Dulce et Utile: On the Use of Quantitative Textual Analysis in Latin Literary Analysis Open Access

Remissong, Andrew Jon (2011)

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Quantitative textual analysis is a well known technique used in many fields of social science. Despite this, the applications of the technique to literature, and specifically that of the Ancient Mediterranean are few. This thesis functions to encourage the use of computer-assisted, quantitative textual analysis in classical philology. Chapter one begins by introducing a specific conundrum, the various meanings of the Latin word dulcis, or sweet. Chapter two gives a brief history of textual analysis, and explains the expansion of its use in the latter twentieth century. Chapter three defines a specific methodology to investigate problems of genre and context, specifically by investigation of the Latin word dulcis. Chapter four delivers the results of the application of these methods. Chapter five presents the broader conclusions drawn from the results, and suggests the use of quantitative textual analysis in addition to qualitative textual analysis in classical philology. Though this work is very preliminary, it suggests a novel technique for analysis of ancient texts. Any new technique will encounter similar challenges similar to its predecessors, and the reader is urged to consider this in reading.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: On Sweetness in Antiquity 1

Chapter 2: A History of Content Analysis 10

Chapter 3: Methodology for Textual Content Analysis 17

Chapter 4: Applications of a Text's Quantified Content-Analysis 23

Chapter 5: Conclusions and Next Steps 34

Appendix I: Table and Figure Describing Computerized Textual Analysis 38

Appendix II: Frequency Analysis of dulc- in Ovid 39

Appendix III: Frequency Analysis of dulc- in Virgil 41

Appendix IV: Correlation Analysis on Ovid 43

Appendix V: Correlation Analysis on Ovid and Virgil Combined 44

Appendix VI: Occurences of dulc- in Ovid and Virgil with Encoding 45

Bibliography 62

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