Karten von Attika in the Era of Digital Humanities

Based on the unsurpassed cartographic feat by E. Curtius and A. Kaupert, which was supported throughout its duration by the German Archaeological Institute, this project of the Dipylon Society aimed at the creation of a webGIS platform for the archaeology of Attica by overlaying multiple layers of geospatial data (cartographic evidence, historical maps, excavation plans, and aerial photographs) on a unified digital map. The content of the platform is bilingual (English-Greek) and open access.

The two German intellectuals depicted with astonishing accuracy in 26 cartographic sheets the land of Attica and the antiquities that were visible at the end of the 19th century. It took almost 20 years to complete this monumental project entitled Karten von Attika . With the use of state-of-the-art technology, the cartographic sheets were georeferenced and merged, and all markings (ancient and modern remains) were digitized. Cartographic data was entered into a database to facilitate search.

Dr. Dimosthenis Donos translated the accompanying text, Erläuternder Text zu den Karten von Attika written by A.Milchhöfer, E.Curtius and G. Von Alten. The text is 263 oversize pages long and is extremely rich in information and details on the Attic landscape and the depicted antiquities. Extracts from the text were connected with specific locations on the map and with selected visual resources.

The project is a collaboration with Sylvian Fachard, University of Lausanne and Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece.

The project was being implemented with the generous support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the George Vergottis Memorial Fund, the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.