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  • Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

    03/07/2013 2:30:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 7th March 2013 16:04 GMT | By Chris Mellor •
    The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but thought to have functioned for a long time before that. The library's function is to be a resource for scholars researching history, law, philosophy, science and theology.The Abyss of Hell by Sandro Botticelli in the Vatican Library It stores some 89,000 manuscripts, including 8,900 incunabula, manuscripts...
  • Oxford University wants help decoding Egyptian papyri [ Oxyrhynchus ]

    07/27/2011 6:59:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | unattributed
    Oxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them. Researchers hope the collective effort will give them a unique insight into life in Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago... The collection is made up of papyri recovered in the early 20th Century from the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, the so-called "City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish". At the time the city was under Greek rule. Later the Romans settled the...
  • Obama, Michael Scott and Oedipus: Three Peas in a Pea

    02/17/2009 10:47:17 PM PST · by The Conservative Yogini · 5 replies · 460+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    I am going to shift gears a little bit, so please bear with me. This is a strange post, but one that I think might shed a little light on mystical incense that is the Obama Administration. I need just a little breather from the bread and circuses of a media/government complex that is literally driving America toward the edge of insanity. And so, I am going to entertain myself with my own playful thoughts here. Where would I be without my humor? Honestly though, I can barely write a word. Is this writer’s block? I don’t think so. I...
  • Papyrus Reveals New Clues to Ancient World (New Sophocles, Lucian: More)

    04/28/2005 12:55:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,041+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | April 25, 2005 | James Owen
    Classical Greek and Roman literature is being read for the first time in 2,000 years thanks to new technology. The previously illegible texts are among a hoard of papyrus manuscripts. Scholars say the rediscovered writings will provide a fascinating new window into the ancient world. Salvaged from an ancient garbage dump in Egypt, the collection is kept at Oxford University in England. Known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, the collection includes writings by great classical Greek authors such as Homer, Sophocles, and Euripides. Using a technique called multi-spectral imaging, researchers have uncovered texts that include • parts of a lost tragedy...
  • WOW (Breakthrough in interpreting Oxyrhynchus Papyri)

    04/17/2005 6:14:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 49 replies · 5,926+ views
    the Light of Reason ^ | 4/17/05 | Arthur Silber?
    For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure – a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible. Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, tragedies and epic poems will soon be revealed. In the past four days alone, Oxford’s classicists have used it to make...