Help with Latin Texts: Musisque deoque

Musisque deoque is an Italian project developed in 2005 that aims to be a comprehensive repository of Latin works of poetry “from its origins to the Italian Renaissance.” In addition to the full text, the project also offers a critical apparatus for much of the material, as well as metrical analyses and advanced search options. In this guest post, I will take you on a tour of some of the main features.

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Tips and Tricks for Upper-Level Languages: Using a Dictionary

In my last post on using Perseus in upper level language courses, I talked a lot about consulting the dictionary entry for various words. In today’s post, I’m going to talk about all the wonderful information found in a dictionary entry and explain how to find the appropriate definition for your word.

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Help with Latin texts: The TLL Online

About a year ago, we started a series of posts on the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, or TLG. For various reasons, this series was never finished. But we’re here to help budding philologists with a companion piece for the TLG’s Latin pseudo-cousin, the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL). The TLL and the TLG are not run by the same group of scholars, and there are substantial differences in the way that each tool approaches the semiotics of its chosen language. From my perspective, it can be simplified into the question of format (1). The TLG is a digital product, albeit a product of a nascent digital age. The TLL is a paper product, and it doesn’t seem to change that much when transitioned to a digital medium.  For you, the user, this basically means ‘expect a lot of scrolling’.

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Tips and Tricks for is a great source for online translations of ancient authors.  The site also has translations of some Greek inscriptions, plus a list of all the events that happened in any year from 324-30 BCE.  The ancient authors section includes late Roman writers, but the rest of the site is limited to the Greek/Hellenistic world and the Roman Republic. is relatively easy to navigate (they even have a How-To Page), but I would like to draw your attention to some of the site’s features. Continue reading