A friend has sent me this set of instructions on how to use the Diogenes software with the TLG. Apparently this has a really nice look-and-feel interface.
1: Go to Edit, Preferences, and under “Location of TLG database” I put the location as this “c:\tlg/” or wherever I had stored the TLG in my computer. Click save settings.
2: Go to the main page on Diogenes and under Corpus select “TLG texts”
3: Under Action select “Browse to a specific passage in a given text” and then under “query” type in the first few letters of the author you are interested in finding. This is the Latin name so the complete English spelling will likely come up with nothing. A list will come up with either one author or the names of multiple authors. Select the author you want. A list will come up with their works. Select the work you want. Now you may enter the book and chapter numbers. Enter zeros to view the beginning of the work. Now you can browse the work. If you click the word in the work Diogenes will parse it and find the dictionary’s definition. Pretty neat.
4: To run a TLG search go back to the homepage. Under action choose “search the TLG”. Then under “query” type in a Greek word using unicode font. This will attempt to match this word with that TLG database.
One more thing, under the homepage for Diogenes you can select “search for conjunctions and multiple words” I find it best if you search for only one word and then add on another word after the second screen pops up.
I am told that TLG FAQ on its website claims that the TLG CD was never sold and that no one should have it now, even libraries, so its risky even saying that you have access to the CD E because to them you shouldn’t. As a humble member of the public, I most certainly don’t have a copy. But I post these instructions, just in case some scumbag somewhere is still making use of an ‘illegal’ CD, and hasn’t been reported to the police yet.
If anyone does know someone with a CD, I hope that every reader will most certainly denounce them to the police. If you are at school, and you discover that your father or mother has a copy, you should denounce them likewise.
This may seem harsh, but it’s the only way to curb the criminal element among classicists and to build a better world. Mind how you go.