Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Homer Multitext

 [First posted in AWOL 26 February 2010. Updated 6 September 2011]

Homer Multitext
Casey Dué & Mary Ebbott, Editors · Christopher Blackwell & Neel Smith, Project Architects · Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, & Gregory Nagy, Associate Editors · A Publication of the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University, G. Nagy, Director, with support from the University of Houston’s High Performance Computing Group.

Welcome to the Homer Multitext

The Homer Multitext seeks to present the textual transmission of the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. Such a framework is needed to account for the full reality of a complex medium of oral performance that underwent many changes over a long period of time. These changes, as reflected in the many texts of Homer, need to be understood in their many different historical contexts. The Homer Multitext provides ways to view these contexts both synchronically and diachronically.

The Homer Multitext is a long-term project emphasizing collaborative research (we are particularly interested in undergraduate research), openly licensed data, and innovative uses of technology.The Homer Multitext welcomes collaboration in the form of diplomatic editions, images of historical documents, and translations. All material must be openly licensed and attribution will be given to the contributors. Please contact Casey Dué (casey@chs.harvard.edu) and Mary Ebbott (ebbott@chs.harvard.edu).

Recapturing a Homeric Legacy

We are pleased to be able to offer for download a PDF document of Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad, C. Dué, ed. (Hellenic Studies 35: The Center for Hellenic Studies, 2009). This book represents the collaboration of many scholars and friends of the Homer Multitext. We can offer it as a free download thanks to the Center for Hellenic Studies’ dedication to open scholarship and the vision of its director, Gregory Nagy. The printed book is also, of course, available for purchase.

Inventory of Homeric Scholia

The Homer Multitext is compiling a comprehensive inventory of the scholia on Byzantine manuscripts of the Iliad. See initial work from summer, 2010.

Diplomatic editions of manuscripts of the Iliad

The Homer Multitext is creating complete diplomatic editions of Byzantine manuscripts of the Iliad, and making them available both for downloading, and for interactive use, here.

Openly Licensed Images of Homeric Manuscripts

Thanks to fruitfull collaborations with the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, the Real Monasterio de El Escorial in Madrid, and the Owner of the Archimedes Palimpsest, we are pleased to offer a collection of images of ancient manuscripts under open licenses that offer access to scholars, students, and anyone interested in studying these artifacts of cultural heritage.

The archive of images can be found here: http://amphoreus.hpcc.uh.edu

Please note that these images are copyrighted to their respective owners, and that the assigned licenses define and limit the terms under which we can use them ourselves and make them available to others. Parties interested in securing other rights should contact the copyright-holding institutions directly.

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