Sharing Ancient Wisdoms (SAWS)

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  • Charlotte Roueché


The aim of the Sharing Ancient WisdomS (SAWS) project is to present and analyse the tradition of wisdom literatures in Greek and Arabic. Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages collections of wise or useful sayings were created and circulated, as a practical response to the cost and inaccessibility of full texts in a manuscript age; the project will focus on those which collected moral and social advice. The compilation of these collections formed a crucial route by which ideas of reasonable behaviour and good conduct were disseminated over a huge area, and over many centuries. The aim is to publish several collections online, using TEI XML to encode the texts, and using RDF to express and display their relationships - with the ancient texts on which they drew, with later texts which drew on them, and also with one another, since such collections were frequently translated. The project also aims to produce tools with which other projects are able to link quotations within their own texts to those published by SAWS.

See here for the citation ontology used, using RDF triples.

The project is composed of three teams working at King's College London (Stuart Dunn, Mark Hedges, Anna Jordanous, Faith Lawrence, Charlotte Roueché, Charlotte Tupman), at the Newman Institute, Uppsala (Denis Searby, Måns Bylund and Pontus Österdahl), and at the University of Vienna (Stephan Procházka, Elvira Wakelnig, Ines Dallaji, Lorenz Nigst, Christoph Storz).

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