An ancient clay tablet engraved with 13 verses of an Odyssey’s rhapsody -the work was written by Homer- has been unearthed in in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, southern Greece.
Possibly this is the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, as the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday.
“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 Greek culture ministry’s announcement reads that according to initial estimates the clay slab dates back 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 its uniqueness is also a very important archaeological, literary and historical record”.
This finding of “epic” proportions, with the engraved inscription is discovered after three years of excavations in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia. The excavations have been conducted by the Greek Archaeological Services in co-operation with the German Institute of Archaeology…. / IBNA
Main Photo: Handout photo distributed by the Greek Ministry of Culture showing the clay tablet with an engraved inscription that was found in Ancient Olympia