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Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts

Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts | Italia Mia |
What happens when a wide swath of history — previously only explored by white-gloved librarians and erudite historians — is made available to anyone with a solid internet connection? 

Thanks to the Pope, we’ll soon find out. The Vatican Apostolic Library has announced it will digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections with the help of a Japanese IT company. That’s 41 million pages spanning nearly 2,000 years of church history that will soon be clickable, zoomable, and presumably, printable. When all is said and done, you’ll be able to read the Psalms handwritten across13th-century vellum on your iPhone — so long as you speak ancient Greek. [...]

Dave Sumner at Dave's curator insight, April 11, 2014 4:42 PM

This is an amazing announcement for anyone interested in writing, reading, or world history. This collection contains one of the earliest surviving examples of a Roman text. I don't read ancient Greek, but I'm looking forward to some of the 41 million pages of world history becoming public and, I am sure, translated into many languages.

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