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British Library puts manuscripts online
Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:41PM
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The British Library, London, UK
The British Library has posted a part of its Greek manuscripts online in an effort to digitize and better preserve important ancient documents.

The manuscripts which include more than a quarter of the library's archive are now available online at bl.uk/manuscripts as part of the British Library's most important collections outside Greece.

The library houses more than 1,000 Greek manuscripts, over 3,000 Greek papyri and a collection of early Greek printing, which can provide scholars with literary, historical, scientific, religious, philosophical and artistic information on the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.

"This is exactly what we have all hoped for from new technology, but so rarely get," Reuters quoted Cambridge University professor Mary Beard as saying.

"It opens up a precious resource to anyone -- from the specialist to the curious -- anywhere in the world, for free," she added.

The British Library has created numerous digital archives lately such as a 16th century notebook by Leonardo Da Vinci and the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest surviving copy of the complete New Testament.

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