Virtual Reading of Ancient Egyptian Papyri from Elphantine Island
3:00 PM Auditorium, Getty Villa Free Event; Ticket Required
Archaeological and philological evidence from Elephantine Island, on the Nile River near Egypt’s southern border, traces 4,000 years of cultural history from the Old Kingdom of the Pharaohs through the Arab conquest. Thousands of papyri and other manuscripts written in various languages and scripts offer valuable insights into everyday life in this unique multicultural community. Many of the documents are delicate and brittle, either rolled, folded or crumpled. Egyptologist Verena Lepper shares her research on these precious documents, now spread over more than 60 institutions in 24 different countries, and her larger project to make them digitally available through virtual unfolding techniques.