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We can already begin to see new classes of research project taking shape. Thus, we could, with existing technology, build collections and services in which we could study the influence of Plato across a wide range of cultures, including not only every written language from the history of Europe but Arabic and Persian as well. Multi-lingual named entity identification systems would scan these corpora for references to Plato, for translations of his works and for quotations of particular passages. Text mining systems would summarize patterns of thought associated with Plato and his works. Word and phrase translation systems would allow us to extract the meanings of these key phrases in languages with which we are not familiar. We could even begin to align patterns in different languages, perhaps revealing that discourse about Plato in 9th century Arabic is more closely related to that in Persian than to that in 19th century German - or perhaps not.