A short walk from the Ashmolean, the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD) is making is edubirdies.org/buy-essay-online safe waves from the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies on St Giles’. The interview happens to be set up for more information about new imaging technology that’s getting used to show previously illegible inscriptions that are ancient.
I’m here to fulfill Dr Jane Massйglia, an Oxford alumna, former secondary teacher and now research fellow for AshLI (the Ashmolean Latin Inscription Project). Jane actively works to encourage general public engagement with translating these ancient documents. There are many nice samples of this: calling out on Twitter when it comes to interested public to have a stab at translating these ancient inscriptions.
The person that is second meeting today is Ben Altshuler, ‘our amazing RTI whizzkid.’ RTI, or Reflectance Transformation Imaging, may be the software used to decipher previously impenetrable inscriptions. Ben Altshuler, 20, has been dealing with CSAD on his gap year before starting a Classics degree at Harvard later this year.
What is the remit of CSAD and how did it come to be?
‘The centre started about twenty years ago,’ Jane informs me. ‘It came to be away from several big projects involving original texts just like the Vindolanda tablets (a Roman site in northern England which has yielded the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain). There was clearly suddenly a necessity to accommodate various different projects in Classics looking at primary source material, and a feeling that it was better joined up together. It’s wise: epigraphers, the folks who study these ancient inscriptions – do things in a similar way with similar resources and technology.
‘In regards to what we do now, the centre currently holds a number of projects like AshLI, the Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions (CPI) and also the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN). Continue reading “The Centre for the scholarly study of Ancient Documents”