The volume contains articles on the problems of ancient culture, publication of new materials and research results of the Northern Black Sea region sites. It consists of five blocks. The first block deals with a fundamental analysis of Sergii Dmytrovych Kryzhytsky, whose jubilee is celebrated, and greetings to him on the occasion of his 85th anniversary. The second block is dedicated to the latest research of Olbia and Borysthenes. Investigation of the chora of these cities is placed in the third block. Problems of other regions of the Northern Black Sea coast are considered in the fourth block. The last block contains the history and methodology of the Northern Black Sea coast monuments exploration.
For archaeologists, historians, ethnologists, history teachers, students of historical departments and all who are interested in the Ancient history of the Northern Black Sea region.
The medieval Christian Arabic historian (13th c. A.D.) Ǧirǧis al-Makīn ibn al-ʿAmīd is well known not only in Middle Eastern Christian and traditional Muslim historiography, but also in Western scholarship since the 17th century. Despite this, however, the first volume of his most important work – The Blessed Compendium (al-Maǧmūʿ al-mubārak) – still remains unpublished. The present article discusses the section of al-Makīn’s history devoted to Alexander the Great, which contains laments of the philosophers over Alexander. The study includes a critical edition of the Arabic text of the laments, based on four manuscripts, a Russian translation, and a commentary.
It is with great pleasure that we present the proceedings of the first international conference on the history and archaeology of Central Asia in Bordeaux. This conference was also the first international event focusing on Ancient Chorasmia, an occasion to put this too-often disregarded Eastern Iranian polity back on the map. Today this is more necessary than ever, in light of the most recent discoveries of the Karakalpak-Australian Expedition (KAE) at the site of Akchakhan-kala and on the Sultan-uiz-dag range that are completely reshaping our understanding of the art, religion and history of this region south of the Aral Sea.
The thirteenth-century Christian Arabic historian Ǧirǧis al-Makīn ibn al-ʿAmīd—the author of the two-volume universal history entitled The Blessed Compendium (al-Maǧmūʿ al-mubārak)—was a rather paradoxical figure. Frequently defined as “a Coptic historian”, he was not a Copt, and even though his Blessed Compendium is well known not only in Eastern Christian and Muslim historiography, but also in Western scholarship since its inception, the first part of this historical work still remains unpublished. This first part, however, contains vast material that would undoubtedly interest scholars studying the intellectual heritage of the medieval Middle East. The following article deals with one section of al-Makīn’s famous work.
Some Aspects of Philostratean Religiosity: Spiritual Sacrifice and Love to God