This is the website of L'Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes; a think-tank of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique [CNRS], based in Paris. The institute conducts fundamental research on the medieval manuscript and the transmission of medieval texts written in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Old French. The site provides information regarding: the Institute's activities and publications; a calendar of seminars, conferences and colloquia; access to online searching of its library catalogue; a listing of available electronic resources; and information on courses of interest.This website is of particular interest to researchers of the medieval manuscript book.
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 website of the Porphyrogenitus Project is a project under development at the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway College, University of London. The aim of the project is to compile a lexicon of abbreviations and ligatures in Greek Minuscule Hands (ca. 8th century to ca. 1600) in order to facilitate access to the content of manuscripts by Classical scholars and medievalists. The material the project coordinators use comes from manuscripts housed in major European and American libraries, and covers a variety of subjects from literature, music, law and notarial documents to mathematics, physics & alchemy, astronomy & astrology, weights & measures, and medicine, as well as tachygraphy, cryptography, monocondyliae and abbreviations and ligatures in early printed books. There are plans to publish the lexicon as a printed handbook and in CD-ROM format. This project was funded between 2001-2004 by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants scheme.
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.