The edition of these excerpts of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa arose from a D.Phil. thesis submitted in 2009 at the University of Oxford. The thesis itself is available from the Oxford Research Archive. The primary focus of the thesis, and the purpose of editing these excerpts, was to explore the literary and historical framework within which Matthew wrote his Chronicle, and to re-examine some of his historical information in light of his literary aims.
The purpose of this site is to explore the possibilities of an online critical edition of a relatively widely-copied medieval text. The site itself is run using the Perl Catalyst framework, and the data is taken from a set of source files in TEI XML. The source code for the site may be found on Github; the TEI source for each witness may be downloaded from its main page.
The 'Text and Translations' section gives the edited text and a parallel translation for each of the excerpts. At the moment this is a relatively traditional presentation of the text; hyperlinked readings have variant readings, and/or editorial notes, available for display. Click on the reading to show its annotations; click on the annotation boxes to dismiss them.
In addition to the edited text, each of the source witnesses may be viewed in the form of a diplomatic transcription. The following markup tags have been used within the transcriptions:
At present, image copyright restrictions prevent my linking to digital photographs of the manuscript pages; the fees for use are higher than can reasonably be paid for use in an open access publication, and give only time-limited rights in any event.