Welcome to Our Project

Led by Dan Batovici (Leuven) and David Downs (Oxford), this project, “1Clement.VMR,” aims to produce transcriptions for all manuscript witnesses of the ancient letter known as 1 Clement. This letter, written by the Christ-believing community in Rome to encourage the cessation of conflict among Christians in Corinth, was composed in Greek but has also been preserved in Syriac, Coptic, and Latin versions.

In cataloging, indexing and transcribing all manuscript witnesses of 1 Clement, this project will serve as a resource for a new critical edition of the Greek text of 1 Clement. Yet the directors of 1Clement.VMR also hope that this project demonstrates the value of a digital approach to the transmission and reception of the body of early Christian literature known as the Apostolic Fathers. In connexion with the AnTrAF project (Ancient Translations of the Apostolic Fathers), 1Clement will illustrate the potential for a larger digital project on the textual transmission and reception of a number of important early Christian texts (1 Clement, 2 Clement, Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch, the Epistle of Polycarp, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, the Shepherd of Hermas, and Papias’ Expositions of the Sayings of the Lord).

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