MUSAIOS: Software for TLG and PHI CD-ROMs

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Software for TLG and PHI CD-ROMs

by Darl J. Dumont and Randall M. Smith

Almost all of Ancient Greek and Latin literature are available on CD-ROM — Thesaurus Linguae Graecae‘s CD-ROM #D (ancient Greek texts) contains 838 authors and collections from the 8th century BC to the 6th century AD. The Packard Humanities Institute’s CD-ROM 5.3 contains Latin authors, and also seven versions of the Bible. Packard Humanities Institute also provides a third CD-ROM with collections of Greek Papyri and Inscriptions (CD-ROM “PHI 7”).None of these CD-ROMs comes equipped with software for viewing and searching; They simply contain the files in “ISO 9660” format, further encoded in a format known as “Beta Code”. MUSAIOS provides a means to view the texts in a format similar to the printed page, and to perform searches.

MUSAIOS is currently available in a 16-bit version for Windows 3.1 and a 32-bit native version for Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.5. (The 16 bit version will run on all three platforms, but more slowly than the 32-bit version). A Macintosh version is currently in “Alpha” testing; we are collecting names for our mailing list. Watch this space for future details.

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You may send purchase orders, write inquiries or send E-mail in English, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Spanish. We will respond in English.Musaios c/o Darl J. Dumont
15237 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 20
Pacific Palisades, California 90272 U.S.A.
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