The seminar will introduce you to the work of the Homer Multitext project. Our focus this year will be on Iliad 12 in the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, the Venetus A. Participants will work in teams of 2-3 student and faculty members to contribute to the first complete edition of the Venetus A ever. Our general pattern of work will begin each morning and afternoon with a group seminar session, followed by a break-out at midmorning and midafternoon to work in teams on the following projects.


All participants will contribute to two collective projects (introduced in more detail in Washington):

In addition, individual groups will also work on a presentation to the rest of the seminar on one interesting research result from their editorial work.

Greek skills covered in summer 2014 workshop

The seminar will introduce participants to the oral origins of Homeric poetry, and to the historical transmission of the Homeric poems. We will see how that historical transmission leads to a multitextual perspective on the Iliad, and to the conclusion that in 2014 only a digital multitext can fully express a multitextual archive.

Students with any level of prior background in Greek are welcome. All participants will be introduced to the distinctive language and style of the scholarly Greek we find in the scholia.

Technical skills covered in summer 2014 workshop

No specific technical background is assumed. In the course of the seminar, all participants will become familiar with the following specific technical skills:

Additional technical topics may be offered in optional sessions, depending on the background and interests of participants.