Digital Humanities Festival

Published: 16 May 2016

Lecture by Prof. Gregory Crane, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig

University of Glasgow Digital Humanities Festival

The Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute are pleased to announce the following lecture which launches a Digital Humanities Festival of events at the University over the coming year:

Prof. Gregory Crane Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig: Europe, Europeana, and the Greco-Roman World


Friday 20 May, 2016, 16.00-17.30


Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building


This lecture focuses on the implications of very large digital collections, including the material culture and the written collections at, and their aspirations towards fashioning a European culture that is both cosmopolitan and a nurturing space for many different cultural identities. The lecture explores Greco-Roman culture and its unconscious influence and conscious reception as a unifying component of European identity, addressing new forms of research that deepen our understanding of canonical texts and open up billions of words of virtually unknown Greek and (especially Latin) materials, providing a translational, multilingual space for an increasingly diverse and deep view of European culture’s Greco-Roman roots, both within Europe and wherever European culture plays a major role. Within this context there are opportunities for Scotland and Scottish universities and their relationship to European identity.


Prof. Gregory Ralph Crane combines classical philology and computer science in an innovative approach, applying computer science methods to systematise human cultural development. A pioneer of digital humanities, he developed the Perseus Digital Library, a comprehensive and freely accessible online library for antique source material.

Digital Humanities Festival

First published: 16 May 2016

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