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Ancient poems found on Greek papyrus

Two previously known poems written by the Greek poetess Sappho in the 7th century B.C. have been discovered, written on 2nd-3rd century A.D. papyrus. One of the two recovered poems speaks of a Charaxos and a Larichos, the names assigned by ancient Greeks to two of Sappho’s brothers, though never before

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

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

Audio recordings of ancient Babylonian poems

I thought this was particularly cool. Researchers at Cambridge University have unlocked the key to pronouncing ancient Babylonian and have recorded readings of poems that haven't been heard in 2,000 years. To listen to the recordings, click here. Researchers studied letter combinations and spelling patterns as well as transcriptions

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