Perseus Project

Perseus Project

The Perseus Project (also known as the Perseus Hopper)[1] is a digital library project of Tufts University, which is located in Medford and Somerville, near Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The project assembles digital collections of humanities resources. It is hosted by the department of Classics. Suffering at times from computer hardware problems, its resources occasionally are unavailable. The project is mirrored by the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany,[2] as well as by the University of Chicago.[3]


  • History 1
  • Text format 2
  • Copyright status 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Literature 6
  • External links 7


The project was founded in 1987 to collect and present materials for study of ancient Greece. It has published two CD-ROMs and established the Perseus Digital Library on the World Wide Web in 1995. The project has expanded its original scope; current collections cover Greco-Roman classics and the English Renaissance. Other materials, such as the papers of Edwin Bolles and the history of Tufts University, have been moved into the Tufts Digital Library.

The editor-in-chief of the project is Gregory Crane, the Tufts Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship. He has held that position since the founding of the Perseus Project.

Text format

Ancient Greek works in Perseus are stored as beta code, although they may be reformatted for display into a variety of transcription systems.[4]

Copyright status

The Perseus Project supports

  • The Perseus Project
  • The Perseus Project (alternative interface)

External links

  • Ancient Greece from Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times by Thomas R. Martin, Yale University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-300-06956-1. A text written by Professor Martin to accompany the Perseus Project online resources.


  1. ^ a b Perseus Digital Library
  2. ^ Berlin Perseus mirror
  3. ^ Chicago Perseus mirror
  4. ^ Greek Font Display Help
  5. ^ See Open Source section in the Perseus 4.0 Announcement
  6. ^ Perseus' Art and Archaeology Module
  7. ^ List of Open Content Alliance contributors


See also

All texts and materials believed to be in the public domain are available for free download in XML format from Perseus 4.0.[1] For a specific example, see the download and license information for OdysseyMurray's translation of Homer's . Some content is restricted by intellectual property license agreements with the holders of the rights to that material.

. Internet Archive The project also supports the [7].Open Content Alliance Perseus is a contributor to the [6]