Dioscorus case study

The archive of Dioscorus of Aphrodito (6th c. A.D.) is the richest papyrus archive of the Byzantine period. Gathering more than 700 texts of various content, it provides a unique opportunity to study day-to-day cursive writing and literacy in the microcosm of an Egyptian village.

From the Dioscorus archive was selected a dataset specially tailored for the task of Writer Identification, see GRK-Papyri

An extension of GRK-Papyri from 50 to 120 papyri was segmented into rows to form the Papy-Row dataset and presented during the PatReCH workshop in ICPR 2020, see here.

GRK-Papyri is used in the following publications:

  • Nasir S., Siddiqi I. (2021) "Learning Features for Writer Identification from Handwriting on Papyri". In: Djeddi C., Kessentini Y., Siddiqi I., Jmaiel M. (eds) Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. MedPRAI 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1322. Access here.
  • Christlein V. "Writer Identication in Papyri Writings“ (forthcoming in the Proceedings of Neo-Paleography Conference)