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WEBSITE: Would you like to help transcribe ancient papyri? Check out the Ancient Lives project!

This sounds like an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to contribute some of their free time to help academics (and, by extension, the general public) learn more about Egypt’s Graeco-Roman period. No knowledge of Ancient Greek is necessary, just enthusiasm and a keen eye for detail.

The Egyptiana Emporium

“Ancient Lives is a collaboration between a diverse collection of Oxford Papyrologists and Researchers, The Imaging Papyri Project, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, the Egypt Exploration Society and the following institutions.

The papyri belong to the Egypt Exploration Society and their texts will eventually be published and numbered in Society’s Greco-Roman Memoirs series in the volumes entitledThe Oxyrhynchus Papyri” – via Ancient Lives.

The Ancient Lives project offers you the chance to help transcribe the many fragments of papyri that were discovered between 1896 and 1907 in the ancient rubbish dumps of the city of Oxyrhyncus. The result of the excavations is a collection of 700 boxes of about 500,000 fragments of papyri bearing all manner of literature, from Plato, Thucydides, and Greek lyric poetry to private letters, accounts, wills, marriage certificates, and land leases. 

The Ancient Lives project needs your help with the immense task of identifying the…

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About Kelly M (396 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

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