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Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Digital Approaches

T. L Andrews, C. Macé (eds.)
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338 p., 27 b/w ill. + 51 colour ill., 26 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2014
ISBN: 978-2-503-55268-2
Languages: English
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Computational methods for our pre-modern textual heritage.

How has the digital turn truly changed the nature of our research, particularly in the field of medieval scholarship where our collections are almost never large enough to justify the term 'big data'? All kind of new avenues of research are emerging, thanks to the creativity of scholars and to their interest in what digital means can offer. This collection of articles aims to give an up-to-date overview of the use of computer-assisted methods in several fields of scholarship dealing with ancient and medieval texts and manuscripts (from codicology and palaeography to textual criticism and literary or historical studies), across the boundaries of language and period. In moving away from theoretical debates about what the field of digital humanities is or should be, we present here a clearer picture of what textual scholars can achieve when they use computers for their research needs and purposes, and what their expectations may be in terms of the technology and developments in computational methodology.

Tara Andrews is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Bern, specializing in medieval Near Eastern history and the computational modeling of medieval text transmission.

Caroline Macé has published critical editions of different ancient and medieval Greek texts and several articles on textual criticism.


Table of Contents


1.         Heikkilä - The Possibilities and challenges of computer-assisted stemmatology: the example of Vita et miracula s. Symeonis Treverensis
2.         Roelli - Petrus Alfonsi, or On the mutual benefit of traditional and computerised stemmatology
3.         Camps/Cafiero - Genealogical variant locations and simplified stemma: a test case
4.         Cantera - The problems of the transmission of Avestan texts and the Tools for Avestan Text Criticism (TATEC)

Statistics and stylistics

5.         Hoenen - Simulation of scribal letter substitution in the Avestan text tradition
6.         Van Dalen-Oskam - Authors, scribes, and scholars: Detecting scribal variation and editorial intervention via authorship attribution methods
7.         Stella - Generic constants and chronological variations in statistical linguistics on Latin epistolography


8.         Spinazzè - Intertextual research with digital variants in Musisque Deoque: a case study
9.         Rubenson - A Database of the Apophthegmata Patrum
10.       Tupman/Jordanous - Sharing Ancient Wisdoms across the Semantic Web using TEI and ontologies
11.       Romanov - Writing digital history: a database of biographical records from the pre-modern Muslim world

Script analysis

12.        Castro - Digital tools applied to the study of Visigothic script
13.        Luján/Orduña - Implementing a database for the analysis of ancient inscriptions: the Hesperia electronic corpus of Palaeohispanic inscriptions


14.        Rabin - Ink identification to accompany digitisation of manuscripts
15.        Andrist - Going online is not enough! Electronic descriptions of ancient manuscripts, and the needs of manuscript studies


16.        Van Zundert - Truly Scholarly, Digital, and Innovative?

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Palaeography, Scripts & Manuscript Studies
General palaeographical studies
Ancient & Oriental scripts & manuscripts
Semitic & Arabic scripts & manuscripts
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek language
Greek literature
Latin literature
Non Indo-European langs & lits
Semitic langs & lits

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