Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Palimpsest Palimpsest Palimpsest!

I love the word palimpsest -- say it three times fast! Last year the Archimedes Palimpsest was discovered underneath a 13th century prayer book originally discovered in Turkey; bits from seven of Archimedes' works have been translated from this palimpsest.

But wait, there's more! You also get ... Aristotle!

The Archimedes Palimpsest actually has 5 layers of writing on it (so far!), and this spring an unknown ancient Greek text has begun to emerge. It appears to be a comment on Aristotle's Categories.

I just think that's so cool!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

how cool is this? Freaky things they can do now to see text under text. Very neat.