Digital Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, like many institutions with important manuscripts, is digitizing their collection; a Preservation and Access grant from the NEH is supporting the creation of images for their Byzantine, Armenian, and Ethiopian holdings.  The Walters Art Museum’s approach, however, is multi-faceted: one can flip through “digital surrogates” of select manuscripts, especially in the Islamic collection, including this copy of the Shahname; or download digital images of others, such as this Syriac Galen, on a different site.  Most innovative, perhaps, is their creation of a Flickr stream with images from their archiving project, which may indeed be an effective way to have these manuscripts reach a broader audience. Continue reading

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Library of Late Antique Latin Texts: Biblioteca digitale di testi latini tardoantichi (digilibLT)

This extraordinary resource, headed by Raffaella Tabacco and Maurizio Lana of the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, seeks to make available all literary Latin texts from Late Antiquity (ranging from the second to seventh centuries CE); as well as to establish a Canon of authors and acephalous works, with short descriptions and associated bibliography.  One can browse by date or name of author and work, and download the Latin text (all taken from critical editions) in either .txt format or marked up in TEI XML.  A relatively small percentage of the Canon is currently available, but there are regular updates, with an initial focus on pagan prose authors. Continue reading