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2011-07-27 09:30:00

Deciphering ancient papyri is like trying to read a doctor's handwriting, and that's what researchers are asking people to do. Oxford University is asking for help deciphering the ancient Greek texts written in fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of these papyrus fragments are now on display on a website for the general public to view, and, to hopefully translate them. Researchers are hoping the collective effort will give them a unique insight into Egyptian life 2,000...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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