Tag Archives: Greek

Ancient Wisdom – Why Study Classics? (via Jonathan Knott)

Club UK magzine, July 2011 I don’t like Cicero,’ says Rachel Cunliffe, a second-year undergraduate reading Classics at Cambridge University. ‘I think he was an arrogant so and so who thought he was far more important than he actually was. But I recommend that every modern politician who wants to give inspiring speeches should study him. To read him you’d think he was the most incredible man in Rome.’ Fellow student Afra Pujol i Campeny from Barce … Read More

via Jonathan Knott

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Calling All “Wannabe” Archaeologists – Help Translate Papyrus Text

One-hundred years ago, archaeologists uncovered thousands of papyrus scraps in a rubbish pit at Oxyrhynchus. Many of those pieces remain untranslated.

Scholars are calling on all arm-chair archaeologists to help them decipher the texts:

As untranslated fragments appear on the website, character-recognition tools will help people match the letters to symbols. Once the letters have been transliterated, the computer verifies whether the manuscript has been translated by an academic. If not, it passes it on to the scholars for further study.

This endeavor has already produced a great deal of success – including the decipherment of a previously undiscovered Gospel. To read more about the project, check out this article in Discovery News. To give a shot yourself, check out the Ancient Lives website (no knowledge of Greek necessary).

This Day in History – Troy is Sacked

According to the Greek mathematician and philosopher Eratosthenes, today marks the anniversary of the sack of Troy (1184 BCE). Now, while the Trojan War is an event shrined in myth and mystery (and its occurrence is still a point of debate), I like that today is a day to mark the study of Homer and Bronze Age Greece. So, I shall commemorate the anniversary with a listing of relevant sources for the study of Homeric Greek and the Greek Bronze Age.

The Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek Lexicon – if you have ever taken Greek, then you are more than familiar with the Liddell Lexicon. The online version is comprehensive and complete – and easier to navigate than other electronic Greek dictionaries.

The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Greece – The largest collection of english translated Greek texts. If you need to look up a reference, it can be your best friend. They are out of copyright and fully open-source. However, because these are from very old translations the english can be a bit… painful.

eLatine eGreek eLearn – A social networking site using the Ning platform for teachers and students of the ancient world.

The Perseus Digital Library – Hosted by Tufts, the Perseus Project serves as a database for Greek and Latin literature, images, and resources.

The Center for Hellenic Studies – This site hosted by Havard has a lot of online literature, discourse, and even free online courses for those interested in Bronze Age Greece.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World – This site is hosted by NYU and offers a variety of online resources for students and educators.

The Encyclopedia Mythica: Greek Mythology – This site hosts a number of resources, references, and material for those interested in Ancient Greece and is divided by region.

The Iliad – The text is offered in its complete form for free via Project Gutenberg

The Odyssey  – The text is offered in its complete form for free via Project Gutenberg.