Friends of the Herculaneum Society Lecture: Brent Seales

  • Ioannou Centre for 66 St. Giles Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3LU UK

Brent Seales, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science,
University of Kentucky, will address the Friends of Herculaneum
Society Saturday 16 January at 4:00 pm in the Ioannou Centre, 66 St
Giles, Oxford. Advert below; all are most welcome - RSVP to
herculaneum@classics.oxford.ac.uk


"More Advances in Digital Unwrapping: Homer, Herculaneum and the
Scroll from Ein Gedi"

Progress over the past fifteen years in the digitisation and analysis
of texts found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts,
scrolls) led last year to the astonishing discovery of eight verses of
Leviticus deep inside a carbonised scroll from the ancient synagogue
at Ein Gedi, Israel. This paper will tell the story of emerging
methods for imaging and analysis culminating in a personal account of
the discovery, the people involved, and the technical approaches used,
which will be hugely important for the decipherment of the Herculaneum
papyri.