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The project was developed by Paolo Monella during a 2012 post-doc bourse at the Accademia dei Lincei. Its goal was to provide a proof-of-concept prototype of scholarly digital edition, but Paolo Monella could not complete the edition at the end of the bourse (December 2012). After that date, the development of the project has been very slow, though its methodological principles have been discussed at a number of conferences by its author. From 2015/16 on, the same methodological principles of the Vespa Project have been applied by the same scholar to the Ursus Project.
The project materials are still available in http://www.unipa.it/paolo.monella/lincei/edition.html
The aim of this project was to create an experimental digital scholarly edition of the Iudicium coci et pistoris iudice Vulcano by Vespa (Anth. Lat. 199 Riese), a Latin text in verse from the Late Antiquity, for which the main MS is the Codex Salmasianus.
The edition was mainly meant to be a proof of concept, with the goal of providing a prototype of digital scholarly edition based on the ideas of Tito Orlandi. The main concepts to be applied are: