Friday, June 4, 2010

The Homer Multitext and undergraduate research

The Homer Multitext is a large, collaborative research project, and will require the contributions of many researchers to achieve its goals. We have therefore developed ways for undergraduate researchers to be involved in producing original research, published and credited as their own but contributing to the larger endeavor. This summer five undergraduates will be contributing to the project. At Furman University, three undergraduates are working on digital diplomatic editions of Homeric papyri, some of our oldest witnesses to the Homeric epics. At the College of the Holy Cross we have two students working with the high-resolution digital photographs of the Venetus A manuscript that we acquired in 2007 (see the images via the Manuscript browser here) to create digital texts of its text of the Iliad, the scholia (marginal commentary) and all other features of each page of the manuscript. The texts will all be linked through structured mark-up to the images themselves. The goal for the summer project is to complete this task for two books of the Iliad. In future posts I will give updates on their progress.

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