Now you see me, now you don’t. Some ink played this game with us but thanks to a new method developed by children some 16,000 years ago we’re able to read for the first time new writings from: Sophocles, Euripides and Hesiod!
The process involves graphite and a piece of paper.
Okay, so maybe it won’t work on paper that would fall apart if you sneezed on it, but it will work on a phone book so be sure to write on the glass! You don’t want someone stalking you do you. Un huh, I didn’t think so.
Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients
By David Keys and Nicholas Pyke
17 April 2005
Thousands of previously illegible manuscripts containing work by some of the greats of classical literature are being read for the first time using technology which experts believe will unlock the secrets of the ancient world.
Among treasures already discovered by a team from Oxford University are previously unseen writings by classical giants including Sophocles, Euripides and Hesiod. Invisible under ordinary light, the faded ink comes clearly into view when placed under infra-red light, using techniques developed from satellite imaging.
The Oxford documents form part of the great papyrus hoard salvaged from an ancient rubbish dump in the Graeco-Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus more than a century ago. The thousands of remaining documents, which will be analysed over the next decade, are expected to include works by Ovid and Aeschylus, plus a series of Christian gospels which have been lost for up to 2,000 years.