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Leon Battista Alberti’s Treatise on Love

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The Deiphira Translation Project

The Deiphira Translation Project will bring together a group of scholars to:

  • Transcribe the digitized version of Leon Battista Alberti’s Deiphira, held at Harvard’s Houghton Library, MS Typ 422, a unique manuscript with marginal notations, perhaps added by the author himself;
  • Translate the transcribed text and prepare it for digital publication;
  • Compile a bibliography of further readings on this and related Alberti texts.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Produce and disseminate an English-language version of one of Alberti’s minor works;
  • Create a scholarly community centered around the text;
  • Introduce collaborative modes of scholarship based on digital tools and workflows.

Transcription and translation work will take place online via a digital interface hosted by FromThePage.

Click here or in menu above to access the digital workspace, the bibliography, and the announcements page to monitor project progress.

Questions and concerns can be addressed to Laura Morreale ( or Susanna Barsella (