Oldest Fragment of the Odyssey?

A handout photo made available by the Greek Ministry of Culture shows a clay tablet with an engraved inscription of a rhapsody in Homer's "Odyssey" on 10 July 2018

Looks like a far cry from the nice paperbacks we use now!

Before editions of the Odyssey could be printed, bound, and tossed into a backpack, and before the story was first recorded on tablets, it was passed as an oral tradition that changed slightly with each retelling. After Homer recorded the story in writing in the 8th century BCE, the story could endure retelling, and that versionbecame the one we know today. Now,BBC reports that archaeologists may have discovered the oldest recording of Homer’s Odyssey on a tabletdating back to Roman times, still centuries after Homer’s lifetime.

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