Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World

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The Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World (EHW) is an electronic project aiming at collecting, recording, documenting, presenting and promoting the historical data that testify to the presence of Hellenic culture throughout time and space. The EHW aims to offer a complete view of the development, spatial dissemination of the Hellenic cultural phenomenon through time. The issues under examination are dealt in relation to the geographical region in question as well as the non Hellenic cultural traditions. EHW’s ultimate goal is to contribute to the understanding of how Hellenic culture was shaped and disseminated, taking under consideration its contacts with other cultures.

EHW’s entries cover the entire spectrum of the Hellenic life and activities and take advantage of the results of current research in relevant scientific fields. EHW draws information as well from archives and archaeological excavations.

EHW is available through the Internet, so it provides free access to all, and its Internet structure make it accessible to a wider, larger and more varied public than the one of a printed version.

The EHW integrates a number of projects related to Hellenic culture (data bases, electronic texts archives, audiovisual archives, multimedia applications, connections with Internet sites which provide research and information services). The project’s structure is defined around the following units:

  • Entries database, where the historical and cultural information is organized and presented in the form of encyclopedic entries that are accompanied by photographic documenting material.
  • Audiovisual applications, where the information appearing in the entries is complemented with the visualization of historical events, processes and phenomena, three-dimensional representations, digital models of cities, music and video.
  • Bibliographical database, which includes the complete bibliography of the entries and will be gradually updated, independently from the entries.
  • Historical interactive atlas, where the spatial information is organized in the form of maps and is complemented with historical and audiovisual information.

The provided information is organized on many levels (texts, footnotes, chronologies, summaries of entries, bibliography, documentation, captions for visual material) and types (text, static and moving image, sound), fully utilizing multimedia technology and having increased interactivity.

The EHW appeals to the wider audience, with emphasis on educational and research communities, so that it can be useful to users with different degrees of interest.