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August 10   -   ArtsJournal: music

Priceless Ancient Texts Found In Palimpsests At World's Oldest Continuously Operating Library

Seventy-four parchments that had been scraped over and re-used by the monks of St. Catherine's at Mt. Sinai during the Middle Ages are now being re-examined using cutting-edge spectrography. They've uncovered previously unknown Greek poems and treatises (including a pharmacological recipe by Hippocrates), some of the oldest Christian texts in Arabic, and writing in some ancient languages that had been thought unrecoverable.


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