Christopher W. Blackwell (Furman University)
Gregory R. Crane (Tufts University & University of Leipzig)
Robert Gorman (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Vanessa Gorman (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
D. Neel Smith (College of the Holy Cross)
Bruce Robertson (Mount Allison University)
Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig
Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
Perseus Project, Tufts University
Department of Classics and Religious Studies and Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Digital Athenaeus is a project for producing a digital edition of the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus of Naucratis. The work is focused on annotating quotations and text reuses in the Deipnosophists in order to accomplish two main results:
- Provide an inventory of authors and works cited by Athenaeus.
- Implement a data model for identifying, analyzing, and citing uniquely instances of text reuse in the Deipnosophists.
The project provides users with different tools for consulting the text of the Deipnosophists and getting information about authors and works reused by Athenaeus:
- A Casaubon-Kaibel reference converter for finding concordances between the numerations used in the two editions of the 15 books of the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus of Naucratis by Isaac Casaubon (1597) and Georg Kaibel (1887-1890).
- The digital version of the indexes of three print editions of the Deipnosophists:
1) the Index Scriptorum by August Meineke (Teubner 1859);
2) the Index Scriptorum and the Dialogi Personae by Georg Kaibel (Teubner 1890);
3) the Index of Authors, Texts, and Persons by S. Douglas Olson (Loeb 2012).
- An index stream with an alignment of index entries from the above mentioned indexes.
The Deipnosophists (i.e., The Learned Banqueters) is the description of several banquet conversations on food, literature, and arts held in Rome at the house of the rich patron Larensius. This work can be considered as an erudite and literary encyclopedia of many curiosities about classical antiquity. It is also an invaluable collection of quotations and text reuses of ancient authors, ranging from Homer to tragic and comic poets and lost historians.
Athenaeus, the author of the Deipnosophists, is almost unknown. The Byzantine lexicon Suda (s.v. Ἀθήναιος 731) describes him as coming from the Egyptian city of Naucratis, being a grammarian, and living in the time of the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Athenaeus presents himself as participating in the banquets described in the Deipnosophists with other twenty-two sophists. He offers the account of the conversations to his friend Timocrates.
The text of the Deipnosophists has been transmitted in two different forms: 1) a mutilated copy of the original work (Venetus Marcianus 447), where the first part of the text until Deipn. 3.73e (= 3.4) and other scattered folios are lost; 2) an epitome of the whole work in four copies (Parisinus Suppl. Gr. 841; Laurentianus LX.2; BM Bibl. Regia 16.D.X; Erbacensis 4).
- “Annotating Text Reuse within the Context: the Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS)”. In Text, Kontext, Kontextualisierung. Moderne Kontextkonzepte und antike Literatur. Ed. by U. Tischer, U. Gärtner, A. Forst. Tübingen (Leipziger Studien zur Klassischen Philologie), 2016 (forthcoming)
- “Documenting Homeric Text-Reuse in the Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus of Naucratis”. In Digital Approaches and the Ancient World. Ed. by G. Bodard, Y. Broux, and S. Tarte. BICS Themed Issue 59(2), 2016, 121-139 (with C.W. Blackwell, M. Daniels, S. Strickland, and K. Vincent-Dobbins)
- “Modelling Taxonomies of Text Reuse in the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus of Naucratis: Declarative Digital Scholarship”. In Digital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts. Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University, Kraków, pp. 135-137
- “The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS)”. In Digital Methods and Classical Studies. Ed. N.W. Bernstein and N. Coffee. DHQ Themed Issue 10(2), 2016 (with B. Almas and G.R. Crane)
- “The Linked Fragment: TEI and the Encoding of Text Reuses of Lost Authors”. In Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative 8 (2014-2015) (with B. Almas, D. Dubin, G. Franzini, S. Stoyanova, and G.R. Crane)
- “Perseids Collaborative Platform for Annotating Text Re-Uses of Fragmentary Authors”. In DH-Case 2013. Collaborative Annotations in Shared Environments: metadata, vocabularies and techniques in the Digital Humanities. Florence, September 10, 2013. ACM Publication 2013 (with B. Almas)