2019-2020 Speaker Series

Thursday, November 21st, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

The Tesserae Project: A Computational Approach to Tracing Literary History at a Micro Scale

Professor Neil Coffee, Department of Classics, SUNY University at Buffalo

Grupp Fireside Lounge, Richard Winter Student Center

In this presentation, Dr. Neil Coffee will describe the Tesserae Project, which he founded in 2008 as an effort to trace intertextuality and allusion in literary texts using computational means. The presentation will discuss what the free online Tesserae tool does for searching in ancient Greek, Latin, and English. It will touch on the computational basis for the work. And it will address how he has managed a successful, grant-funded digital humanities project for over a decade.

Neil Coffee is Professor of Classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His interests include Latin epic poetry, Roman social history, ancient philosophy, and digital approaches to literary and intellectual history. He is the author of The Commerce of War: Exchange and Social Order in Latin Epic and Gift and Gain: How Money Transformed Ancient Rome. He is co-editor of the 2019 Intertextuality in Flavian Epic Poetry. He founded and directs the Tesserae Project, an effort to use digital methods to trace intertextuality. His current book project is entitled Serenity and Engagement: An Ancient Search for Balance.

Jointly presented by the Institute for Classical & Medieval Studies and the Digital Humanities Group


ICMS Tea & Talk

Reconstructing the Past Environment and Modeling the  Interactions between Social & Ecological Systems in Anatolia

Dr. Bulent Arikan, Istanbul Technical University

Canisius College Student Center, Grupp Fireside Lounge

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Methods of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic research from the perspective of earth sciences and computational methods serve as the introduction to this presentation on agent-based simulation methods at archaeological sites in Anatolia, modern-day Turkey. These simulations illustrate how ancient land use patterns, such as farming and herding, impacted biodiversity and erosion near ancient settlements. Co-sponsored with Digital Humanities with additional support by the Department of Classics, Department of History, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

This event is graciously hosted by the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies at Canisius College.

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