March 24, 2018

Digital Corpus Of Literary Papyri Launched Online by NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (IASW)

From the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (IASW):

In November, ISAW submitted a final report to the National Endowment for the Humanities on the “Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri” project (DCLP). This report marked the end of a four-year-long collaborative initiative to launch the creation of a comprehensive, searchable digital collection of literary and subliterary texts surviving on papyrus and similar materials from the area of ancient Egypt and environs.


The DCLP has produced both software and digital content of value to scholars who work with ancient literature and book culture (e.g., classical philologists, theologians, and ancient historians).

Nearly 15,000 fragments of ancient literary works have been documented in the form of open, digital “metadata” records available online on the DCLP demonstration website, and nearly 1,000 newly searchable texts have been encoded and incorporated into these records as well.

The website itself constitutes another important output of the project: a version of the software that powers, customized for the specific needs of literary papyri. In addition to the, all DCLP code and data are openly available from

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