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From Nimrud to Rome: Discovery of the ancient libraries (NimRoD)

From Nimrud to Rome: Discovery of the ancient libraries (NimRoD)
Greek muse reading. A second scroll (rolled up) is depicted on the other side of the lekythos. Ascribed to the Klügmann-painter, 500 BC [Louvre Museum CA2220; photo Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia commons]

The library of Alexandria is undoubtedly the most famous of all of Antiquity. Yet, it is not unique: knowledge centers flourished throughout the Mediterranean Basin and in the Middle East. The best documented were constituted in Egypt and, above all, in Mesopotamia, where more than ten are known. This project seeks to study and evaluate collections regrouping literary and scholarly texts from the classical period. Adopting a comparative and transdisciplinary perspective (Egyptology, Assyriology, Greek history, Roman history), NimRoD will examine the scholarly collection and its authors, over a vast geographical space of interconnected cultures (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome), from the second millennium  CE to the end of antiquity. The process of constituting the libraries and their rhythms of life will be subject to study. Aimed at researchers, college faculty, university students, school children, and the general public, the project has many components: the development of an Atlas / Internet encyclopedia, with a final version available in bookstores; the 3D modeling of the Nimrud Library; a study of the texts’ canonization or how a corpus of  “classics” led to the emergence of libraries; and the publication of texts from the collections, starting with those of the Achaemenid period.

Project Leader

Philippe CLANCIER , Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne

Internal cluster partners

  • Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn) - UMR 7041
  • Maison Archeology and Ethnology, René-Ginouvès (MAE) - USR 3225
  • French National Library (BnF)

Associated partners

Centre François Viète (EA 1161), Nantes
http://www.cfv.univ-nantes.fr/

University of Leiden, Belgium
https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en

Duration

2 years
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COQUEUGNIOT

À propos des bibliothèques d’Athènes, de la fin de l’époque archaïque à l’époque impériale


ISBN:  978-2-87558-572-1
URL / DOI:  See the book on the publisher's website
Publisher:  Presses universitaires de Louvain
Publication: Locum Armarium Libros, Livres et bibliothèques dans l'Antiquité (Nicolas Amoroso, Marco Cavalieri, Nicolas L. J. Meunier eds.)

Digital atlas of ancient libraries

The atlas of ancient libraries is a sub-programme of Project NimRoD: from Nimrud to Rome, Discovering ancient libraries. The online platform has been planned to allow multiple entry points.

 

The atlas of ancient libraries is a sub-programme of Project NimRoD: from Nimrud to Rome, Discovering ancient libraries. The online platform has been planned to allow multiple entry points.

Our primary focus has been on the atlas part of this website. Its aim is to present synthetically ancient libraries attested by textual or material sources (and those that have been supposed), as well as the sites where they were located. Additional developments give the opportunity to interested readers to explore more deeply some aspects of these libraries.

The first sites and libraries are now online, in French and —for some of them— in English.

Come and discover them here : http://nimrod.huma-num.fr/

 

In a later phase, we plan to develop an encyclopaedic part, which will present tendencies and similarities between some libraries, or, on the contrary, focus on remarkable cases.


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Gaëlle COQUEUGNIOT


Title:  Dr. in History
Position:  Research engineer
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041, Université Paris Nanterre , Université Paris Nanterre


Takes part in the project:  From Nimrud to Rome: Discovery of the ancient libraries (NimRoD)

Louise NEUVILLE


Title:  Phd Student
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


Takes part in the project:  From Nimrud to Rome: Discovery of the ancient libraries (NimRoD)

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Marie YOUNG


Title:  PhD student
Institution:  Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


Takes part in the project:  From Nimrud to Rome: Discovery of the ancient libraries (NimRoD)


Email:  marie.young@hotmail.fr
Personal webpage:  Marie Young's webpage on Academia (https://univ-paris1.academia.edu/MarieYoung)


Bio

Cotutelle between the University of Heidelberg and the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. PHD started in October 2016

Supervisors: Mr. Fr. Joannès and Mr. S. M. Maul

Doctoral's thesis:  "Being a Scholar in Babylonia during the Second Half of the 1st Millenium B.C.

2015-2016: Exchange year in Heidelberg with a scholarship of the DAAD.
2015-2013: Master in History of the Antiquity, speciality Ancient Near East in Paris I- Panthéon-Sorbonne. Erasmus exchange student at the Freie Universität, Berlin during one year.

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Philippe CLANCIER


Title:  Senior lecturer of Ancient history
Institution:  Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne , Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041


Leader of the project:  De Nimrud à Rome : Découverte des bibliothèques antiques (NimRoD)


Takes part in the project:  Digital humanities and Assyriology: tools for an “online” history of the ancient Middle East