Oldest Copy of Iliad Goes Digital

The oldest copy of Homer’s Iliad is in a library in Venice. A 3-D scan of each page is being made.

A high-resolution, 3-D copy of the entire 645-page parchment book, plus a searchable transcription, will be made available online under a Creative Commons license.

The Venetus A is the oldest existing copy of Homer’s Iliad and the primary source for all modern editions of the poem. It lives in Venice at the ancient Public Library of St. Mark. It is easily damaged. Few people have seen it. The last photographic copy was made in 1901.

You can see some of the images here.

It’s part of the Homer Multitext Project at Harvard University.

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