- November 9, 2011
Announcing "Working with text in a digital age", an NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Co-directors: Monica Berti and Gregory Crane, Tufts University; Anke Lüdeling, Humboldt University.
July 23-August 11, 2012 Tufts University, Medford MA
This institute will provide participants with three weeks in which (1) to develop hands on experience with TEI-XML, (2) to apply methods from information retrieval, text visualization, and corpus and computational linguistics to the analysis of textual and linguistic sources in the humanities, (3) to rethink not only their own research agendas but also new relationships between their work and non-specialists.
A call for applications will follow shortly.
- November 7, 2011
Perseus is pleased to announce collaboration with the Pelagios and Pleiades projects. Please refer to the blog post for details.
We have also recently addressed errors in the sort order of the Greco-Roman collection list and fixed a number of typographical errors, broken abbreviations and text links.
Please note that due to the recent increase in amount of available morphological data on Perseus, we have run into resource limitations updating our frequency tables, so frequency scores may currently be inaccurate for many of the lemmas. We are working to address this problem as quickly as possible.
- September 23, 2011
Perseus is pleased to announce the availability of the Thematic Index of Classics in JStor, an automatically generated index of themes in a collection of more than 130,000 research articles archived in JStor. This work was developed by David Mimno under the Cybereditions Project, an effort led by the Perseus Project at Tufts University and funded by the Mellon Foundation.
- September 19, 2011
Perseus wishes to announce the publication of the first digital edition of Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon - the major English lexicon for Classical Arabic, now available under in TEI XML under a Creative Commons License. Perseus has published a number of lexica and lexicographic resources, including Salmoné's Arabic English Lexicon, but Lane's monumental lexicon for Classical Arabic posed particular challenges because of its organization according to roots rather than dictionary words. The resulting complications affected not only the structure of an inherently complex document but the services by which readers can find relevant words. Harry Diakoff of The Alpheios Project, Ltd. created a working TEI XML edition of Lane and integrated it with the Alpheios reading environment tools.
Perseus also wants to highlight the release on Alpheios.net of key texts in Classical Arabic, including Book of Songs, Arabian Nights, Arabic Reading Lessons, The Autobiography Of The Constantinopolitan Story-Teller, Selection from the Annals of Tabari, Selections from Arabic geographical literature and Voyages D'Ibn Batutah. We wish to thank the Alpheios Project, Ltd. and Harry Diakoff, working with Bridget Almas and Zachary Himes (Tufts Class of 14).
- September 12, 2011
Perseus is pleased to have an opportunity to provide one venue for access to the Poeti d'Italia collection (http://www.poetiditalia.it) -- 3.5 million words of Latin poetry from the early modern period in Italy, produced under a Creative Commons license under the direction of Professor Paolo Mastandrea, at the University of Venice.
Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish TEI XML digital editions of works by Achilles Tatius, Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, Barnabas, Saint Basil, Bion of Phlossa, Chariton, Clement of Alexandria, Demetrius, Eusebius, John of Damascus, Julian the Emperor, Longinus, Longus, Marcus Aurelius, Moschos, Onasander, Parthenius, Procopius, Ptolemy and Xenophon of Ephesus.
This release includes parses for 139,385 additional Greek forms and 100,328 additional Latin forms, resulting in 22% more Greek morphological analyses and 39% more Latin. The majority of the primary source texts in the Greco-Roman collection have also been updated as part of an ongoing effort to standardize the markup scheme. Most of the updates to the texts were structural, with only minor, if any, changes to the content. Please don't hesitate to report any problems you may see with any of the texts.
- September 1, 2011:
Perseus submitted a contribution to the Beta Sprint for the Digital Public Library of America. We offer technological examples such as the Perseus Digital Library itself, as well as the Proteus Book search system and the Alpheios reading environment. We would also like to point out the Mukurtu project provides a content management system in which indigenous communities can distinguish content that they can release under a Creative Commons open license from materials that are only appropriate for particular lineages or groups within their communities. The History Engine gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work — researching, writing, and publishing — of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history and that is available to scholars, teachers, and the general public in their online database.
- July 9, 2011:
Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish TEI XML digital editions of Aelian, Cassius Dio, Callistratus, Philostratus, the Athenian, Philostratus Major and Philostratus Minor.
Support from the Mellon Foundation has allowed us to add TEI XML digital editions for Ausonius.
This release also includes fixes for various bugs including broken morphology links in the vocabulary lists and missing abbreviations for the newer works.
- May 23, 2011:
This release also includes fixes for line number displays in recently released texts, typos in Elegy & Iambus, the citation scheme in Athenaeus and entity voting errors.
- April 14, 2011:
Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish a TEI XML digital edition of Diodorus. Support for the Cybereditions project from the Mellon Foundation has allowed us to add as well TEI XML digital editions for Curtius, Horace, Cicero, Ovid, Sidonius, Prudentius and Seneca the Elder.
Thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Max Planck Society we have also been able to publish Edward William Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon.
- March 14, 2011:
Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, Perseus is pleased to publish a TEI XML digital edition of Arrian and to complete the TEI XML digital edition of Lucian, initially published in December. Support for the Cybereditions project from the Mellon Foundation and Tufts University has allowed us to add as well TEI XML digital editions for Florus, Persius, Statius, Apuleius, Columella, Martial, Tibullus and the Scriptores Historiae Augustae.
- January 24, 2011:
Thanks to a grant from the Google Digital Humanities program, the Perseus Digital Library is pleased to publish TEI XML digital editions for the Greek Poets Aratus Solensis, Colluthus, Nonnus of Panopolis, Callimachus, Lycophron, Oppian, Oppian of Apamea, Quintus Smyrnaeus and Tryphiodorus.
- December 13, 2010:
- Thanks to NEH support for the PhiloGrid Project, the Perseus Digital Library is pleased to publish TEI XML digital editions for
the Greek Anthology,
Elegy and Iambus and
for most of Lucian.
This increases the available Plutarch from roughly 100,000 to the surviving 1,150,000
words. Athenaeus and the Greek Anthology
are new within the Perseus Digital Library, with roughly 270,000 and 160,000 words
of Greek. The 13,000 words for J.M. Edmonds Elegy
and Iambus include both the surviving poetic quotations and major contexts
in which these poems are quoted. The 200,000 words of Lucian represent roughly 70%
of the surviving works attributed to that author. In all, this places more than 1.6
million words of Greek in circulation. With this release, we have also changed the
license for opensource texts to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike,
removing the non-commercial restriction that we adopted in March 2006 when we first
began making our XML source texts available under a CC license. See our post on the
Consortium blog for full details on the release.
- October 22, 2010:
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library: A new release of the website is now available. We have added new texts for current authors, such as Plutarch and Servius.
- February 5, 2010:
- We have fixed the problem with viewing full-size images in IE7 and 8.
- February 4, 2010:
- February 1, 2010:
- December 15, 2009:
- October 7, 2009:
- March 31, 2009:
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library: You can now view the places mentioned in the Perseus Digital Library by collection or text through the Google Maps interface. Links to view places in a text can be found on a text page, in the Places box. Places are automatically extracted, so please email the webmaster if you notice errors.
- 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:
- September 23, 2008:
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
- The first release of the Arabic Collection.
- Search tools have been refined.
- Navigation in 4.0 has been updated.
- Art & Archaeology data has been updated. The A & A Artifact Browser can now be found under the Collections tab
- General information on the Perseus Project has been added: Research, Grants, Research Opportunities, and Job Opportunities.
- A dedicated Open Source section.
- Our list of Publications has been moved to the About section.
- 4.0 Help pages have been updated.
- Additional hardware has been added to the Perseus backend servers.
- May 13, 2008:
- New updates to Perseus Hopper open source release: The open source release of the Perseus Hopper has been updated. You now have the choice of downloading the data generated by the installation process rather than loading the data using the texts. The text files continue to be available under the Creative Commons license.
- March 28, 2008:
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
- Searching has been re-enabled.
- The first 4.0 release of the Renaissance Collection is now available.
- Word study tools and word frequencies have been refined.
- Additional memory has been added to all Perseus servers.
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
- February 7, 2008:
- Building a "FRBR-Inspired" Catalog: The Perseus Digital Library has been exploring the creation of a FRBR-Inspired catalog for classics, and with funding from the Mellon Foundation, has taken some preliminary steps beyond our initial work first reported in October 2005. If you are interested in reading more, please check out our new report.
- November 9, 2007:
- Install Perseus 4.0 on your computer: All of the source code for the Perseus Java Hopper and much of the content in Perseus is now available under an open source license. You can download the code, compile it, and run it on your own system. This requires more labor and a certain level of expertise for which we can only provide minimal support. However, since it will be running on your own machine, it can be much faster than our website, especially during peak usage times. You also have the option to install only certain collections or texts on your version, making it as specialized as you wish. Also, if you want to use a different system to make the content available, you can do so within the terms of the Creative Commons license. This is the first step in open sourcing the code as you can modify the code as much as you want, but at this time, we cannot integrate your changes back into our system. That is our ultimate goal, so keep a look out for that!
- November 15, 2006:
- Classics in a Digital World: Curious about where classics might go in a digital world? See the preprint of a new article about ePhilology that will appear in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies.
- June 21, 2006: Art and Archaeology Browser Updated
- March 15, 2006: Improvements to the Perseus Digital Library
- Migration of core data to the Tufts University Repository: We are beginning to shift core Perseus data to the Tufts Institutional Repository, where it will become a part of the university's permanent collection. There are several implications:
- Preservation: This step addresses the long term needs of preservation and access: while Perseus has been in operation for almost two decades, libraries are better suited to maintain collections over time than particular projects.
- Separation of production from research: The on-line version of the Perseus Digital Library, now more than ten years old, has combined services with research and development activities. As time progresses, established services will shift to the institutional repository, with the Perseus Digital Library focusing progressively more on research and development. As research services become established and prove useful, they will subsequently migrate to the production server.
- Named entity browsing and searching: Perseus has extracted placenames
and dates from full text for more than five years. This version of the Perseus Digital
Library adds additional functionality:
- You can now search for and browse placenames and dates in Perseus documents.
- We are adding personal names and will soon add other categories (e.g., organizations). Personal names are in the new Perseus American collection and will be added to classical texts. Classical texts have placenames and dates marked in their public XML source.
- Downloadable XML source texts: Public domain primary materials are now available under a Creative Commons license for download in their native XML format.
- Bug fixes and incremental modifications: many general optimizations have been implemented, and various display issues have been fixed, based on user reports.
- Improved hardware: we are adding new servers that are not only faster but easier to manage. This should improve not only speed but reliability.
- May 27, 2005:
Perseus 4.0 released -- a new implementation of the Perseus Digital Library.
- Perseus 4.0, a new Java-based version of the Perseus Digital Library, is available for testing. It contains a faster, more manageable back-end and a more modern look and feel. Many features of Perseus are now available as XML services -- for example, developers can extract well-formed XML fragments of primary sources with full TEI-conformant markup in order to create their own front ends. Read more...
- Earlier announcements