Friday, August 10, 2018

Review of Reggiani, Digital Papyrology I

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW: .Nicola Reggiani, Digital Papyrology I: Methods, Tools and Trends. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2017. Pp. 318. ISBN 9783110538519. €89,95. Reviewed by Joanne Vera Stolk, Ghent University; University of Oslo (
This book provides a useful introduction to digital papyrology for scholars interested in digital humanities and papyrologists looking to extend their knowledge of our digital tools. Apart from offering an overview of the state of the art within the field and a start to the epistemology of a new discipline, Reggiani’s main contribution to the future of digital papyrology lies in highlighting the fortunate and unfortunate detours of history and the methodological challenges and interesting opportunities ahead.

This is a field that moves too fast to produce a monograph with lasting accuracy. As Reggiani admits “I am quite sure that within one year, if the world still exists, many of the links I recorded here will be broken” (p. 170), but this is not the point. Once one is aware of the existence of these resources, there are other ways to find them. The main pitfall of increasing digitalization in the field is that people are not aware of existing projects and things are done twice rather than in collaboration. Although the form of a printed book may seem odd for a survey of a digital field, a monograph in open access could be a fitting compromise for making a wide range of resources and methodologies known and accessible to all.
N.b., this a De Gruyter open access book. For you, special deal!

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