Friday, April 2, 2021

Coptic Magical Papyri News

Collaboration with Coptic SCRIPTORIUM

Coptic Scriptorium logo, reading ⲡⲙⲁ ⲛ̅ⲧⲙⲛ̅ⲧⲥϩⲁⲓ in Coptic

We’re very excited to announce a new collaboration with the Coptic SCRIPTORIUM project. As many of you will know, Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is a collaborative project which digitises Coptic texts in a sophisticated way which incorporates several layers, including lemmatisation (identifying individual words), syntactical analysis (analysing the grammar of clauses), and entity tagging (identifying ‘things’, usually nouns and noun groups). This opens up many new ways of interacting with texts, including using ANNIS to perform sophisticated searches, and linking texts to the Coptic Dictionary Online so that word usage can be explored.

With the help of the fantastic SCRIPTORIUM team, we’ve fully processed four texts, which have been added to their corpus, and we will continue adding new texts over the coming months. This is another big step in making Coptic magical texts more accessible to researchers, and allowing them to be studied as one part of the rich picture of text production in Late Antique Egypt.

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