The goal of the Alpheios project is to help people learn how to learn languages as efficiently and enjoyably as possible, and in a way that best helps them understand their own literary heritage and culture, and the literary heritage and culture of other peoples throughout history. One of the principal tools, a Firefox plugin, allows a reader to browse a web page with Latin, ancient Greek, or Arabic, click on a word, and get a definition and morphological analysis of the word.
Initial focus is on classical literature in languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek, but will eventually include a wide variety of languages, ancient and modern. By sharing these tools and the source code in which they are written freely on the Web, the Alpheios Project also hopes to encourage their collaborative development.
The software as of July 2012 is in Beta release, with all the caveats normally associated with that level of development.
Other tools under development include a treebank editor, an alignment editor, text analysis software, and learning management software.