Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get the databases?

These are not distributed with Diogenes.

On Windows, why can't Diogenes access the databases?

Currently, if you are using Windows, you may have to put the databases in folders without any accented or non-Latin characters in the name or in the name of any of its parent folders.

Even if you can enter the path to the databases successfully, and even if searching works, browsing may not work. In that case, moving the databases to a location with only plain Latin characters should fix the problem.

Note that, if your Windows username has accented or non-Latin characters, you may have to put the databases elsewhere on your computer.

How do I stop a running search?

On Mac and Linux, you can just start a new search and the old one will stop. On Windows, you have to explicitly kill the old search before starting a new one. Go to the menu Navigate -> Stop/Kill.

Why won't the TLL PDFs open up?

At present, the PDF functionality assumes that your computer's default web browser is set up to open PDF files directly, as opposed to downloading them or handing them off to another application to open. If you have not configured your browser in this way, the functionality of opining PDFs to the correct page will not work.

I don't like the new font. Can I change it?

Older versions of Diogenes depended upon whatever Unicode fonts the user happened to have installed, and it had a mechanism by which the advanced user could select one when several were available. For less advanced users, however, who may not have had a suitable font installed, this led to problems with the display of non-standard characters. So Diogenes 4 includes a high-quality free font, Gentium, that has excellent coverage of the required glyphs; this provides a much better standard experience for many users. The mechanism for the user to select a font is now obsolete, but if you really, really do not like Gentium and want to change it, there are some tips on how to do so here.

How can I search for a pattern at the beginning (or end) of a word?

To indicate that a pattern should only match at the beginning of a word, put a space at the start of the pattern. To match only at the end of a word, put a space after a pattern. To search for a phrase with the words in consecutive order, enter the words separated by spaces. If you want to search for multiple words in an arbitrary order, use the "Multiple Terms" search option.

How can I select a particular author among several similar names?

When you enter the name of an author, you often end up selecting multiple authors with the same or related names. For example, there are 11 writers named Apollonius in the TLG. What you can do in such cases is make a note of the author's number and use that instead. Apollonius of Rhodes is author 0001, so you can just enter the number 1 to specify him in any of the places that require an author's name. Similarly, if you want to indicate Homer and exclude the scholia and other Homeric material, just use his number, 12. You can find this number at the top of the screen when reading a text. For example, the Odyssey is (0012: 002), which is author number 12, work number 2.

In Morphological Search, why aren't all inflected forms of a Greek or Latin lemma shown?

When you ask to do a morphological search, only those inflected forms that are actually found in the TLG or PHI database are shown. Theoretically possible forms or forms only attested outside those databases are not shown.

What if my computer is too old to meet the minimum requirements to run Diogenes?

If you do not meet the minimum system requirements to install and run the current version of Diogenes, you can still use it if you are willing to enter some commands manually.

The integrated Diogenes application consists of a client, which is like a web browser, and a server that works with the texts. The minimum requirements pertain to the client. Even a very old computer ought to be able to run the server and connect to it with an ordinary web browser. Here are step-by-step instructions, which do presume a small amount of technical knowledge.