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The mission of Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911, has always been to make Classical Greek and Latin literature accessible to the broadest range of readers. The digital Loeb Classical Library (www.loebclassics.com) extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb’s vision of accessibility, and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 530 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.
The digital Loeb Classical Library will re-introduce the Classics to new readers and old friends in a mobile environment where they can read a single poem, a letter, or a philosophical treatise in quiet contemplation. Or, the reader can engage with a rich range of authors, periods, genres, and Classical traditions by actively following the trail of a word, phrase, or concept across centuries and languages. One can enjoy 1,800 years of Classical works in solitude or participate in a lively conversation with the Classics through annotation and tools for sharing in virtual settings or in the classroom. The digital Loeb Classical Library is essential for scholars, teachers, and students anywhere in the world, as well as an unprecedented gateway to the Classical world for the general reader. From papyrus scrolls and writing tablets to the handwritten codex to the printed page, Classical Greek and Latin texts have come to us across the millennia through a variety of media. As we enter a new digital era, the Classics reaffirm their enduring quality as well as the surprising pleasures and fresh insights they have offered each generation that discovered these texts through the medium of their own time.