Epistles of Thomas

December 6, 2007

How much would you pay for Migne’s Patrologia Graeca?

Filed under: Greek — Thomas @ 23:12

Bob Pritchett of Logos Bible Software asked today in the Greek newsgroup for feedback on his desire to make PG available for Logos. He asks several questions:

Would you want PG in full text?

What would it be worth?

Is it only useful as the whole, or would you be interested in acquiring it in parts? (Century by century, starting with the earliest?)

It would be a tremendously expensive undertaking as there are 161 volumes. For a listing of contents see the Wikipedia article here. Bob estimates that the cost of inputing the text would be 5x that of ICC which was released as a prepub for $999. Personally I don’t have $5000 to drop on this but could probably scrounge up half that which works out to around $15 a volume, which doesn’t seem too bad. It would doubtless take years to produce so there would be plenty of time to save. If you love Greek and want to see PG in electronic format you might want to drop Bob a line. He is especially interested in getting seminary libraries to get on board, or anyone else with deeeeeeeeeep pockets.

Update: 12/12/07 Yesterday Phil Gons said that if this is successful Logos would perhaps do Patrologia Latina and then Patrologia Orientalis. He does work in their marketing department so I can understand his enthusiasm but I can’t see this happening in under a decade unfortunately.

Update 12/15/07 A friend has informed me that Migne’s PG is available from Reltech for the bargain price of $400: $300 for the material and $100 for the 200 CDs to provide the material! Thankfully they’ve switched to DVD but they are still charging $100. Libraries pay $3000. It is only page scans but they claim to be working on providing a full text edition in the future.


  1. Who was that unnamed friend?

    Comment by john — December 15, 2007 @ 23:20 | Reply

  2. My unnamed friend John who should start his own blog so that I can post a link to it and give him the credit 😉 How about a Church Fathers blog John?

    Comment by true54blue — December 16, 2007 @ 18:20 | Reply

  3. I think I wasn’t very clear in the post on my blog. The “perhaps” was totally wishful thinking on my part and was not in any way intended to suggest what the company may or may not do. Sorry I wasn’t clear.

    Comment by Phil Gons — December 18, 2007 @ 14:53 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the clarification Phil. I edited my blurb from ‘likely’ to ‘perhaps’ 🙂 It is likely that I would perhaps enjoy having all of these resources in Logos though!

    Comment by true54blue — December 18, 2007 @ 16:47 | Reply

  5. I think it would be helpful simply to have the volumes for the first three centuries at the very least, something that wouldn’t be quite so overwhelming financially.

    Comment by Mike — February 21, 2008 @ 13:09 | Reply

  6. Hi Mike, Bob did mention that he was looking for feedback on our interest in this and whether we would want it all as one package or the first centuries first. If this ever sees the light of day it will surely be done in sections. Hopefully sooner than later, but I have been waiting for the Greek Pseudepigrapha for three years now (http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2421). That is a great deal, if only they would finish it.

    Comment by true54blue — February 22, 2008 @ 21:44 | Reply

  7. Yeah, I understand what you mean about the wait – though we do finally have the apostolic fathers in Logos. Surely the Pseudepigrapha will be coming in the relatively near future…

    Comment by Mike — February 23, 2008 @ 17:38 | Reply

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