The Cyber Classicist

Text: Anke Brodmerkel

Gregory Ralph Crane is a wanderer between two worlds. As a classicist, the 56 year-old first and foremost wants to understand classical culture better. What is unusual are the methods the US researcher uses: Crane develops software which helps to record in detail the cultural history of humankind. One of his showcase projects is the Perseus Digital Library, located at Tufts University in Medford, USA, where he set up a digital collection of all available classical texts, including a translation facility into modern languages and numerous text analysis tools. Crane, who was made a Humboldt Professor in 2013, wants to use his chair in digital humanities at the University of Leipzig to exploit the potential of cyberspace further still. In the future, this will mean that any student can be involved in the translation and analysis of previously neglected writings.