Scholars who study the ancient Greek and Roman empires are creating a growing array of 21st-century interactive, multidimensional presentations about people, places and events from the world of antiquity. If you dig around you'll uncover some deep and meticulous work by geographers, historians, archaeologists, and art historians working in digital space.
Some examples I found interesting:
Linked Ancient World Data Institute
Pelagios and the Emerging Graph of Ancient World Data (abstract with link to PDF
): Based on a corpus of linked open data sometimes called the Graph of Ancient World Data (GAWD)
stands for 'Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems' - its aim is to help introduce Linked Open Data goodness into online resources that refer to places in the historic past." (Example: a Pelagios-based heatmap
linked to references and relevant datasets)
project combines a database and narrative time map into a classroom tool for reading and discussing Herodotus. A group of classical studies, geography and digital humanities scholars extracted all place-names from the Histories, then used GIS, Google Earth, and Narrative TimeMap to create interactive visualizations that dynamically display the "cultural geography of the ancient world through the eyes of one of its first witnesses."
blends the German Archaeological Institute's database Arachne
with the Perseus Digital Library
at Tufts University. This makes one of the most comprehensive collections of Greek and Roman antiquity available free for public and scientific use. Hellespont combines text and object data (using the metadata format CIDOC CRM
, enabling scholars to map ancient text content to other artifacts and sources. The tool then uses Google's GapVis code
to render a multi-pane interface
connecting text with interactive maps.
is the Stanford geospatial network model of the Roman world (previously
"Current Practice in Linked Open Data for the Ancient World"
points the reader to a collection of relevant articles about how the datasets, metadata and tools are shaping up.