ERC - ISABELLA ANDORLINI
ISABELLA ANDORLINI graduated at Florence in 1979 with a dissertation in Papyrology (The Contribution of the Papyri to the Knowledge of Ancient Medical Practice), specialised at Florence in 1983/84, took a masterclass diploma in Ancient Studies at Urbino (1986), was Researcher at the Papyrological Institute “G. Vitelli” of Florence from 1992 to 2004, and has Associate Professor of Papyrology at the University of Parma since 2005. She participated in excavations in Egypt, restored and published literary and documentary papyri of the “Vitelli” Institute and of other European and US collections (e.g. the archive of Ammon), with which she has held collaboration projects (Oxford, Köln, Düsseldorf, Durham NC, Center for the Tebtunis Papyri-Berkeley CA). She delivered communications at several international conferences and congresses, and published numerous contributions, especially in the field of Greek papyri of medical subject. Her last challenge has been the publication of two important Hellenistic medical texts preserved at Köln (Two Hellenistic Medical Papyri of the Ärztekammer Nordrhein (P.ÄkNo 1 and 2), ed. by I. Andorlini and R.W. Daniel, Paderborn 2016).
DIGMEDTEXT - Online Humanities Scholarship: A Digital Medical Library Based on Ancient Texts
The goal of the DIGMEDEXT project is the creation of online, open access, critical editions of ancient Greek texts on papyrus dealing with medical subjects ("Digital Corpus of the Greek Medical Papyri"), along with a lexicographical database collecting and describing their technical vocabulary ("Medicalia Online"). The so-called "medical papyri" form a corpus of ca. 300 fragmentary texts, scattered in several scraps belonging to papyrological collections around the world and bearing literary and non-literary evidence of the medical knowledge as practiced in Greek and Roman Egypt from the 3rd century BC to the Late Antiquity. The project made use of innovative editorial technologies, in particular the platform SoSOL (http://papyri.info/editor) that allows collaborative digital critical editions of ancient papyri, and has been a main partner to the international Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP) project (http://litpap.info).
The texts considered by the project bear invaluable "first-hand" information on ancient medical knowledge and practice, providing us with a unique insight on many different topics of striking interest for the history of medicine and of ancient society and culture. The strong cross-disciplinary perspective of the project, which is not limited to papyrological, philological and textual topics but opens up to encompass the history of medicine, ancient linguistics, and archaeological evidence, guarantees first of all a broad academic outcome, not restricted to a narrow group of specialized scholars and learned users. Moreover, ancient medicine in everyday life (as attested by the said sources) is also of great interest for the broader public, as several conferences open also to non-specialists have demonstrated. Thanks to the DIGMEDTEXT project, everyone who needs or wants to make use of these data can find them online, open-access, and in their most updated version. The particular architecture of the platforms hosting the textual database and the lexicographical dictionary allows also external experts to contribute updates or new contents. On the other hand, its pathbreaking approach to the theory and practice of the digital edition of ancient documents contributes to the general discussion of that topic with original and innovative solutions, trying to go beyond a partially old-fashioned concept of critical edition, implementing new tools like multitext edition, linguistic annotation, and so on.
Isabella Andorlini (Principal Investigator)
Nicola Reggiani (Post-Doc Grant, Technical Editor, Project Representative)
Isabella Bonati (Post-Doc Grant, Medicalia Online)
Francesca Corazza (Post-Doc Grant, digital editions)
Luca Iori (Post-Doc Grant, digital editions)
Margherita Centenari (Post-Doc Grant, digital editions)
Francesca Bertonazzi (PhD fellowship, surgical terminology, digital editions)
Andrea Bernini (former non-funded external collaborator, digital editions)
Marcel Moser (non-funded external collaborator, Erasmus exchange with the University of Würzburg, digital editions)