Three 2016 titles on pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy

Abraham J. Drewes, Jacques Ryckmans. Les inscriptions sudarabes sur bois dans la collection de l’Oosters Instituut conservée dans la bibliothèque universitaire de Leiden. Texte révisé et adapté par Peter Stein, édité par Peter Stein et Harry Stroomer. Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016.ISBN 9783447105897
The South Arabian minuscule inscriptions on wood of the collection of the Oosters Instituut in Leiden, originally studied by J. Ryckmans and A.J. Drewes, have been published by P. Stein and H. Stroomer. The corpus includes 340 texts in either Sabaic or Minaic language, representing various genres such as correspondence, legal and business texts, school exercises or oracular records, whose study helps the reconstruction of the linguistic, social, economic and religious history of the ancient South Arabia.

Alessandra Avanzini. By land and by sea. A history of South Arabia before Islam recounted from inscriptions. Arabia Antica 10. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016. ISBN 9788891311108
The history of the Ancient South Arabian culture was very long, from the 8th century BC to the 6th century AD.The events, the characters, the history of art, together with the beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of South Arabia, will be recounted in this book starting from direct written sources: the wealthy corpus of ancient South Arabian epigraphic public texts.

Alessandra Lombardi (with contributions by F.E. Betti). South Arabian funerary stelae from the British Museum collection. Arabia Antica 11. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016. ISBN 9788891311269
The funerary stelae are the most widespread and important typology of epigraphic funerary objects of pre-Islamic Arabia. Starting from the large British Museum collection, this study organizes and classifies material coming for the most part from the international antique trade, reconstructing a picture rich in regional styles. Foreign artistic influences coming during the first centuries AD are analysed in depth in the Appendix by Fabio E. Betti.

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