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Greek Manuscripts Available Online October 7, 2010

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Greek Manuscripts Available Online

Very important announcement! One of the world’s greatest research libraries, the British Library has digitized 284 Greek manuscripts and made them available online. But that is not the only good news; thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation ‘s grant, all the information is free.

Here’s what the press release says: “The Greek manuscripts contain unique and outstandingly rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.”

The amazing collections of manuscripts make the British Library one of the largest and most important centres outside Greece for the study of the Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts are a golden mine for researchers all over the world thanks to the unique and impressive information they contain.

A second good news comes from Scot McKendrick, head of History and Classical Studies at the British Library, said:” This website offers everyone, wherever they may be in the world, the opportunity to engage for the first time with over 100,000 pages of newly digitized, unique manuscripts which provide direct insights into the rich written legacy of the Greeks of classical antiquity, Byzantine times, the Renaissance and beyond. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which funded this project, has generously agreed to fund a second phase and we look forward to presenting a further 250 manuscripts in full in 2012.”

If you’re still not curious, here are some highlights: The Theodore Psalter, Illuminated Gospels, Dialogues of Lucian, Babrius’s fables and Breviarium Historicum.


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