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Read in ancient script and hear in ancient pronunciation

Transport yourself back in time to the world of the ancient text. The ANCIENT AUDIO READER can help you do this by allowing you to practice readings texts in ancient papyri/manuscript hands while simultaneously hearing the audio in a reconstructed Koine Greek pronunciation.

To begin reading ...

​To begin reading and listening, choose a 'Book' and 'Chapter' from the menu above and click the play button below the papyrus. You can choose 5 different hands in which to display the text by selecting various options in the 'Font' drop-down menu. PAPYRUS UNCIAL is based on the font of P66 (ca. 200 CE), BIBLICAL UNCIAL is based on Codex Bezae (5th/6th c. CE), Minuscule IX is based on ninth-century Byzantine hands, and Minuscule XV is based on fifteenth-century Byzantine hands (more on fonts here and below).

About the reader

Introduction to reading ancient manuscript hands ...

As a result, through extensive reading practice with the Ancient Audio Reader, you can get good exposure to a wide spectrum of manuscripts from early papyri all the way through medieval transmission! If you are looking to get good practice for reading ancient manuscript hands, this is the place!

If you prefer a modern script to learn pronunciation ...

Finally, if you prefer to practice reading in a more familiar script, you can use Times New Roman font as well. For more help on how to use the player, click the question mark symbol in the top right of the papyrus.



The BIBLICAL UNCIAL, PAPYRUS UNCIAL, Minuscule IX, and Minuscule XV fonts used in this reader are designed by Prof. Juan-José Marcos. If you desire to use them in your own work, you are able to purchase them (along with a license) here: Greek Paleographic Fonts. They are by far the best ancient/medieval Greek fonts I have encountered and are highly recommended.

I would also like to thank Thomas Dolhanty who not only generously offered his reader app for this project, but spent many hours helping set it up on This project owes a huge credit to him and the usefulness that so many will get out of this project is the fruit of his hard work.

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