Reading the Herculaneum Papyri: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Auditorium, Getty Villa Free Event; Ticket Required | Limited to 4 tickets per person.
Hundreds of papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 were recovered from the ancient Roman residence known today as the Villa dei Papiri. Containing mostly Greek philosophical texts, these fragile scrolls and their contents have fascinated scholars since their rediscovery in 1752. Classicists David Blank of UCLA and Richard Janko of the University of Michigan discuss early and current attempts to unravel the fragile layers and decipher their texts, and computer scientist W. Brent Seales shares how advances in technology and machine learning might allow the still unopened ancient book rolls to be “virtually unwrapped” and read.