The mandate of Dickinson College Commentaries is to develop and publish peer-reviewed electronic editions of Latin and Greek texts with notes, vocabulary lists, and digital enhancements, such as sound recordings, map animations, and links to online grammars and other resources.
The project began in 2010 with an edition of selections from Julius Caesar’s Gallic War, using notes selected from older school editions. It was created by Chris Francese and a team of Dickinson students on an earlier site using Mediawiki. A second pilot commentary, on Sulpicius Severus’ Life of St. Martin, with original notes by Francese, also began in Mediawiki. In 2011-2012 both pilot commentaries were transferred to the present Drupal site, which was designed by Chris Stamas and built by Ryan Burke.
In 2011-2012 Francese created core vocabulary lists, with the help of Wilfred Major and Marc Mastrangelo (Greek) and Meghan Reedy (Latin). These represent the most common dictionary headwords in ancient Greek and Latin, the lemmas that generate 70% of the words found in a typical text. In Greek this means approximately 650 lemmas, in Latin, about 1000. These lists are intended to give the common words that will not be glossed in the running vocabulary lists, and to aid the intermediate level student in acquiring a useful base of common vocabulary for reading.
Funding for this project is provided by the Roberts Fund for classical studies at Dickinson College. Submissions are welcome and will be reviewed by the editorial committee. Interested authors should contact Chris Francese.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Dickinson College Commentaries
Dickinson College Commentaries: Latin and Greek texts with explanatory notes, vocabulary, and graphic, video and audio elements, for readers of Greek and Latin. Submissions to the series are welcome.