Day 3 – January 4, 2017


Even though the Faksimiles of PGM VII by Kenyon are of a fantastic quality, classifiying the signs turned out to be even more challenging than trying to figure out which parts of an instruction were meant to be written down, and which parts had to be spoken. Wessely is remarkably imprecise when it comes to his drawings of the signs. […]

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Day 2 – January 3, 2017

Today I handled several tricky sources. The first problem was: At which point is it reasonable to classify two similar signs differently? The second: If Greek letters are distributed among charaktêres, do you classify these as charaktêres or as letters? The third: If the inscription is clearly labeled as „charaktêres“ but includes a sequence of Greek letters which could be […]

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The Charakteres Project is funded by the German Research Foundation for a three year period!

I am happy to announce that the German Research Foundation will fund my research into ancient “magical” signs for a three year period, beginning in January 2017. The project “Handbuch und Untersuchung antiker Zauberzeichen von ihren Ursprüngen bis in das 7. Jahrhundert” will be situated at the University of Erfurt. The fundamental questions I will tackle basically focus on the […]

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Workshop: Verborgen, unsichtbar, unlesbar – Zur Poblematik restringierter Schriftpräsenz“

Am 12. November gab es an der Universität Heidelberg einen eintägigen Workshop, dessen Fokus auf den Problemen bei der Arbeit mit restringierten Schriftpräsenzen lag. Organisiert wurde der Workshop von Dr. Tobias Frese. Dabei wurden folgende Fragen diskutiert: Welche methodischen, editionstechnischen und inhaltlichen Herausforderungen stellen unsichtbare bzw. unzugängliche Schriften für die Arbeit des SFB konkret dar? In welchem Verhältnis stehen eingeschränkte […]

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Charakteres and the Budapest Magical Gem Database

Image: Screenshot of a sketch of how a GUI for the Charakteres should look like. I had a fantastic week at Budapest and Pécs and we successfully developed a GUI (graphical user interface) and the CMS (content management system) for the additional module of the Campbell-Bonner-Magical-Gem-Project Database: The Charakteres. Yes, they will get their own GUI which will provide the […]

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Magical signs on gems

I´m working with the magical gems from the Budapest and the British Museum Collection again. Examined 71 so far, doesn´t sound much, but it´s lots of work to cut out every single sign of the photographies, photoshop it, make a drawing, assign it to the existing typology or give it a new codification and then include it into the catalogue. […]

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