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A Life in Translation

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, February 14, 2016/Categories: video, art and design, adventure

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 wars. The destruction of the Library of Alexandria was perhaps the greatest loss of historical information from the ancient world but its burning is not the only case. The ancient libraries of Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Can new technology 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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