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Ancient Greek poem translated

Researchers have translated an newly-discovered ancient Greek poem which deifies Poppaea Sabina, the wife of Emperor Nero.

Based on the lettering styles and other factors, scholars think the poem was written nearly 200 years after Nero died (about 1,800 years ago), leaving them puzzled as to why someone so far away from Rome, would bother composing or copying it at such a late date.

In the poem, Poppaea ascends to heaven and becomes a goddess. The ancient goddess Aphrodite says to Poppaea, “my child, stop crying and hurry up: with all their heart Zeus’ stars welcome you and establish you on the moon…”

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Egypt Exploration Society

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