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US News Clay slab unearthed in Greece ‘could be oldest Odyssey excerpt’

07:00  12 july  2018
07:00  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Clay slab believed to date from 3rd century AD discovered near ancient city of Olympia. Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey in the ancient city of Olympia, southern Greece , in what could be the earliest record of the epic poem, the

Archaeologists may have discovered the oldest known extract of Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey '. Engraved with 13 verses, the ancient tablet has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the poem, the culture ministry said. The clay slab is believed to

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An inscription on a clay slab unearthed at the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece could be the oldest written excerpt from Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey ever discovered, officials said.

The Greek culture ministry said an initial estimate dates the slab, inscribed with 13 verses from the Odyssey’s Book 14, to the Roman period, possibly before the third century.

  Clay slab unearthed in Greece ‘could be oldest Odyssey excerpt’ If this estimate is confirmed, the slab could be a “magnificent archaeological, epigraphical, literary and historic item”, the ministry said.

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An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic The clay slab is believed to date back to the third century, during the Roman era. "If this date is confirmed, the tablet could be the oldest written

An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic The clay slab is believed to date back to the third century, during the Roman era. “If this date is confirmed, the tablet could be the oldest written

The artefact was found near the Olympia sanctuary during digs carried out under the direction of Ilia Antiquities Ephorate director Kolia Erofili-Irida in co-operation with a team of archaeologists from German universities.

The slab could date from the third century, experts said © AP The slab could date from the third century, experts said

The Games were held at Olympia in southern Greece from 776 BC to 393 AD.

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the fundamentals of the western literary canon, first thought to have appeared in the eighth century BC.

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It tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus’ 10-year journey home from the Trojan wars, and his battles against monsters, witches and other foes as he seeks to reunite with his wife Penelope and son Telemachus on Ithaca.

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