In its current modest stage, this project focuses on Imperial sexual spectacle as chronicled by Seutonius in his work De Vita Caesarum, specifically that of the emperor Gaius Caesar Germanicus, more commonly known by his nick name Caligula.The wider aim of this project is to provide it's viewers with the digital tools necessary for an analysis of sexual spectacle in ancient Rome. It is an attempt to pool various forms of media regarding sexual spectacle, therefore providing a representational source for sexual spectacle and not an interpretive one. Thus, allowing its viewers to approach the topic according to their own research needs and not be limited by the perspective of a secondary source.
This project has been designed as a part of a larger digital humanities project by the Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Department, course section 503D: Roman Spectacles at the University of British Columbia.
Technology is changing the way that we store, access and analyze knowledge and information. Instead of trying to contract information in order to summarize and isolate specific concepts, Digital Humanities allows us to expand and build on our information sets, using organizational tools to allow for intellectual navigation of the various topics related to a subject. This allows for more open expression of material and ideas encouraging the intellectually hungry to scour their discipline to constantly form new approaches, as opposed to constantly following and regurgitating the same conclusions in scholarship.
Digital Humanities does not only allow for flexibility in the intuitive analysis of knowledge and information. It is to underestimate the advantages it gives us such as more open access to source material, preservation of information, ease of inquiry, stimulating presentation of knowledge and much more.
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