You may know that papyrus is a thick, paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant, that was used for writing on in antiquity. But you may not know that millions of fragments of papyri survive and are yet to be transcribed and translated. In this interview, we hear from the Director of the Oxford Imaging Papyri project, Dr Dirk Obbink, who tells us some fascinating facts about ancient papyri (such as how they were preserved, and what sorts of texts were written on them) and the new digital techniques that are being used to decipher their secrets. When you’ve watched the interview, you can read more on the Imaging Papyri website, and explore the pioneering web interface Ancient Lives, which enables users around the world to work collaboratively on these precious documents.

 

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