Allen Ross Scaife
(born March 31 1960
, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- died March 15 2008
, Lexington, Kentucky
) was a Professor of Classics
at the University of Kentucky
Ross Scaife was born to William and Sylvia Scaife in Fredericksburg, Virginia
, one of four children. He was married to Cathy Edwards Scaife and they had three sons, Lincoln (b. 1991), Adrian (b. 1994), and Russell (b. 1998).
Education and scholarship
He graduated in 1978
from the Tilton School
in New Hampshire
and he read Classics
at the College of William and Mary
. In 1985
he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship
for a year of study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
, Greece and in 1988
he participated in the summer program at the American Academy in Rome. He earned his PhD in 1990
from the University of Texas at Austin
for his thesis on The Kypria and its early reception
He worked from 1991 to the time of his death at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literature, and Cultures of the University of Kentucky. His primary research and teaching interests were ancient art and material culture, women and gender in Antiquity, as well as Aristophanes and the Greek historians.
Scaife was best known for his pioneering work in the use of computer technology in humanities scholarship. He was the founding editor of the Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities in 1997, which serves as an umbrella project for many projects in the Classics, such as the Suda on Line, EpiDoc, Diotima and the Neo-Latin Colloquia Ross Scaife was a co-creator of the latter two.
A digital humanist, he was instrumental in setting up and driving the Digital Classicist, a partner project hosted at King's College London.
Scaife was dedicated to the principle of open access and he believed in the potential of technology to bring the highest levels of scholarship to the widest possible audience. He also believed in the power of collaborative work, and he was instrumental in building the framework behind projects, such as the Suda on Line, of which he was a founding editor.
Since 2005, he was the director of the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities at the University of Kentucky. His recent work included forging the collaboration that resulted in the high resolution digital imaging of the Venetus A, a 10th century manuscript of the Iliad located at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, and also the EDUCE project for non-invasive, volumetric scanning technologies for virtually unwrapping and visualizing ancient papyrus scrolls.
- Scaife, A.R., Herodotus on the evolution of Lydia, UTexas M.A. Report 1983.
- Scaife, A.R., "The argument of III.84", AAPhA (1988), p. 25
- Scaife, A.R., "Accounts for taxes on beer and natron. P. Austin inv. 34", ZPE LXXI (1988), pp. 105-109
- Scaife, R., "Alexander i in the Histories of Herodot", Hermes CXVII (1989), pp. 129-137
- Scaife, A.R., The Kypria and its Early Reception, UTexas Ph.D. Thesis 1990.
- Scaife, R., "From kottabos to war in Aristophanes' Acharnians", GRBS 33 (1992), pp. 25-35
- Scaife, A.R., "Ritual and persuasion in the house of Ischomachus", CJ 90.3 (1994-1995), pp. 225-232
- Scaife, R., "The Kypria and its early reception", ClAnt 14.1 (1995), pp. 164-191
- Scaife, R. & Bonefas S., Diotima: materials for the study of women and gender in the ancient world (1995-). Available http://www.stoa.org/diotima/
- Scaife, A.R., "Protagorean frames of reference in Thucydides", AHB 10.1 (1996) 31-37
- Scaife, R., Finkel, R., Hutton, W., Whitehead, D. et al., Suda Online: Byzantine Lexicography (1998-). Available http://www.stoa.org/sol/
- Scaife, R. & Porter, D., "Tools for Collaborative Editing" (2006). Available http://wiki.digitalclassicist.org/OSCE_Scaife_Paper
- Scaife, R. et al., "Directions for the Future" (2007). Audio file available http://www.rch.uky.edu/CenterOfGravity/11_Scaife_future.mp3
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