Serpentarium Mundi by Alexei Alexeev The Ancient Ophidian Iconography Resource (Mundus Vetus, 3000 BC - 650 AD)
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Volume V VOLUME VI: MANUSCRIPTS
           
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Description. Volume VI contains a selection of iconographical subjects represented on illuminated manuscripts: scrolls and codices in a variety of materials (papyrus, vellum, parchment, palm leaf, etc.).

This volume is divided into 6 specialized chapters, based on the type of iconographical subject and the context. Every chapter has a different number of articles (currently none). Each article has a different number of figures (currently none), which are divided into sets (5 x 6 content grids, accommodating up to 30 figures' thumbnails; currently none). The figures contain varying numbers of artefacts (currently none), depending on the scale of the source-image. Some artefacts are represented by several figures (offering a general view and details).

Currently, 0 articles in 0 chapters are available, and Volume VI contains 0 figures.

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The Hellenes write letters and calculate numbers by moving their hand from left to right, but the Egyptians write their letters and numbers from right to left; what's more, the Egyptians claim that their method is the "right" one, the Greek way a "left-handed" one. They write with two different scripts, one called "sacred", the other called "public".

● Herodotus (484-425 BC), Histories II: 36, 4 | Translated by Andrea L. Purvis & Robert B. Strassler. Copyright © 2007.

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So these Phoenicians {...} came with Kadmos and settled this land, and they transmitted much lore to the Hellenes, and in particular, taught them the alphabet which, I believe, the Hellenes did not have previously, but which was originally used by all Phoenicians. With the passage of time, both the sound and the shape of the letters changed. Because at this time it was mostly Ionians who lived around the Phoenicians, they were the ones who were first instructed in the use of the alphabet by them, and after making a few changes to the form of the letters, they put them to good use; but when they spoke of them, they called them "Phoenician" letters, which was only right since these letters had been called papyrus scrolls "skins", since long ago, when papyrus was scarce, they used the skins of goats and sheep instead. In fact, even in my time many barbarians still write on such skins.

● Herodotus (484-425 BC), Histories V: 58, 1-3 | Translated by Andrea L. Purvis & Robert B. Strassler. Copyright © 2007.


Editorial notes: {...} - Omitted text; [...] - Translation back to the original, clarification, or curator's commentary.

Source-Image(s): The Volume VI source-images come from both internal and external resources. Every attempt is made to maximize use of the curator’s own photographic database. The rest of the source-images come from online resources and digital scans. In each case, the copyright holder’s permission was acquired and the courtesy gratefully acknowledged.
● Personal Photo Archive:
Alexei Alexeev Curator Ottawa, Canada alexeialexeev@rogers.com
● Museums' Collections Online:
Bibliothèque Nationale
de France
Cabinet des Médailles Paris, France www.medaillesetantiques.bnf.fr
British Museum

Main Collection London, UK www.britishmuseum.org
Kunsthistorisches
Museum
Main Collection Vienna, Austria www.khm.at
Metropolitan Museum
of Art
Main Collection New York, USA www.metmuseum.org
Musée du Louvre

Main Collection Paris, France www.louvre.fr
Museum of Fine Arts

Main Collection Boston, USA www.mfa.org
Staatliche Antikensamm-lungen und Glyptothek Main Collection Munich, Germany www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de
Staatliche Museen
zu Berlin
Altes Museum: Antikensammlung;
Neues Museum: Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Ägyptisches Museum,
Papyrussammlung;
Pergamonmuseum: Antikensammlung, Vorder-asiatisches Museum, Museum für Islamische Kunst;
Bode Museum: Skulpturen-sammlung, Museum für Byzantinische Kunst;
Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Berlin, Germany www.smb.museum
State Hermitage
Museum
Main Collection St. Petersburg, Russia www.hermitagemuseum.org
● Printed Publications:
Boardman,
John, ed.
1981-
2009
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). Volumes I-VIII. Indices. Supplementum. Zürich Artemis & Winkler Verlag

Note(s): (1) A minimalist approach is adopted for the descriptions of the bibliographic entries: in cases of multiple authors, publishers, or publishing locations, only the first entry from the full bibliographic description is listed. (2) In cases of modern reprints of the important works from the past, the date of the original publication is placed inside parentheses. In cases of translated works, both the original and English versions are listed. (3) An idiosyncratic universal formatting of entries is employed: all nouns, pronouns, numerals, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and some categories of determiners are capitalised.

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