Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Oxyrhynchus Papyri Deciphered

After lying unread in an Oxford library for over a century, hundreds of thousands of papyrus fragments found in an Egyptian rubbish-dump in Oxyrhynchus ("City of the sharp-nosed fish"), works by Sophocles, Lucian, Euripides and Hesiod now seem decipherable using infrared technology, and scholars are looking forward to huge additions to the store of ancient literature.


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