Oxford, Vatican libraries partner up to make ancient texts available online
Works by Homer, Sophocles, Plato, and Hippocrates will be scanned and made available online as part of a joint effort between the Vatican and Oxford University libraries to make millions of pages of rare ancient texts acessible to the world at large.
The project, which is being funded by a $3.17 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation will focus on three main areas, Oxford says. Those areas will include Greek manuscripts, 15th century printed books, and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books drawn from its Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
“Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space which have in the past restricted access to knowledge,” Sarah Thomas, director of the Bodleian Libraries, said on Thursday.