Friday, December 4, 2015

An Interesting New Blog: The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography

Charles Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  has started a wonderful blog entitled "The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography". The blog, according to its author's words, is "a component of a research project initiated by  Charles E. Jones, ... who has a long standing interest in the history of the study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt, and of old world Antiquity more generally. This blog will present the working bibliography of the project, and provide a platform for comment and discussion of autobiographical writing by students and scholars of the ancient world."

Jones also hopes that he will also "develop a venue for the publication of new autobiographical essays in the form of an online open access periodical".

The idea behind the project and the blog is amazing. Except for Taha Hussein's autobiography " The Days", which is available now in English from AUC press (2001), I don't know how many autobiographies of Arabic scholars of Altertumswissenschaften do we have, but I hope the project and the blog will include them. I would also recommend adding his book "The Future of Culture in Egypt", translated into English by Sidney Glazer and published by American Council of Learned Societies, 1954, to the working bibliography of the project/blog.

To see the blog follow this link: