Hundreds of medieval and early modern Greek manuscripts – including important works on religion, mathematics, and philosophy – are to be made available on the internet.
Cambridge University Library, 12 Cambridge colleges, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Heidelberg University Library and the Vatican Library have teamed up to digitise more than 800 medieval manuscripts.
The project, which was announced today, will be funded by the cultural heritage charity The Polonsky Foundation which is investing £1.6m in the scheme.
The Cambridge Digital Library was launched in 2010 with the digitisation of Newton’s Principia Mathematica. Since then a huge range of rarely seen works have been published on the site. Figures from Cambridge’s Digital Library show that the manuscripts have been accessed more than 17 million times.
It's hoped the project will provide greater opportunities for the rare works to be studied.
Speaking to the University website, Dr Jessica Gardener said she hoped that one day all the university manuscripts would be online.