ICAEM 2022: Making Lists in the Ancient World: Memory, Status, Identity

3–5 June 2022

General information

The conference was a hybrid event, with speakers both onsite (Senate Hall, Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia) and online. All sessions were also streamed via Zoom, to give access to a wider audience. Some of the presentations were recorded and will be available on the YouTube channel of CAEMC.


Mark Geller
Listing data: the stubborn persistence of a typically Babylonian epistemology
Richard Hunter
What first? What last? Lists and the sense of order in Greek culture
Guy Darshan
From Lists to History: The Growth of the Biblical Table of Nations (Genesis 10) in Its Eastern Mediterranean Context



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FRIDAY, 3 June 2022

9.00–9.30 Opening

9.30–10.00 Vladimir Sazonov (University of Tartu), Historical kings in the Sumerian King List (SKL) and Tummal inscription: One or two different traditions? 

10.00–10.30 Pavel Čech (University of Prague), Wider context of data processing in the western cuneiform periphery.

10.30–11.00 Vladimir Shelestin, Did the Hittite geographical lists exist?

11.00–11.30 Andrew Schumann (University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, Poland), Legal Codes of the Ur III Dynasty and of the Qin Dynasty. The Comparative Analysis of their Societal Roles.

11.30–11.50 Coffee pause

11.50–12.40 KEYNOTE: Mark Geller (UCL, London), Listing data: the stubborn persistence of a typically Babylonian epistemology.

12.40–14.30 Lunch break

14.30–15.00 Ronald Blankenborg (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Aesthetics of List(en)ing: Catalogues as Bits-and-Pieces Poetry.

15.00–15.30 Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Taxonomies in lists and catalogues in Indo-European sacred text traditions from the Indo-Iranian up to the Aegeo-Anatolian language domains.

15.30–15.50 Coffee pause

15.50–16.40 KEYNOTE: Guy Darshan (Tel Aviv University), From Lists to History: The Growth of the Biblical Table of Nations (Genesis 10) in Its Eastern Mediterranean Context.

16.40–17.10 Shira J. Golani (Gordon Academic College of Education, Haifa), At One Fell Swoop? Observations on the Lists of the Opposing Groups of Angels in the Book of Watchers.

17.10–17.40 Urmas Nõmmik (University of Tartu), The List of Divine Creation in Yahweh's Speech Job 38–39.

19.00 Reception (sponsored by Ugarit-Verlag)


SATURDAY, 4 June 2022

9.30–10.20 KEYNOTE: Richard Hunter (University of Cambridge), What first? What last? Lists and the sense of order in Greek culture. [HANDOUT]

10.2010.50 Janika Päll (University of Tartu), The lists of epithets in Orphic Hymns. [HANDOUT]

10.5011.10 Coffee pause

11.1011.40 Guillemette Mérot (University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris), Reception and Adaptation of Greek Literary Canons in Quintilian’s Reading List. [HANDOUT]

11.4012.10 Juliane Zachhuber (University of Oxford), Cataloguing religious prestige: the Rhodian epigraphic habit of inscribing priest lists. [HANDOUT]

12.1012.40 Mait Kõiv (University of Tartu), Lists of kings and contest winners, and the dates calculated for the Spartan early history.

12.4014.30 Lunch break

14.3016.00 POSTER SESSION (online):

Nadia Linder (Vienna), List and Narrative: Arrangement of Entries in an Old Babylonian List based on Late Uruk Iconography. [POSTER – PDF]

Mieszek Jagiełło (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Mythical Ogyges, the Greek Flood and the Sumerian King List: Comparison and Interpretation. [POSTER - PDF]

Jordan Miller (University of Oxford), Compiling Egyptian underworlds: modelling sources and ritual practice for the Amduat catalogue of king Thutmose III. [POSTER – PDF]

Priit-Hendrik Kaldma (University of Tallinn), The list of Athenian archons and the leading families of the Archaic Athens. [POSTER – PDF]

Zhang Duoduo (Northeast Normal University, Changchun), Between Hieron and Hosion: The Polis Life in the Parthenon Inventories of 5th Century BC. [POSTER – PDF]

Matthew Hewitt (University of Oxford), The Ideology of the Inscribed Manumission Lists from Epirote Bouthrotos. [POSTER – PDF]

16.0016.20 Coffee pause

16.2016.50 Netanel Anor (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), God Enumerations in Para-List Sources.

16.5017.20 Adam Howe (University of Cambridge), A Litany of Offences: Lists and the Ideology of Divine Punishment in Mesopotamia.

17.2017.50 Joanna Töyräänvuori (University of Helsinki), The Monster-Lists of the Ugaritic Texts as Symbolic Geography.


SUNDAY, 5 June 2022

9.3010.00 Ana Isabel Blasco Torres (University of Salamanca), Greek lists in Graeco-Roman Egypt: types and purposes.

10.0010.30 Elena Chepel (University of Vienna), Cataloguing festivals in Roman Egypt: the list of gifts P. Ross.Georg. II 41+P. Zereteli inv. 326.

10.3010.50 Coffee pause

10.5011.20 Juan Manuel Bermúdez Lorenzo (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid), Lists and people in the tituli picti of inscriptions on Baetic oil amphorae found on Monte Testaccio in Rome.

11.2011.50 Iulia Dumitrache, Roxana-Gabriela Curcă (University of Iași, Romania) Professionals listed in epigraphical records from Moesia Inferior.

11.5012.15 Concluding remarks

13.30 Trip to Tallinn



Conference description

Gathering, systematizing and presenting information usually involves its sequential ordering. Temporal sequences can easily be presented in the form of a narrative, which, however, proves inadequate for many other types of information, especially when a large amount of similar data is to be systematized and presented. Making either lists or catalogues has therefore been a conventional tool for information processing since the emergence of early civilisations and has remained an important part of human culture ever since. In various ancient cultures we see numerous lists, for example, of gods, kings, heroes, soldiers, slaves, artisans, authors, animals, plants, books, inventory, taxes, chronology, towns, countries etc.

The form of a catalogue with its appearance of completeness and exhaustivity is connected to various socio-political, economic and cultural issues. In addition to acting as inventories, catalogues and lists can express ideological, moral or aesthetic values, function as methods of control, etc. This conference welcomes papers that address these issues either at a general level or through specific case studies. Possible questions to be asked include but are not limited to the following:

* What was the purpose of making lists and compiling catalogues?

* Which kind of information and on which principles was included or excluded? (Consider, e.g., various social norms, possibilities of alteration or falsification and change, as in the case of a canon or a list of recommended authors.)

* How and by whom were the lists used?

* What was the impact of data gathering and sequential ordering on subsequent procession of information?

* Which forms of catalogic texts have been in use?

* Have the specifics of the information favoured particular documentary or literary forms and have the particular forms shaped the content?




School of Theology and Religious Studies,

Institute of Cultural Research,

Institute of History and Archaeology,

College of Foreign Languages and Cultures

of the University of Tartu