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The Digital Existence of Words and Pictures: The Case of the Artemidorus Papyrus

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This paper describes a case-study conducted to model digitally the Artemidorus papyrus as a roll. It presents how the correspondence between digital images of recto and verso was established and the adoption of a spiral model to reconstitute the papyrus as a rolled virtual 3D object. We suggest that the thickness of the papyrus (undocumented, to the author's knowledge) is roughly 0.45 mm. It is further shown that D'Alessio's (2009) re-ordering of sections (a) and (b+c) of the papyrus is justified. Against expectations, the digital world shifts focus on the papyrus from a pure-content perspective to a content-within-a-material-context perspective. This material context, revealed by the use of digital technologies, gives invaluable clues in the trail of evidence gathered to build an understanding of P. Artemid.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2012

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  • Historia, first published in 1952 by Karl Friedrich Stroheker and Gerold Walser is an international, peer-reviewed journal on Greek and Roman antiquity. Articles are in English, German, French and Italian. It features original articles on Greek history, the Roman Republic and Empire as well as late antiquity. It covers all aspects of political, economic, religious and social life and deals with legal, archaeological, numismatic and epigraphical questions.
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