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ANCIENT AUDIO READER: Read ancient papyri/manuscript hands while hearing reconstructed pronunciation

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

I am excited to announce that the Ancient Audio Reader has just gone live!

First of all, I would 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.

At the heart of the vision of lies a desire to transport students and scholars back to the world of the ancient text as much as possible. The Ancient Audio Reader helps do this by allowing users to practice reading texts in ancient papyri/manuscript hands while simultaneously hearing the audio in a reconstructed/historical pronunciation of Koine Greek. For those who really want to get back into the world of the ancient text, learning ancient hands/scripts is a necessity!

Displayed on a papyrus backdrop, the reader allows users to listen to books of the New Testament in the following hands/scripts, all while a corresponding audio recording of the text is played (in reconstructed/historical pronunciation):

  1. PAPYRUS UNCIAL: based on the font of P66 (ca. 200 CE)

  2. BIBLICAL UNCIAL: based on Codex Bezae (5th/6th c. CE)

  3. Minuscule IX: based on ninth-century Byzantine hands

  4. Minuscule XV: based on fifteenth-century Byzantine hands

  5. Times New Roman: for those who just want a simple modern script

*These excellent fonts (excluding Times New Roman) were developed by Prof. Juan José Marcos. You can read more about them and purchase them here.

What is so exciting about this reader is that it allows users to get good practice reading a wide spectrum of ancient hands, ranging from early papyri all the way through medieval transmission. For anyone looking to get into textual criticism and read real manuscripts, this is a very nice way to begin practicing in a controlled environment.

Moreover, for those who already know the ancient scripts/hands—or if one simply wants to use the Times New Roman font—this reader is also an excellent way to practice learning the historical/reconstructed Koine Greek pronunciation. Constant reading with this player is one of the best ways to train yourself in this pronunciation if you are looking to adopt it.

To being using the player, click here!

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