Tag Archive for 'Information access'

And the tide rushes in: now self-service photography arrives at the British Library

About ten years ago, when digital cameras had appeared, I went down to the British Library and asked if I could use mine to photograph manuscript items.  The female librarian to whom I spoke looked very angry and rudely and indignantly refused.  I remember thinking that the response was more or less as if I […]

46 more British Library manuscripts online

The flow of manuscripts continues!  Here’s some highlights from the latest batch at the British Library. Add MS 26112, Georgius Cedrenus, Compendium historiarum (TLG 3018.001), imperfect, starting from vol. 1, 546.3 and ending with 750.22, συγχάρια τῷ βασιλεῖ (from AD 374 to 641). 12th century. Add MS 27862, John of Damascus, Dialectica sive Capita philosophica […]

Locating images of monuments online

A year or so ago I decided to collect some of the online images of monuments of Mithras, and put them together on my site with some explanatory material.  The reason is that I kept seeing some glorious images; with no idea what they were, or where they might be found.  Of course a complete […]

No photos allowed inside the National Museum in Damascus

It seems that the Syrian National Museum in Damascus does not / did not allow photography inside the building.  Not that it got many tourists, thanks to the grim reputation of the Assad regime in the old days, but those who did turn up were prevented from photographing, or rather recording, the contents. That doesn’t […]

Acts of Andrew and Paul: Does anyone have access to “Orientalia”?

I need an article: can someone help me?  We may get a translation out of it, if we can get hold of the text. The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation by J. K. Elliott makes mention of some 9th century Coptic Acts of Andrew and Paul, on p.243. The text […]

Some translations by Anthony Alcock from Syriac, Coptic and Arabic

Anthony Alcock has been busy on a number of texts, creating new translations.  He has kindly sent a number of these to me for upload here, although I think that they are also available on Academia.edu and perhaps on Alin Suciu’s blog also. In each case he provides a useful introduction. Here they are (all PDF): Chronicle […]

If you have access to HathiTrust, can you help me with a 1913 article?

I’m trying to access an article from Italian journal Ausonia, from 1913.  Unfortunately, while many volumes of the journal before and after are accessible at Archive.org, the particular issue I want is not. The article I want is C. Huelsen, “I lavori archeologici di Giovannantonio Dosio”, in: Ausonia: rivista della Società italiana di archeologia e storia […]

Is it time to nationalise the academic publishers?

A few tweets this morning were complaining about the inaccessibility of the main reference works for patristics, the Clavis Patrum Latinorum and the Clavis Patrum Graecorum.  These works are essentially lists of works by patristic authors.  Each is assigned a number, and the opening words of the first line are given.  If the text appears in the […]

Oxyrhynchus Papyri online … or maybe only in the US?

Via AWOL: Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volumes 1-15 online The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 1 (1898) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 2 (1899) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 3 (1903) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 4 (1904)[Alternative version] The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 5 (1908) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 6 (1908) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 7 (1910) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 8 […]

The epigrams of Palladas of Alexandria

On twitter a couple of days ago I came across this item by Bettany Hughes: Palladas of Alexandria c.350AD ‘in the darkness of night Zeus stood beside me and said: “Even I, a god, have learned to live with the times”. @Bettany_Hughes I confess that Palladas is not a name that I had ever heard […]



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