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Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, January 2015
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Title
Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging
Published in
Nature Communications, January 2015
DOI 10.1038/ncomms6895
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Authors

Vito Mocella, Emmanuel Brun, Claudio Ferrero, Daniel Delattre, Mocella V, Brun E, Ferrero C, Delattre D

Abstract

Hundreds of papyrus rolls, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and belonging to the only library passed on from Antiquity, were discovered 260 years ago at Herculaneum. These carbonized papyri are extremely fragile and are inevitably damaged or destroyed in the process of trying to open them to read their contents. In recent years, new imaging techniques have been developed to read the texts without unwrapping the rolls. Until now, specialists have been unable to view the carbon-based ink of these papyri, even when they could penetrate the different layers of their spiral structure. Here for the first time, we show that X-ray phase-contrast tomography can reveal various letters hidden inside the precious papyri without unrolling them. This attempt opens up new opportunities to read many Herculaneum papyri, which are still rolled up, thus enhancing our knowledge of ancient Greek literature and philosophy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 4%
Germany 1 2%
Portugal 1 2%
Australia 1 2%
France 1 2%
Japan 1 2%
Unknown 45 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 29%
Researcher 13 25%
Student > Master 6 12%
Student > Bachelor 4 8%
Other 3 6%
Other 11 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Materials Science 10 19%
Arts and Humanities 8 15%
Physics and Astronomy 8 15%
Chemistry 6 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 10%
Other 15 29%

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