From Papyrus to Digital: UCI’s Thesaurus of Ancient Greek Texts traces the transmission of the Greek text via an array of media--from fragile papyri and stone inscriptions, to codex manuscripts and printed books--that have been used to distribute and preserve Greek texts over the past 3,000 years. It also addresses how the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Project undertook the monumental task of creating a comprehensive digital library of Greek texts at a time when the necessary technologies did not exist.

The opening event for the physical exhibit was held on November 9, 2004. The speaker was Maria Pantelia, Director of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and UCI Professor of Classics. From Papyrus to Digital remained on display in the Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery of UCI’s Langson Library through May 2005.

Most of the books included in the exhibit are from the Department of Special Collections and Archives in the UCI Libraries. Materials documenting the TLG are from the archives of the TLG Project, which were donated to the University Archives in anticipation of the exhibit. Several items were loaned by Theodore Brunner, founding director of the TLG, Jay Shanor, and the TLG Project. Maria Pantelia was the exhibit curator. The online version was created by artists Julia Crosara and Sage Kim in the Libraries’ Design Services unit.

A printed checklist containing the full text of the exhibit can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Please contact Sylvia Irving for further information about exhibits.