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Research Resources / Databases / Perseus

The web-based Perseus website located at Tufts University (www.perseus.tufts.edu) includes all of the texts and images in the Perseus database. A smaller collection of materials on one CD-ROM has been mounted on a server at Scribner Library to which any campus PC machine may gain access. This subset of Perseus is particularly useful for those students interested in site plans and quick and easy access to the Greek texts, translations, and lexical tools of the works of such authors as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

To enable your machine to launch the Perseus CD-Rom, follow these instructions:

  • From the "Start" menu, "Run" the following application (exactly as typed here, with all spaces and slahes): \\datastor\library apps\Library CDROM Applications\Classics
  • Copy the "RunFirst.Bat" and "Perseus" files to your computer, preferably in a new "Perseus" folder which you have created on your harddrive before copying these files. [To create a folder, launch "Start" "Programs" "Accessories" and then "Windows Explorer." In Windows Explorer, click on your harddrive (usually, drive "C:"), and then "File" "New" and "Folder." Name the folder "Perseus."]
  • Copy the Athenian font to your C:/Windows/Fonts folder; click here to download the font, and then save it to the folder.
  • Whenever you wish to launch Perseus locally, click on "RunFirst.Bat" and then on "Perseus."
  • Note that two windows will open: the main Perseus Project Gateway window, with nine items to choose from, and the Navigator, a small bar in the upper left-hand corner of your screen that provides quick navigational access through the Perseus database.
  • If you have any difficulties setting up your computer to run Perseus locally, contact Andrew Ashton x5505 in the Scribner Library.

ŠAugust 2000 Skidmore College Department of Classics
 Created and Maintained by Alexander Carballo '01
 Please post comments or inquiries to a_carbal@skidmore.edu