Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 30 November |
The Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Archaeologists hit a "Homer" with discovery of Odyssey tablet in Greece

STONE TABLET

AFP | Greek Culture Ministry

John Burger - published on 07/19/18

Clay artifact, discovered near birthplace of Olympic Games, contains 13 verses of the epic poem.

A very early written version of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey has been unearthed near the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Greece’s Ministry of Culture collaborated with German researchers in a three-year archaeological study of the religious temples and buildings that make up the Sanctuary of Olympia. The ministry said that the clay tablet may be the oldest written record of The Odyssey ever found in Greece.

The tablet, discovered near the ruined temple dedicated to Zeus near the ancient city of Olympia, may be from Roman times, though further study is needed to confirm that. Scholars believe it was created before the third century A.D., according to Live Science.

It contains 13 verses from the 8th-century BC poem recounting the adventures of the hero Odysseus after the fall of Troy, according to the BBC. Live Science explains that the excerpt describes how Odysseus returns home to Ithaca after a 10-year journey. Disguised as a beggar, he assures his faithful servant Eumaeus, who does not recognize him, that he is still alive.

The Ministry of Culture called the find “a great archaeological, epigraphic, literary and historical exhibit.”

Tags:
Archaeology
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to t...
John Paul II
Philip Kosloski
St. John Paul II's guide to a fruitful Advent
CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
6 Questions to determine if your heart is har...
FIRST CENTURY HOUSE AT THE SISTERS OF NAZARETH SITE
John Burger
British archaeologist confident he has found ...
PRAY
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things we can be grateful for this Thanksg...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.