THE OATH IN ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL GREECE

October 18th, 2007 by Ross Scaife

Alan Somerstein, helped by several research assistants, has directed a substantive new site with ancillary discussions focused on the oath in ancient Greece. Careful definition of the phenomenon, a database of over 3700 occurrences, and a spreadsheet of sources for the citations. No word on licensing specifics, but, “As promised from the start, the database is now being made available for general use.”

(Via Rogueclassicism)

One Response to “THE OATH IN ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL GREECE”

  1. Gabriel Bodard Says:

    I agree that this is a very cool database. (And its entry in the DC wiki probably needs updating now.)

    Licensing and sustainability are important questions, however. What can I do with the data collected herein? Can I copy it? Can I print it and package it for my students? Can I use it to build an online resource that handles the data differently from the original database? How should I license *that* resource? Can I charge for that resource?

    More importantly, is this data going to be available and maintained indefinitely? Will it still be available when the planned printed volume has been generated from it? (If so, congratulations on convincing the publishers that that wasn’t going to lose them money!)

    I hope this resource continues to live and to grow. It’ll be very useful in the long term.

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