A community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places

Dynamic map application and page design by Sean Gillies for ISAW. Ancient terrain basemap by Ryan Horne for AWMC.

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Pleiades is a historical gazetteer and more. It gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, share, and map historical geographic information about the ancient world. It associates names and locations in time and provides structured information about the quality and provenance of these entities.

There is also a graph in Pleiades: names and locations are collected into conceptual bundles (places) and these collections are associated with other geographically connected places.

Pleiades identifies places within the emerging web of ancient world linked data. It is an authoritative hub in an expanding constellation of online publications that treat the histories, languages, texts, and artifacts of antiquity.

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Pleiades is one hundred percent open source, one hundred percent openly licensed and one hundred percent editable.

Our open source software gets used and improved by a diverse crowd of programmers in the humanities and beyond. Our openly licensed resources have no costs attached, no surprises or encumberances.

Pleiades is a continuously published scholarly reference work for the 21st century. We embrace the new paradigm of citizen humanities, encouraging contributions from any knowledgeable person and doing so in a context of pervasive peer review. Pleiades welcomes your contribution, no matter how small, and we have a number of useful tasks suitable for volunteers of every interest.

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Pleiades is brought to you by:

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Pleiades received significant support from January 2006 through April 2014 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Grant numbers: PA-51873-06, PX-50003-08, and PW-50557-10. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Web hosting and additional support is provided by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
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Additional support is provided by the Ancient World Mapping Center.
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Development hosting and other project incubation support was provided by Ross Scaife and the Stoa Consortium.