Re: Greek-to-ASCII suggestions

From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (
Date: Mon Jul 29 1996 - 12:01:32 EDT

At 08:43 29/07/96 -0400, Rodney Decker wrote:

>Perhaps I missed earlier discussion (I just got back on line last week
>after a cross-country move), but the reference to "the Perseus site does
>give one the option of entering queries" is intriguing. Is there a www site
>that enables queries of Greek text? Any info would be appreciated.

The site is:

He will find instructions there on how to d/l Greek fonts for his particular
operating system so that he can perform searches. John Baima, of Silver
Mountain Software -- author of Bible Windows -- has made available as
freeware a suitable set of fonts, to which there is a link on the Perseus
Home Page [ they can be d/l directly from: ]

As an example of what can be done, here is an excerpt from


We are adding many of Perseus' textual tools to help you analyze and
     discover the meaning of words for yourself. While looking at a passage in
     Greek, choose Greek Texts with Morphological Links. (See example
passage from Aristotle) All the words in the passages will now be turned
into links, which can be individually clicked on to see the
morphological analysis of
     that word--what gender, case, or number it is; what tense or mood it is
if it's a
     verb. In this analysis, it will also give you the form of the word as
it would
     appear in the Liddell Scott Dictionary, which you may then click to see the
     word's definition in that lexicon. (See example: analysis of "toutois",
     word of Aristotle passage above).
          Once you have analyzed a Greek word as above to find its dictionary
          entry form, or have typed it in manually via betacode or accented
          Greek, you may do several things:
          Find its basic definition in the Intermediate Liddell-Scott-Jones
          Find its full definition, including examples of the word in
context for
          numerous Greek authors, in the comprehensive LSJ.
          Find out how often and where the word is used, in other words, its
          frequency in the Greek texts. Perseus will bring up a chart
showing how
          often it is used by each author (or genre, if you choose). The first
          column tells how many total words we have for that author. The next
          two columns show the maximum number of forms Perseus found which
          could have been based on the word. (e.g. "flies" may be an instance of
          the verb "to fly" or the noun "fly", so Perseus would include it
in the
          count for both words). The righthand two columns show the minimum
          number of instances of the word--only those forms which Perseus
          knows must be from that word. (e.g. there's no doubt that
"sneezed" is a
          form of "to sneeze"). In addition, since each author's body of
text is a
          different size, Perseus calculates the relative frequency for each
          Based on how many times the word appears in the actual work, Perseus
          displays how many times it would appear in 10,000 words by that
          author. This allows you to compare and contrast word usage in
          Find all instances and forms of that word in one author. From the
          general frequency tool above, one can click on any one author's
name to
          display all instances of the word in that author's text. Each of these
          instances is a link which will take you to the passage showing
that word
          in context.

Hope this helps!


Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]

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