Unexpected Influences returns, asking scholars about which books outside the field have changed the way they think.
Michael Swartz: "My favorite airplane reading is music biography and history, from Alex Ross's The Rest is Noise to Al Kooper's Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards. Every once in a while one of these books changes the way I think about my research. The latest one to do so is Elijah Wald's Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues."
Michael Satlow: "War and Peace is not the butt of jokes for nothing...Among many other things, War and Peace is a meditation on the issues of historical causation and narration. How do we really know how one event "causes" another? And how and for what purpose do we write about it?"
Articles and News
- Marginalia Forum on Cynthia Baker's Jew (Rutgers, 2017) continues: Matt Chalmers on unsettling Samaritans and Michael Pregill on Islam.
- Cynthia Baker's book produces other reflections too, this one drawing heavily on Deleuze and Guattari.
- Katherine McDonald provides a crash-course demonstration on hand-drawing inscriptions.
- Eidolon publish their first μὲν/δέ (point/counterpoint) feature: satire on stereotypes of traditional and feminist Classical Studies.
- On the importance of humor in ancient Greek vase painting.
- Machine-annotated Coptic Old Testament online at Coptic Scriptorium.
- Burton Visotzky reviews the newest Jewish Lives biographical volume on Rabbi Akiva.
- Video map of the empires of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean.
- Digital Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
- Philippa Adrych distills the proceedings of a worship on comparative approaches to ancient religious objects.
- Sarah Bond describes the American Numismatic Society's database of coinage new OCRE "Identify a Coin".
- New review of Boyarin and Barton's Imagine No Religion.
ReLACS 2017 (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast) to be held on October 19-20, 2017.https://t.co/XrGSvKzCLB— BSANA (@ByzStudNA) June 16, 2017
Huge program of papers and panels on authenticity, forgery, provenance, and ethics at this year's SBL AM!https://t.co/PSd06nqgDh— Malcolm Choat (@malfy_c) June 15, 2017