Decoding Digital Humanities Bloomington

An informal monthly gathering to discuss issues related to the digital humanities. Come meet people studying or working in DH!


A Digital Renaissance: Imaging the Iliad

Please join us for the April meeting of Decoding Digital Humanities, an informal, international digital humanities discussion group.

Friday, April 27, 4-6pm, in the Wells Library E174

April’s meeting will focus on a screening of A Digital Renaissance: Imaging the Iliad, a film documenting the digitization of the oldest complete copy of Homer’sIliad in Venice, in 2007. 

During the summer of 2007 researchers from the University of Kentucky, University of Houston, College of the Holy Cross, Furman University, and Brandeis University gathered in Venice, Italy at the Marciana Library to digitally preserve the Venetus A, the oldest existing complete text of the Homeric Iliad. Meticulously crafted in Byzantium, the Venetus A has been stored for 500 years in the Marciana Library. Its thousand-year-old pages contain handwritten notes recoding a tradition of scholarship going back to the Ptolemaic scholars of the second century BCE. In addition to digital photos, the text was also scanned in 3D with each page now fully preserved as a 3D model.

During this time the Vis Center produced a documentary entitled, A Digital Renaissance: Imaging the Iliad: . The film premiered on the University of Kentucky campus in December 2008 and then was first broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television in January 2009. Since then at least 25 public television stations around the United States have aired the documentary. The film has also been shown at the Islamic Manuscript Association at Christ’s College in Cambridge, England. In summer 2010, Imaging the Iliad was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Find out more about the film and watch a trailer here:

The film is one hour long and the screening will begin at 4pm, with discussion to follow. We’ll have a few people who took part in the digitization project joining via Skype. Snacks will be provided!