Salve Amice!

Palimpsest is a web-based interface for interacting with ancient texts. This page provides an overview of how to use tools and features.

Selecting a Text

To begin your session, select a text from the dropdown menu. Palimpsest currently supports Vergil's Aeneid, Books 1 to 4 and Caesar's Gallic Wars. Select a text from the Navbar!

Query Lines

Selecting a text brings you to the text view page. All of the tools can be accessed from this page, using the Tool Box on the lefthand side.
Specific lines of text can be viewed by entering a range of line numbers in the query box at the top of the Tool Box.
Enter a query!

Vocab Lookup

To look up a vocab word, first click "Vocab" under "Tools" on the lefthand panel. When the Vocab tool is active, "Vocab" will turn red. Then, when you mouse over words on the page. they will highlight in red. Clicking on a word will open a pop-up with a dictionary lookup of the word. The pop-up will stay open until closed, either by clicking on the "x" in the righthand corner or by clicking on the word again. To turn off the vocab function, simply click "Vocab" again.
Look up Vocab!

User Accounts

For full functionality, you must create a user account. You can select "Login" from the bar at the top of the screen if you already have an account, or you can select "Sign up!" from the top right of the screen. You can mannually enter user information, or you can choose to sign up through a Facebook account. You can view other Palimpsest users and their basic information by clicking "Classists Unite!" at the top of the screen. User Accounts


The different views in the lefthand pannel allow you to view the text in different ways. "View Translation" displays the original text and an English translation side-by-side. Note that the English overshoots the Latin, so that there may be more English displayed than that which corresponds exactly to the Latin. "View Comments" allows you to view the text side-by-side with user comments. Clicking on this option will open a modal, where you can choose to view Public Comments, Private Comments, or Public and Private Comments (see below for more information on comments). Views

View Commentary

The "View Commentary" option allows you to view the Latin text side-by-side with a Google Book. Selecting this option opens a modal where you can search for Google Books. The search results will only show at most the top ten results from your search. Only books that are embeddable and have previews will be displayed. Click on the book you wish to view, and it will load beside the text. Views

Add Comments

Like the Vocab Tool, the Add Comment Tool is toggleable. If you click on it, it will turn red. Then, when you mouse over line numbers, they will also turn red and you can click on them to add a comment.
Click a line
The "Add Comment" window gives you a field to type your comment for the selected line number. You can also choose to make the comment Private, Public, or Anonymous Public. A Private comment is only visible to you. A Public comment is accessible to all Palimpsest account holders and your username is displayed beside the comment when it is viewed. An Anonymous Public comment is accessible to all Palimpsest account holders, but your username is not displayed with the comment.
Add a comment

Edit Comments

The option to edit comments is only available from the "View User Comments" view. Then, it appears as a tool in the left hand pannel. As with the other tools, this option is toggleable. Selecting it will cause it to turn red. You can then click on the line number next to a comment to edit the comment. You can only edit comments that you wrote (public, private, or anonymous). The Edit Comment window will display your comment's current contents and settings. You can change these values and click "Save Changes", or you can click "Delete". "Delete" will immediately and irrevocably delete a comment
Click a line

We hope you enjoy using Palimpsest, vale!