Logos Bible Software recently announced plans to publish a searchable electronic edition of 18 out of the 161 massive volumes of Jacques Paul Migne's Patrologia Graeca. The volumes they have selected correspond roughly to Philip Schaff's English translation of the ante-Nicene church fathers, but include other patristic texts not translated in Schaff. Unfortunately, this Logos edition will not be tagged for morphology or word lemmas at this stage, but the text itself will be searchable, and wealthy Logos users will appreciate its integration with other reference works in their Logos libraries. Everything but the $400 pre-publication price tag is nice.
Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives:
- The Religion and Technology center (link not working) offers all 160 volumes as pdf images for $300.
- If you plan to do a lot of searching in extra-biblical Greek, and your library does not subscribe to it already, why not order a five-year individual subscription to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae? For the same price as the Logos package you get almost everything written in Greek between Homer and the fall of Constantinople.
- Google Books has apparently scanned (most of?) the collection, and since copyright has long since expired (Migne died in 1875), you can get many of them as a pdf. See this marvelous index by Mischa Hooker for the details.
- As of May 15, 2008, Documenta Catholica Omnia, has made available the TLG edition of Migne's text with the permission of TLG. Did I mention that the pdf's are searchable in Greek? (HT: a comment on this post.)