College of Arts and Sciences

Technology Workshop for Humanities

Classics

March 24, 2010
4:00-6:00 PM
Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center 

 

  • Classical Art Research Centre: The Beazley Archive: After acquiring Sir John Beazley's extensive collection of photographs and drawings of Greek vase paintings and Greek and Roman engraved gems, Oxford University digitized the entire archive and merged these with databases of other objects such as casts of ancient sculpture and antiquarian photographs, linking all the data to a comprehensive dictionary. Students and scholars can search the entire collection online, using the database tools to pose simple or sophisticated research questions that can be explored via detailed images of ancient art whose originals are scattered in museums all over the world.
  • Companion to The Worlds of Roman Women: Two of the authors of an intermediate-level Latin reader focused on ancient women, Ann Raia of The College of New Rochelle and Judith Sebesta of the University of South Dakota, have created an online site that makes full use of the creative and integrative potential of the Internet. The heart of the site is a collection of Latin passages about women, introduced by general and specific essays and hyperlinked to vocabulary, commentary, and images. The passages are categorized according to level of difficulty and organized according to the worlds of childhood, learning, marriage, family, body, state, class, work, flirtation, and religion. This is supplemented by rich instructional resources including many classroom activities and assignments.
  • Digital Roman Forum: This site presents a webbed version of the 3-D reconstruction model of the Roman Forum as it appeared in the fourth century CE created by the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory. Students can view the entire model or focus on specific monuments, which are linked to maps and plans, photographs of the extant remains, relevant translated passages from ancient writings, modern secondary sources, and explanatory descriptions.
  • Metis: A QTVR Interface for Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites: Sponsored by the Stoa Consortium, this site provides Quicktime virtual reality panoramic views of most of the major archaeological sites in Greece. Well-drawn plans with “you are here” nodes clarify the angle of vision and enable students to jump from one position to another and explore the sites from many different viewpoints.
  • Ostia: Harbour City of Ancient Rome: This rich multimedia site enables students to explore ancient Ostia without traveling to Italy. Enriched with many excellent photographs and video clips, this well-designed site presents a clear and comprehensible overview of the city and its history, and then allows students to pursue specific interests through multiple levels of linked pages focusing on the archaeological remains; objects, artefacts and mosaics found in the city; ancient texts referring to Ostia; and inscriptions and graffiti from Ostia.
  • Vindolanda Tablets Online: This site gives students a rare glimpse into the world of Roman letter-writing. The Vindolanda tablets preserve a group of letters written in ink on wooden leaf tablets from a Roman fort in northern England, including both official communications and private social letters. All the tablets are presented with excellent digital images, transcriptions of the Latin, English translations, and commentary, while the site also offers valuable visual and textual materials that explain and contextualize the letters.
  • VRoma: A Virtual Community for Teaching and Learning Classics: The heart of the VRoma Project is an online “place,” a virtual simulation of the ancient city of Rome circa 150 CE. In this 2-D virtual learning environment, students can meet, speak to each other in English or Latin, choose to see their graphic user interface and system messages in classical Latin, tour various locations in the city, read related ancient texts in Latin or English, and interact with virtual objects and bots. The website also contains activities, games, and assignments for different student levels plus an archive of thousands of high-quality images of ancient sites and artifacts.
Compiled by Barbara F. McManus and Ann R. Raia
The College of New Rochelle