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Nailing down the publication date of Homer’s “Iliad”

Scientists have been working to determine the publication date of Homer's "Illiad" using the same technique employed to decode the genetic history of humans by tracking how genes mutate. "Languages behave just extraordinarily like genes," Pagel said. "It is directly analogous. We tried to document the regularities in linguistic evolution and

Real-life inspiration found for Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo

An examination of papers found in an attic in 1999, and acquired by the Tate Archive, contain references to a hunchback sculptor working at Notre Dame during the time period Victor Hugo's The Hunch Back of Notre Dame was being written. Clues suggesting that Quasimodo is based on a historical

Lost Shakespeare play found

Researchers believe that the play Double Falsehood, published by Lewis Theobald in 1728, is actually William Shakespeare's long-lost place Cardenio. The original was a collaboration between Shakespeare and John Fletcher, his successor as house playwright to the King’s Men company. It was performed twice in 1613 but never made

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