Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A second Renaissance

Wow.

Scientists at Oxford University have used infra-red imaging technology to unlock the secrets hidden in a vast garbage heap of illegible papyrus scrolls from the Greco-Roman period found in the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus a century ago. It's likely that hundreds of comedies, tragedies, and histories will be rediscovered, including works by such literary heavy-hitters as Sophocles, Euripides, and Hesiod. It's estimated that the number of great works from this period that are available to us will increase by 20%, and the total number of lesser works will double. Some scholars are predicting a second Renaissance.

That is simply staggering news.

3 Comments:

Blogger Karla said...

I was really excited reading that, but now I have a sinking feeling that it will just turn out that the final draft of Oedipus was "OMG U FKD UR MOM LOL!!111"

4/22/2005 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Oedipus: WTF?!?/!!1!!

Greek Chorus: Pwned!

4/22/2005 01:38:00 AM  
Blogger Marlene said...

I don't think it could be the second renaissance because people are too stupid and shallow these days to care or understand what any of those wisemen would have written. Most people are more concerned about Britney's baby and Brad and Jen.

4/22/2005 12:10:00 PM  

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