A message from Cecilia Criado, project Director…
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Library of the Theban Myth, with critical editions, comments and translations into modern languages:
The Library has been developed by the Spain-based research team Oedipodioniae Thebae. Greco-Roman Library on civil war —FFI2015-68599-R (MINECO/FEDER)—, led by Cecilia Criado (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain), with Sandra Romano (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) as Technical Director and Neil Coffee (University at Buffalo, US) as External Consultant.
The research team emerged in 2016 as a result of the awareness that, having already achieved the aim of making a large part of ancient texts available on the net free of charge, researchers in Classical Philology should assume the responsibility of making the presence of Greek and Latin works on the Internet less purely informative, and hence more academic and more suitable for a highly specialized audience.
This entails improving the quality of the editions and the encoding system of the texts, which has been made entirely in TEI-XML through ODD transformations and a documental database. The editions are published within an open-source web app and can be downloaded in their TEI-XML format. All of them contain critical apparatuses sourced from the best editions available for every text, and are accompanied by notes and commentaries, and also by parallel synced translations to different modern languages, many of them completely new and curated by specialists on every author.
Our initiative, together with others that have been recently launched, is also a pioneer in the world of Classical texts by non publishing just a work or a single author. The Digital Library of the Theban Myth is a thematic library and includes works from Greek and Latin authors like Aeschylus, Euripides, Apollodorus, Ovid, Seneca, and Statius, whose Thebaid we offer complete. Other ancient works related to the Theban cycle are undergoing preparation.
This is a long-term project, incorporating the possibility that, in subsequent phases, this platform will accommodate a far wider corpus of themes and works, in the development of which any researchers who may wish to participate can do so, as long as they are committed to compliance with our conditions on quality.
Here is the website
Here is the current research team
And here is the library