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Digital Classics I: Methods, Scholarly Communication and Genres of Scholarly Production

A workshop of the Project “Texte messen – Messungen interpretieren”

Freiburg, July 23–25, 2015

Liefmann-Haus (Goethestraße 33/5 79100, Freiburg)



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Thursday 23 July

10:00--11:00 Michaela Rücker – Stelios Chronopoulos: Introduction

11:00--12:00 Dániel Kiss: “Developing Digital Critical Editions: Two Reflections on Media Change in the Humanities”; Moderation: Stelios Chronopoulos

12:00--13:45 lunch break

13:45--14:45: Thomas Köntges – Stefan Tilg: “Petronius’ Satyrica and Computer-Supported Methods for Traditional Text-Criticism”; Moderation: Stelios Chronopoulos

14:45--15:45 Federico Aurora – Artemis Karnava: “DĀMOS: An Annotated Database of Mycenaean Greek (Linear B) Inscriptions at the University of Oslo, Norway”; Moderation: Stelios Chronopoulos

15:45--16:00 pause

16:00--17:00 Alexandra Trachsel – Monica Berti: “Digital Editions of Fragmentary Texts”; Moderation: Felix Maier

18:00--20:00 Gregory Crane (Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig): “Greek and Latin are not enough: Europe, World Literature and Digital Philology", plenary talk in KG I, HS 1016; Moderation: Felix Maier

from ca. 20:15 dinner


Friday 24 July

9:00--10:00 Michaela Rücker – Stelios Chronopoulos: “New Methods in the Humanities: TextMining in Ancient Greek Corpora”; Moderation: Felix Maier

10:00--11:00 Anna Novokhatko – Matt Munson: “Philological Vocabulary before Plato: Semantic Networks and Digital Approaches”; Moderation: Felix Maier

11:00--11:30 Pause

11:30--12:30 Eleni Bozia – Nikolaos Papazarkadas: “Assessing the Role of Digital Epigraphy in Epigraphic Studies”; Moderation: Felix Maier

12:30--14:30 lunch break

14:30--15:30 Giuseppe Celano – Stelios Chronopoulos: “Searching through Syntactical Patterns: Treebanking and Machine Readable Linguistic Annotation”; Moderation: Anna Novokhatko

15:30--16:00 pause

16:00--17:00 Christian Orth – Francesco Mambrini: “Digital Perspectives for a Commentary on Comic Fragments”; Moderation: Anna Novokhatko

18:00--20:00 Francesco Mambrini (DAI-Berlin): “The iDAI.vocab: Terminological Services in the”, plenary talk in KG I, HS 1016; Moderation: Anna Novokhatko


Saturday 25 July

9:00--10:00 Felix Maier – Michael Zerjadtke: “Discourse Search within Ancient Texts: The Example of ‘Violence’”; Moderation: Anna Novokhatko

10:00-10:15 pause

10:15-11:15 Christian Mann – Leif Isaksen: “Athletes and Spaces in the Hellenistic world”; Moderation: Anna Novokhatko

11:15--11:30 pause

11:30--12:30 final discussion; Moderation: Stelios Chronopoulos

13:00--open excursion in the Black Forest


If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an informal email to Stylianos Chronopoulos:


The project “Texte Messen – Messungen Intepretieren” ( is part of the WIN-Kolleg “Messen und Verstehen der Welt durch die Wissenschaft”, organized and supported by the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften ( /forschung/

The project includes 2 workshops (2015 and 2016) and a final congress (2017). The first workshop will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of July 2015. It focuses on the relationship between digital humanities and classics.

The workshop has 3 major aims:

  • To foster interaction between classical scholars without digital-humanities experience and scholars with experience in the creation and use of texts in digital media and of digital tools.
  • To present diverse types of digital editions and tools and discuss their advantages and disadvantages; to debate new possibilities these offer in comparison to similar non-digital products; to understand the methodological premises and concepts on which these editions and tools are based; to appreciate their limitations; and to evaluate the consequences that the use of such digital products may have for research methods.
  • To examine projects that do not involve digital tools or editions from the point of view of digital humanities. An attempt will therefore be made to increase awareness of the peculiarities that characterise already existing genres of scholarship and of the methodologies used in classics, thus contributing to the emergence of new or modified genres.
We intend to achieve these aims through: the creation of spaces for communication and co-operation between scholars with and without experience in digital humanities; the presentation of digital editions and various digital tools (databases, linguistic annotation, visualisation tools, text-mining tools), as well as non-digital projects of different genres, examining their production processes, and the methodological problems they pose; a reflection upon general issues posed by the use of "data", "metadata" and "linked data”.

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