Editor's Note: This story is exciting and has not been covered by major media. Manuscripts concerning, not only works by Sophocates, Euripides and Hesiod, but also biblical texts which may shed light on Man's ancient history can now for the first time be deciphered! Perhaps, these texts will tell us more about our roots in Babylon and Sumer!
Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients
By David Keys and Nicholas Pyke
17 April 2005
Social life at Oxyrhynchus: "Tayris asks you to dinner for the offering to our Lady Isis,
in the Iseum, on the 8th, from the 9th hour" (P.Oxy. 4539, 2nd/3rd cent. AD.)
© Imaging Papyri Project
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.
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