“The oldest-to-date medical recipes from Hippocrates were recently discovered by monks at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt.”
“The shaft tomb of the ancient Egyptian dignitary Wahibre-mery-Neith . . . has shed light on ‘globalisation’ in the ancient world.”
“Cyprus has opened its first underwater archaeological park, offering visitors a glimpse of history at one of the eastern Mediterranean’s best preserved ancient harbors.” There’s a video here.
“Most archaeologists study dead societies but ethnoarchaeologists look at living ones. On Cyprus, studying modern potters has yielded important insights into the past, including some that are unpredictable.”
The NY Times has a story about the new Museum of Rescued Art in Rome.
Eli Tadmor looks at ancient Assyrian texts to determine their view of abortion.
Just in case you were looking for a guide to the best road trips in Egypt, Lonely Planet wrote one.
“The Oriental Institute is currently undergoing the process of addressing issues surrounding our name, we are taking actions that will ultimately result in the renaming of the institution. As this process unfolds, we will continue to refer to our institution under the abbreviation, The OI.”
New release from SBL Press: Tiglath-Pileser III, Founder of the Assyrian Empire, by Josette Elayi, $35. (I found her book on Sennacherib to be quite interesting.)
New release: King of the World: The Life of Cyrus the Great, by Matt Waters (Oxford University Press, $28)
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has made a list of 11 impressive sarcophagi in museums around the country.
Carl Rasmussen explains how the Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace) illustrates one aspect of “the fulness of time.”
There will be no roundups while I travel the next few weeks. If you’ll be at the Infusion Bible Conference in Tennessee, stop by our table and say hello.
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Charles Savelle, Explorator