Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities

The Digital Archive of Inaugural Lectures at Renaissance and Early Modern Universities (DArIL) provides access to the inaugural lectures (also known as paginae) that were given to the single courses at the philosophical-physical, medical, juridical, and theological faculties or colleges of universities from the Renaissance to the beginning of the eighteenth century. These documents reveal the tenets of university culture in a specific place and time. They are therefore important for our understanding of the history of university culture in general, or of specific trends in it.

DarIL provides access to a digital collection of paginae. There are both manuscripts and printed texts. A complete photo-reproduction and searchable description is available for them. Moreover, in case of all manuscripts and some printed texts a semi-diplomatic transcription in xml/TEI language is also present. The photo-reproductions can be downloaded in PDF format. Documents can be visualised as photo-reproduction alone, transcription alone, or both of them together. When looking at the transcriptions, users have the possibility to activate the visualisation of the semantic and critical phenomena that have been identified and encoded.

The documents can be accessed through five access points: authors, universities, date, types, and subjects. If a document is also available in transcription, these can be searched freely or through encoded lists of names: of people, places, institutions, currents of thought, and university chairs. For documents with a transcription, advanced search is possible: by author, type of document, subject, university, and period of time. The website also contains a guide and legend.

DArIL interoperates with the following catalogues and databases: the Catalogue of the Library System of the University of Padua, Phaidra, and Europeana.

This project is sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, the Università degli Studi di Padova, and the Scuola Normale Superiore.

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Saturday, 5 October 2013 - 7:59pm
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