Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:17 am

Like The Da Vinci Code. Only better. And, like, true.

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:17 am

They’ve found some long-lost masterworks of Western literature:

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.

Now, if life follows bad fiction, the custodians of the “lost Christian gospels” soon will begin meeting all kinds of gruesome, and highly unlikely, fates. Stay tuned.

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