Mapping the Catalogue of Ships

“Mapping the Catalogue of Ships” is a collaboration between Courtney Evans, Ben Jasnow, and Jenny Clay in the UVa classics department and the Scholars’ Lab to apply modern GIS techniques to the index of place names in Book 2 of the Iliad, where Homer lists out each of the contingents in the greek army that sailed to troy. Working in collaboration with Jeremy Boggs and Wayne Graham, I developed the extensions for Neatline that make it possible to connect individual words in the greek text with locations on the map (an early version of the code that turned into Neatline Text) and designed the Neatline exhibit that displays the results. Courtney and Ben’s paper won the prestigious Fortier Prize at DH 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska, given to the best paper by a young scholar.

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