[Humanist] 25.436 Late Antique Latin texts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Oct 31 09:14:54 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 436.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:28:12 +0000
        From: maurizio lana <m.lana at LETT.UNIPMN.IT>
        Subject: project announcement: digilibLT
        In-Reply-To: <38C7E6498E60A149ABBB1C9947191BFC035F88FE at MAIL.universe.lon.ac.uk>


The digilibLT (digital library of late-antique Latin texts) project aims 
to digitize all extant non-Christian Latin prose works dating from the 
second to the fifth century CE as an ideal completion of PHI cdrom #5.3.
The texts will be freely available on the project website, 
www.digiliblt.unipmn.it. The research project team is directed by 
Raffaella Tabacco (research supervisor) and Maurizio Lana. The project 
is funded by the 'Regione Piemonte', ‘Assessorato alla Cultura’, 
'Dipartimento Innovazione, Ricerca, Università, Energia'.

In a later phase, the website will also include late-antique Latin 
poetry and Latin Christian texts. Texts are freely available in a number 
of different formats (TXT, TEI, Beta code, PDF) under a Creative Commons 
license. Texts are not accompanied by a critical apparatus, which is 
protected by copyright laws. The website offers a concise presentation 
for each text, giving essential information (date, editions, main 
critical approaches), and an updated bibliography. It also offers the 
possibility of simple and advanced textual searches. Search results may 
be freely downloaded.


Late-antique culture played a crucial role in elaborating and 
transmitting Greek and Latin thought to modern Europe, esp. in the 
fields of literature, philosophy, politics, religion and science. It 
also produced some of the undisputed masterpieces of Latin literature. 
The lack of a complete digital library of late-antique Latin texts is 
not acceptable in the present state of scholarship and makes it 
impossible for scholars working on Late antiquity to take advantage of 
word search software commonly used for other classical texts.


The website offers an interactive list of late-antique non-Christian 
Latin texts which will published on the website for download and 
searches. The list is available for download too in PDF format showing 
the adopted critical edition for every work (the so-called Canon). 
Evaluating the critical editions available for each work is complex so 
this list will be completed at the beginning of 2012. In the meantime, 
the website offers a periodically updated list.

The following works are now available: Epitoma de Tito Liuio; Medicinae 
ex holeribus et pomis; De herba uettonica, De medicina (Medicina 
Plinii), De morte testamentoque Alexandri, De rebus bellicis, Ephemeris 
belli Troiani, Epitoma rerum gestarum Alexandri Magni, Itinerarium 
Alexandri, Liber memorialis, Res gestae Alexandri Macedonis, De 
fluminibus fontibus lacubus nemoribus paludibus montibus gentibus per 
litteras libellus, Collatio Alexandri et Dindimi, De excidio Troiae 
historia. The number is growing day after day.


The website offers a search engine for locating occurrences of one or 
more words within single works or in the entire corpus. The search 
results can be consulted either in concordance format or within the 
context of the whole work; a simple system of arrows leads from one 
occurrence to the next. It is also possible to search groups of texts 
selected by author, date, or genre. Advanced searches allow users to 
refine searches by date, genre, or author, or by using Boolean operators 
or by defining some specific sections of the text for searches (titles, 
poetry, etc.).


A short entry describes each work, giving concise information on 
literary and philological problems, and offering brief information on 
the biography of its author. The entry also includes a selected 
bibliography of scholarly works, constantly updated.


TExts are distributed in the TXT and TEI formats. In a later phase, 
texts will be also available in Beta code and PDF formats and, finally, 
ePUB. The TXT format allows scholars to study the text using the 
preferred software for statistical analysis, text retrieval, etc. The 
TEI format is an open de facto standard for textual encoding. The 
digilibLT project uses the TEI format for describing the structure of 
texts (books, chapters, paragraphs...) and the main philological 
characteristics; it allows scholars to describe morphologic, syntactic, 
and semantic features. Users familiar with software designed for the TLG 
and PHI cdrom’s will be able to use their preferred software on late 
antique Latin texts by downloading texts in Beta format. The PDF format 
is especially useful for users who wish to print the Latin texts. The 
ePUB format is designed for users who want to read and/or annotate the 
text on a personal computer or ebook reader.


All texts are feely available for reading and downloading under Creative 
Commons license “Attribuzione, Non commerciale, Condividi allo stesso 
modo 3.0 Italia”. The website does not distribute content from the 
reference editions if protected by copyright (e.g. the critical 
apparatus). Users intending to download texts must register with the 
website, giving a minimum amount of personal data (family and given 
name, country, and, if applicable, academic affiliation) which will be 
used in order to document the activity of the website. Users are also 
asked to accept the user's license. Personal data will be handled 
confidentially; processing will take place pursuant to the legislation 
in force. Detailed data will not be passed on to public or private 
bodies of any kind.


The research project team includes Luigi Battezzato, Silvia Botto, 
Roberta Piastri, Gabriella Vanotti, from the ‘Dipartimento di Studi 
Umanistici’ of the Università del Piemonte Orientale (Vercelli), Andrea 
Balbo and Ermanno Malaspina, from the ‘Dipartimento di Filologia, 
Linguistica e Tradizione classica’ of the Università di Torino, as well 
as PhD students, PhD graduates and MA graduates from the Universities of 
Vercelli, Turin and Salamanca: Giancarlo Bessi, Alice Borgna, Manuela 
Ferroni, Laura Mosca, Simona Musso, Manuela Naso, David Paniagua, Nadia 
Rosso, Simona Rota, Beatrice Strona.
Fabio Ciotti (‘Università di Roma Tor Vergata’) and Peter Heslin 
(University of Durham (UK)) also collaborate with the project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: progetto at digiliblt.unipmn.it

Maurizio Lana - ricercatore
Università del Piemonte Orientale, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, via Manzoni 8, 13100 Vercelli
tel. +39 347 7370925

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