17.175 new on WWW: improved Chicago Homer; PMC 13.3

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       [1] From: "Martin Mueller" <martinmueller@northwestern.edu> (49)
             Subject: Improved version of Chicago Homer

       [2] From: John Unsworth <unsworth@uiuc.edu> (34)
             Subject: PMC 13.3 available

             Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 06:23:21 +0100
             From: "Martin Mueller" <martinmueller@northwestern.edu>
             Subject: Improved version of Chicago Homer

    An improved version of The Chicago Homer is now available at

    The Chicago Homer is a bilingual database that uses the search and display
    capabilities of the digital surrogate to make distinctive features of Early
    Greek epic accessible to readers with and without Greek. In particular, the
    "digital page" of the Chicago Homer makes repetitions visible. It is a
    fundamental insight of twentieth-century scholarship that the Homeric poems
    are rooted in a tradition of oral verse making and that every hexametric
    line is shot through with idiomatic phrases that resonate in the listener's
    memory. For the modern reader these resonances are not easy to hear, but in
    any "page" of the Chicago Homer you can see just what is repeated, and links
    from any visible repetition let you navigate the neural networks of bardic
    memory. This is true even for readers who cannot read Greek: since they can
    see that something is repeated, they can follow the web of translations via
    interlinear translations.

    The Chicago Homer also includes a complete morphological description of
    every word occurrence in terms of the appropriate categories of tense, mood,
    voice, case, gender, person, and number. These morphological criteria can be
    combined with narrative, locational or frequency-based criteria and let you
    look for unknown words and phrases that meet specified conditions, such as
    accusative neuter plural adjectives, nouns in the speech of female
    goddesses, words that occur once in the Iliad and once in the Odyssey,
    phrases that are repeated more than a dozen times, are three words long and
    contain the name "Achilleus", occur in Iliad 16 and 22, but nowhere else,
    and so forth.

    The texts and associated data tables of the Chicago Homer are based on
    standard electronic texts and include the Iliad, the Odyssey, Hesiod's
    Theogony and Works and Days, the Homeric Hymns, and the pseudo-Hesiodic
    Shield of Herakles.

    The Chicago Homer includes Richmond Lattimore's translation of the Iliad,
    Daryl Hine's translations of the Theogony, Works and Days, and Homeric
    Hymns, and the 18th century German translations of the Iliad and Odyssey by
    Johann Heinrich Voss. It does not at the moment include an English
    translation of the Odyssey.

    The Chicago Homer is associated with the still experimental Eumaios site,
    which includes access to the Iliad scholia in Hartmut Erbse's edition and to
    Dana Sutton's list of papyri, now maintained by the Center for Hellenic
    Studies. Wherever there is a papyrus reading or scholion for a Homeric
    line, a hyperlink in the margin of the Chicago Homer puts it immediately at
    hand with a single click. For the Homer scholia, this means that for the
    first time since the medieval manuscripts and earliest printed texts they
    have regained their status as true marginalia, albeit in a digital manner.

    All the functionalities of the Chicago Homer work with Mozilla 1.3 or
    Netscape 7.1 on Windows and Macintosh OS 10.2 computers, with Internet
    Explorer on Windows NT or later, and with the Safari browser on OS 10.2.
    Some routines do not work dependably on earlier browser/OS combinations.
    Transliterated Greek can be displayed on any browser, but the display of
    Greek characters requires a browser with a Unicode (UTF-8) font that
    includes the extended Greek character set.

             Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 06:24:20 +0100
             From: John Unsworth <unsworth@uiuc.edu>
             Subject: PMC 13.3 available

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