Roman-era clay tablet with verses from Homer’s Odyssey found in Ancient Olympia

A clay tablet with an engraved inscription discovered after three years of excavations in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia has been shown to preserve 13 verses of a rhapsody in Homer’s “Odyssey”.

According to a culture ministry announcement on Tuesday, initial estimates date the tablet to the Roman era, possibly before the 3rd century AD.

If the preliminary estimate of its age is confirmed then “the clay tablet would preserve perhaps the oldest extant written excerpt of the Homeric Epics that has been found, which besides it uniqueness is also a very important archaeological, literary and historical record”.

Source ANA-MPA

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