“Ancient Lives is a collaboration between a diverse collection of Oxford Papyrologists and Researchers, The Imaging Papyri Project, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, the Egypt Exploration Society and the following institutions.
The papyri belong to the Egypt Exploration Society and their texts will eventually be published and numbered in Society’s Greco-Roman Memoirs series in the volumes entitledThe Oxyrhynchus Papyri” – via Ancient Lives.
The Ancient Lives project offers you the chance to help transcribe the many fragments of papyri that were discovered between 1896 and 1907 in the ancient rubbish dumps of the city of Oxyrhyncus. The result of the excavations is a collection of 700 boxes of about 500,000 fragments of papyri bearing all manner of literature, from Plato, Thucydides, and Greek lyric poetry to private letters, accounts, wills, marriage certificates, and land leases.
The Ancient Lives project needs your help with the immense task of identifying the characters that are written on the fragments. If you have some spare time and would like to help, you can take a simple online tutorial and get started. You don’t need to read Greek (the language of the majority of the papyri) but you do need a good eye for detail. You submit your character identifications and then they are checked for accuracy. You are not expected to identify every character correctly, but your help will speed up the extremely lengthy process.
If you would like to help, then simply complete the interactive tutorial here and start making history!