Famed classical works rediscovered
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Sunday, April 17, 2005
Researchers atare using state-of-the-art technology to uncover works from some of the most important writers of the ancient world, works which have not been read for many centuries. They come from a cache of papyri that were salvaged about a hundred years ago in the Greco-Egyptian town of .
The ink on many of thesehad faded to the point that no text at all was visible to the naked eye, yet using state of the art techniques borrowed from , researchers were able to use to see the faded ink.
There are thousands ofwhich are set to be read in this manner, and works of , , and which have been unavailable for well over a thousand years have already been recovered. The process by which these papyri are reconstructed is very time consuming — it will take a decade to finish the entire corpus. Among the documents set to be analysed include previously lost writings of , , and a series of .
- "Infrared technology enables recovery of lost classical writings" — Wikinews, April 20, 2005
David Keys and Nicholas Pyke. "Decoded at last: the 'classical holy grail' that may rewrite the history of the world" — , April 17, 2005
- Dan Riehl. "Previously Illegible Works Of Sophocles, Euripides, Ovid and Aeschylus Emerge" — , April 17, 2005