Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is a platform for interdisciplinary and computational research in texts in the Coptic language, particularly the Sahidic dialect.  As an open-source, open-access initiative, our technologies and corpus facilitate a collaborative environment for digital research for all scholars working in Coptic. We provide:

  • tools to process Coptic texts
  • a searchable, richly-annotated corpus of texts using the ANNIS search and visualization architecture
  • visualizations of Coptic texts
  • a collaborative platform for scholars to use and contribute to the project
  • research results generated from the tools and corpus

The SCRIPTORIUM is a collaborative, digital project created by Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific) and Amir Zeldes (Georgetown University). Our team is constantly growing.

We hope Coptic SCRIPTORIUM will serve as a model for future digital humanities projects utilizing historical corpora or corpora in languages outside of the Indo-European and Semitic language families. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the project, methodologies, and terminology.

English Translation (by Anthony Alcock) of section of Shenoute's Acephalous Work 22 now available

We've added to our corpora an English translation Anthony Alcock of the University of Kassel has completed of White Monastery Manuscript YA (MONB.YA) pages 421-28. This section corresponds to Leipldt's vol. 4, pp. 124-29. Coptic, English, and various annotations are available.

Sahidic New Testament now searchable, online

The entire "Sahidica" New Testament (machine-annotated) is now available. It has been tokenized and tagged for part of speech entirely automatically, using our tools. There has been no manual editing or correction. Visit our corpora for more information, or just jump in and search it in ANNIS.

DC 2 Symposium videos now online!

Digital Coptic 2 was a great success! Thanks to our speakers and attendees for making it such a rich experience. This workshop and symposium was held at Georgetown University, March 12-13, 2015.

Many of the papers are available now on Coptic SCRIPTORIUM's DC 2 YouTube Channel. A tutorial from Amir Zeldes about searching our texts using the ANNIS software is also there. And check out the #copticdh Twitter backchannel.



Shenoute's Not Because a Fox Barks (MONB.XH witness) was added in December 2014.