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Ádám Rung
The Hourglass
Classics and the Dematerialization (or something else) of Philology
DOI: 10.14361/9783839447703-005
Adám Rung's chapter takes a look at how the age-old discipline of Classics reacts to certain aspects of the digital turn, and it intends to show that from the point of view of this particular field, the much discussed de-materialization of philology manifests itself in an intriguingly different, even paradoxical way. While the study of modern literatures might indeed be leaving its primary and traditional medium (that is, paper) behind, the study of texts from the pre-paper world is on the move from a slightly different starting point and also in a slightly different direction. In the first place, the traditional editorial practices of Classics have already been foreshadowing a kind of de-materialization for centuries by transcribing classical texts from their mediaeval bibliographical contexts into the much less pronounced physicality of print editions (as it is argued in the first part of his chapter); and as digital technology is providing us with more and more ways into looking at the historical physical contexts of these texts, a kind of virtual re-materialization of Classics is also taking place these days (as shown by the case study in the second section).