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Syllecta Classica

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Syllecta Classica.

From the Project Muse website for the journal:

Syllecta Classica is an annual publication of the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. We specialize in publishing long, substantial articles on Classical Greek and Roman literature, history, and culture, including their modern reception. We have excellent facilities for reproducing maps, plans, and illustrations.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1989) to present.

Access Syllecta Classica via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ‘Pompeii mosaic of travelling street musicians from the Villa of Cicero, Naples National Archaeological Museum’ by Darren Puttock on Flickr –

Youth Culture at the Liberation: Résistantes and Résistants in Cardboard Cut-Outs

We are grateful to the Managing Editor of the French History Network Blog for permission to reproduce the article by Southampton doctoral student Emily Hooke on a set of cardboard toy theatre scenes depicting the Liberation of Paris. The University … Continue reading →

St Patrick’s Day ebooks

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the ebooks@cambridge team.

To celebrate here are a brief selection of recently published academic monographs which are available to access as ebooks through iDiscover, or are coming soon. Click on the covers to access the full text.





Concerts, tea, and Postman Pat

I started my work placement at the Pendlebury Library of Music on Monday 6th March, coming from Witchford Village College. I was quite excited to find out about the library and what sort of tasks I would be set as … Continue reading →

German prizewinners 2016

In previous posts we pointed out how literary prizes are useful for our collection development. By acquiring prizewinning works we document the evolving canon of German literature.  In this post I will present a selection of German literary prizes awarded … Continue reading →

A conference on conserving, curating and creating access to papyri in Cambridge

The Third Papyrus Curatorial and Conservations Meeting.
Following the first two successful meetings at the British Museum, this meeting will take place on 29–30 June 2017 at Cambridge University Library. An international group of professionals – conservators, curators and researchers- will convene to present and discuss aspects of their work in progress. In the second annual conference, the group agreed to a travelling meeting. This arrangement should facilitate a closer look at collections of the hosting institutions and also open up opportunities for local professionals – including those non-specialists who are in charge of special collections- to join the group and gain a more far-reaching outlook.

In Cambridge large numbers of papyri are held not only in the University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum but also in many colleges and related libraries. Some of these are well known from literature, while others have remained undiscovered. For a number of reasons, neither category stipulates an easy access or a permanently secured state of conservation. In this meeting we are hoping to present results of successful work, though the emphasis will be on sharing issues and discussing best practice.

For this year’s meeting we are looking forward to welcoming an group of presenters from all over the world and sharing our experiences with an equally diverse audience.
Please find the programme below.

Please register if you wish to book a place.

For more information contact

Yasmin Faghihi


P r e l i m i n a r y   p r o g r a m m e

Thursday 29 June

9:30-10:00           Coffee & Welcome

Cambridge University Library collections

10:00-12:30         Yasmin Faghihi, Anna Johnson, Catherine Ansorge, et al. (to be announced)- Papyri Collections in Cambridge University Library  – short  presentations, display of papyri, visit to Conservation Studio, visit to Genizah Exhibition

12:30-13:30         Lunch (will be provided)


13:30-14:00         Peter Toth, Gayle Whitby, Vania Assis, British Library- Challenges and their Lessons: Digitising the Collection of Greek Papyri at the British Library

14:00-14:20         Marius Gerhardt, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin -Digital Access through Papyrological Databases

14:20-14:40         Tzulia Siopi, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin- Taking stock of hidden fragments from Elephantine

14:40-15:00         Alice Stevenson, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London- Papyrus for the People

Visit to Fitzwilliam Museum

15:30-16:45     Julie Dawson, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

The Book of the Dead of Ramose and other papyri in the Fitzwilliam

Museum: conservation and storage project talk and display


Friday 30.June

9:15                    Arrival

Workshop/round table

9:30-10:30           Ilona Regulski, British Museum – Terminological difficulties when cataloguing papyri

10:30-11:00       Break (refreshments will be provided)


11:00-11:20       Jessica Baldwin and Jill Unkel , Chester Beatty Library – The Trouble with Mani

11:20-11:40         Helen Sharp, British Museum
Conservation Treatment of the de Vaucelles papyrus

11:40-12:00         M. Cristina Ibáñez Domínguez, High School of Arts, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of León León (Spain)-  Carbonized Paryri from the Palau Ribes

12:00-12:20         Elizabeth Ryan, Stanford University Libraries-Papyri Collections at Stanford University Libraries: Conservation and Access

12:20-13:30         Lunch (will be provided)

13.40-14:00         Marieka Kaye, University of Michigan Library- Exploring New Glass Technology for the Glazing of Papyri

14:00-14:20         Myriam Krutzsch, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-  Mounts and their effects on papyrus

14.20-14.40         Elizabeth Gow,  University of Manchester, Rehousing unpublished papyri at the John Rylands Library

14.40-15.00         Abdelrhman Muhammed, Cairo University- Comparison study on manufacture methods of archaeological papyrus and papyrus deterioration

15:00-15:05       Break (refreshments will be provided)

15:05-15:10         Yasmin Faghihi, Cambridge University Library- Closing remarks & next meeting

Visit to Wren Library Trinity College

15:30-17:00         Andrew Bendarski, Trinity College Cambridge, Display of papyrus collction






New Theology ebooks from Bloomsbury (March 2017)

21 Theology titles published by Bloomsbury in 2015 are newly-available to members of the university as ebooks, in addition to those already available from the publisher.

Among the highlights from the collection are:

Useful introductions to Pneumatology and Atonement:

Daniel Castelo / Pneumatology: a guide for the perplexed

Adam J. Johnson / Atonement: a guide for the perplexed

And collections of essays by John Webster and George Hunsinger:

John Webster / God Without Measure: working papers in Christian Theology. Volume 1: God and the Works of God.

George Hunsinger / Conversational Theology: essays on Ecumenical, Postliberal and Political themes, with special reference to Karl Barth

A complete list of the Theology titles, together with new acquisitions from Bloomsbury in Philosophy, History and Anthropology, is available to download here.

The Bloomsbury Collections ebooks platform offers readers a clear interface with the ability to search full text, download and print pdfs, and read on smartphones and tablets.

In addition, a personal ‘My Collections’ profile can be created which allows readers to save content and annotations for future use. Readers can:

  • save favourite books and chapters
  • save citations
  • email and export saved citations
  • receive email alerts and newsletter

All the ebooks are searchable via idiscover; access outside of the university requires a raven password.

These books were purchased using part of the Connell Fund ebooks allocation for 2016-17 on the recommendation of the Connell Fund librarians.

The ebooks@cambridge blog post on these new acquisitions is available here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the library ( if you have any questions.


The Return of Alfred Marshall’s Book V, Ch.VII of Principles of Economics (annotated) from Japan

Prof. Shoichiro Uemiya visited the Marshall Library Archive on 9 March, 2017 to return a book that belonged to Alfred Marshall. The book appears to have been in Japan for some time and possibly since the 1920s. 

As Prof. Uemiya  explains in his own words:“I am an Emeritus Professor of Kobe University in Japan. My major field is the history of economic thought. I studied for a year (1977-78) as an Honorary Research Fellow under the late Prof. R.D.C.Black at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Just before my retirement in March 2012 Mrs. Taeko Minakata, the wife of my supervisor the late Prof. Kanichi Minakata (1923-1985), asked me to return this book, which is part of Marshall’s Principles of Economics. The book contains pages with bound-in pages of written script – possibly in the handwriting of Marshall himself. Her husband told her that he received this particular book from his old-time supervisor Prof. Yasaburo Sakamoto (1894-1981). Prof. Minakata’s major field was Marshall’s Economic Theory. He came to Cambridge for a year (1962-63) to study and stayed at St. Edmund’s House. However, Mrs. Minakata has no idea when or where Prof. Sakamoto got the book. He did travel between 1919-1927 in England, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.”
The book comprises Book V, Ch. VII  pp. 449-610 of Principles of Economics. Many of the pages include handwritten insertions in coloured pencils and ink. There is also a stamp showing 15 Jan. 90, University Press, Cambridge. Clare Trowell, Marshall Librarian and Simon Frost, Deputy Librarian can confirm that the inserted pages are in Marshall’s handwriting as the Library Rare Books collections contain many examples of Marshall’s handwriting and it is clearly recognisable.
The Marshall Library Archive contains several photographs, including an intriguing picture of Mrs Mary Paley Marshall entertaining a Japanese visitor and his wife at her house, Balliol Croft, in 1928. This visitor is Prof. Tsunao Miyajima (1884-1965) who translated the Official Papers of Alfred Marshall 1925 into Japanese. Between 1919-1928 Prof. Miyajima was Prof. at the Kansai University, Osaka. In 1928 he also visited France. Between 1948-1952 he was Chief Director of Kansai University. There does not appear to be a link between Prof. Miyajima , Prof. Sakamoto and the mysterious annotated book that has just been returned to the Marshall Library Archives.

We plan to catalogue the returned book as a Rare Book and make it available to scholars of Alfred Marshall as soon as possible.

Prof. Uemiya also kindly donated a copy of his translation of the work:
The Scope and Method of Political Economy / J.N. Keynes    Marshall Library   20 F 18

new events from the Office of Scholarly Communication – modern peer review, openness & reproducibility in research, open science experience from the Netherlands

How to Get the Most Out of Modern Peer Review
Thu 30 Mar 2017
10:00 – 17:30
Alison Richard Building
Book for free here:

The Office of Scholarly Communication invites you to a workshop to discover how you can make peer review count for your research. Join
Cambridge researchers, along with guest speakers from publishers CUP, eLife, F1000, Nature Scientific Data and PLOS, and peer review platform
Publons, to demystify the peer review process.

Topics will include:

-practical tips for the digital age peer-review
-getting formal recognition for your peer review work
-the role of peer-reviewer in checking supporting information, and tips and tricks for peer-reviewing research data
-Open Evaluation – what is it and what does it achieve?
-improving the quality of research through peer review
-innovations in peer review – novel paths towards the same goal

Coffee, lunch and wine will be provided.


Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Research
Mon 10 Apr 2017
13:00 – 16:00
Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Glass Room
Book for free here:

Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Office of Scholarly Communication in collaboration with the Center for Open Science (COS),
to learn easy, practical steps you can take to increase the reproducibility of your work.

The workshop, led by Courtney Soderberg of the COS, will be hands-on.
Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish, looking at:
– Project documentation
– Version control
– Pre-Analysis plans
– Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow.

This workshop is aimed at graduate students and postdocs, across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does
not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices
into their current workflows.


Developments in Open Science in the Netherlands
Tues 11 April 2017

10:00 – 11:00, Milstein Seminar, Cambridge University Library
Book here for free:
Repeat session:
16:00 – 17:00, 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G
Book here for free:

In this talk, Hylke Annema of Tilburg University will tell us about the current developments in the Netherlands and at Tilburg University.

The Netherlands has been a front-runner in the transition to Open Science. The Dutch government has mandated all universities to have 100%
Open Access to academic publications by 2024 and has recently broadened its scope to research data. These plans can only succeed by national
cooperation of all parties involved.

The chairman of Tilburg University is one of three main negotiators with the publishers. As such, the university is expected to be leading the
development of policies in Open Science and the monitoring of progress.

Discussion among participants about best practices is highly encouraged.

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The 1917 Russian Revolution, version 1.0

One hundred years ago, Russia was in the grip of the February Revolution.  By the Revolution’s end, the Tsar and his government had been overthrown.  1917 had now seen the unthinkable happen, as hundreds of years of tsarist rule were overturned. … Continue reading →