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Further Reading Berry,  D. M. (Ed.) (2012): Understanding digital humanities. Basingstoke. Bodard, G. / Mahony, S. (Ed.) (2010): Digital research in the study of classical antiquity. Burlington (Vermont/USA). Crane, G. / Seales, B. / Terras, M. (2009): Cyberinfrastructure for classical philology. In: Digital Humanities Quarterly 3/1. Is the word of a professor from a little-known college worth more than that of a student working toward a degree at an internationally renowned university? Accumulated Results The team is also taking a look at academic structures: There is a trend among researchers toward online publishing. But what consequences does this have? “If I publish my dissertation on the Internet, I have the chance of reaching the largest audience in principle,” notes Maier, “but I also reduce my visibility among researchers, because most established professors – and this is perfectly alright – prefer the printed version they find in a library.” Last but not least, the project is studying the influence of digital human- ities on teaching. It has become popular to offer seminars that work with digital tools. But does this make the teaching better? And is it worth it to remove valuable modules from the already tightly packed curricula of bachelor’s programs to train students in the principles and practice of digital humanities? At the end of 2017, the team plans to publish an edited volume collecting the results of the three conferences and describing the opportuni- ties as well as the limits and dangers of digital developments in ancient civilization studies – thus giving the many actors involved in the field a voice for the first time. Chronopoulos, Maier, and Novokhatko hope to eventually reach a larg- er audience. After all, digital humanities are also revolutionizing large parts of print culture even beyond the walls of the university, for instance in the publishing industry. Initial cooperation agree- ments arising from the project demonstrate that the gap between theory and practice isn’t always unbridgeable even in the short term. A sports historian and a data analyst who met at one of the conferences, for example, are now collabo- rating on a project in which the former is using a program developed by the latter to study where ancient athletes came from and where they trained. Dr. Stylianos Chronopoulos studied classical philology in Athens and earned his PhD in Freiburg in 2010 with a dissertation on ridicule in drama. Between 2005 and 2011 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Legal History, the Institute of Medical Ethics and Medical History, and the Department of Classical Philology of the Univer- sity of Freiburg. Since April 2011 he has served as a research fellow in Greek studies at the Department of Classical Philology while working on his habilitation thesis. Chronopoulos’s research interests include Greek comedy, the philo- logical tradition, ancient grammar and lexicography, and the phenomenon of Atticism. Photos: Sandra Meyndt Privatdozent Dr. Felix K. Maier completed a teaching degree in Latin, Greek, and history at the Catholic University of Eithstätt-Ingolstatt and the University of Frei- burg. Following a stint in Oxford, England, Maier submitted his doctoral dissertation on the contin- gency of historical processes in the works of Polybius at the Uni- versity of Freiburg. In his habilitation thesis, he studied the consequences and the end of the so- called imperator dilemma in the 4th century BC. Since 2011 he has served as a research fellow in ancient history and conduct- ed research on Greek and Roman history writing, constitutional forms in the Hellenistic period, and the foreign policy of the Roman Empire in late antiquity. Dr. Anna Novokhatko studied Ancient Greek and Latin in Moscow and Berlin. She earned her PhD in Moscow in 2003, following research stays in Padua, Italy, and Oxford, England. In her dissertation, Novo- khatko studied the trans- mission history of two polemical pamphlets attrib- uted to Sallust and Cicero, respectively. From 2007 to 2011 she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Classical Philology in Freiburg, where she has stayed on in the function of research fellow in Latin since 2011. Novo- khatko is currently working on her habilitation thesis on the development of Greek philology in the 5th century BC. Her research interests include the old Greek comedy, ancient grammar, textual and literary criticism, and ancient theories of metaphor. 39