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* http://topostext.org/index.php
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==Description==
 
==Description==
  
From the project website (accessed 2019-04-26):
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From the project author (2019-11-26):
  
<blockquote><p>'''ToposText''' is an indexed collection of ancient texts and mapped places relevant the the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks from the Neolithic period up through the 2nd century CE. It was inspired by two decades of exploring Greece by car, foot, or bicycle, and by clumsy efforts to appreciate επί τόπου the relevant information from Pausanias or other primary sources. The development of mobile electronic devices since 2010 has coincided with an increasingly comprehensive assortment of ancient texts available on the internet. The digital texts I collected on an e-reader in 2012 made clear both the pleasure of having a portable Classics library but also the desperate need to organize the information it contained. Discovering the [[Pleiades]] Project, with its downloadable database of thousands of ancient place names and coordinates, opened the door to indexing ancient texts geographically, using a map of Greece as the basic interface.</p>
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'''ToposText''' is a website and free mobile application based on a very large (20 million word) collection of ancient texts indexed to a database of more than 7000 mapped places relevant to the history and mythology of the Greco-Roman world. Each place page has an OpenStreetMap mapping, a brief description (borrowed from the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites and other references, or by the author), and a table of the literary mentions of the place, key-word-in-context, linking to the full text, filterable by author/work or by mention type, sortable by work date or the approximate date of the event in which the place is mentioned.
  
<p>ToposText was designed as an application for mobile devices. Opening it presents a scrolling alphabetical list of 5000+ Greek cities, colonies, sanctuaries, archaeological sites, museums, and other points of interest, side-by-side with a location-aware map showing the nearby places by name, icon (city, sanctuary, theatre, etc), and the number of ancient references in the TT database. The texts and index and a basic map are stored on the device and requires no internet connection.</p></blockquote>
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The library includes 770 translated Greek and Latin texts in clean digital form, almost all important surviving works of history, mythology, and geography from Homer through the Early Byzantine period, mostly out-of-copyright translations but some open source or CC translations online for the first time, with links to the original Greek or Latin text.
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The app includes 7600 mapped historic places and archaeological sites from Spain to India, attested by 230,000 ancient references. The level of mapping detail is highest in Greece, and dependent on [[Pleiades]] and the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire for outlying regions. It documents and geolocates 250 monuments in Athens, a similar number in Rome.
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ToposText also indexes 10,300 proper names – people, gods, festivals, animals – attested by 368000 key-word-in-context ancient references.
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A proximity search tool on the ToposText.org site allows one to search for any two words or strings (case-insensitive) within 200 characters of each other, using regular expressions. Thus \bHannib AND \belephant will find 34 instances from Plutarch to Eutropius.
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The gazetteer is downloadable as a .kml file or in Pelagios LOD orWorld Historical Gazetteer json-ld format.
  
  

Revision as of 15:12, 26 November 2019

Available

Author

  • Brady Kiesling

Description

From the project author (2019-11-26):

ToposText is a website and free mobile application based on a very large (20 million word) collection of ancient texts indexed to a database of more than 7000 mapped places relevant to the history and mythology of the Greco-Roman world. Each place page has an OpenStreetMap mapping, a brief description (borrowed from the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites and other references, or by the author), and a table of the literary mentions of the place, key-word-in-context, linking to the full text, filterable by author/work or by mention type, sortable by work date or the approximate date of the event in which the place is mentioned.

The library includes 770 translated Greek and Latin texts in clean digital form, almost all important surviving works of history, mythology, and geography from Homer through the Early Byzantine period, mostly out-of-copyright translations but some open source or CC translations online for the first time, with links to the original Greek or Latin text.

The app includes 7600 mapped historic places and archaeological sites from Spain to India, attested by 230,000 ancient references. The level of mapping detail is highest in Greece, and dependent on Pleiades and the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire for outlying regions. It documents and geolocates 250 monuments in Athens, a similar number in Rome.

ToposText also indexes 10,300 proper names – people, gods, festivals, animals – attested by 368000 key-word-in-context ancient references.

A proximity search tool on the ToposText.org site allows one to search for any two words or strings (case-insensitive) within 200 characters of each other, using regular expressions. Thus \bHannib AND \belephant will find 34 instances from Plutarch to Eutropius.

The gazetteer is downloadable as a .kml file or in Pelagios LOD orWorld Historical Gazetteer json-ld format.