source for students of ancient history and archaeology working in the East Mediterranean or those studying general numismatics as well as an attractive introduction for the interested amateur.
The House of Ptolemy is a resource guide, intended as a study aid and to provide bibliographical material for students of Greco-Roman Egypt. The main focus of the site, as its name suggests, is the period of the Ptolemaic kings (331 BCE - 30 BCE), descendants of Macedonian Greeks. There are also compendious sections on Roman, Byzantine and modern Egypt. Within these periods, links are arranged by theme into sets and subsets, in a fashion that is generally clear and efficient. Topics covered include: historical overviews; Ptolemaic numismatics; Ptolemaic genealogy and king lists; the transition to Roman provincial Egypt; the city of Alexandria; the culture of Ptolemaic Egypt; the Ptolemaic empire outside Egypt; the Jews of Egypt. Most of the links are presented with a comment from the site's author: this is a personal list, not a faculty or institutional webpage. The selection of items is therefore prone to subjectivity and its completeness cannot be guaranteed; furthermore, material of widely varying intellectual depth, rigour, and specialisation is included among the links. At the time of writing this review, the site was last updated in 2002 - this meant that some of the links were no longer functional. Nonetheless, there is a wealth of material here, well organised; the numerous awards garnered by the page indicate its worth. This site is a useful starting point for students.
This is the website of the Medieval Institute Library at the University of Notre Dame, a uniquely rich resource for medieval studies in that it gathers in one place some 90,000 volumes; various collections of handbooks, series, pamphlets, reprints and photographic materials; microfilm and microfiche copies of some 3,000 medieval manuscripts and facsimile reprints from European libraries; a large collection of manuscript catalogues and materials on palaeography, diplomatics, and early printed books; and a collection of more than 200 medieval seals in facsimile. The library holdings on the history of medieval universities and medieval education reflect the Medieval Institute's scholarly interest in intellectual history, including that of the Byzantine Empire.
"Nazianzos", the website of the Centre for the Study of Gregory of Nazianzus, based at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, is devoted to the life and work of the fourth-century Cappadocian theologian, Gregory of Nazianzus (c.325-390). For the most part delivered in French (although a number of sections have English versions), the site includes a brief essay on textual transmission, online databases for finding manuscripts of Gregory's Orations, bibliographies of editions and translations, and information about the Centre's activities and projects. Through an international collaboration, the Centre is also building a critical edition of Gregory's texts, while evaluating the impact of his thought on the Oriental Christian cultures. Their results can be observed through a series of annual reports (available in French only). The site also functions as a gateway to some of the material on the early church fathers available on the Internet. Directed primarily towards professional academics and research students, Nazianzos will be of use to those interested in early church history, theology or biblical hermeneutics, and particularly anyone working at the advanced level on Greek Orthodox Christianity in the fourth and fifth centuries, Gregory of Nazianzus himself, or the impact of his writings.
The website "Porphyra" is a free, online, full-text journal focusing on Byzantine studies. The journal is published in PDF format and contains illustrated papers from members of an Italian online "community" and Italian scholars. Most of the papers are referenced and in Italian, with a few translated in English. Each issue of the journal concentrate on particular topics such as Byzantine Italy; Emperor Justinian; Emperor Constantine; the Comneni (1081-1181). There are a few supplements, which are smaller and more specialist issues, focusing on particular themes. Previously published numbers include themes such as Byzantine law and the inheritance of Roman military strategy. Many papers can be of interest to researchers, at least because they are informative and some are reductions of past scholarly work or notes of current research. However, the papers are not peer reviewed and some contributions are amateur or summarise textbooks. Because of this, undergraduate students should not use this resource and rather use printed or peer reviewed resources. Postgraduate students and researchers may read it with caution and find new ideas, which may be discussed with the authors in the online community. The journal is quite innovative and commendable for being produced by an online community, especially as it unites scholars and public. Whilst the papers in this journal are on open invitation to discussion and eventually inspire research, they are not the publication of completed research as in scientific journals and readers need to be aware of this. Also, there is no indication of the date of publication of each issue.
The website for the project "Prosopography of the Byzantine World" (PBW) formerly known as the "Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire" (PBE) provides details about a database compiled on individuals mentioned in Byzantine sources. It is the aim of the project to produce a computerised database with information on the ethnicity, offices, activities, and other attributes of individuals mentioned, gathered from a wide range of sources in Greek, Latin, Arabic, Syriac and other languages. This site is excellent for students, teachers, and researchers, and covers the period from 641 to 1261. The first volume of the project is already available on CD and covers the period between 641-867. The site also provides information on sigillography, with links to online catalogues and descriptions of seals from collections in Greece, Turkey, the UK, the US, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria among others. Links to academic departments and centres, prosopographical projects and Byzantine research projects are listed on a separate page. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement and the Research Grants schemes.
The Roman Law website is part of the 'Law-related Internet Project' at the University of Saarbrücken and makes available some of the surviving fragments of the great corpus of civil law initiated by the 6th century AD Emperor Justinian, accompanied by the gloss written by the mediaeval jurist Accursius (1185-1263). The site is aimed at a number of different levels of interest and knowledge. The beginner is provided with a 'Questions and Answers' page outlining the basics of Roman law and its reception and interpretation in mediaeval Europe. More advanced scholars can subscribe to the Ius Romanum mailing and discussion list. Also featured is a useful page of links to other sites relevant to the history of law or the ancient world generally and some short pages on the history of theft. The resource is available in English, German, Italian and Latin versions though much of the source material, including the bibliographic information on leading jurists, remains in Latin. This site will therefore largely benefit advanced scholars or linguistically proficient undergraduates interested in Roman and mediaeval law or else in Late Roman and early Byzantine society.
Rosetta is a postgraduate journal published by students at the University of Birmingham. It represents the diversity of studies at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity with papers on archaeological, historical and classical topics, including Mesopotamian studies; industrial archaeology and Byzantine studies. The journal welcomes submissions from postgraduate students. At the time of review, the first issue ad been published with illustrated articles; personal experiences (e.g. Simon Buteux's "Thirty Years of Birmingham Archaeology: A Career in Ruins"); book and conference reviews. The papers contain maps and videos and can be easily printed using the version in PDF format. The journal is edited by postgraduate students and publishes unfinished research being carried out at postgraduate level, but the papers appear fresh and stimulating.
Scholia : Studies in Classical Antiquity is an international journal of classical and related studies published by the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university. This website provides an index of articles from 1992 onwards as well as information about the staff, editors and advisory committee of the journal and the usual advice to prospective contributors. (You need to be in an institution which subscribes to ProQuest or to LOCKSS to make full use of this journal, e.g. to browse by author and volume, view thumbnails of the articles and of course to download abstracts and texts of articles.) The site is linked to Scholia Reviews, a related electronic site from the University of Natal which publishes a wider range of reviews that those printed in the paper publication of Scholia. The remit of the journal is very broad and includes articles on late antiquity and the mediaeval world, as well as the reception of classical learning during the renaissance and early modern periods and the continued relevance of classical studies in the modern world. The editors advise the use of Netscape 7.0 for optimal results when downloading papers. This online publication will benefit students and researchers in classical studies and ancient history.
This is the website of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, the main organisation in the United Kingdom encouraging the study of Roman history, archaeology and culture down to the early Byzantine period circa 700 AD. The website provides useful information on the structure and activities of the society, such as: forthcoming conferences and meetings; information on grants and bursaries; details of the library; and recent society news. Also included are details of Roman Society publications such as the journals Britannia and the Journal of Roman Studies, and their associated monographs. The contents page and abstracts of volumes of these journals published from 2002 onwards is available online, in addition to the content pages of volumes dating back to 1996. There is also a useful series of weblinks to similar associations and societies involved in classical studies. This website will benefit students and researchers in the field of Roman and ancient Mediterranean studies.
This is the highly detailed and well thought-out website of the Sphakia Survey, an interdisciplinary archaeological project whose main objective is to reconstruct the sequence of human activity in a remote and rugged part of Crete (Greece), from the time that people arrived in the area, by c. 3000 BCE, until the end of Ottoman rule in AD 1900. The project's research covers three major epochs, Prehistoric, Graeco-Roman, and Byzantine-Venetian-Turkish, and has involved the work of many people using environmental, archaeological, documentary, and local information. The website includes: photographs of Cretan landscapes, objects and archaeological finds; illustrated versions of the project's preliminary articles; a searchable database of the site catalogue; a case study based on one period (Graeco-Roman) in one of the eight regions surveyed; and a description of the project's research methodology. This resource is a joint project between the Sphakia Survey project and the Humanities Computing Development Team at the University of Oxford. The website is part of an online course for adult learners; an educational video based on research at Sphakia is available. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Suda Online is a large and developing database which makes accessible in electronic format the Suda, a huge Byzantine historical encyclopaedia of the ancient Mediterranean world written in the 10th century. The encyclopaedia is derived from much earlier works and, as such, preserves details and fragments of works no longer extant. The Suda has around 30,000 entries arranged in alphabetical order. The Suda Online Project is a collaborative effort to put online the Greek text of the Suda, an English translation, and commentary. Many of the entries include a bibliography and links to other Internet resources. There are also useful cross-links with the Perseus Project and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae texts. Users may browse by subject area or perform a more specific search.
This is the website of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), a research centre at the University of California, Irvine, which has digitized the majority of the corpus of extant Greek texts from Homer to fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. The main feature of the website is the search facility which allows users access to these texts online. Only subscribers (or those from subscribing institutions) may access the full database here; however, an abridged version is available for non-subscribers. This in itself is extensive and features texts by several key Greek authors including; Thucydides; Aeschylus; Euripides; Plutarch; Plato; and the Athenian orators. Users may browse the full texts or search for keywords. (It is necessary to have Greek fonts installed in order to view the Greek texts.) The website also includes details about the project itself, as well as details about how to subscribe.
A Visual Tour through Late Antiquity provides a selection of images of artistic evidence and material remains from the 4th to 7th centuries. The prime focus of the website is late antique Gaul at the time of Gregory of Tours (538-594) but context is provided by a variety of other images. The collection is divided into five sections: Late Roman court and aristocracy; Imperial art of 6th century Ravenna; Gallic art of the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries; Frankish art and artefacts; and Royal grave goods. The Visual Tour through Late Antiquity was originally compiled for the use of students at the Nipissing University (Canada) but it also provides a good general introduction to some famous late Roman and early Frankish images and artefacts.