is a project by the University of Oxford which asks your help in transcribing fragments from the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection
using the Zooniverse model. Leader of the project, Chris Lintott, explains the project here in a short interview
. Can you help him find his one-eyed astrologer? [Oxyrhynchus previously]
New Sappho poem found.
Combining a Cologne University fragment found in the cartonnage of an Egpytian mummy
with a fragment from Oxyrhynchus
has allowed the reconstruction of Sappho's fourth poem.
The Oxyrhynchus papyri have been much in the news lately, what with the discovery of the earliest fragment of Revelations to give the number of the beast as 616
and the publication of several lines from Sophocles' lost tragedy The Progeny
(scroll down). Infra-red imaging techniques
may not be sexy, but Sappho
sure is. After all, Plato said she was worthy of being considered not only as a poet but as a muse.
Sappho herself is a palimpsest
or a sort of cypher. We know next to nothing about her -- including whether she was lesbian or not. One thing's for sure: she almost certainly wasn't a schoolmistress.
Oxford University has just announced
that they and Brigham Young University have developed a technology to read the previously illegible papyri of Oxyrhynchus
collection. More info here