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About meOrientalist and Late Antiquarian. My MA dissertation was on Procopius' Sasanian ethnography and its echoes of Herodotus. Current work is on pre-Islamic Arabia.

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About my libraryA mix of Classics, Orientalistik (Arabic, Persian, Syriac, Hebrew and Armenian with some Turkic and Indian materials), Language materials and general literary works. There is also a reasonable collection of books on Central Asian history.

The Classics materials are mostly related to Late Antique historiography, rhetoric and Greek drama (with a good uncatalogued section on satyr drama).

The Arabic section has a number of works on Nabati poetry, a particular interest of mine. These, like most of the library, are still in storage, however, and are not yet catalogued.

The Library catalogue is divided into several collections (books can appear in several):-
Classics and Byzantine on the Graeco-Roman world;
Orientalistik for oriental and near-Eastern cultures and languages and for biblical studies;
Linguistics and Language for non-Classical linguistics;
General library contains all non-classified including literature and poetry;
Academic and Historiographical contains books on literary theory, post-Classical historiography etc.;
Oceanography materials for offshore work;
Sheet Music is small but self-explanatory;
Frances' books is a collection of books that I gave to or were left to me by my dearest friend, a victim of cancer.

All catalogued books are paper books I own or owned at the time of cataloguing. Electronic books are not listed in this catalogue (a subset are catalogued under the catalogue name shikari-electronica).

Oh, I'm a terrible Loeb addict and have just become an addict of the C. H. Beck Wissen series.

GroupsAncient History, Byzantinistik, Coptic, Middle Eastern Literature, Open University, Oxonians, Syriac: ܠܫܢܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ, Zoroastrianism

Favorite authorsAdonis, Fernand Braudel, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Peter Levi, Lucian, Andrew Marvell, Theodor Nöldeke, Anthony Powell, Jane Stevenson, Edward Thomas (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAlbion Beatnik, Blackwell's Oxford, Burgersdijk & Niermans, Daunt Books - Marylebone, De Slegte Den Haag, Judd Books, St Philip's Books, The Book House, The Classics Bookshop

Favorite librariesBibliotheca Alexandrina, Bodleian Oriental Institute Library (OIL), Oxford University, Indian Institute Library, Oxford University, Institute of Classical Studies Library / Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, Sackler Library, Oxford University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Library, University of London, Warburg Institute Library, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, Wellcome Library



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Currently readingKey to a Grammar of Akkadian (Harvard Semitic Monographs) by John Huehnergard
A Grammar of Akkadian (Harvard Semitic Studies) by John Huehnergard
Middle Egyptian : an introduction to the language and culture of hieroglyphs by James P. Allen
Rehearsal for Destruction. A Study of Political Anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany by Paul W. Massing
Lehrbuch der Ṭuroyo-Sprache by Otto Jastrow
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