Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Newly Reprinted: OIP 82, The Egyptian Book of the Dead

 Announced yesterday on What's New
Dating from 1960, and out of print for years, OIP 82, The Egyptian Book of the Dead: Documents in the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, edited by Thomas George Allen, has been digitally reprinted, and is available for purchase in hardback format. It remains available for downloading in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) as well.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Recent Open Access Dissertations from NELC

A number of recent dissertations from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations have been made accessible free of charge through Open Access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT Open):
Agents, archives, and risk: A micronarrative account of Old Assyrian trade through Salim-ahum's activities in 1890 B.C.
by Stratford, Edward Paul, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 492 pages; AAT 3419777.

Incubation as a type-scene in the Aqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah stories: A form-critical and narratological study of KTU 1.14 I--1.15 III, 1.17 I--II, and 1 Samuel 1:1--2:11
by Kim, Koowon, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 469 pages; AAT 3397291. 

The shehnamecis of Sultan Suleyman: `Arif and Eflatun and their dynastic project
by Eryilmaz Arenas Vives, Fatma Sinem, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2010: 302 pages; AAT 3419770. Supplemental Files.

Jordan first: A history of the intellectual and political economy of Jordanian antiquity
by Corbett, Elena Dodge, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2009: 532 pages; AAT 3362463. 

The geographical background of the Persepolis tablets
by Arfaee, Abdolmajid, Ph.D. The University of Chicago. 2008: 150 pages; AAT 3300414. 
And see also the Dissertations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Approved by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago served from the Oriental Institute Research Archives

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Oriental Institute in Atlas Obscura

Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago

Curators typically organize museums with some editorial guidelines. In art, it may be by era, style, or nation; in the natural sciences, by geography, genus, or age. But some museums (usually museums married to a university rather than purely for the public visitor) resemble the curiosity cabinets of yore. Their crowded display cases say, “Look at all the cool stuff I found.”
Based out of the University of Chicago’s Archaeology Department, The Oriental Institute rests nicely in between; the collection is one of the few places to view a university's acquisitions from archaeological digs, as most universities keep their closed to the public. I visited the museum last week, drawn by an exhibit on the origins of written language...
Oriental Institute - Cuneiform Exhibit - University of Chicago - Atlas Obscura

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