Ghost Words exhibition

The Ghost Words: Reading the Past exhibition is now open at Cambridge University Library as part of the AHRC Codex Zacynthius project. 

The Codex Zacynthius Project ran at ITSEE from February 2018 to January 2020, led by Professor David Parker (Principal Investigator) and Professor Hugh Houghton (Co-Investigator). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, it involved making multispectral images of this palimpsest New Testament catena manuscript in order to recover its erased undertext. The edition was successfully released in 2020, along with two books published in Open Access. Now, as the final part of the Codex Zacynthius project, the exhibition Ghost Words: Reading the Past opened at Cambridge University Library on Monday 1 March 2021.

Given the ongoing lockdown restrictions, the Cambridge University Library website offers a virtual tour of the exhibition. Manuscripts on display include Codex Zacynthius, the Archimedes Palimpsest and the Cambridge leaves of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest. Digital images of all items in the exhibition are available in the Cambridge Digital Library

 CZ exhibition 1

Codex Zacynthius in the online exhibition tour

The formal launch of the exhibition takes place this evening. Professor David Parker will deliver a lecture on Zoom, entitled "The Three Lives of Codex Zacynthius", and the exhibition curators Dr Ben Outhwaite and Dr Suzanne Paul will be on hand to introduce the exhbition and answer questions. A series of future public events has been planned to develop greater understanding of the subject area.

CZ exhibition 2The Milstein Exhibition Gallery at Cambridge University Library