LAGOOS [Λαγωός] A Life in Ancient Greek:
The Secret Diary of Karl Benedikt Hase (1780–1864)

Main project website

Principal Investigator
Dr. William M. Barton, MA

Research team
Mariia Hrynevych, MA
Lev Shadrin, MA

Key Data
FWF Project Number: Y 1519-G
Term:  01/2023–12/2028
Funding: € 1.191.180,00.

Foto: Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Goethe-Schiller-Archiv 108/2921
Foto: Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Goethe-Schiller-Archiv 108/2921


Presumed lost since the turn of the 20th century, the ‘secret’ diary of Franco-German Hellenist Karl Benedikt Hase (1780–1864), which the scholar kept throughout his professional life in archaising (ancient) Greek, has long been recognised as a source of extraordinary significance for numerous areas of research: Scholars of Classical and Byzantine Studies have asserted the value of access to Hase’s diary for the history of the field as well as for information works we now know him to have forged; historians of philhellenism want an inside perspective on the lively networks in pf supporters for th Greek cause in 19th-century Paris; and philologists increasingly attentive to the use of the Ancient Greek after the classical period have singled out the diary as an exceptional example of the language’s use as a means of confiding intimate information to the page.

Knowledge of the records on daily life in Napoleonic Paris was based until now on a collection of condensed excerpts made by colleagues. After the discovery of the nine surviving volumes of the diary in late 2020, this project’s aim is now to make the text and data from Hase’s private memoires available to wider scholarship for the first time.

The project’s central, descriptive aim is a digital edition of the diary’s surviving text and the later manuscript of excerpts, along with English summaries and notes, designed to make the text fully accessible to scholarship. A second level of analytical work will address unanswered questions in the disciplines of Classical and Byzantine Studies, the history of philhellenism and the use of Ancient Greek as a written language in Western Europe. On a final synthetic level, a critical biography on the basis of recently unearthed diaries will provide a reassessment of Hase’s life and work.

For more information on the project, its team members and the latest news from its research, visit the main project website here: www.lagoos.org.

Project-related publications


Project Events

  • LAGOOS Workshop: “TRANSKRIBUS for Greek and Latin in the Early Modern Period”, LAGOOS Project FWF-START (Y 1519-G), Universität Innsbruck, 28th April 2023.

Project-related activities

  • Barton, William M. ‘LAGOOS Model: Early Modern Greek’ • TRANSKRIBUS for Greek and Latin in the Early Modern Period, Innsbruck, 28th April 2023.
  • Barton, William M. ‘Helleno(ger)mania in the Digital Age: The edition of K. B. Hase’s Greek diaries’ • Helleno(ger)mania: Lorenz Rhodoman und der Philhellenismus des 16. Jhds im digitalen Zeitalter, Wuppertal, Germany, 28–29th March 2023.
  • Barton, William M. “Cultural” Philhellenism in 19th-century Paris: The Correspondence of Georges Theocharopoulos and Charles-Benoît Hase • Philhellenism and the Greek Revolution of 1821: Towards a Global History, National Library of Greece, Athens, 15th–17th March 2023.

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