Thursday, January 17, 2008

Here are the High Resolution Photos for Tchacos Codex

I was e-mailed this link last week but asked to wait until this week to post it, once National Geographic Society had uploaded the files. These are the high resolution photographs of the Tchacos Codex finally.

Garrett Brown, the editor for NGS writes:
" National Geographic sincerely hopes that these images will facilitate the proper study and evaluation of the manuscript pages."

I want to thank the NGS for making these available to the scholarly world so that all have equal access to the manuscripts.

Tchacos Codex high resolution photographs from National Geographic Society


g. wesley said...

the size and resolution of these images is wonderful but the contrast between the papyrus and the ink seems to be greater in the photos in the critical edition. i think it's actually more difficult to make out the letters here.

professor deconick, do you know whether there are plans to publish a full-sized facsimile edition in hard copy? or is this it?

Nick Kiger said...

Thank you for putting a bit of pressure on these guys so they would actually follow through with it!

Judy Redman said...

Dear g wesley - if you have access to image manipulation software (Photoshop, Paintshop Pro are two that you pay for, or The GIMP is free, but not perhaps too user friendly for someone without some reasonable computer skills) you can adjust the contrast to make the characters easier to see against the papyrus.

April DeConick said...

I don't know of any plans to publish a hard copy. As far as I know, this is it. The only way to really work on a text is to work on the actual manuscript itself. But this is not possible for most of us. At least these high resolution photos gives all of us equal access to the manuscripts. The reason for the full-sized and high resolution photos is to see the ink traces around broken edges and to see the size of holes so we can postulate what letters are missing.

worth said...

Amazing to be able to see these for myself online! Are there other publicly available hi-res scans of codices online? Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Alexandrinus, or Codex Vaticanus, for instance? I've seen some scattered images of other codices, but nothing of this size and quality, and not in their entireties.