Note: the Stoa has a development server and a production server. When projects attain a certain maturity and utility we move them from the former to the latter. Archival SGML and XML versions of published work are available for inspection by anyone at any time (via web interface to our CVS archive or otherwise).

We want to hear about fresh ideas and proposals! Please feel free to send any questions about participating in this consortium and making use of its servers to Anne Mahoney ( or Ross Scaife (

Available now (updated April 7, 2011):

  • The popular Survey of Audio-Visual Resources maintained by Janice Siegel has come to the Stoa. Entries can be listed, browsed, or searched by several possible categories.
  • Kevin Glowacki’s new site, The Ancient City of Athens, is a photographic archive of the archaeological and architectural remains of ancient Athens (Greece). It is intended primarily as a resource for students and teachers of classical art & archaeology, civilization, languages, and history as a supplement to their class lectures and reading assignments and as a source of images for use in term papers, projects, and presentations. We also hope that this site will be useful to all who have an interest in archaeological exploration and the recovery, interpretation, and preservation of the past. Hundreds of photographs, substantial introductions and captions, several contextual essays, bibliographies, links to other free on-line scholarly resources – and the whole thing is covered by a Creative Commons license.

  • University of Kentucky graduate student in Classics Jennifer K. Nelson has recently completed "Colloquia familiaria: a selection," under the editorial supervision of Jane Phillips and Ross Scaife. This publication, primarily intended for intermediate Latin students, consists of several colloquia by Erasmus with introductory essays, interpretive questions, notes, and a brief discussion of current standards in electronic publication. All of these materials reside in a single TEI-XML file whose presentation on the web in HTML has been effected via TEI-XSL (release 3.0). We invite additional modules.
  • Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy (Christopher Blackwell, Tom Martin, Amy Smith, Michael Arnush, et al.), a collaborative project with a variety of elements:
    • The foundation is a highly accessible and practical description of how the various institutions of Athenian democracy actually worked, with full hypertextual citation of as many primary sources as possible (many of them available via Perseus). We believe there will be wide public interest in this description alone.
    • Other key components includethe site at Holy Cross on Democracy in the Politics of Aristotle, and the Perseus Overview of Archaic and Classical Greek History, both by Tom Martin.
    • On this basis, we have initiated a series of scholarly essays of analysis and interpretation.

  • Household and City Organization at Olynthus: The text of Nicholas Cahill, Household and City Organization at Olynthus, published by Yale University Press, fall 2001, appears here in hypertext form. Later, the on-line version will present the database of all objects, rooms and houses from the site, assembled from the original excavation reports (D. M. Robinson et al., Excavations at Olynthus. Johns Hopkins University Studies in Archaeology, 1929 - 1952), and from the original fieldbooks and other notes from the excavation. Most or all of the illustrations from the original publications will be scanned and linked to the database. The database will be linked to plans of the houses and rooms through a GIS. The user will be able to plot the distribution of different types of finds, or to learn about the contents or attributes of rooms or houses by querying a map. The system will be based on that used for the Hacimusalar Excavations, designed by Neel Smith.

  • The Stoa Consortium has formed an alliance with Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies for electronic publication of the Multitext Homer Project. As part of this effort we have already made available an electronic reprint of Gregory Nagy, Homeric Questions. In the near future we will be offering other reprints as well as a revamped version of Dana Sutton's Homer and the Papyri database. But the core of the project will be the CHS Multitext of Homer, envisioned as a combination of Alexandrian edition and Venetus A for the 21st century. It will include known variants from papyri, scholia, medieval manuscripts, and quotations. The text will be keyed to the Homeric scholia and Eustathius. In addition to the Iliad, the web site will eventually include a multitext of the Odyssey, Greek texts and English translations of the lives of Homer, Proclus' summaries of the Epic Cycle, the fragments, and the Homeric Hymns. The multitext will also be linked to supplementary materials, including information about Alexandrian and Pergamene libraries, scholars, and scholarship.

  • Ancient Journeys, a Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Numa Lane, is the Stoa's first "born digital" book. Editors Cathy Callaway (University of Missouri) and Pam Draper (Clemson University) have collected articles from Professor Lane's students, colleagues, and friends, and marked them up in SGML (with assistance from Mark Weber and Phillip Sauerbeck, University of Kentucky). Several of the essays are illustrated, and the Image Tiling system allows readers to zoom in on details in the pictures. In addition, all Greek and Latin words are linked to the Perseus Word Study Tool.
  • Craig Gibson (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Iowa) has written new translations of Libanius' hypotheses to Demosthenes.

  • Martin Mueller (Northwestern University) has created an electronic reprint of his 1984 book The Iliad, "a guide for readers who want a non-technical but fairly detailed introduction to the narrative architecture and major themes of the Iliad" (preface to new edition), and of his 1990 book Children of Oedipus, in which he "traces patterns of response to Greek tragedy characteristic of Humanist and neoclassical playwrights" (preface). In both books, all quotations from Greek texts are given in both Greek and English, and Greek and Latin words are linked to the Perseus Word Study Tool. The underlying texts are in XML, which allows them to take advantage of many current and planned text processing features.

  • We have begun a series of peer-reviewed scholarly essays for publication on the Diotima site. These essays are marked up in TEI-conformant SGML and published via the Perseus text management system. Diotima serves as an interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean and as a forum for collaboration among instructors who teach courses about women and gender in the ancient world. This site includes course materials, the beginnings of a systematic and searchable bibliography, and links to many on-line resources, including articles, book reviews, databases, and images.

  • Trajan's Column: This is a site for exploring the Column of Trajan as a sculptural monument. The core of the site is a searchable database of over 500 images focusing on various aspects of the design and execution of the column's sculptural decoration. These images (slides and drawings) were generated by and for sculptor Peter Rockwell, over the course of his study of Roman stone-carving practices. The aim of this site is to make these images available to the widest possible public, in a form that can contribute both to ongoing study by specialists and to enjoyment and appreciation of the monument by the general public.

  • Augustine's Confessions: James O'Donnell's 1992 OUP critical edition and commentary is now available on-line following TEI-conformant SGML markup by Anne Mahoney

  • Metis, Bruce Hartzler's collection of interactive QTVR panoramas for ancient Greek archaeological sites, currently accounts for much of this server's traffic. Don't miss the embedded hot links to Perseus materials. Tremendous wow factor!

  • Best Practices:
    • A Guide to Recording Handheld GPS Waypoints
    • A Standardized Method for Producing QTVR Panoramas
    • A Guide to Shooting Architecture, Monuments, Sites, and Topography
    • An Introduction to Structured Markup
    • Using the TEI for Epigraphy
    • Unicode and the Display of Polytonic Greek

  • Suda-On-Line (Raphael Finkel, Bill Hutton, Patrick Rourke, Ross Scaife, Elizabeth Vandiver, et al.) The Suda is a 10th century Byzantine historical encyclopedia in five volumes, derived from the scholia to critical editions of canonical works and from compilations by earlier authors. As the Oxford Classical Dictionary notes, "in spite of its contradictions and other ineptitudes, [the Suda] is of the highest importance, since it preserves (however imperfectly) much that is ultimately derived from the earliest or best authorities in ancient scholarship, and includes material from many departments of Greek learning and civilization." The Suda has never been translated into English, and that is one goal of this project, but there are many other ways in which an electronic version can offer increased accessibility: the collaborators aim to produce a keyword-searchable database with annotations, bibliography, and links to Perseus, the TLG and other important electronic resources.

  • The New Rhetoric: Classics on the Web. Thomas R. Martin, the Jeremiah O'Connor Professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross, originally presented this essay on December 28, 1997 in Chicago, as part of the Presidential Panel on Propagating Classics at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association.

  • Retiarium Inspicite! The third issue of the Latin-only, web-only journal devoted to the study of Latin written from Antiquity to the present, and to publishing new texts in Latin, is now published. The editor of Retiarius, Terry Tunberg of the UK Classics Department, is particularly interested in the problems associated with the electronic publication of full critical editions.

  • Sebastian Heath, IT director for the American Numismatic Society and a Technical Editor for the Stoa, has created a mechanism for Cross Project Resource Discovery.

Under Development

  • Teaching the Athenian Acropolis. Kevin Glowacki (Indiana University) and Katherine Schwab (Fairfield University) are editing a series of peer-reviewed essays about teaching the Acropolis. The essays are inspired by a successful workshop at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. We expect to have this site ready for publication on the Stoa server sometime this summer or early fall.

  • Ronald Woodley (Professor of Music in the Department of Research at the Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Central England) will produce a new edition and translation of the corpus of Latin treatises by Johannes Tinctoris (c. 1435-c. 1511) on various aspects of music notation, composition and theory. He intends to complete work on the dozen treatises one by one over the next couple of years.


Please send your comments concerning The Stoa: A Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities to Ross Scaife ( This document was published on: 17 December 2003