Book Note! Paul C. Dilley, Monasteries and the Care of Souls in Late Antique Christianity: Cognition and Discipline (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Conley: “In considering the monastic mind(s) of late antiquity, Paul Dilley rejects models entrenched in a Cartesian dualism—opting instead to explore modes of embodied cognition. He proposes that the cognitive training practiced by early Christian monks led to the ‘gradual acquisition of a new and particularly monastic theory of mind’”
Taylor Ross and Nathan Tilley report on the (recently renamed: Elizabeth A. Clark Center for Late Ancient Studies) Duke/UNC Symposium: Evil and Theodicy in Late Antiquity
“The two talks navigated deep metaphysical waters but with the constant aim of sailing towards a clearer understanding of how discourses about evil complicates the boundaries of identity in Late Antiquity. Our speakers gave us a firmer grasp of several intricate late ancient approaches to theodicy as well as a window into the complex process of intellectual exchange among these groups. Dr. Stang and Dr. Pleše’s papers shed light on darkened corners of late antiquity even as they rendered the period more complex than our scholarly categories often suggest.”
Articles and News
Smart piece on how digitization technology permits reading burnt scrolls from Herculaneum.
Brandon Hawk marks international translation day with prefaces to Pseudo-Matthew and the Nativity of Mary.
Jewish Quarterly Review begins 250-word blurb issue summaries.
Detailed discussion about the collection and manufacture process for homemade iron gall ink.
A guide to the initially overwhelming Thesaurus Linguae Latinae.
The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library lead cataloguer and curator shares a Syriac Book of Protection housed in Ankawa (Iraq) in this short video.
Julia Hillner kicks off autumn blogging with a neat piece on Valeria Galeria, daughter of Diocletian.
Super overview by Francesca Trronchin of the Roman practice of damnatio memoriae.
Today is the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah, which marks the end of the year of Torah/parsha readings & the beginning of a new cycle. People in synagogues sing & dance with Torah scrolls, although this one here dances on its own (Or 13027)! #HebrewProject pic.twitter.com/lg4yiE4Rna— BL Hebrew Project (@BL_HebrewMSS) 2 October 2018
An 'evil eye' is attacked by a crow, centipede, dog, serpent, leopard, sword, trident, scorpion and the independently minded phallus of a pygmy who plays tibiae (a pair of pipes): an #apotropaic mosaic from Antioch in the Hatay Museum, Turkey #RomanTurkey #RomanArchaeology pic.twitter.com/IsLKzMLgBL— Association for Roman Archaeology (@romanarchaeouk) 4 October 2018