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Odyssey Poem Tablet Found in Greece Is Oldest Trace of Homer's Work

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An undated handout picture released by the Greek Culture Ministry shows a clay plaque discovered in Ancient Olympia with an engraved inscription depicting 13 verses from the Odyssey's 14th Rhapsody, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. (Greek Culture Ministry/Reuters)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:33 AM

An Odyssey poem tablet found in Greece engraved with 13 verses of the ancient work is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

The clay slab is believed to date back to the third century, during the Roman era.

"If this date is confirmed, the tablet could be the oldest written record of Homer's work ever discovered" in Greece, a ministry statement said.

The extract, taken from book 14, describes the return of Ulysses to his home island of Ithaca.

The tablet was discovered after three years of surface excavations by the Greek Archaeological Services in cooperation with the German Institute of Archaeology.

It was found close to the remains of the Temple of Zeus at the cradle of the Olympic Games in western Peloponnese.

First composed orally around the 8th century BC, the epic -- which is attributed to ancient Greek author Homer -- was later transcribed during the Christian era onto parchment of which only a few fragments have been discovered in Egypt.

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Ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey poem unearthed in southern Greece is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.
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