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A Life in Translation

A Life in Translation

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, February 4, 2018/Categories: video, art and design, adventure

                           Gregory Heyworth Ancient Text Translation Lab (credit: University of Mississippi)

Knowledge is passed down orally, visually, and by the written word. However, "burning books" has a long and sad tradition where history is 'written by the victors' of conflict. The destruction of the Library of Alexandria was perhaps the greatest hisotrical loss of information from the ancient world but its burning is not the only case. The libraries of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Can new technological developments help to recover ancient knowledge? That's the life's work of translators like Gregory Heyworth as fragments of ancient texts are rediscovered. Heyworth directs The Lazarus Project at the University of Mississippi, a digital imaging project where unreadable papyri fragments, faded documents, and texts are restored.



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