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Towards a digital edition of the Achilleid of Statius

English title Towards a digital edition of the Achilleid of Statius
Applicant Nelis Damien Patrick
Number 170010
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Département des sciences de l'antiquité Faculté des lettres Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Other languages and literature
Start/End 01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
Approved amount 760'036.00
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Lay Summary (French)

Vers une edition numérique de l’Achilléide de Stace
Lay summary

Vers une edition numérique de l’Achilléide de Stace


L’Achilléide est un poème épique inachevé (1127 vers) dans lequel le poète Stace (1er s. apr. J.-C.) raconte le séjour d’Achille sur l’île de Scyros, où sa mere Thétis le cache habillé en femme

pour l’empêcher de participer à la guerre de Troie. Oeuvre de maturité du poète, ce texte - qui faisait partie des lectures prévues dans le curriculum scolaire au Moyen Âge, avant de perdre son statut de classique - connaît depuis 20 ans un regain d’intérêt de la part des chercheurs. Notre projet a pour but de produire une nouvelle édition critique numérique de ce poème, basée sur l’intégralité de la tradition manuscrite. Cette édition sera disponible en ligne et sera accompagnée de traductions en langues modernes (français, italien, allemand, anglais), d’images de manuscrits, de commentaires et de bibliographies. Conçue comme un outil pour l’enseignement et pour la recherche, cette édition se veut aussi une contribution à la réflexion en cours sur le futur de l’édition critique des textes anciens dans un environnement numérique.







Digital humanities; Digital editions; Classical philology; Latin poetry; Flavian epic; Statius; Achilleid.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 25.10.2016

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In the course of this project we will attempt to produce a digital, fully open access edition of the Achilleid of Statius. Over the last forty years or so, our understanding and appreciation of the Latin literature of the Flavian age have been radically improved. Among all the writers involved in this influential, complex and ongoing process of re-evaluation, Publius Papinius Statius (40-96 CE) has enjoyed what may be fairly described as a renaissance. Today his stock is high, as attested by the publication of a regular stream of monographs, commentaries, translations and editions of his three surviving works, the Thebaid, the Silvae and the Achilleid. It seems fair to say that of the three, it is the last that has received the least attention. Its incomplete state (only the first book and 167 verses were complete at the time of the poet’s death) lies at the heart of the matter, but the radical change in style from the Thebaid has also certainly contributed to the poem’s reception, at least until recently, when its status as a kind of fragment and its quirky and partially Ovidian manner, its generic ambivalence and its remarkably complex allusivity have come to be seen as distinctly positive features of a text that still requires further study. On the digital front, recent years have seen the timid beginnings of what is surely destined to become a major trend, the preparation of open access, high quality, online critical editions of Greek and Latin texts. Two excellent examples are the edition of Catullus Online prepared by Professor D. Kiss of the University of Barcelona and that of Callimachus’ Aetia by Professor S. Stephens of Stanford University. We plan to produce a comparable but more ambitious, entirely open access, online edition of the Achilleid. The site, which will be based at the University of Geneva, will include a new critical text, a full apparatus criticus linked to a repertory of textual conjectures, translations into English, French, Italian and German, a bibliography, images of the largest possible number of manuscripts and links to all the manuscripts that are available online, and further links to major online, open access research tools in the field of Classics. It is our aim to explore the ways in which new technologies can combine with the established techniques and the high standards of traditional classical philology, and in doing so to offer to the scholarly community an enriched edition of Statius’ Achilleid located within the rapidly evolving network of digital tools being developped for the study and teaching of Latin literature.