Gods, graves and graphs – social and semantic network analysis based on Ancient Egyptian and Indian corpora

  • Frederik Elwert (Autor/in)
    Digital Humanities Coordinator Center for Religious Studies
    Digital Humanities Coordinator, Center for Religious Studies (CERES)
  • Simone Gerhards (Autor/in)
    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

    Institute for Ancient Studies

  • Sven Sellmer (Autor/in)
    Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań

    Chair of Oriental Studies

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In this paper, the authors show the application and use of automated text network analysis based on ancient corpora. The examples draw from Ancient Egyptian sources and the Indian Mahābhārata. Different text-based network generation algorithms like “Nubbi” or “Textplot” are presented in order to showcase alternative methodological approaches. Visualizations of the generated networks will help scholars to grasp complex social and semantic text structures and serve as a starting point for new research questions. All tools for applying the methods to ancient corpora are available as open source software.


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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Center for Religious Studies; Ruhr University Bochum; Trier Center for Digital Humanities
Network analysis; Text analysis; Ancient Egypt; India; Religion