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?