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Oldest Homer's Odyssey inscriptions discovered

Odyssey Sirens vase

Archaeologists unearthed a clay slab with 13 verses from the epic Homeric poem "Odyssey" around the sanctuary at Ancient Olympia. It is dated to the Roman era, probably before the 3rd century AD.

It is most probably the oldest written extract of the Homeric Epics that has come to light. A clay slab with an inscription that has been found to preserve 13 verses from rhapsody "ξ" of the Odyssey.

The fragment is from Odysseus' speech to Eumaeus. In Odyssey, Eumaeus is Odysseus' swineherd and friend.

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