Greek Around the Web

There have been a few exicing developments for Greek students in the past few days; developments that a few of us have been rebuked for not mentioning. But I wouldn’t have known about them had it not been for Michael Hanel over at the Bibleworks Blog anyway.

Bascially, Perseus has made some significant changes, particularly in adding some very important texts to their collection – though presently only in English translation:

March 16, 2009:

  • New job announcement: Perseus is seeking a Greek Treebank Editor to supervise the creation of a syntactic database for classical Greece with 1,000,000 words – one of the most promising instruments ever produced for the study of Greek linguistics, literary style, and lexicography. We encourage graduate students who could build their dissertation work on this project, as well as classicists with PhD in hand, to consider applying.
  • Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
    • Many improvements to the Art & Archaeology data and interface. You can now search the A&A data and image captions.
    • Euclid’s Elements have been added, as well as a large number of Plutarch texts, edited by Bernadotte Perrin. Links to these texts can be found on the Greek and Roman collection page.

The addition of Plutarch is very exciting for those of us who study the Hellenistic & Greco-Roman periods since he live during the first century. Hopefully they’ll add some more Greek editions soon – and I’m rather confident they will. Even still, in English, this is an important addition and its not all English. There is a good amount of Greek there too.

I have to admit that their newly opened position looks rather tempting to me, but based on the description, I highly doubt that I would be even remotely qualified, particularly since I have not computer programing skills whatsoever and the actual description suggest that such skills would be needed. Either way, such a database is definitely what Greek studies needs. It would provide an amazing base for future work and study of Greek syntax beyond simple category labels and hopefully when complete (even partially)  it will be available freely like the rest of Perseus.

The other great event is the expansion what offerings available to non-subscribes to the TLG (HT: Old in the New), though I continue to hope for the day when they make their database available freely (yeah right). They’ve given their website a much needed makeover. Anyway, there’s a whole lot of Chrysostom available now and its beautiful.

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