Digital Humanities in Classics

Having come to Classics from Computer Science, I was at first astounded to see how many digital projects were being undertaken by faculty members and students in the field. A brief dip in the DH twitter-sphere made it feel as though I had never left CS in the first place with amazing foundational, ever-evolving projects like groundbreaking Perseus, Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) & Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), pottery databases; and new ventures like the CLTK, Pleiades, et cetera.

I am constantly astonished by the sheer involvement of the Classics community on Twitter and am eager to involve myself in the multi-faceted discussions taking place. It definitely seems overwhelming at first to come to such a robust community with so many scholars and intellectuals conversing about ideas, projects, and the state of the field.  There are clearly twitter paragons that everyone follows: Mary Beard, Hannah Čulík-Baird, Sarah Bond, and Tim Whitmarsh, just to name a few, as well as several prolific accounts like Rogue Classicist and Sententiae Antiquae. If you stick around for a while, however, you quickly learn that all of these people are eager and ready to accept new members. Dr. Čulík-Baird said it best in her recent article about the SCS 2018 proceedings:

There is a plethora of timely and important projects happening in the Classics DH community. Professors and those not in academia discuss the issues most relevant to the field and its students. This gives rise to projects like Pharos, which seeks to document and respond to appropriations of Greco-Roman antiquity by hate groups. I am proud of my discipline and the transition to make Classics more accessible and relevant to everyone.

In all, there is a thriving community of online Classicists who are eager to tackle large-scale and complex projects with synergy and ever-evolving digital tools. These custom tools that our community has made augments the craft in a novel and innovative way—pushing academia ever further.

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