Diogenes is a tool for searching and browsing the databases of ancient texts, primarily in Latin and Greek, that are published by the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and the Packard Humanities Institute. (NB. These databases are not distributed with Diogenes and must be obtained separately.)

Latest News

Note on Yosemite. The old version of Diogenes (3.1.6) is incompatible with newer releases of the Perl language, including the version included with Mac Yosemite (OS X version 10.10). I have made a quick fix and released version 3.2.0 of Diogenes, which should work. Go to the Download page for further instructions.

Note that there is still an issue with Macs where the menubar but no initial window appears when the application starts. One quick but ugly fix is to hit Command-B, which brings up the "About" window and thus makes the application visible again. Furthermore, the application sometimes freezes when in use (especially after trying the drop-down menus). This can generally be fixed by clicking on the Diogenes icon in the Dock (with thanks to C. Osborne for that solution).

These issues are the result of Mozilla no longer supporting the Mac client Diogenes currently uses. I hope to implement an alternative solution in the next few months.

Advantages of Using Diogenes

The goal of this software package is to provide a free, transparent and flexible interface to the classical databases on CD-Rom in the PHI format, which include the TLG, the PHI corpus of Latin texts up to AD 200, the Duke Documentary Papyri collection, and the PHI-sponsored corpora of ancient inscriptions.


NB. This program is distributed in the hope that it may be useful, but with no guarantee that the data it produces are accurate. Diogenes has no connection whatever to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae or the Packard Humanities Institute. The binary data format used by these databases was deduced by the author from observation; he had no access to its specifications, and he may therefore have completely misunderstood its design and implementation. Use this program at your own risk and confirm its results against those produced by other programs.

See this page for the license agreement and statement of lack of warranty.