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Search for Words or Phrases in Texts

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Find Texts in the Collection by Author or Title

Bibliographic Search Fields:
(e.g. 'Plautus')
(e.g. 'Casina')

Your query:

Type in any combination of criteria to formulate a new search. As you type in search fields, you will see a summary appear right here.

To see a full list of available texts, leave all fields blank and hit 'Search the Texts'.

To go directly to a particular text or passage, you can enter a citation in the 'Cite Lookup' box above.

Consult Info & Help below for further hints.
Philologic Information and Help

Welcome to Philologic. Here are some tips to make your visit more productive:
  • We now have more so-called Tooltips on the search form. Hover over a box with your mouse, wait a moment, and you may get helpful information. In Firefox, you can install an 'add-on' called Long Titles to make the full text of these tips display.
  • Show Options: Clicking on the "Show Options" buttons gives you a listing of all the possibilities for the search field in this database. Please be patient; some of these take a few moments to generate. 'Show Options' does not execute a search; it merely lists a number of possibilities for you to enter in the adjoining search field.
  • For bibliographic fields, the Show Options function is dynamic: if you have already selected Plautus as your Author and proceed to click on Show Options next to the Title field, you will see titles by Plautus only.
  • No results when you fully expected them? You may need to hit the 'Clear all' button to make sure you do not have hidden criteria from a previous search. Also, check below for wild card characters, similarity searching, and the use of capital letters for covering spelling variations.
  • 'Text object' is an umbrella term for both structural parts of texts (chapters, sections, notes) as well as less conventional units, such as character text. These fields allow you to limit your search to textual notes, or to a particular character in comedy.
  • Philologists: Check out the refined search results. Here you can tweak the KWIC settings, get collocation data, or frequency by author or title.
  • Narratologists: Check out the Text Object Search fields. Here you can enter a character's name and search only in that character's speech (fully implemented in Plautus and Terence).
  • We have provided a morphology look-up tool. Select a word (for instance, by double-clicking it) and hit 'd' on your keyboard. If this does not result in anything, you may have blocked pop-up windows. Also, be sure to omit any punctuation from your selection. BUG report 05/02/08: you may encounter Old Norse words in the morphology tool. We will look into solving this.
  • In case you are looking for the morphological analysis of a word that does not appear on the page, you will need to use the Morphological Analysis box instead. This is also a solution for iPhone users who cannot select and enter text outside of web forms. Note however that this function does not perform an actual morphological analysis but merely looks it up in a list of known forms, so that it will not have an answer for you if the word you seek does not actually appear in the database.
  • On the results pages, we have included a link to report problems and errors. If you find anything from a misplaced accent to a missing chunk of text, or if you have suggestions for improvement, please let us know.
  • For pattern matching one may employ wildcard characters (e.g., widow* retrieves widow, widowe, widowhood, etc.). Wild cards are not necessary outside the main search field. In the author field, 'Cic', 'Cic*', 'icer', etc. all find Cicero. For fuller explanations, please consult the Philologic manual.
  • uv, ij alternations: By typing capital U or capital I in search words, your search will turn up que/qve; and cuius/cujus. To include the accented vowels found in comedy, use capitals as well. hAnc will find hanc and h├ínc.
  • Similarity searching: The system will list for you any words it deems similar to your search word. Remember, you know more Latin than the system does, so your mileage will vary.

Perseus under Philo:

We are grateful to the Perseus Project for making their texts available for this project, and specifically to Greg Crane and Adrian Packel for their help in initial troubleshooting. Please note that the conditions of use of Perseus materials fully apply to the texts on this site as well. For details, view the Header information in each of the texts.
Refined Search Results

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words. Filtered Words


Bibiliographic Search Fields

Find documents or limit word searches (use AND, OR, and NOT).

(e.g. 'Henry Furneaux')

(e.g. '1909')

(e.g. 'Latin' or 'NOT English')

(e.g. 'CiceroArchLat')

(e.g. '1999.02.0042.xml')

(e.g. 'comedy')

One may also use the bibliographic fields on their own to find documents and sort the results.
Text Object Search Fields

Find documents or limit word searches (use OR only).

Div Objects
(e.g. 'formica')

(e.g. 'letter' or 'NOT notes')

SubDiv Objects:

Use Who: to find text spoken by characters you specify.
(e.g. 'Sosia')

(e.g. 'note')

(e.g. 'iamb')