The Homer Multitext and the HC Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Documents Club

The Homer Multitext project is creating an open, replicable, and verifiable scholarly archive of material documenting the transmission of the Homeric Iliad.

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The Homer Multitext project seeks to present the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey in a critical framework that accounts for the fact that these poems were composed orally over the course of hundreds, if not thousands of years by countless singers who composed in performance. The evolution and the resulting multiformity of the textual tradition, reflected in the many surviving texts of Homer, must be understood in its many different historical contexts. Using technology that takes advantage of the best available practices and open source standards that have been developed for digital publications in a variety of fields, the Homer Multitext offers free access to a library of texts and images and tools to allow readers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.

The Homer Multitext is a long-term project emphasizing collaborative research (we are particularly interested in undergraduate research), openly licensed data, and innovative uses of technology. The Homer Multitext welcomes collaboration in the form of diplomatic editions, images of historical documents, and translations. All material must be openly licensed and attribution will be given to the contributors. Please contact Casey Dué ( and Mary Ebbott (

The aim of the College of the Holy Cross Manuscripts, Inscriptions and Documents Club shall be to further the study of these academic fields: paleography, codicology, epigraphy, as well as the study of languages. We strive for undergraduate inclusion in research.

Ongoing projects:

  • The Homer Multitext project: the Venetus A manuscript.

  • Latin liturgical manuscripts with chant annotated with neumes. (Github repository.)

  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History: the Bamberg manuscript. (Github repository.)

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