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University of Michigan Press and Gabii Project Pioneer New Approach to Collaborative “Book” Publishing

by Charles Watkinson September 27, 2017

The University of Michigan’s excavations of the Early- and Mid-Republican site of Gabii have over the last few years focused attention on the origins of urbanism and rise of Rome, as a successful competitor to the city only 15 miles to the east. Thanks to the leadership of Nicola Terrenato, Marcello Mogetta, and Rachel Opitz the project has also been a pioneer in the application of digital technologies, especially 3D photogrammetry. The Gabii team was thoughtful from the start of the project in envisioning how the application of new tools in field research might be best represented in the final […]

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Gabii and UMP Digital Publishing

by Charles Watkinson December 31, 2016
Cover image for A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

The University of Michigan Press exhibit at the Archaeological Institute of America / Society for Classical Studies joint Annual Meeting has for decades been a highlight of our year. It’s a great chance to exhibit the Press’s latest books, as well as distributed publications from distinguished partners such as the American Academy in Rome and the American Society of Papyrologists. And Dr. Ellen Bauerle, the senior acquiring editor for classics and archaeology, always has a full meeting schedule with current and prospective authors. This year’s meeting in Toronto (January 5-8) will feature the usual spread of bestselling books (including Eric […]

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“Throw Back to the Future” AAUP Blog Tour: Special University Press Week Post

by Jenny Geyer November 17, 2016

The University of Michigan Press is one division of what makes up the whole of Michigan Publishing, which is closely affiliated with the U-M Library. Because of this unique collaborative structure, we have many opportunities to work with scholars to develop innovative ways to present their research. Throw Back to the Future could not be a more appropriate theme under which to introduce two major projects from Michigan Publishing; the first being a digital, interactive scholarly monograph built on a video game platform developed by a team of archaeologists to record their excavation of an ancient Roman city; the second, […]

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Q&A with Eugene Dwyer, author of Pompeii’s Living Statues

by University of Michigan Press July 1, 2010

In AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupted in two stages. While the first stage was incredibly destructive, it was the second stage, a so-called pyroclastic flow that inundated Pompeii with a combination of superheated gases, pumice, and rocks, killing tens of thousands of people and animals and burying them in ash and mud. Pompeii’s Living Statues is a narrative account, supported by contemporary documents, of the remarkable discovery of those ancient victims preserved in the volcanic mud of Vesuvius. Eugene Dwyer is Professor of Art History at Kenyon College. Trained at Harvard and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York […]

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“Lead Burrito” Roman Tomb Find By UM Press Authors Could Contain Body of Gladiator or Christian Dignitary

by kris bishop April 6, 2010

Published: National Geographic.com, Christine Dell’Amore, March 29, 2010. A 1,700-year-old sarcophagus found in an abandoned city near Rome could contain the body of a gladiator or a Christian dignitary, say archaeologists who are preparing to examine the coffin in the lab. Found in a cement-capped pit in the ancient metropolis of Gabii, the coffin is unusual because it’s made of lead—only a few hundred such Roman burials are known. Even odder, the 800 pounds (362 kilograms) of lead fold over the corpse like a burrito, said Roman archaeologist Jeffrey Becker [co-editor with Nicola Terranato of upcoming UMP release Roman Republican […]

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