Information Studies


Greta Franzini

Greta Franzini

The focus of my doctoral studies at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities is the creation of a digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript of S. Augustine's De Civitate Dei. The manuscript dates back to the early fifth century and most of the existing, scarce research we have predates the 1950s. Its much debated provenance and authorship, due to it being contemporary to Augustine himself, are as intriguing as its rare palaeographical features and marginalia. My research seeks to, firstly, examine best practice in the field of digital editions by collating relevant evidence in a detailed catalogue of extant digital editions [https://sites.google.com/site/digitaleds/home]. The catalogue records features, scope, philological as well as technological aspects of each edition and aims at becoming a collaborative endeavour for the benefit of the Digital Humanities community. Secondly (and consequently), lessons learnt from the catalogue are informing the production of an electronic edition of De Civitate Dei, which includes transcriptions of the text and the scholia, a short critical apparatus, as well as background information and links to relevant resources [https://sites.google.com/site/gretafranzini/home].


First: Professor Melissa Terras
Second: Simon Mahony

Academic background

  • 2011-2017, PhD Digital Humanities. UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
  • 2009-2010, MA Digital Humanities. King's College London
  • 2006-2009, BA Hons Classics. King's College London
  • 2001-2006, Liceo Classico Brocca (Humanities with further Maths). Don Nicola Mazza, Verona, Italy

Publications (PhD)

  • Franzini, G., Mahony, S. and Terras, M. (Forthcoming 2015) 'A Catalogue of Digital Editions', In: Pierazzo, E. and Driscoll, M.J. (eds) Scholarly Digital Editions: Theory, practice and future perspectives. Open Book Publishers.

Work experience


  • Italian and English (native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish (intermediate proficiency)
  • German (conversational proficiency)
  • French and Modern Greek (elementary proficiency)
  • Ancient Greek
  • Latin

Courses taken


Email: g.franzini.11@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter: @GretaFranzini

Web: www.gretafranzini.com

Academia.edu: http://ucl.academia.edu/GretaFranzini

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greta_Franzini

GitHub: https://github.com/gfranzini

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/greta-franzini/30/944/87a