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University of Houston System (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Casey Dué Hackney (Project Director: December 2011 to September 2016)
Editing as a Discovery Process: Accessing Centuries of Scholarship in One 10th Century Manuscript of the Iliad

The preparation for online publication of a scholarly edition of a 10th-century manuscript of Homer's Iliad known as the Venetus A. (36 months)

Our proposed edition will publish in its entirety for the first time the tenth-century manuscript of the Iliad known as the Venetus A. The oldest complete text of the Iliad in existence, it contains abundant writings in its margins that preserve otherwise lost ancient scholarship from the library of Alexandria. The VA is an unparalleled resource for the study of the Iliad, but its contents and our methods for creating the edition will also contribute to larger questions in the humanities about the nature of authorship, the interaction between orality and literacy, modes of textual transmission, and scholarly editing. Using high-resolution digital images that we acquired in 2007, we will provide complete transcriptions of every item on the page, spatially linked to the published images. The transcriptions will be encoded in TEI-XML and made freely available via the Homer Multitext ( Various tools will allow users to view and search the text in multiple ways.

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Project fields:

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$276,115 (approved)
$264,050 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016