Virgil for All
As part of its ongoing project to digitize its library of more than 80,000 manuscripts, the Vatican has recently digitized a 1,600-year-old edition of Virgil’s Aeneid. Only 76 pages survive what was likely a complete collection of Virgil’s work. Part of the drive to digitize comes from the hope that with digital copies of rare, ancient texts, scholars will not need to consult the actual manuscripts as much, which can speed degeneration. In order to raise funds for the digitization project, the Vatican is offering a limited edition print of one of the illustrations in the “Vatican Virgil” to the first 200 people who donate 500 Euros.