Syntactic Dependencies In Herodotus Book I

Abnormal readers know that I sometimes dabble in classical literature and philology. While I am an amateur in all my abnormal interests, I can’t really even claim amateur status in things classical. But little things like lack of training never completely stop me. Most students, amateur and professional, of the ancient Near East look to the works of classical authors from time to time. The extent to which they consider these classical sources waxes and wanes with tides of scholarly interest and methodology.
Of the classical author’s whose work has informed students of the Near East none is more influential than Herodotus. Alessandro Vatri of Exeter College, Oxford, has set up a syntactic dependencies search engine for the first book of Herodotus’ Histories. It looks like only the first chapter is up and working at this time. But based on the chapter pull down on the browse page it looks like more is to come. The concept itself is interesting and I not only hope that he will extend it to the whole of Herodotus (that would be a lot of work with somewhat diminishing value as one goes alone) but that someone will take up the effort and apply the treeband methodology to the Hebrew Bible.
Go give Professor Vatri’s efforts a look. Like many such things, I found it a wonderful time sink.
Via Ancient World Online