Ancient Lives

Ancient lives is a project that asks volunteers to transcribe ancient Greek text on fragments from the Oxyrhynchus Papyri collection. It is currently being rebuilt, and the new site will be live very soon! Meanwhile, try some of our other projects or read existing publications based on the data.

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Ancient Lives and The Zooniverse

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers.

In 2011 the Zooniverse teamed up with a diverse collection of Oxford papyrologists and researchers, The Imaging Papyri Project, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project, and the Egypt Exploration Society to create Ancient Lives.

Similar Projects

Ancient Lives is one of many Zooniverse projects dealing with text transcription.

Here are some others you can try out while you wait for the project to return:


Ancient Lives has resulted in 2 published papers to date.

You can view them at and you can read more about what the team have been doing with the data they have gathered at