Synaxis and Workshops: A Hidden World Revealed: The Palimpsests of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai

Dec 12, 2022, 9:00 amDec 16, 2022, 5:00 pm
219 Aaron Burr Hall


Event Description

Founded by the Roman emperor Justinian in the sixth century, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai is one of the most famous monasteries in the world and a place whose celebrated manuscript collection is of profound importance for a number of academic fields.  A series of workshops at Princeton will highlight the recent, spectacular findings of the Sinai Palimpsests Project, illustrating the methods of multi-spectral imaging and image-processing, along with cataloging and paleographic work with Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Syriac manuscripts. Leading experts in their fields will give presentations followed by hands-on sessions with participants. 

Opening Keynote Speaker: Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

"Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai: A Treasure Trove of Medieval Christendom"

Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall

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Schedule of Events - Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall (unless otherwise noted)


Monday, December 12, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna, “The Library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Its Palimpsests”
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.              Michael Phelps, Director, Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, “The Sinai Palimpsests Project: Its Challenges and Innovations”
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Grigory Kessel, Austrian Academy of Sciences, "Syriac Palimpsests at Saint Catherine’s (and Beyond)”
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ken Boydston, Megavision, Damianos Kasotakis, Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, “Spectral Image Capture”
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Doug Emery, University of Pennsylvania, “Creating Electronic Cataloging Tools”
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Giulia Rossetto, Austrian Academy of Sciences, “The Hidden Library: New Insights in the Greek Palimpsests of Saint Catherine’s”
4:00 p.m.

Exhibit of Saint Catherine’s Monastery Paper Icons and Related Materials 
Demonstration of Multispectral Imaging, Digital Imaging Studio
 C-10H Special Collections, Princeton Library

Thursday, December 15, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Alexander Treiger, Dalhousie University, “Arabic Palimpsests at Saint Catherine’s”
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daniela Mairhofer, Princeton University, “Latin Undertexts: Lost and Found”
Friday, December 16, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Roger Easton, Rochester Institute of Technology, Keith Knox, Early Manuscripts Electronic Library
"Processing Methods to Recover Text from Multispectral Imagery”

Closing Keynote Speaker: Father Justin of the Sinai, Librarian of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt

“Shining Multispectral Light on the History of the Sinai Monastery”

Friday, December 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall

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Cosponsored by Comparative Antiquity: A Humanities Council Global Initiative, Program in Medieval Studies, MARBAS (Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies at Princeton), Special Collections, Princeton University Library, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies