3 June 2022 Start
5 June 2022 End
Estonia / online Institute of History and Archaeology University of Tartu Jakobi 2, 50090 Tartu / online

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Making Lists in the Ancient World: Memory, Status, Identity

June 3-5, 2022

On 3-5 June 2022, the Research Centre of Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Cultures (CAEMC), with its seat at the University of Tartu, Estonia, organizes a conference on the topic “Making Lists in the Ancient World: Memory, Status, Identity”.

The conference is a hybrid event, with speakers both onsite (Tartu, Estonia) and online via Zoom. Registration is required to join the Zoom meeting (you will receive a link that is valid for the whole conference and you can join any time during the event). Registration link is available on the conference website (see below).


Mark Geller: Listing data: the stubborn persistence of a typically Babylonian epistemology

Richard Hunter: What first? What last? Lists and the sense of order in Greek culture

Guy Darshan: From Lists to History: The Growth of the Biblical Table of Nations (Genesis 10) in Its Eastern Mediterranean Context

These keynote speakers also reflect the main principles of this series of conferences: to include not only scholars studying Ancient Greek and Roman world, but also specialists of Ancient Near Eastern, and Biblical studies.


Friday, 3 June 2022

9.00–9.30 Opening

9.30–10.00 Vladimir Sazonov (University of Tartu), Historical kings in the Sumerian King List (SKL) and Tummal inscription: One or two different traditions?

10.00–10.30 Pavel Cech (University of Prague), Wider context of data processing in the western cuneiform periphery.

10.30–11.00 Vladimir Shelestin, Did the Hittite geographical lists exist?

11.00–11.30 Andrew Schumann (University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, Poland), Legal Codes of the Ur III Dynasty and of the Qin Dynasty. The Comparative Analysis of their Societal Roles.

11.30–11.50 Coffee pause

11.50–12.40 Keynote: Mark Geller (UCL, London), Listing data: the stubborn persistence of a typically Babylonian epistemology.

12.40–14.30 Lunch break

14.30–15.00 Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Aesthetics of List(en)ing: Catalogues as Bits-and-Pieces Poetry.


15.00–15.30 Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Taxonomies in lists and catalogues in Indo-European sacred text traditions from the Indo-Iranian up to the Aegeo-Anatolian language domains.

15.30–15.50 Coffee pause

15.50–16.40 Keynote: Guy Darshan (Tel Aviv University), From Lists to History: The Growth of the Biblical Table of Nations (Genesis 10) in Its Eastern Mediterranean Context.

16.40–17.10 Shira J. Golani (Gordon Academic College of Education, Haifa), At One Fell Swoop? Observations on the Lists of the Opposing Groups of Angels in the Book of Watchers.

17.10–17.40 Urmas Nõmmik (University of Tartu), The List of Divine Creation in Yahweh’s Speech Job 38–39.

19.00 Reception

Saturday, 4 June 2022

9.30–10.20 Keynote: Richard Hunter (University of Cambridge), What first? What last? Lists and the sense of order in Greek culture.

10.20–10.50 Janika Päll (Univesity of Tartu), The lists of epithets in Orphic Hymns.

10.50–11.10 Coffee pause

11.10–11.40 Guillemette Mérot (University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris), Reception and Adaptation of Greek Literary Canons in Quintilian’s Reading List.

11.40–12.10 Juliane Zachhuber (University of Oxford), Cataloguing religious prestige: the Rhodian epigraphic habit of inscribing priest lists.

12.10–12.40 Mait Kõiv (University of Tartu), Lists of kings and contest winners, and the dates calculated for the Spartan early history.

12.40–14.30 Lunch break

14.30–16.00 Poster session (online):

Nadia Linder (Vienna), Of Leopards, Lions, and Lexical Lists: At the Intersection between Writing and Ritual.

Mieszek Jagiełło (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Mythical Ogyges, the Greek Flood and the Sumerian King List: Comparison and Interpretation.

Jordan Miller (University of Oxford), Compiling Egyptian underworlds: modelling sources and ritual practice for the Amduat catalogue of king Thutmose III.

Priit-Hendrik Kaldma (University of Tallinn), The list of Athenian archons and the leading families of the Archaic Athens.

Zhang Duoduo (Northeast Normal University, Changchun), Between Hieron and Hosion: The Polis Life in the Parthenon Inventories of 5th Century BC.

Matthew Hewitt (University of Oxford), The Ideology of the Inscribed Manumission Lists from Epirote Bouthrotos.

16.00–16.20 Coffee pause

16.20–16.50 Netanel Anor (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), God Enumerations in Para-List Sources.

16.50–17.20 Adam Howe (University of Cambridge), A Litany of Offences: Lists and the Ideology of Divine Punishment in Mesopotamia.

17.20–17.50 Joanna Töyräänvuori (University of Helsinki), The Monster-Lists of the Ugaritic Texts as Symbolic Geography.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

9.30–10.00 Ana-Isabel Blasco-Torres (University of Salamanca), Greek lists in Graeco-Roman Egypt: types and purposes.

10.00–10.30 Elena Chepel (University of Vienna), Cataloguing festivals in Roman Egypt: the list of gifts P. Ross.Georg. II 41+P. Zereteli inv. 326.

10.30–10.50 Coffee pause

10.50–11.20 Juan Manuel Bermúdez Lorenzo (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid), Lists and people in the tituli picti of inscriptions on Baetic oil amphorae found on Monte Testaccio in Rome.

11.20–11.50 Iulia Dumitrache, Roxana-Gabriela Curcă (University of Iași, Romania) Professionals listed in epigraphical records from Moesia Inferior.

Note that all times are according to EEST (Eastern European Summer Time, GMT+3).

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