Student working on a research project.

Tracing Ancient Literary History: The Tesserae Project

"Tesserae" is the Latin word for mosaic tiles. The Tesserae Project is an effort to put together pieces of the literary history of ancient Roman poems. Tesserae uses computing power to automatically find common phrases in ancient poetic texts, in order to show how poets respond to and employ the language of their predecessors and contemporaries. The goal is to reveal hidden connections between poets, and little understood aspects of their technique. Student involvement in the project will depend upon the student's skills and interests. Students may prepare digital copies of new texts for analysis, help design textual research algorithms, or aid with computer algorithm coding and web interface design. Project is ongoing.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Classics, Computer Science And Engineering, Linguistics
Student Skill-Set Needed: Any of the following skills, alone or in combination, would be useful for the project: 1. the ability to carefully edit text, 2. linguistic experience allowing the student to think creatively about language feat
Compensation: Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Neil Coffee
Department: Classics
Office: 334 MFAC
Phone: (716)645-0452