Renaissance, the second?

Do you remember William of Baskerville, the detective character in Umberto Eco's fantastic novel The Name of the Rose?

It transpires from this fascinating story in the Independent that Brother William would have a high tech enabled field day. Researchers at Oxford University have been able to read the Oxyrhynchus Papyri thanks to novel infrared technology. The previously unknown texts, read for the first time last week, include parts of a long-lost tragedy - the Epigonoi ("Progeny") by the 5th-century BC Greek playwright Sophocles; part of a lost novel by the 2nd-century Greek writer Lucian; unknown material by Euripides; mythological poetry by the 1st-century BC Greek poet Parthenios; work by the 7th-century BC poet Hesiod; and an epic poem by Archilochos, a 7th-century successor of Homer, describing events leading up to the Trojan War. Additional material from Hesiod, Euripides and Sophocles almost certainly await discovery.

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