'Into His Own' focuses on the historical study of Jesus and the New Testament. It consists of a number of primary texts in translation, including extracts from the works of Josephus and Tacitus, and from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Talmud, and the Mishna, on the political, social and religious situation in 1st-century Palestine. In addition to the primary material, these pages offer information (including maps) on the historical sites and sources on which this study is based. Thorough and scholarly, but still aimed at an audience of non-experts, this resource is an excellent teaching and introductory research tool. The site also features a blog and a short list of related links.
The website of the Laboratorio Informatico per le Lingue Antiche (LILA) provides information about their software 'SNS - Greek and Latin'. The software is for Macintosh computers, and enables the user to search two important data banks of classical writing: the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae; and parts of the Packard Humanities Institute's bank. The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae contains ancient Greek texts ranging from Homer to authors in the fifteenth century A.D. The Packard data banks available to users are PHI #5.3, containing classic Latin texts, and PHI #7, containing Greek documentary papyri and inscriptions. The software provides the user with a fairly sophisticated search engine, catering for Boolean logic operators, special characters, and restrictions by various bibliographic factors. Results may be exported in different text formats.A single-user licence costs around 150 Euros. A free demonstration version of the software may be ordered from the site, although this allows access to a limited selection of the texts. The site also allows users to subscribe to the SNS mailing list.
The papyrus Egerton 2 is a fragment of an unknown gospel, dated between 150 and 200 CE and found in Egypt in the 1930s. This home page is a private site published under the University of Bremen Web pages, containing high quality images of the Egerton 2 papyrus, with full transcription and translations into English and German. The author has also provided a brief history of the papyrus and the scholarly debate it has provoked, information on its palaeography and a discussion of its canonical parallels. Finally, this resource holds an extensive bibliography and a number of online secondary sources.
Quasillum is an excellent resource for those involved in the study of ancient languages; it is a website which hosts online Latin and Greek study groups. These are in the form of mailing lists, to which users subscribe (at no cost); each consists of several smaller study groups, led by a co-ordinator who sets a study agenda, collects and collates assignments and then leads an online discussion about the assignments. The Latin and Greek lists each provide something for a range of abilities, from the beginner to the more experienced linguist. Anyone may join or leave a study group at any time. This is a good way for those studying the ancient languages independently to feel part of a wider learning community.
The LatinStudy list looks at classical, medieval and Neo-Latin authors. It uses Wheelock's Latin Reader as a textbook but also has at any one time several groups devoted to reading various ancient texts (for example, Cicero, Livy or Tacitus) in the original language.
The GreekStudy list has fewer active sub-groups: these look at Biblical (New Testament Greek) as well as Homeric and classical (Attic) Greek. Information is also provided about using Greek fonts (in Unicode and Betacode).
As well as the study lists, the site also provides access to Unicorn, a simple text editor and dictionary program for use with Latin, Hebrew and ancient Greek. This is freeware which requires that users have Java software in order to download it.
This is the website of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), a research centre at the University of California, Irvine, which has digitized the majority of the corpus of extant Greek texts from Homer to fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. The main feature of the website is the search facility which allows users access to these texts online. Only subscribers (or those from subscribing institutions) may access the full database here; however, an abridged version is available for non-subscribers. This in itself is extensive and features texts by several key Greek authors including; Thucydides; Aeschylus; Euripides; Plutarch; Plato; and the Athenian orators. Users may browse the full texts or search for keywords. (It is necessary to have Greek fonts installed in order to view the Greek texts.) The website also includes details about the project itself, as well as details about how to subscribe.