Perseus Digital Library
The Perseus Digital Library Project originates at Tufts University and "is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities. We are funded to perform research on developing tools to provide users with improved access to various types of materials. Past work has focused on building and linking together collections. Current work considers ways of developing and refining tools for presentation of the materials in the Perseus DL. We are primarily a research project, although we do incorporate services for our audience. For more on who we are and what we do, see the About Perseus page and our list of publications. Perseus has a particular focus upon the Greco-Roman world and upon classical Greek and Latin, but the larger mission provides the distant, but fixed star by which we have charted our path for over two decades. Early modern English, the American Civil War, the History and Topography of London, the History of Mechanics, automatic identification and glossing of technical language in scientific documents, customized reading support for Arabic language, and other projects that we have undertaken allow us to maintain a broader focus and to demonstrate the commonalities between Classics and other disciplines in the humanities and beyond. At a deeper level, collaborations with colleagues outside of classical studies make good on the claim that a classical education generally provides those critical skills and that intellectual adaptability that we claim to instill in our students. We offer the combination of classical and non-classical projects that we pursue as one answer to those who worry that a classical education will leave them or their children with narrow, idiosyncratic skills." The following collections are currently available:
  • Greek and Roman Materials: Primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser: A massive library of art objects, sites, and buildings. The library's catalogs document 1305 coins, 1909 vases, 2003 sculptures, 179 sites, 140 gems, and 424 buildings. Each catalog entry has a description of the object and its context; most have images. Descriptions and images have been produced in collaboration with many museums, institutions, and scholars. Catalog information and keywords have been taken from standard sources, which are cited in the entries for each object.
  • Arabic Materials: Arabic language documents.
  • Germanic Materials: Materials for the study of the Germanic Peoples.
  • 19th-Century American: Sources on the history of the 19th-century United States.
  • Renaissance Materials: Primary and secondary sources in early modern English literature.
  • Richmond Times Dispatch: Issues of the Richmond Times Dispatch.
  • Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri: Non-literary papyri, Greek and Latin, from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.
The collections can be browsed or searched by various criteria such as language, place, people and date.

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Monday, 8 August 2011 - 8:28pm
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