101011 manuscripts: Perl and the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa

By Tara Andrews (‎aurum‎) from London.pm
Date: Friday, 15 August 2008 11:20
Duration: 30 minutes
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Tags: armenian edessa manuscripts matthew perl phylogenetics


The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa is a twelfth-century Armenian
history that survives in 43 manuscripts, held in ten libraries in
eight countries. My task is to create a definitive text that is based
on all of them. I will talk about the problems of medieval text
editing, the ways in which Perl and phylogenetics have come to my
rescue, and show a few pretty pictures of manuscripts

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