The Lexicon of Festus: text, translation and full scholarly commentary
Grant Holder: Professor Michael Crawford
"The Lexicon of Festus (de uerborum significatu) is a Latin dictionary compiled in the Roman imperial period which preserves a great deal of priceless information about the history, society, religion and topography of Rome and Italy in earlier centuries. It draws on a rich series of studies by the writers of Cicero's day, who collected and analysed information about the traditions of their past and the institutions of their own day, which they believed were in a state of serious decay. These were encyclopaedic works, familiar in antiquity, but now almost completely lost, so that Festus provides a crucial link to this whole tradition of learning.
The Lexicon itself has come down to us in a fragmentary state: some of it is preserved in a single, damaged, manuscript; the rest in a summary form made at the end of the eighth century AD. For modern readers, there is a critical text, published in the early part of the twentieth century; but no translation or commentary is available and the text itself needs modern re-assessment. Many individual entries from the dictionary have been much debated and play a major role in our understanding of the republican period; but there has been no collection of this bibliography and little attempt to look at the dictionary itself or at the information it provides as a coherent whole.
The objectives of this project are:
to make this mass of information available to researchers in a usable form;
to stimulate debate on Festus' own work, on the antiquarian tradition from which he was drawing and on the subsequent history of the text in the Renaissance and thereafter; and
to enrich and renew studies on the many particular areas of Roman life on which Festus provides such essential information". (See project web site for more details).
|Project start date: 2004-01||Project end date: 2007-12|
|2d Scanning and photography||Data capture|
|Data modelling||Data structuring and enhancement|
|Manual input and transcription||Data capture|
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created:
Dataset/structured data, Still Image/Graphics, Text
Source material used:
Varro, Verrius, Festus and Paul are the four authors that stand at the heart of the Festus Lexicon project.
Digital resource created:
"We are presently completing our comprehensive database of the text of Festus and of Paul the Deacon. The database will also provide a complete translation and extensive commentary, together with parallel texts, and bibliography for these works. It includes the texts of Mueller and of Lindsay's two editions, which form the basis for our completely revised text".
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Institutions affiliated with this project:
|UK HE institutions involved:|
|University College London|
Project staff and expertise:
|Principal staff member:||Dr Fay Glinister; Dr Clare Woods; Professor John Anthony North; Professor Michael H Crawford|
|Metadata on this arts-humanities.net record|
|Author(s) of record||John North|
|Title||The Lexicon of Festus: text, translation and full scholarly commentary|
|Record updated||2011-05-10 11:43|
|URL of record||http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2110|
|Citation of record||John North: The Lexicon of Festus: text, translation and full scholarly commentary.|
created: 2007-07-20, last updated 2011-05-10 11:43