British Library Digitizes Manuscripts


Great story, I think, since this is where online resources and digitization should really head – manuscripts to the people:

The British Library said Monday that it was making more than a quarter of its 1,000 volume-strong collection of handwritten Greek texts available online free of charge, something curators there hope will be a boon to historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece alike.

Although the manuscripts — highlights of which include a famous collection of Aesopic fables discovered on Mount Athos in 1842 — have long been available to scholars who made the trip to the British Library’s reading rooms, curator Scot McKendrick said their posting to the web was opening antiquity to the entire world.

You can see the examples here – and a list of all 248 already digitized manuscripts is here – and the quality is superb too (here’s zoomed-in all the way picture):

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