The scholia to Homer’s Iliad: from text to hypertext

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The scholia to Homer’s Iliad: from text to hypertext
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The scholia to Homer’s Iliad – marginal and interlinear annotations that accompany the text in medieval manuscripts – form a gigantic corpus of unparalleled richness. The interest in these scholia is two-fold. First, in terms of content, they preserve significant information on the Homeric text and on its commentary, inherited from the Alexandrians and their successors, and they constitute an encyclopedia of ancient knowledge. Second, in terms of functionality, they provide the departure point for a larger and more ambitious investigation since these scholia are the forefather of our contemporary footnotes and hypertext links.
There are two parts to the project. The first consists of making this essential corpus available to the international scholarly community in an appropriate digital environment (open source web site). The second is subdivided in two: a study of the functioning of scholia, heretofore only studied for their contents even though they are the first identifiable historic milestone in the implementation of hypertextual logic for transmitting significant information on the Greeks’ fundamental text; and a reflection on the invention of a new form of online publishing conforming to this hypertextual logic.

Project leader
Christophe BRÉCHET, assistant professor, University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense, Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn)

Internal cluster partners
Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn);
Library of Contemporary International Documentation (BDIC);
French National Library (BnF);
Models, Dynamiques, Corpus (MODYCO)

Associated partners
Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.;
Catholic University of Louvain;
Institute for Research and History of Texts (IRHT - Paris)

Duration: 5 years

May 14 2014

Within the framework of the research programme "Scholiasts, Lexicographs, Polygraphs", organized by the research team EDITTA (Édition, Interprétation, Traduction des Textes Anciens, EA1491), Christophe Bréchet and Georgia Kolovou will present the project "The scholia to Homer’s Iliad: from text to hypertext", on Wednesday, May 14th, from 17:00 to 18:30.

For further information, please contact :

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
17:00 - 18:30
Library of the Greek Faculty
16 rue de la Sorbonne. 2nd floor
75005 Paris

April 30 2014

A seminar called "Translating, Transposing, Passing on : Classics at the digital era" will be held at the ENS, on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, from 14:30. On this occasion, Georgia Kolovou and Antoine Courtin will present the project "The Scholia to Homer's Iliad : from text to hypertext", carried within the cluster Pasts in the Present.

The programme is available on the ENS' website.

Wednesday, April 30th,2014
ENS, Room F
45 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris