Digital Propertius Project

Thursday, May 18th: The Classics Library in conjunction with the DPP invites you to a hands-on workshop on “Exploring Diction and Topics in Latin Love Elegy” using digital techniques, 2-4 pm, PH 402. 

The workshop will be taught by Patrick Burns, Assistant Research Scholar, Digital and Special Projects, at the Library of the NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World: http://isaw.nyu.edu/people/staff/pburns.   Laptops are recommended; refreshments will be provided. Please contact colin.mccaffrey@yale.edu to register.

Some more details about Thursday’s Workshop (2pm to 4pm at Phelps 402). 
 
 
Exploring Diction and Topics in Latin Love Elegy
In this workshop, I will demonstrate a natural language processing
workflow using Python and the Classical Language Toolkit (cltk.org)
that we can use to load, preprocess, and analyze a collection of Latin
texts from Propertius and Tibullus. We will start with an introduction
to basic NLP tasks such as splitting texts into small units (i.e.,
sentence and word tokenization) and the automated retrieval of
dictionary headwords (i.e., lemmatization). We will then used the
tokenized and lemmatized texts to generate basic statistics about the
texts, such word counts and and weighted frequencies. Lastly, I will
introduce participants to hierarchical clustering and topic modeling,
that is grouping texts by similar features such as diction and
automatically extracting topics from the texts respectively.
 
NB: Any participants who are interested in following along with the
demonstration should bring a laptop and review the “preliminaries” in Allen Riddell’s
topic modeling tutorial
 
In addition to the packages noted there, participants will need to install CLTK
 

Classics graduate students have received a seed grant to produce a digital multitext edition of Book 1 of Propertius that could be used by scholars and students. 

We are funded by the Whitney Humanities Centre, the Classics Library, and the Digital Humanities Lab. We will be hosting both regular theory meetings to discuss digital humanities generally and also irregular coding sessions. We will also be inviting leading classicists in digital humanities to give talks and help train us.  Absolutely no prior knowledge of coding is necessary nor is this a closed group for classicists – all pre modernists are welcome. This is an exciting project and we hope as many as possible (faculty, grad students, undergrads – all welcome) can get involved! It will take us dizzyingly from lofty theories of textuality, hermeneutics and the technology of the book to the down and dirty of digital coding. 

Please contact: Kyle Conrau-Lewis, Kyle Khellaf, Rachel Love, or Colin McCaffrey.

Image credit:  Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 141, Propertius, Elegies (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fmb/cb-0141)