A few days ago the announcement of the availability of the database Pinakes has been sent out. It is a tool from the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS UPR 841, Paris) and contains information about manuscripts from all over the world dated from before 1600.
I was playing around with the tool and found out that, according to this database, 235 manuscripts where in Hamburg, the place were I am working right now. Among these texts, figures one from Hesiod’s Works and Days. With another mouse click, I found out that I could consult another 305 manuscripts containing the same text or parts of it.
I guess that the tool is worth other much deeper researches and I won’t go on fooling around with it ! I hope however I may use it more properly in the future.
Archive for September, 2008
The Center for Hellenic Studies has just announced an ambitious project:
Making first an inventory of all Greek texts transmitted by manuscripts, which is already a Herculean task, but still more they also plan to create a full corpus of these texts and to make them available, at least in one version attested by manuscripts.
It is not worth saying how interesting such a project may be, but it is also remarkable that their corpus will be open for collaboration first, for usage second.