Multipal is an online interactive palaeography tutorial developed by a group of specialists in palaeography and epigraphy of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Ecola National des Chartes et Collège de France, in the framework of the umbrella university Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL).

MultiPal offers reading exercices in Latin, Greek, Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Chinese, Sanskrit and Cyrillic. Exercises in other writing systems will be available shortly.

How to use MultiPal

1/3Browse and choose a historical document

You can browse the tutorial according to the language / script you require, and by the date of the historical document. Select your category. A list of historical documents with a short identification will appear. Choose your document.

2/3Work your transcription

By clicking on the icon of the document of your choice, you access the exercise. The enlarged high-quality image of your chosen document appears on screen. Below, there are boxes one for each word in the text. By clicking on the box, the corresponding word is highlighted in the text. By clicking on the particular place on the image, the corresponding box is highlighted. You can now transcribe the text word by word or sign by sign, according to the language/script.

3/3Check your work

The box containing a correct transcription will turn green. If you made a mistake, the box will turn red. You can try again as many times as you wish. In case of a difficult reading or ambiguous abbreviation, try different possibilities. You can also consult a correct transcription, and read about the document by clicking the box.