Homer Multitext

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  • Casey Dué
  • Mary Ebbott

Information architects

  • Christopher Blackwell
  • Neel Smith


The Homer Multitext Project, the first of its kind in Homeric studies, seeks to present the textual transmission of the Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. Such a framework is needed to account for the full reality of a complex medium of oral performance that underwent many changes over a long period of time. These changes, as reflected in the many texts of Homer, need to be understood in their many different historical contexts. The Homer Multitext provides ways to view these contexts both synchronically and diachronically.

To facilitate the complexity of the project two types of URNs have been defined:

  • The Canonical Text Service uses CTS URNs to identify and retrieve digital representations of texts.
  • The CITE Collection Service uses Collection URNs to identify and retrieve digital representations of discrete objects.

For more about the linked open data model see project documentation.

See also