Friday, February 12, 2016

Newly Online at the CHS

Now Available Online from the Hellenic Studies Series!
We are very pleased to share the recent additions to our online publications from the Hellenic Studies Series.
Theology of Arithmetics coverJoel KalvesmakiThe Theology of Arithmetic: Number Symbolism in Platonism and Early Christianity
In the second century, Valentinians and other gnosticizing Christians used numerical structures and symbols to describe God, interpret the Bible, and frame the universe. In this study of the controversy that resulted, Joel Kalvesmaki shows how earlier neo-Pythagorean and Platonist number symbolism provided the impetus for this theology of arithmetic, and describes the ways in which gnosticizing groups attempted to engage both the Platonist and Christian traditions. He explores the rich variety of number symbolism then in use, among both gnosticizing groups and their orthodox critics, demonstrating how those critics developed an alternative approach to number symbolism that would set the pattern for centuries to come. Arguing that the early dispute influenced the very tradition that inspired it, Kalvesmaki explains how, in the late third and early fourth centuries, numbers became increasingly important to Platonists, who engaged in arithmological constructions and disputes that mirrored the earlier Christian ones.

9780674023758Lesher, James, Debra Nails, and Frisbee Sheffield, editorsPlato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception
In his Symposium, Plato crafted a set of speeches in praise of love that has influenced writers and artists from antiquity to the present. Early Christian writers read the dialogue’s “ascent passage” as a vision of the soul’s journey to heaven. Ficino’s commentary on the Symposiuminspired poets and artists throughout Renaissance Europe and introduced “a Platonic love” into common speech. Themes or images from the dialogue have appeared in paintings or sketches by Rubens, David, Feuerbach, and La Farge, as well as in musical compositions by Satie and Bernstein.
The dialogue’s view of love as “desire for eternal possession of the good” is still of enormous philosophical interest in its own right. Nevertheless, questions remain concerning the meaning of specific features, the significance of the dialogue as a whole, and the character of its influence. This volume brings together an international team of scholars to address such questions.

New Open Access Journal: Studia Gilsoniana: A Journal in Classical Philosophy

Studia Gilsoniana: A Journal in Classical Philosophy
ISSN 2300-0066
Studia Gilsoniana – an international philosophical annual journal that is focused on the philosophical thought of Étienne Gilson and selected topics in classical philosophy. It has been published in internet and paper versions by the International Étienne Gilson Society since 2012. The journal accepts submissions in English, Spanish, and Polish languages. Mail address: KUL, Al. Raclawickie 14/GG-038, 20-950 L u b l i n, Poland. E-mailbox:
Studia Gilsoniana – międzynarodowy rocznik filozoficzny poświęcony filozoficznej twórczości Etienne’a Gilsona oraz wybranym zagadnieniom z filozofii klasycznej. Jest wydawane w wersji internetowej i papierowej przez Międzynarodowe Stowarzyszenie Étienne’a Gilsona od 2012 r. Czasopismo publikuje prace w języku angielskim, hiszpańskim lub polskim. Adres redakcji: KUL, Al. Raclawickie 14/GG-038, 20-950 L u b l i n, e-mail:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Projekt/Project Naga

Projekt/Project Naga

 Naga is the southernmost city of the Kingdom of Meroe, the neighbour and powerful rival of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. Situated northeast of Khartum, the capital of the Republic of the Sudan, in the steppe far from the banks of the Nile, Naga has remained untouched since its heyday from 200 BC to 250 AD. In other words, this site, sprawling over one square kilometre, provides ideal conditions for archaeological research. With financial backing by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (the German Research Association), the Egyptian Museum in Berlin excavated at Naga from 1995 to 2012; in 2013 they became a project of the Egyptian Museum in Munich.

Naga ist die südlichste Stadt des Königreichs von Meroë, des Nachbarn und mächtigen Rivalen des ptolemäischen und römischen Ägypten. Nordöstlich von Khartum, der Hauptstadt der Republik Sudan, weitab vom Nil in der Steppe gelegen, ist Naga seit seiner Blütezeit von 200 v. Chr. bis 250 n. Chr. unberührt geblieben; damit bietet das einen Quadratkilometer große Ruinenareal optimale Bedingungen für archäologische Feldforschung. Die Grabungen in Naga wurden, von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft finanziert, 1995-2012 vom Ägyptischen Museum Berlin geleitet und sind seit 2013 ein Projekt des Ägyptischen Museums München.

New Open Access Journal: FuturoClassico FCl

FuturoClassico FCl
ISSN: 2465-0951
La rivista «FuturoClassico» è emanazione del Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca di ‘Studi sulla Tradizione’ (Università di Bari-Università della Repubblica di San Marino-Università di Padova), nato nel 2013, per promuovere l’aggregazione di studiosi dei più disparati ambiti delle Humanities intorno al tema della tradizione e della sopravvivenza, della fortuna e della ricezione della civiltà classica e tardoantica nelle età medievale, umanistico-rinascimentale, moderna e contemporanea.

N° 1 (2015)



Olimpia Imperio
1 - 6

Luciano Canfora
7 - 11

Claudio Schiano
12 - 29

Corrado Petrocelli
30 - 35

Federico Rampini
36 - 41

Andrea Giardina
42 - 55

Photographs taken by Pierre Loti in Iran

Photographs taken by Pierre Loti in Iran (Collection Maison Pierre Loti, Ville de Rochefort) are now online at Achemenet
Edmond Gueffier devant les ruines de Persépolis (titre factice)

© Ville de Rochefort. Collection Maison Pierre Loti.
Edmond Gueffier devant les ruines de Persépolis. Photo Pierre Loti.

They join Achemenet's collection of images produced in the narratives of other travelers, including:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Open Access Journal: International Journal of the Platonic Tradition

[First posted in AWOL 7 April 2012. Updated 10 February 2016]

The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
ISSN 1872-5082
Online ISSN: 1872-5473

From 2012 this is a full Open Access journal, which means that all articles are freely available, ensuring maximum, worldwide dissemination of content, in exchange for an article processing fee. For more information, see our Open Access Policy page.  
This journal is published under the auspices of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. The international editorial board is headed by Professor John Finamore of the University of Iowa. This exciting journal covers all facets of the Platonic tradition (from Thales through Thomas Taylor, and beyond) from all perspectives (including philosophical, historical, religious, etc.) and all corners of the world (Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc.).
The journal is published in 2 issues per year.
Open Access icon

Volumes & issues:

Classics in Arabic

Classics in Arabic
The blog aggregates news about publications, activities, etc. related to Arabic scholarship in the field of classics and thus seeks to provide greater access to non-Arabic scholars. The news comes mainly from Egypt without excluding other Arabic countries. It aims also at directing the attention of my Egyptian/Arabic colleagues to relevant classics materials from an Arabic context, whether this is Graeco-Arabicum or Arabico-Latinum.