Society and Culture ~ Useful resources ~ Hellenic Studies
|July 18, 2013||Posted by mgoga under Society and Culture|
Society and Culture ~ Greece
Students of Classical Studies may want to conduct researches on the subject of “Society and Culture”. This is the reason our working team created this sub-category on this site. As a student you may be interested in getting deeper into the ancient thought and the way it shaped our lives, in deriving meanings out of original texts or in reading acknowledged scholars’ studies on this field, broadening your knowledge and creatively combine the richness of ideas and use it for your own researches.
A starting point, if you are interested in visiting a place where the most recognized scholars’ works (recent and older) on the field can be found in printed format, is to visit the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University ‘s research center in DC, dedicated to researching the Hellenic world. Apart from “real” books, through the Center you can have access to Harvard’s University digital databases HOLLIS and countless digital books and almost all relevant reliable digital resources. Among others, one of the richest online research database JSTOR , as well as InterLibros which is a research guide that you will find extremely useful as it collects almost every related site to the ancient classical studies. Moreover you can find useful links to interesting pages as the Synoikisis Project, e-classics, the e-journal of classical studies and other related programs to the Hellenic world.
- In the event your physical presence to the Center is not possible, we would recommend you to visit the Center for Hellenic Studies website, and especially the “Online Publications” , where you can freely access online books and essays related to this field of studies.
Photo derived from the Acropolis Museum
Other resources – tools – indexes
- Another useful online tool you could look for, is an open access database where you could have online access on original texts. A good suggestion is the Perseus Digital Library. Primary and secondary sources of Greek and Roman Studies is available through this site as well as other tools and online lexicons.
- Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, under Perseus website is another wide collection of Greek and Roman materials / texts freely available.
- Furthermore, another useful and reliable online resource is the Oxford Encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome. As mentioned by Michael Gagarin, the Editor, “it offers a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world—Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman—from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries.”
- Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), a real “thesaurus”, has also collected and digitized most of the texts written in Greece from Homer to the fall of Byzantium.
**Please check whether your academic institution provides access to the content online. If not, we strongly suggest to contact the librarian and ask for it.
- An interesting online encyclopedia where you could also address to, in order to look for information on the Philosophy of the ancient Greeks is the Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Suggestion! If you want to get deeper into the meaning of the words you could definitely refer to The Oxford Classical Dictionary or The Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon
Photo derived from the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Trying to limit down the “Society and Culture” wide area of studies, which may have innumerable ramifications, the method we choose to work is to navigate through the net and present under this category some useful resources where you could retrieve information on Society and Culture of the ancient Hellenic world.
Art related sites
- First of all visit the new Acropolis Museum (we urge you to visit it though, however you will have a “taste of it” virtually!)
- The National Archaeological Museum of Athens in another place that worth the effort to visit
- Are you interested in Art of these glorious days? Then you could also visit ARTstor digital library and search in this rich collection!
- You should not miss to look into the Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae (LIMC). Another monumental work however hard to find it freely accessible online. (This is the reason we provide the link through WorldCat which among other features allows you to limit your search to the libraries near the region or State you are living at.)
The Homer Multitext
- If you are interested in immersing in texts of Homer and seek ways to view these contexts both syn chronically or dia chronically then we would recommend to visit The Homer Multitext
..and if you are interested in learning more on the digital aspect of arts and humanities please explore more the DARIAH European Project website.
A useful and interesting resource is the arts-humanities.net which is a collaboration between communities, institutions, projects and individuals interested in the digital aspects of arts and humanities research.
Take a look on the Network of Expert Centres, a collaboration of centres with expertise in digital arts and humanities research and scholarship, including practice-led research. This includes data creation, curation, preservation, management (including rights and legal issues), access and dissemination, and methodologies of data use and re-use. Its membership is open to all such centres in Great Britain and Ireland.
..the list of useful resources will be enriched in the future..
Enjoy your navigation!!!
Photo derived from the Acropolis Museum website