Presentation of Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature at EAGLE Plenary Meeting

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On 11th and 12th March 2015 more than 50 participants, from twelve different countries, attended in Nicosia the Fifth EAGLE International Event: ‘Use and Re-Use of Digital Cultural Heritage Assets – Interoperability, Repositories and Shared infrastructures’. The event was organized by The Cyprus Institute within the frame of the European project ‘EAGLE - The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy’ in collaboration with Heidelberg University (Germany) and Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy).

This event was aimed at anyone interested in epigraphy (digital or non-digital) as well as to the establishment and diffusion of general best current practices for digital cultural heritage. It covered many aspects of digital technology applied to inscriptions, from content to management and networking.

During the event, Dr. Nikolas Bakirtzis (Assistant Professor, The Cyprus Institute) and Avgoustinos Avgousti (Research Technical Specialist, The Cyprus Institute) presented the Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature. Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature is one of the most important projects of the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center of The Cyprus Institute and is carried out in the framework of the center’s activities on the documentation and preservation of the rich Cultural Heritage of Cyprus. The project is sponsored and supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

The aim of the project is the creation of a new Digital Library which develops and evolves the impressive six volume corpus ‘Ancient Cypriot Literature’, which was coordinated by the late Patroklos Stavrou and published by the Leventis Foundation. Accessed globally, the Digital Ancient Cypriot Literature offers an innovative experience of ancient texts, from a total of 64 writers, covering a period of 13 centuries (7th century BC to 6th century AD).