Assyria’s National Instrument

The journal Iraq, published by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq recently printed an academic article about Assyrian music that I wrote. The citation is: Cheng, Jack, “The Horizontal Forearm Harp: Assyria’s National Instrument,” Iraq 74, 2012, p. 75-87. Here’s the abstract: A horizontal harp, strung with 7 to 9 strings and usually decorated…

Irene Winter’s Festschrift now online

Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context: Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter By Her Students, eds. Jack Cheng & Marian Feldman, (Leiden: Brill), 2007 is now accessible online for reading or download. You can find it on Scribd here: Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context: Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter By Her…

Review of the Virtual Museum of Iraq

Now online is a review I wrote of the Virtual Museum of Iraq. It’s a really beautiful, well thought out site but I hate it for reasons that become apparent in the review. Here’s the first paragraph: The Virtual Museum of Iraq serves as an excellent multimedia introduction to the history and archaeology of Iraq,…

Article on Sumerian Music

The Journal of Near Eastern Studies has just published my article on Sumerian music (including singing and iconography). Here’s the citation and the first few hundred words: Jack Cheng, “A Review of Early Dynastic III Music: Man’s Animal Call,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies July 2009, Vol. 68, No. 3: 163-178. A review of the…

Museum Review

A review I wrote of “Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum” has been published in the latest issue of Near Eastern Archaeology (vol. 71 #4, cover dated December 2008). It’s too late to see the show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the review is not online, but it was…

World History Matters

My latest publication is as a contributor to World History Matters: A Student Guide to World History Online, a nicely illustrated and well organized guide to scholarly internet sites. Yes, you can cite these in your papers!