First1KGreek Project

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  • Neel Smith
  • Gregory Crane


The goal of this project is to collect at least one edition of every Greek work composed between Homer and 250CE with a focus on texts that do not already exist in the Perseus Digital Library. So, e.g., neither Thucydides nor the text of the New Testament are here because both of these texts are already in Perseus. The TEI XML versions of the Perseus Greek texts (c. 10 million words) are available at GitHub, where they are being revised (upgrading to epiDoc compliant P5 TEI XML) and reorganized to be more readily CTS compliant.

This project has been generously funded by the Harvard Library Arcadia Fund, European Social Fund, and the Alexander-von-Humboldt professorship for Digital Humanities at Leipzig. The data has been produced in an international cooperation with the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Harvard Library, Mount Alison University, Tufts University, the University of Leipzig, and the University of Virginia.


  • Leonard Muellner. 2019. The Free First Thousand Years of Greek. In Digital Classical Philology: Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution', edited by Monica Berti. De Gruyter Saur. Available: