More than 1.5 million pages of text will be made available, including 15th-century writings, Hebrew text, and works from the Greeks, including writings by Plato, Sophocles, Homer, and Hippocrates. Other works will be “De Europa” by Pope Pius II Piccolomini and the 42-line Bible printed by Johannes Gutenberg, believed to be the first text ever printed.
The project was made possible through a grant of $3.2 million from the Polonsky Foundation.
“Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space, which have in the past restricted access to knowledge,” Bodley librarian Sarah Thomas told the BBC.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.