Podcasts

Listen to music and manuscript readings (in both the original language and translation) from the exhibition's treasures.

  • Lyric poems by Sappho

    Excerpt from lyric poems by Sappho (in English), read by Cressida Ryan
  • Lyric poems by Sappho

    Excerpt from lyric poems by Sappho (in Greek), read by Cressida Ryan
  • Roman theatre: comedies of Terence

    Excerpt from a comedy by Terence (in English), read by Cressida Ryan
  • Roman theatre: comedies of Terence

    Excerpt from a comedy by Terence (in Latin), read by Cressida Ryan
  • Codex Mendoza

    Excerpt from the Codex Mendox (in English), read by Ana Lopez Garcia
  • Codex Mendoza

    Excerpt from the Codex Mendox (Nahuatl & English), read by Ana Lopez Garcia
  • Codex Mendoza

    Excerpt from the Codex Mendox (in Spanish), read by Ana Lopez Garcia
  • The Kennicott Bible

    This reading is from the opening of Genesis, chanted in the rite of the Spanish & Portuguese Sephardi Jews of London. The reading is preceded by the two words "Besimanah Tabah" (meaning "With a good sign"), indicating a desire at the beginning of the yearly cycle that the readings of the following year should be accompanied by favourable events.

    The reading is by the late Reverend Eliezer Abinun, who was the Senior Hazan (Cantor) of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation of London.

    The recording was made and produced by the ethnomusicologist John Levy in 1958.
  • Kalilah wa-Dimnah (The Fables of Bidpai)

    Excerpt from The Fables of Bidpai (in Arabic), read by Alasdair Watson
  • Kalilah wa-Dimnah (The Fables of Bidpai)

    Excerpt from The Fables of Bidpai (in English), read by Alasdair Watson
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy

    Excerpt from Inferno, XXXIII 43-78, read by Francesca Magnabosco
  • The Tale of Urashima

    Excerpt from The Tale of Urashima Taro (in Classical Japanese), read by Izumi Tytler
  • The Tale of Urashima

    Excerpt from The Tale of Urashima Taro (in English), read by Gian-Piero Persiani
  • Mendelssohn, Schilflied

    Excerpt from Mendelssohn’s Schilflied performed by Sophie Daneman (soprano) and Eugene Asti (piano). Reproduced by courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'

    Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid', read by Dr John Filling, St. John's College
  • Purcell, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

    Excerpt from Purcell's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day performed by Michael George (bass), Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), New College Choir Oxford and The King's Consort Robert King (conductor). Reproduced by courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
  • Mary Shelley, draft of Frankenstein

    Excerpt from Mary Shelley's draft of Frankenstein, read by Christopher Adams
  • Kafka, The Judgement

    Excerpt from Kafka's The Judgement (in English), read by Reinier van Straten
  • Kafka, The Judgement

    Excerpt from Kafka's The Judgement (in German), read by Reinier van Straten
  • Handel’s conducting score of Messiah

    Excerpt from Handel's Messiah (‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’) performed by Julia Doyle (soprano), with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton. Reproduced by courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
  • Euclid, Elements of geometry

    Excerpt of the Elements of Euclid (in English), read by Cressida Ryan
  • Euclid, Elements of geometry

    Excerpt of the Elements of Euclid (in Greek), read by Cressida Ryan

Interactives and games

Interactive map of treasures
Interactive map of treasures »

Treasures through time
Treasures through time »

The Choriorama game
The Choriorama game »

Videos

Watch the video introduction for the exhibition and also a series of short clips on why the experts think some of our exhibits deserve to be labelled 'treasures'.

  • An Islamic world map

    Introduction to an early world map from the Book of Curiosities by Prof Emily Savage-Smith, Emeritus Professor of the History of Islamic Science, University of Oxford.
  • The Laxton Map

    An introduction to The Laxton Map by Nick Millea, Bodleian Map Librarian.
  • Flora Graeca

    An introduction to the stunning Flora Graeca by Dr Stephen Harris, Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy

  • Jane Austen, The Watsons

    An introduction to Jane Austen's unfinished novel, The Watsons, by Prof Kathryn Sutherland, Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, University of Oxford.
  • Mary Shelley, draft of Frankenstein

    An introduction to Mary Shelley's hand-written draft of Frankenstein by Stephen Hebron, Curator of Treasures of the Bodleian.
  • Kafka, The Metamorphosis

    An introduction to Kafka's The Metamorphosis by Prof Ritchie Robertson, Taylor Professor of German Language and Literature, University of Oxford.
  • Robert Hooke, Micrographia

    An introduction to Robert Hooke's Micrographia by Dr William Poole, Official Tutorial Fellow, New College.
  • Magna Carta

    An introduction to Magna Carta by Dr Hugh Doherty, British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in Medieval History, University of Oxford.
  • William Shakespeare, 'The First Folio'

    An introduction to Shakespeare's 'First Folio' that the Bodleian once gave away by Dr Emma Smith, Fellow in English, University of Oxford.