overall vision of this map
I'm writing to confirm what Greg and I discussed this morning.
First, again, don't worry about writing summaries of stuff; this site exists to allow people to visually see which myths are attached to which sites, according to which authors; it is for the user to sum up this information as they see fit, not for us to do for them.
My image of the site is one that permits filtered searches. So, someone could just look for "Herakles", and every site that Herakles is said to have visited will light up on the map. Click on one of those sites, and a list of all the authors that mention Herakles in connection with that site will show up. Click on one of the authors, and the passages in which Herakles is mentioned in connection with that site and that author show up. Click on one of the passages and the paragraph shows up, but one can scroll back and forth. Passages will be cited in traditional format (that is, work, book, line number for poetry; work, book, chapter, section number for prose; keyed to the original, NOT to the translation). Texts will show up in English, not in the originals; people who want to can use the line numbers to find the Greek or Latin somewhere else.
But the user can filter the search, and look for "Herakles in Apollodorus", and only those sites that Apollodorus mentions Herakles as having visited will light up. Click on a site after doing that search, and only the passages of Apollodorus in which Herakles is mentioned would show up.
Other searches I would like people to be able to do - and this matters, because Lauren will have to go through and make sure that all of this information is encoded somewhere:
- a) by character (hero)
- b) by site (geography)
- c) by generation of character (by the timeline Lauren is establishing now)
- c1) by the order in which the character visited the sites (did he visit Thebes first in Apollodorus but last in Pausanias and sometime in the middle of his career in Vergil? we want to see the route of his travels)
- d) by family of character (blood and marriage - perhaps separate these two)
- e) by general area hero is associated with (Argolid, Peloponnese, Crete, Asia Minor, Attica, Northwest Greek, Aetolia, etc - you can rely on Big Powell to tell you what the main areas are, Lauren; he's got the myths divided up into the general geographic areas I want)
- f) author
- g) era of author
- h) geographic area of author, where known (good luck with Homer, there. Also with Apollodorus)
- i) ethnicity of character (especially if a character is identified as non-Greek or non-Roman, as say Pelops is, or all those Latin characters in Virgil) j) metamorphoses (does the character turn into an animal or a star?)
If you can think of any more categories we need to know about, Lauren, please add them in and let me know now - better we start getting all the information now, than have to go back and revisit all the texts later and redo it!
By the end of the summer, I would like to see a working map with the myths from Apollodorus on it, and filtered searches available for it. Even if this is all we ever get, because I run out of money and can't get any more, a searchable map of Apollodorus would still be a useful thing.
So: does this sound doable?