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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Help with Research: Using Tesserae for intertextuality, part 4

In our previous posts, we’ve talked about what intertextuality means, how computers can help you locate it, the differences between intertextuality and discourse analysis, how Tesserae can help you with the latter in particular, and how to limit the number of results you get in a Tesserae search. In this post, we finish going through the advanced features and talk about Tesserae’s most innovative search type: sound analysis. Continue reading

Help with Latin and Greek: Gobbets

If you are not Canadian (or maybe not Commonwealth? Let us know!), you are probably wondering what is a gobbet and why do I need help with it? Readers, I know, because once I had the exact same question. I had just begun graduate school and I was taking a class on Euripidean drama. When it came time for the midterm, the professor said, oh-so-casually, “it will be a translation plus gobbets.”

To my American ears, this sounded roughly like the world’s worst Thanksgiving dinner. I was soon to learn otherwise. Continue reading

Online Resources: Brill’s New Pauly

The Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, also often called the Pauly–Wissowa and abbreviated RE, is an important source for the study of antiquity but it can be quite daunting for the beginning student.  The original RE, based on August Pauly’s 1939 unfinished encyclopedia, was written in German.  The massive 83 volume work was begun in 1890 and not finished until 1978 and the articles were written by individual experts.  From 1996-2003 an updated version appeared (with supplemental volumes appearing between 2004 and 2012) called the Neue Pauly (also in German).  The English version, called Brill’s New Pauly, consists of 28 volumes published between 2002 and 2014. Continue reading