Greece’s rich ancient cultural heritage and mythical and historical locations will now be available through a free app called “Topos Text” courtesy of an idea by Brady Kiesling, a former ancient historian and archaeologist from California who returned to scholarship after working for twenty years as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department in Israel, Morocco, Greece, and Armenia.
Topos Text presents over 7,000 places relevant to the ancient Greek world - from ancient cities and shrines, medieval castles and towers, modern museums and excavation sites - primarily in Greece but including prominent places from Spain to the Caucasus. The application links those places to the ancient authors who wrote about them in Greek or Latin, using a vast library of ancient texts married to a detailed gazetteer.
Selecting from this index list, which can be filtered by date, genre, and relevance connects one to the full text of 240-odd ancient Greek works in English translation, some with the original Ancient Greek. Thus, at a glance and from any location, you can select and read the passages in ancient literature that give a place its historical and cultural meaning.
The Topos Text website includes →
-A portable library of ancient texts with more than 809 sources on Greek history, mythology and geography in English
-A database with more than 6986 ancient locations, modern museums and archaeological sites covers the entirety of the ancient Greek world.
-An interactive map and index which links every location with the ancient source which has some reference to it
-An index of thousands of proper names
-Specific coordinates allow the user to enlarge an area in the map enough to see the ancient ruins.
The app was developed by the IT company Pavla AE and was supported by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.
The app will be helpful for millions of visitors to Greece, particularly history and archaeology enthusiasts, researchers, students and ordinary travellers.
To download Tops Text, Click here