Archive for June, 2004

Online Database of New Testament Manuscripts

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

This project was written to facilitate the writing of the dissertation of Michael Jones, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge. All of the material in this database has been available in print form for some time; but there was never an easy way to search through the manuscripts using multiple parameters. There are two options for searching the database: searching passages or searching manuscripts. Pressing ‘Search Passages’ with the desired book (e.g. ‘Luke’), chapter, or verse (or a combination of all of these) typed into the appropriate field will return all manuscripts that contain the particular passage. Likewise, pressing ‘Search Manuscripts’ will return only the manuscripts with the parameters you enter.

For this project Michael adapted the code he had previously written for the CHS project on Homer and the Papyri.

A Martial a day…

Monday, June 7th, 2004

Hat tip to Debra Hamel for the notice of Martialis: the Epigrams of Martial:

This is an insanely ambitious project. On this blog I intend to present the Latin text and an English translation of all the epigrams of the first-century AD poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, better known to the English speaking world as Martial. By my reckoning there are 1565 epigrams together with the five prose prefaces – which at a rate of one a day will take the better part of four-and-a-half years to cover.

By concentrating on one poem a day I hope to encourage readers to make their own observations in the comments section and develop a discussion to which anyone can contribute on matters of translation and interpretation: some books and some poems are rather better served than others by existing translations and exegetical works.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Phase 2

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Peter Suber’s Open Access News passes on an encouraging announcement from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ):

The new version of DOAJ now includes records at article level and a search functionality allowing users to search articles in potentially all Open Access Journals. The directory now contains information about more than 1100 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web. As of today 270 of the 1100 journals are searchable on article level and both numbers are growing. Researchers can now search almost 46,000 articles through the Directory of Open Access Journals and be sure to get access to the articles.

In the DOAJ I note the American Journal of Archaeology, Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft, and Leeds International Classical Studies. Good for them.

Live blogging, at last

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Here we go with the Stoa’s new blog. This nifty WordPress system allows the posting of announcements and references to events of interest as we were already doing for years with the front page of the Stoa site, only now in a way that’s — ahem — organized, and searchable, and linkable, and we have RSS feeds, and so forth. Gosh.

If you are looking for one of the links on the old page, look over on the right-hand column, including the pop-up menu at the bottom.