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University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
William Brent Seales (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Reading the Invisible Library: Rescuing the Hidden Texts of Herculaneum

The continued development of computerized techniques to recover writings from the Herculaneum library, the entire collections of which were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE.

Using authentic materials from national libraries in Italy and France, this project will apply proven computerized techniques and innovate new approaches to reveal the hidden writing in the most iconic collection of damaged humanities manuscripts--the scrolls from Herculaneum.

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Project fields:
Ancient Literature; Classics

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2022