UCL in the News: Text reveals more ancient secrets
26 April 2007
Experts are "lost for words" to have found that a medieval prayer book has yielded yet another key ancient text buried within its parchment.
Works by mathematician Archimedes and the politician Hyperides had already been found buried within the book, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest.
But now advanced imaging technology has revealed a third text - a commentary on the philosopher Aristotle. …
Further study has revealed the most likely author of this unique commentary is Alexander of Aphrodisias, Professor Robert Sharples [UCL Greek & Latin] told BBC News.
If this is the case, he said, "it gives us part of a commentary previously supposed lost by the most important of those ancient commentators on Aristotle". …
Rebecca Morelle, BBC News