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Neven Jovanović

Department of Classical Philology

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia / Hrvatska

Digital fields of interest

  • Digital critical editions
  • Digital textual corpora
  • Collaborative reading and interpreting
  • Digital tools of the trade: what software, knowledge, and tricks make a classicist's life easier, or more interesting?

Digital work in progress

"Digitizing Croatian Latin Writers": a research project funded by Croatian Ministry of Science. The aim of the project is to design and build a database of Latin texts by Croatian writers.

Croatia, a small Slavic country accross the Adriatic from Italy, had lively Latin and Neolatin literature from the Middle Ages until well after year 1848 (by the way, much of the writing was done in the Republic of Dubrovnik); however, these texts are today not easily accessible: some of them remained unedited, some were edited inadequately, some are scattered in rare or local editions (also, much of the scholars' resources was and is, quite understandably, centered on Croatian texts in Croatian language).

Digitizing Croatian Latin writers presents us with several challenges interesting also to classicists:

  • what to do with different orthographical usages?
  • what to do with genres, periods, places of origin of the texts?
  • what to do with variant readings?
  • what to do with metadata?
  • what to do with images?

Obviously, if a corpus is to be useful, and used, it should aim to meet the needs of as many users as possible: not only students, but also specialists; not only researchers, but also enthusiasts; not only philologists, but also scholars from other disciplines; lastly, not only those who "have Latin", but those who have little Latin.