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Historian cracks Plato’s code

A researcher has uncovered a hidden code in the writings of the philosopher Plato. Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in the leading US journal Apeiron, reveals that Plato used a regular pattern of symbols, inherited from the ancient followers of Pythagoras, to give his books a musical structure. A

Preserving Africa’s written heritage

The BBC has posted an interesting story about the preservation of Africa's old written materials at a new library in Timbuktu. Across Timbuktu, in cupboards, rusting chests, private collections and libraries, tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of manuscripts bear witness to this legendary city's remarkable intellectual history, and by extension,

6 lost works that finally turned up

Mental_Floss has compiled a list of 6 classical works created by masters that were previously lost. While specific events in history have played a major part in the disappearance of many classical works of art, literature and music (the burning of the Library at Alexandria, for instance), sometimes these things are

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