NOTE: When this post went live the resource count for the Perseus works came to more than 3,000 books. Initially we treated every day of the the Richmond newspaper as a separate book (just as Perseus had). We have made the decision to merge the Richmond items into one book which makes the Perseus count 1,100–1,500. It is still the same amount of content without 1,000+ one page books.
We’ve been keeping a secret. A big one. For the past few months, we’ve been working on making nearly 1,500 books from The Perseus Project accessible in Logos 4. And today we’re announcing that they’re available for pre-order.
The biggest secret? We’re going to release them for free.
There’s no catch. No strings attached. Just thousands of free books for use in Logos Bible Software 4.
What Is Perseus?
The Perseus Collections are focused primarily on Greek and Latin classics, like Aristotle and Plato. They also cover the history, literature, philosophy, and culture of the Greco-Roman world—important contextual sources for biblical scholars. Additionally, they contain other key works of Renaissance literature, and literature from early America. In short, Perseus is a library of the West’s most enduring and influential classics.
The Perseus books are available in the following 7 configurations:
- Perseus Classics Collection (1,114 vols.)
- Perseus Arabic Collection (37 vols.)
- Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (257 vols.)
- Perseus Renaissance Collection (22 vols.)
- Perseus Civil War and 19th-Century American Collection (340 vols.)
- Richmond Times-Dispatch (1,355 vols.)
Why Perseus Is So Valuable
With Perseus, you get a massive amount of valuable content. What makes this great is that it’s completely free. Imagine—imagine if we were to charge you even $1 for each of these books!
How You Can Get It
Because of the massive size of this project, the release has the potential to overwhelm our servers. We simply don’t have the capacity to deliver this much content all at once to all the users who want it, so we’ll be releasing it in stages on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here Is How Perseus Will Be Released
- We’re taking pre-orders. By placing a Pre-Pub order, you can reserve your spot in line. Don’t worry, even though you’re placing an order, you won’t be charged anything.
- In a few weeks, when we’re ready to release, we will remove Perseus from our website altogether. It will go offline for a period of time while we process the orders, and it won’t be available to anyone. Depending on how many pre-orders we get, it could be offline for quite some time.
- Once all the pre-orders for all collections are processed, we’ll bring it back to Logos.com so more people can download and enjoy it.
The bottom line is that you need to place your Pre-Pub order early to get it first. Once we start processing pre-orders, it will be unavailable and disappear from the website. The key is to get your pre-order in before the window of time closes.
How Perseus Enhances Your Use of Logos
Even if you’re not a Greek or Latin scholar, The Perseus Collections can still enhance your use of Logos.
Many of the Greek and Latin classics come with one or more English translations. That makes many of these resources accessible to you even if you’re not a specialist, or you’re not proficient in the ancient languages. Many resources also have tagging in place, so you can link them together and read them side-by-side.
The Greek texts will be getting lemma tagging (we’re exploring morph tagging, too—but we can’t promise anything specific yet), which means they’ll enhance Bible Word Study reports. For example, if you’re doing a word study on a Greek word which occurs only once in the New Testament, your Bible Word Study report will draw in data from the wealth of other Greek texts in The Perseus Collections. You’ll get better results simply because the Bible Word Study report has more material to draw from.
Lexicons that cite these resources as source documents will be getting linked. (Most aren’t quite yet—but they will be in the future.) This means, for example, if BDAG cites a text from Aristotle, you can click the citation and the Perseus edition of Aristotle will open instantly to the exact location being referenced.
Spread the Word!
It’s rare that thousands of classic works are made available for free to anyone who wants them. It’s even more amazing when you consider that these aren’t just PDFs or text files. They’re Logos books, and they take advantage of many of the features and tools built into Logos Bible Software. So it’s hard to put into words how phenomenal this opportunity really is.
That’s why we’re asking you to help spread the word. There are people who may not hear about it—people who don’t read the blog, who don’t get the emails—who aren’t aware of what these resources can do in Logos Bible Software. These people need to know about it.
Here’s what you can do to help them find out:
- Send an email and point them to this blog post.
- Share the news with your friends on Facebook.
- Tweet about the news.
While The Perseus Collections make up an amazing amount of valuable content, they aren’t for everyone. If you don’t read Classics and don’t study Greek and Latin texts, you may not want to download this content, especially if you have a slow internet connection or an older computer. Keep in mind that you’ll have bigger and more frequent downloads and more regular and longer indexing. If you’ll use it, it’s definitely worth it. If not, you might want to consider just helping to get the word to those who would really benefit from it.
If you’re pre-ordering it, what Perseus books are you most looking forward to using in Logos Bible Software? Leave us a comment and let us know!