The international SAWS project has been funded by HERA, Humanities in the European Research Area.
“The aim of the SAWS project is to present and analyse the tradition of wisdom literatures in Greek and Arabic. Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages collections of wise or useful sayings were created and circulated, as a practical response to the cost and inaccessibility of full texts in a manuscript age; the project will focus on those which collected moral and social advice.”
This first programme of trans-European research ends in summer 2013, and is being marked by a Festival of the Humanities in London. This will include a discussion of the implications of this programme for Digital Humanities.
The SAWS Dynamic Library of Wisdom Literatures is due for preliminary publication in June, with a final version due by 15 August 2013.