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[BKARTS] The Archimedes Palimpsest, a lecture in the Brodsky Series, Thursday, November 1 @ 4pm, Syracuse University Library

The Brodsky Endowment for the Advancement of Library Conservation


The Archimedes Palimpsest 
A lecture featuring
Dr. William Noel
Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project and Curator of
Manuscripts, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, November 1 at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
E. S. Bird Library, Syracuse University

The Archimedes Palimpsest, a tenth century manuscript, is the unique
source for two of Archimedes Treatises, "The Method" and "Stomachion,"
and it is the unique source for the Greek text of "On Floating Bodies."
Discovered in 1906 by J.L. Heiberg, it plays a prominent role in his
1910-15 edition of the works of Archimedes, upon which all subsequent
work on Archimedes has been based. In private hands throughout much of
the twentieth century, it was sold at auction to a private collector in
1998, and subsequently deposited at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,
Maryland by the owner a few months later. Since then the manuscript has
been the subject of conservation, imaging, and scholarship. This lecture
will describe the history of the Palimpsest, its conservation treatment,
and continuing research.

Dr. William Noel is Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project and
has been Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at The Walters Art Museum
in Baltimore since 1997. Prior to that, he was Assistant Curator of
Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Director of
Studies in the History of Art at Downing College, Cambridge University.
Long dedicated to the study of early and medieval manuscripts, his life
changed in January of 1999 when the Archimedes Palimpsest arrived on his
desk, and he became the director of an integrated program of
conservation, imaging, and scholarship on the world's most important
palimpsest. His book on the Archimedes Palimpsest, co-authored by
Professor Reviel Netz, will be published in late October of this year.
The project is online at <http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org/>.

The lecture is sponsored by the Brodsky Endowment for the Advancement of
Library Conservation. The Brodsky Endowment sponsors programs that
promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice,
and application to wide audiences, both on the Syracuse University
campus and in the Central New York region. We look forward to your
attendance at this event. For more information see

For directions to the Syracuse University Library see

For more information on the lecture and series please contact:
Peter Verheyen, pdverhey@xxxxxxx, 315-443-9756

We look forward to welcoming you.

Peter D. Verheyen
Preservation & Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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