Guest: Lieve Van Hoof

Summary authored and posted by Greta Franzini

On 25th July Lieve van Hoof from the University of Ghent gave us a wonderful presentation on her work on the Greek sophist Libanius. Lieve is working towards a social network analysis of the largest surviving letter collection from Antiquity. In particular, she analyses people and place names in an effort to better understand relationships between individuals and locations in Ancient Greece and Rome.

In order to advance to the next stage of her work, that is text encoding, Lieve needs clean Greek text. The Open Philology Project team has therefore digitised and is currently OCR scanning an out-of-copyright edition of Libanius so that Lieve can make progress on her work and DH Leipzig can use her project as a case study for its Digital Philology course.

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