the scanning of the Iliad

a thousand year wait • A team of scholars traveled to a medieval library in Venice to create an ultra-precise 3-D scan of the the oldest copy of Homer’s Iliad, the Venetus A. A high-resolution 3-D scan, complete with every wrinkle, rip and imperfection , of the entire 645-page parchment book, plus a searchable transcription, will be made available online under a Creative Commons license. (read more at Wired Mag)

A custom-built cradle holds the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of Homer’s Iliad.

And this page from the Venetus A, the larger text is the Iliad, and the smaller notes at the top and left are scholia, scholarly commentary recorded by the scribe who composed the manuscript.

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