Years back I remember Fr. Leonard Boyle lamenting that, after the Council, “you could buy a volume of Migne in Rome for a 100 lira.” At the time (1983-1984) he might not have foreseen how powerful the Internet was destined to be. Were he alive today he’d be thrilled to know that the abandonment of Migne was not successful, or total.
From David Whidden comes the following:
About a year ago you posted a link to this website on Thomistica.net: http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu. I had forgotten about it until I started looking for an on-line version of Hugh’s Didascalicon and it took me to their site. It appears that since your post that they have gone on and scanned all of Migne – all of Migne!! I wasn’t sure if you were aware of the development, but I know I’ll be using it quite a bit.
A welcome development. Check out the Patrologia latina (PL) here. David also notes that the individual PDF’s were scanned at high-resolution, so the download time, and footprint on your storage device, could be significant.
PS: for the Greek Fathers (PG) see here.