Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Previously unseen writings by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod, and others

Expand Messages
  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/story.jsp?story=630166 Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients By David Keys and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16 9:07 PM
    • 0 Attachment
      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/story.jsp?story=630166

      Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the
      ancients
      By David Keys and Nicholas Pyke

      17 April 2005

      Thousands of previously illegible manuscripts
      containing work by some of the greats of classical
      literature are being read for the first time using
      technology which experts believe will unlock the
      secrets of the ancient world.

      Among treasures already discovered by a team from
      Oxford University are previously unseen writings by
      classical giants including Sophocles, Euripides and
      Hesiod. Invisible under ordinary light, the faded ink
      comes clearly into view when placed under infra-red
      light, using techniques developed from satellite
      imaging.

      The Oxford documents form part of the great papyrus
      hoard salvaged from an ancient rubbish dump in the
      Graeco-Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus more than a
      century ago. The thousands of remaining documents,
      which will be analysed over the next decade, are
      expected to include works by Ovid and Aeschylus, plus
      a series of Christian gospels which have been lost for
      up to 2,000 years.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.