Fri, 23 Aug 1996 13:08:19 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry about the vague references, Douglas. TLG stands for Thesaurus Linguae
Graecae (Thesaurus of the Greek Language) and is a CD containing most ancient
Greek literature from about 800 BC on through the ninth cent. A.D. (or C.E. if
you prefer). PHI stands for the Packard Humanities Institute, which publishes
two CD's, one with a great deal of Latin classical literature and Bible ver-
sions, etc. and the other, collections of papyri, inscriptions and Coptic
texts. All three CD's are available, and are acquired under licensing fees.
They have the same transliteration format and you can purchase programs to
read and search them. I've been writing my own browse/search program for some
time now, and plan to make it available in beta format (i.e. useful but some-
what buggy and incomplete) to listers in the near future. The existence of
these CD's brings an entirely new dimension to the study of Greek, because we
can now do effective research on issues, no longer having to rely on our own
memories and tedious searching. For example, I can now find source material in
a few minutes (or less) that would have otherwise taken months or years to do.