Where to find the Classics (Greek)Written by Michael Hanel on August 1st, 2006
In case you haven’t been able to tell by some of the blogging, I do a lot of work in Greek and so I thought it’d be a good idea to throw down some of the main resource centers that I turn to when I’m trying to find it online in Greek.
Perseus Digital Library.
- Contains numerous Greek and Latin authors and translations.
- Also contains a few reference works which are more than handy.
- Click on a word and find its parsing info and get lexical information!
- Pretty slick user-interface once you get used to it.
- Hosts a number of “newer” translations and original text documents.
- Public domain texts now have posted XML versions for use under Creative Commons license.
- Some of the texts are unpredictable. There may be typos or broken links to lexica.
- I have found it very difficult to get in touch with a person behind the database when I wanted to email corrections.
- The site seems to go in random cycles where links work quickly, but then later are very slow.
- Difficult if not impossible to search Greek texts for any kind of strings or grammatical features.
- Constantly adding more texts to the site.
- Contains unique texts from a variety of souorces.
- Brief bibliographic and Vita information usually given about authors.
- The site is in Latin and can be cumbersome to navigate.
- It is unclear to me whether the texts on this site are able to be copied and used elsewhere or whether they are illegally posted.
Sacred Texts: Classics.
- Seems to be adding new texts.
- Contains a few works with Greek/Latin and English side-by-side
- Hosts a few other general classics reference works
- Material is all public domain and therefore a little dated.
- Mostly English, only a few original language materials
- Good organization helps user find e-sources to Greek authors.
- Contains links both to original language source and translations.
- Only site of this kind?
- It appears that it is not updated any more.
- Many of the links are simply back to Perseus
The Little Sailing.
- Adding more texts a few times a year
- Only source for the entirety of Greek version of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives?
- Texts appear fairly accurate, though sometimes merely copies of Perseus’ text
- Not enough information is given regarding the provenance of the e-texts. So it is unclear whether they are actually in public domain (many of them seem to be violations of copyright laws).
- Texts are quick and easy to download in Word format. This might be more beneficial than Perseus’ XML format.
Internet Classics Archive.
- A wealth of public domain translations of Greek authors
- A dead site that somehow still works.
- Translations are public domain and quite old.
This is only a few of the many sources out there I’m sure. If you have some that you know that are valuable, let me know. These are the ones I frequent most often.