The Perseus Collection Review: Some Thoughts on the Classics Collection

When I first heard that Logos was releasing the Perseus Collection I was most anxious and excited for the Classics Collection. Having been a Greek major in my undergrad I was exposed to many of the authors that are included in this marvelous collection. One of my areas of interest is the study of rhetoric, and for me this collection is a homerun! I now have the writings of Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Quintilian, and the likes all ready to be read, searched, and explored right from my computer.

The Perseus Collection in Action

Now we will take a look at how this collection can help in ones study of scripture. One of New Testament books that has been analyzed used Graeco-Roman rhetoric is Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. In his commentary on the Corinthian epistles, Ben Witherington utilizes the methods of ancient rhetoric in his interpretation of these Pauline writings. In so doing, he realies heavily on the writings of the master rhetoricians in order to show how Paul himself constructed his writings according to this ancient practice.

In the above capture from Witherington’s commentary, you notice the circled footnote 135. When we click on this we get the following reference:

 

Notice that the highlighted sections point the reader to references from Aristotle, Pliny, and Quintilian. Now with the Perseus Collection one can open these references up in Logos and read for the primary sources for themselves.

Aristotle, Rhetoric 1413.2.1

Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria 12.10.53-55

I would like to make mention of a few things. First, unlike other resources in Logos the Perseus Collection is not yet hyper-linked between resources. What I mean by this is that you cannot click on a reference and have it instantly open up to that particular spot. Instead, you need to go your library icon and type in the resource you need. Second, the Greek texts in Perseus are linked primarily to LSJ, but a few times BDAG was opened when I double clicked a Greek word.

Overall this is a helpful inclusion for studying the scriptures. Once all of the references to the texts included in the Classics Collection are tag and linked, this collection will be that much better.

A important note – If you want to get your free copy of this collection you must first make sure to do the following:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Logos 4.3. You can download the basic engine for free here.
  2. Make sure you preorder now! Once Logos begins to process the preorders they will temporarily remove the Perseus Collection from their site so that they do not use to much bandwidth. But do not fret! Once things slow down they will once again place the collection back on their site for all to freely download.

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