Marco Büchler and Annette Loos (Lepzig) - Textual Re-use of Ancient Greek Texts: A case study on Plato’s works

The digital Classicist seminar on Friday 26th June: Marco Büchler and Annette Loos (Leipzig) - Textual Re-use of Ancient Greek Texts: A case study on Plato’s works.

Another excellent presentation from a computer scientist (natural language processing) and a classicist (specializing in ancient Greek language) showing how a collaborative project can advance the research interests of both. Both work on the eAqua project at the University of Leipzig.

This is not a digitization project but one that uses the text from the TLG to investigate citations of the ancient writers in later works. Plato's Timeus is used here as a case study opening up many possibilities which are outlined in the presentation.

A particular feature of this project is its ability to give a visual display of the results (see the slides from the link below) of the data highlighting the differences (and inversely the similarities) of the texts. Any textual variation literally jumps out of the screen at you. A particularly useful side effect of this is that it gives the possibility to compare different versions of a text and highlight the variant readings.

Lively and full discussion followed the presentation again showing the importance that is attached to this type of research.

The audio recording and side show are available on the Digital Classicist seminar webpage:
http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2009.html

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