The Ancient Historian

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Digitization of ancient texts

There is a nice piece in the May 8th WSJ that offers a good summary of the major digital projects in Papyrology. The story also provide some goods links to some of the major ongoing efforts. Among them is the very exciting multi-spectral imaging project taking place this summer in the papyrus collections of Michigan, Berkeley and Columbia. Spectacular results, and new texts, and new information, are sure to be announced.

Among the more important projects are those being run out of the Center for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD) in Oxford. They’ve recently placed on line a digital collection of Greek papyri in Cairo. Underlying the project is the pioneering photographic work of Adam Bülow-Jacobsen in Copenhagen. Superb and wonderful work!


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