A project of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
A new way of experiencing Europe’s most ancient literary culture, implanted in its unforgettable landscape.
ToposText is a new interface that links readers and travelers to Europe’s most ancient literary culture and to the Greek landscape that inspired it. TT presents 5000 places relevant to the ancient Greek world -- ancient cities and shrines, medieval castles and towers, modern museums and excavation sites -- primarily in Greece but including major places from Spain to the Caucasus. It links those places to the ancient authors who wrote about them in Greek or Latin. A large classical library married to an up-to-date gazetteer, freely available as a mobile application or this web site.
Education / Reference Tool:
- Accurate coordinates for thousands of Greek historical sites
- Each site indexed to the ancient literary sources that mention it.
- A huge, free, portable library of classical texts in English
- Texts and places stored on-device – no internet access necessary.
- Location-aware display of site information.
- Recent archaeological information on many sites.
An enriched database (July 2018): 15 new texts (now 714 total), including Solinus and Avienus, plus Censorinus, more Theophrastus and Plato, prodigies, etc..
287 new places (to 7090 total), including 115 additional Athenian sites and monuments (250 in all), plus buildings/monuments at Olympia.
Many corrections and improved site descriptions.
Ratings and Reviews
My favorite app (really)
I don't usually write reviews but ToposText is simply amazing. It has an incredible database of texts from throughout the Mediterranean and all of them are linked to ancient sites. I work with great archaeology and use this app to find the most remote tiny sites, which are correctly GIS referenced and linked to all available literature. I use it on my phone all the time as a reference and as an "ancient GPS". It probably would be even more amazing on a tablet - this app makes me want to get an iPad.
I love having a map available when reading from the ancient sources.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.