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New Texts Digitized by TLG (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae)

The TLG project has recently added 30 more Byzantine texts: 0545 Claudius AELIANUS Soph. (1 work) 0674 AELIUS PROMOTUS Med. (1 work) 2042 ORIGENES Theol. (1 work) 3013 Andronicus CAMATERUS Scr. Eccl. (1 work) 3085 NEOPHYTUS INCLUSUS Scr. Eccl. (6 works) 3157 THEODORUS Scutariota Hist. (1 work) 3251 PHILOTHEUS COCCINUS Theol. (4 works) 4028 STEPHANUS Byzantius Gramm. (2 works) 4457 THEOGNOSTUS Theol. (1 work) 5026 SCHOLIA IN HOMERUM Schol. (1 work) 5327 ACTA MONASTERII VAZELON Acta et Eccl. (1 work) 5357 TIPUKEITUS Jurisprud. (1 work) 9023 Thomas MAGISTER Philol. (8 works) 9030 Constantinus HARMENOPULUS Legal. (1 work) Click here for more

Free to Download: Rome and the Arabs by Irfan Shahid

Dumbarton Oaks has made available I .Shahid's  book on Rome and the Arabs. Click here to download The Arabs played an important role in Roman-controlled Oriens in the four centuries or so that elapsed from the Settlement of Pompey in 64 B.C. to the reign of Diocletian, A.D. 284–305. In Rome and the Arabs Irfan Shahîd explores this extensive but poorly known role and traces the phases of the Arab-Roman relationship, especially in the climactic third century, which witnessed the rise of many powerful Roman Arabs such as the Empresses of the Severan Dynasty, Emperor Philip, and the two rulers of Palmyra, Odenathus and Zenobia. Philip the Arab, the author argues, was the first Christian Roman emperor and Abgar the Great (ca. 200 A.D.) was the first Near Eastern ruler to adopt Christianity. In addition to political and military matters, the author also discusses Arab cultural contributions, pointing out the role of the Hellenized and Romanized Arabs in the urbanization of the regio

New Book: Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Editors: T. Shawcross & I. Toth From Cambridge University Press: Offering a comprehensive introduction to the history of books, readers and reading in the Byzantine Empire and its sphere of influence, this volume addresses a paradox. Advanced literacy was rare among imperial citizens, being restricted by gender and class. Yet the state's economic, religious and political institutions insisted on the fundamental importance of the written record. Starting from the materiality of codices, documents and inscriptions, the volume's contributors draw attention to the evidence for a range of interactions with texts. They examine the role of authors, compilers and scribes. They look at practices such the close perusal of texts in order to produce excerpts, notes, commentaries and editions. But they also analyse the social implications of the constant intersection of writing with both image and speech. Showcasing current methodological approaches, this collection of essays ai