Greek and Latin Unleashed: Harvard Library’s Contribution to the Digital Humanities | Harvard Library

“The Open Greek and Latin Project (OGL) is an international collaboration working to bring free access to all source texts written in Classical Greek or Latin from antiquity to c. 600 CE, including manuscripts, papyri, epigraphs, ostraca (broken pieces of ceramic material used as ballots) and more.

In 2016, the Harvard Library and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies joined forces with Mount Allison University and the University of Virginia to help the OGL implement a proof of concept of the project, focusing on the first thousand years of Greek texts. Funding for the First Thousand Years of Greek component of the OGL came from the Harvard Library through a grant from the Arcadia Foundation and the generous support of the Center for Hellenic Studies. The OGL is led by Professor Gregory Crane, the Humboldt Professor of Computer Science at the University of Leipzig and Professor of Classics at Tufts University and Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Project. All partners in the project are providing staff and technical support.

This funding is helping the OGL complete the digitization of Greek texts and create an easy-to-use but functionally rich user interface. This will allow researchers to access, search, download, modify, and redistribute textual data to explore new forms in areas such as born-digital annotation, reading practices, audiences for Greek and Latin, and avenues of research. While the design of the website is under development, scholars are accessing and using the texts from GitHub, the software development platform. …”

“Open Access and the Humanities: The Case of Classics Journals” by Paul Ojennus

“Since the earliest pressures to develop open access (OA) options for journal literature were in the fields of science and medicine, the predominant models reflect those origins and fit those disciplines. These models are less applicable to humanities publishing models, which have been slower to embrace open access. Current literature on OA in the humanities focuses on theoretical frameworks and end-user perceptions. This study complements those perspectives by examining current practices in the humanities, specifically, the OA options offered by journals serving the discipline of the classics.”



Ancient OCR: Storing, Cataloguing, Relating, and Exposing OCR Objects from the Open Philology Project – EUDAT

“The Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig has developed a modular, multi-threaded OCR pipeline to reach our goal of digitizing 100,000 books in the next three years.  This pilot project gives us a way to store, catalogue, and expose the results of this pipeline, from original image to final OCR results.  The users of the EUDAT system will be at the University of Leipzig and Tufts University (USA).  The users of the data would be the same as those of the Perseus Digital Library, i.e., researchers and students in classical languages worldwide….”

Using Images in Teaching and Publications | Society for Classical Studies

“Websites with Downloadable Digital Images

This list is arranged in three sections – Sites and Artifacts, Textual Material, Coins, Maps, and Museum and Archive Collections – with websites arranged alphabetically within each section. This list is not exhaustive; suggestions for additions are very welcome and should be sent to Kathleen Coleman (

Where free reproduction is permitted under a Creative Commons license, details are noted below. Reproduction rights for the other sites vary; for details, please consult the sites themselves….”

Classical Inquiries – Studies on the Ancient World from CHS

“Classical Inquiries (CI) is an online, rapid-publication project of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, devoted to sharing some of the latest thinking on the ancient world with researchers and the general public.

The primary author for CI will be Gregory Nagy, who is currently the Director at the Center and the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University in Cambridge. …”