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Credits and acknowledgements

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® Digital library has required significant financial investment sustained by the generosity of a large number of private, federal and institutional supporters. Extensive support for the project has been provided by Marianne McDonald, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the University of California.

The following individuals deserve special mention. The TLG® would not have existed without their commitment and contribution. First and foremost, Marianne McDonald, whose love and dedication to the study of Greek language and culture made it all possible; David W. Packard, who provided technological support to make the TLG® data usable for several years, especially at a time when such technology was not readily available; Theodore F. Brunner (1934-2007), who saw the project through twenty-five often challenging years; Luci Berkowitz and Karl A. Squitier whose work on the Canon of Greek authors and works produced an invaluable tool for all classicists; and William A. Johnson, whose philological sensibility and technical expertise were crucial to the success of the project.

A debt of gratitude is owed to the members of the American Philological Association's Advisory Committee to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae®,the members of the TLG staff and all the friends and champions of the TLG cause. The project is also indebted to the many scholars--too numerous to mention by name--who have generously offered guidance and expertise to the Project in the thirty nine years of its history. Finally, thanks are due to the University of California, Irvine for continuing to host and fund the Project.

This site:

Work on this site began during the spring of 2000. After a period of beta testing the site was officially released in April 2001. It will remain an evolving and constantly improving project. Nishad Prakash has been the architect of the Canon database. Nishad designed and executed the search engine that provides access to over 12,000 bibliographical entries. Nick Nicholas worked on encoding issues and wrote the original code related to textual and word index searches. Since 2003, Nick has been working primarily on the lemmatization project. Cindy Mooore added a number of new features to the search engine from 2002-2010. Maria Pantelia oversees all aspects of the project and is responsible for maintaining the Canon. Text correction is done in-house by members of the TLG staff.

The TLG site runs on the Sun Solaris X. The current version runs on a V445 SPARC IIIi with a 10-disk RAID attached.

The template for this site was designed by Marcie Hague, UCI School of Humanities.

The Deterministic Finite State Automaton (Textual Search) code was based on an algorithm published in Christian Charras' and Thierry Lecroq's cookbook of string searching algorithms ( The Non-Deterministic Finite State Automaton (Wildcard Search) code was based on Oliver Müler's implementation ( The code to manage the B-Trees (Word Index Search) was taken from Thomas Niemann's cookbook on Sorting and Searching (

The texts and bibliographical records are managed by Postgres SQL database software. Credits are also due to Thomas Boutell, for use of cgic; Bruce Perens, for use of Electric Fence; The Free Software Foundation and U2.