Digitising Greek Manuscripts
Making rich resources freely available
“Our website offers everyone the opportunity to engage with more than 100,000 pages of manuscripts.”
Head of History and Classics
The Library fully digitised more than a quarter of its Greek manuscripts for the first time and made them freely available online. It was a major development for researchers and anyone with an interest in Hellenic culture. The Library’s holdings of Greek manuscripts, papyri and early printing are one of the largest outside Greece.
The initiative is an example of how the Library is developing philanthropic partnerships to extend access to collections at no additional cost to the public purse. The entire project was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
“Our website offers everyone, wherever they may be in the world, the opportunity to engage for the first time with more than 100,000 pages of unique manuscripts,” said Scot McKendrick, Head of History and Classics. “The manuscripts provide direct insights into the rich written legacy of the Greeks.”
The site gives researchers access to high quality digital images, supported by enhanced metadata, which allows searching using key words. Highlights include the Theodore Psalter, one of the greatest Byzantine treasures.