Cited Loci of the Aeneid has been developed by Matteo Romanello, and it was born out of an online conversation with Ronald Snyder (JSTOR Labs), Neil Coffee, Chris Forstall, Caitlin Diddams and James Gawley — the Tesserae team.
Thanks also to Dario Rodighiero and Michele Pasin for their precious advices on the visualization side of things!
Whether you want to report a bug or express interest for a new feature, please do so via the GitHub project page.
If you want to get — e.g. to discuss potential collaborations — drop a line to
matteo dot romanello at gmail dot com.
This is perhaps the biggest limitation of the interface at the moment, as it forces the reader to go through the article in order to find the passage in question. We hope to fix this issue soon — watch this space!
As in any proof of concept, the scope is relatively narrow. Besides, the Aeneid is one of the few works for which both quotations and references were readily available. Nevertheless, we'd love to discuss how to develop similar tools also for other ancient works.
Annotating the content of an interactive display can be tricky. For example, you won't be able to attach notes to the SVG heatmap (left hand-side). What makes this difficult is that the element you have annotated may be hidden — thus not visible — the next time you or someone else loads the interface. In order not loose the context of an annotation, we recommend to enter the number of the line(s) as an annotation tag (e.g. "12.460").
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