From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 06:36:41 EST

At 8:42 PM -0600 3/22/00, Jeffrey B. Gibson wrote:
>Steven Lo Vullo wrote:
>> Jeffrey,
>> In the short time I have been on the list I've seen the TLG D disk mentioned
>> a few times, but I don't know what it is. Could you give me some information
>> on it?
>The TLG (the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae) D Disk is a search able CD which
>about 95% of all extant Greek literary texts from 8BCE up though at least
>The E Disk (with just about everything else of the Greek literary corpus)
>is about to
>be released.
>For more info, go to the TLG's web site at:

The E disk HAS been released; our department made the exchange of D for E
by overnight mail two weeks ago. I don't know that I would make the claim
that "just about everything else of the Greek literary corpus" is on the E
disk, however. The TLG web site does have a listing of what's on it and of
what was on the D disk. I note for instance that a lot more of Origen is on
E than was on D, but my guess is that a good deal of the Greek patristic
corpus is absent still from this corpus. Perhaps the question is what one
is ready to call "literary." I do think that a search of the E disk for
vocabulary and usage would yield significant results, but I'd be leery of
overstating the case for exhaustive completeness. The decipherment of
papyri as they come to light is a slow and difficult process and the
publication of what's literary in them may be decades behind the awareness
that one has a literary text (albeit fragmentary) in hand. I really don't
mean at all to say Jeffrey's wrong here, but only to hold out a caveat
against the illusion or delusion of "thoroughness."


Carl W. Conrad Department of Classics/Washington University One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018 Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649 WWW:

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