Author Archives: Gregory Crane

New ways to read Greek and Persian epic and to explore diverse cultures

ShareTweet Gregory Crane1, Alison Babeu1, Farnoosh Shamsian2, James Tauber3, Jacob Wegner3 1 – Tufts University; 2 – Leipzig University; 3 – Eldarion.com [Preprint of the abstract for Digital Humanities 2020: Responding to Asian Diversity – https://dh2022.adho.org/] Our work explores the … Continue reading

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Homeric Vocabulary, Heaps’ Law and the open-ended nature of epic tradition [DRAFT]

ShareTweet Gregory Crane This paper makes a simple, but significant, observation. Vocabulary keeps growing in any corpus — there is no final, fixed set of words. That phenomenon appears with any natural language corpus. Here I emphasize the significance for … Continue reading

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Why study intro Greek? You could produce compelling performances of Greek poetry and prose in one semester.

ShareTweet Gregory Crane If you are an accomplished performer, you should be able to begin performing Greek poetry and prose, with an understanding of every syllable of what you are reading, by the end of one semester. I base that … Continue reading

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Course on Arabic Sources by West African scholars about the Mali and Songhai empires: Digital Humanities and a new model of Classical Studies at Tufts

ShareTweet At Tufts University, the course on Classical Historians (Classics 141 — details in the departmental course booklet) will focus on Classical Arabic sources composed in, and about, pre-colonial West Africa. While we will consider Arabic sources produced outside of … Continue reading

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Perseus and new, enhanced introductions to Ancient Greek: Fall 2022

ShareTweet Gregory CraneTufts UniversityMarch 25Gregory.Crane@tufts.edu Tufts University will offer two different sections of introductory Ancient Greek in fall 2022, each of which takes a complementary approach. Both sections of the class have been designed to exploit increasingly powerful digital tools … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Classical Studies in the 21st Century United States

ShareTweet Abstract: This paper consists of three complementary parts. The first section describes three instances where very technical scholarship on Greek literature overlaps with, and draws attention to, particularly dramatic historical contexts. This section describes an aspect of Greco-Roman studies … Continue reading

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