How much would it cost to translate all of Migne’s Patrologia Graeca?

I was imagining myself a billionaire again last night.  Sadly I awoke to poverty as usual.  But then I saw this post on Archaic Christianity about Migne.  It started me thinking about what I would do with all my billions.

I think that I would probably fund a complete translation of the PG volumes, just as they stand, and make them freely available online in English.   So what would that cost, exactly?

I calculate that at 10c a word of Greek, it would cost $20 per column, and most volumes have 1000 columns.  So a volume should cost $10,000 to translate. 

Now there are 220 odd volumes in the PG, so that would cost $2.2m, or thereabouts.   That’s not really a lot, is it?

Even if we doubled it, at $5m to translate all of this into English, it still wouldn’t be a lot, would it? 

Is there anyone out there with a spare $5m?

3 Responses to “How much would it cost to translate all of Migne’s Patrologia Graeca?”


  1. Seumas

    I don’t have 5M, but if someone else does, I’ll get to work!

  2. Roger Pearse

    Me too!

  3. Kent

    Of course, if you had an electronic version of the PG with fully encoded links to translations to Philip Schaff’s Early Church Fathers, that would be a close second, right?

    I thought you might be interested in a newly available electronic edition of the PG from Logos Bible Software, with links to Schaff, plus a lot more.

    And you don’t need $5M for the translations, or as much as $40,000 for the print version.

    http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/4345