Sunday, April 17, 2005

Sophocles Makes a Come Back

Unbelievable! Scientists and scholars at Oxford are using infra-red imaging technology to decypher long-lost classical documents.

In the past four days alone, Oxford's classicists have used it to make a series of astonishing discoveries, including writing by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other literary giants of the ancient world, lost for millennia. They even believe they are likely to find lost Christian gospels, the originals of which were written around the time of the earliest books of the New Testament.

The first of these discoveries will be published next month.

Academics have hailed it as a development which could lead to a 20 per cent increase in the number of great Greek and Roman works in existence. Some are even predicting a "second Renaissance".

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