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Posts by Randall Childree

Review: Childree on Flüeler, e-codices

We will have to tote our manuscripts along with us every step of our journey. Manuscripts gave birth to the discipline of Classical Studies, and they will always remain our most valuable resource, necessary and indispensable dum Capitōlium scandet etc. So although e-codices ( is in essence just a collection of pictures, the task it has undertaken is highly significant. Because the task is so significant, the choices made about how that task is carried out are highly significant as well.

E-codices makes available online high-quality images of manuscripts from collections in Switzerland. At this point it has published online over 1500 manuscripts, amounting to more than 500,000 manuscript pages. Some of the sources are well-known—the Stiftsbibliothek of St. Gallen provides 594 manuscripts, and there is a substantial number from the Universitätsbibliothek at Basel, the Burgerbibliothek at Bern, the Fondation Martin Bodmer, and the Stiftsbibliothek Read more …