Sunday, March 10, 2013

Analyzing the layout and design of Homeric manuscripts with scholia

The digital scholarly publishing initiative Academic Anvil has announced the results of its first call for proposals.  Academic Anvil is a digital publisher for scholarship in the humanities founded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).

Of the three submissions accepted (announced here), one builds upon the digital archive of the Homer Multitet project.  The proposal, entitled "Design and Layout of the Richest Manuscript of the Iliad" and available here, is co-authored by HMT project co-architect Neel Smith, and long-time HMT project contributor Nik Churik, an alum of the 2012 CHS summer seminar.

Churik, currently a sophomore, started Greek in his first year at Holy Cross, and began volunteer work for the HMT in his first semester of college.  The publication should appear in May at around the same time that Nik takes his final exam in intermediate Greek.

His contribution illustrates two important ways that work on the HMT leads to new discoveries:  first, if you look thoroughly at incompletely published or studied material, you will make new discoveries; and second, if you apply automated methods to analyze material systematically, you will find previously unnoticed patterns of evidence.

We will post links here when the final publication is available.

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