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Digital Classicist poster from DRH 2005

The Digital Classicist is a project and community for those interested in the application of Humanities Computing to the field of Classics and to ancient world studies more generally. The project claims the twin aims of bringing together scholars and students with an interest in computing and the ancient world, and disseminating advice and experience to the Classics discipline at large.[1] The Digital Classicist was founded in 2005 as a collaborative project based at King's College London and the University of Kentucky, with editors and advisors from the Classics discipline at large.[2]


Activities of The Digital Classicist



Many notable Classicists and Digital Humanists are on the advisory board of the Digital Classicist, including Richard Beacham (of the King's Visualisation Lab), Alan Bowman (Professor of Ancient History at University of Oxford), Gregory Crane (of the Perseus Project), Bernard Frischer (of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory), Michael Fulford (Professor of Archaeology and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at University of Reading), Willard McCarty (winner of the Lyman Award and Professor of Humanities Computing at Centre for Computing in the Humanities), James O'Donnell (Provost of Georgetown University), Silvio Panciera (of University of Rome La Sapienza), Boris Rankov (Professor of Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London), Ross Scaife (Stoa Consortium and University of Kentucky).


The Digital Classicist community have taken an active role in posting news to the long-standing blog of the Stoa Consortium [1], which concerns itself with both Classical and Digital Humanities topics. A particular focus seems to be the Open Source and Creative Commons movements, and various communities of scholars with digital interests.

Discussion list

The Digital Classicist discussion list is hosted by JISCmail in the UK. Most list traffic consists of announcements and calls, with occasional flurries of more involved discussion.[3]

The Wiki

The main website of the Digital Classicist project is little more than a gateway containing links to the project Wiki and a few static materials.

The project Wiki contains lists of digital Classics projects, software tools that have been made available for classicists, and a FAQ that solicits collaborative community advice on a range of topics from simple questions about, e.g., Greek fonts and Unicode, word-processing and printing issues, to more advanced Humanities Computing questions and project management advice. The Wiki is hosted on the servers of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London[4]

Seminars and Publications

The members of the Digital Classicist community also report quite heavily on any conference and seminar activity that they take to reflect well on the project as a whole. Among the events cited are a series of summer seminars (2006, 2007, 2008) at the Institute for Classical Studies in London, and panels at the Classical Association Annual Conference in Birmingham 2007[5] and Glasgow 2009, and the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts conference in September 2008.[6] The Project was also among the sponsors of the Open Source Critical Editions workshop in 2006.[7] Recently Digital Medievalist published a collaborative issue of Digital Classicist articles in memory of Ross Scaife. [8]


  1. ^ See Bodard & Garcés, (2005), 'The Digital Classicist', (poster), delivered at Digital Resources for the Humanities conference, University of Lancaster, September 2005. (Poster won first prize in the poster competition.)
  2. ^ See for the initial announcement and discussion of the project's charter
  3. ^ See archives at
  4. ^ See
  5. ^ See and on Digital Classicist events, and on the Classical Association conference (2007)
  6. ^ See DRHA and especially for the DRHA 2008 programme
  7. ^ See; the proceedings of this workshop are said to be in preparation for publication.
  8. ^ See

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