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The Ovidian Digital Library (Biblioteca Digital Ovidiana, BDO) is a website devoted to the illustrated work of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, that displays the results of the a research project focused on the collection, study and digitalization of all the data and illustrations of all the copies of the editions of Ovid printed between the 15th and 19th centuries, currently preserved in public and private libraries in Spain.

This digital library’s goal is to collocate both the bibliographic information and the iconographic study of the book illustrations in one place. As a nationwide project, the BDO aims to become a powerful instrument for scholarship on the illustrations of Ovid’s works and of mythological iconography, and at the same time, act as a strong medium for recovering, appraisement and disseminating Spain’s bibliographic heritage.

The information contained in the BDO comes firstly from a thorough study of the illustrated editions of the works of Ovid, and secondly from the exhaustive examination of specific copies (specimens) preserved in Spanish libraries. Finally and most importantly, the BDO’s information comes from the study of the books’ illustrations and their iconography.

So, the BDO project could be regarded as a research project on patrimony, bibliography, Classical tradition, and the reception of literary works. The BDO provides a way to achieve bibliographical expertise and a deeper knowledge about the illustrated works of Ovid and their diffusion around Europe during the 15th to the 19th centuries.

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The Ovidian Digital Library (Biblioteca Digital Ovidiana, BDO) is a website devoted to the illustrated work of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, that displays the results of the a research project focused on the collection, study and digitalization of all the data and illustrations of all the copies of the editions of Ovid printed between the 15th and 19th centuries, currently preserved in public and private libraries in Spain.

This digital library’s goal is to collocate both the bibliographic information and the iconographic study of the book illustrations in one place. As a nationwide project, the BDO aims to become a powerful instrument for scholarship on the illustrations of Ovid’s works and of mythological iconography, and at the same time, act as a strong medium for recovering, appraisement and disseminating Spain’s bibliographic heritage.

The information contained in the BDO comes firstly from a thorough study of the illustrated editions of the works of Ovid, and secondly from the exhaustive examination of specific copies (specimens) preserved in Spanish libraries. Finally and most importantly, the BDO’s information comes from the study of the books’ illustrations and their iconography.

So, the BDO project could be regarded as a research project on patrimony, bibliography, Classical tradition, and the reception of literary works. The BDO provides a way to achieve bibliographical expertise and a deeper knowledge about the illustrated works of Ovid and their diffusion around Europe during the 15th to the 19th centuries.

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