Monday, February 28, 2011

Homer's Odyssey

Check this out - a fragment from a papyrus manuscript of the Odyssey dating from the third to the second century BCE. The Odyssey is the second of Homer's major Greek epics and follows on from the Iliad, both of which were written around the ninth or eight century BCE, telling the story of the ten year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states and the long journey home of Odysseus following the fall of Troy.
It may look like nothing but a scrap of reed to the uninitiated but this is literary gold - Homer's work is fundamental to modern literature, art and music. He was a pretty awesome dude.
This piece has been identified as part of Book 12.384 - 390.
It's one of a collection of treasures held by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University
Apparently existing fragments from The Odyssey are far rarer than those still around from The Iliad, being outnumbered four to one.

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