Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Exciting news about a digital version of the Loeb Classical Library (and a less expensive alternative)

Today's Inside Higher Ed reports that Loeb Classical Library trustees recently announced that they are preparing to convert the Loeb series to a digital format that would allow any authorized user to search the English translations of the Loeb works for specific words, ideas, and phrases. Libraries would buy licenses to provide students and other authorized users access to the digital Loeb, which is expected to go live in 2013. (The Harvard press will continue selling the print versions.)

The goal of the digital iteration of Loeb, say several academics involved with the project, is to allow students, scholars, and others to draw out themes from ancient literature even if they don’t know where to look and don’t speak the languages. A religion scholar who wants to learn more about Greek and Roman conceptions of the soul would be able to search the entire body of ancient literature for soul references. The scholar could also refine a search for references to the soul by specific authors or time periods.

And here is a link to a site wherein freely available LCL books in the public domain are identified.

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