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The oldest written copy of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can be found on this clay tablet

The clay-tablet (Greek Ministry of Culture)

The oldest known written record of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” can be found on the ancient site of Olympia in Greece.

Archaeologists found the clay tablet in the near of the remains of the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, the BBC. Olympia is well known as the site of the ancient Olympic Games. In a statement, the Greek Ministry of Culture said that the engraved plate probably dates from the Roman period, possibly to the 3rd century A. D.

“The Odyssey” is believed to have been written by Homer in the late 8th century, B. C. “The Iliad,” it is one of the two epic poems attributed to the Greek poet, and is widely regarded as one of the most important works in western literature.

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Excavated, as part of a three-year excavation, the tablet features 13 verses of “The Odyssey.” Officials have described the tablet as a piece of great archaeological, literary and historical evidence.

The tablet was found at the excavations of Olympia (Greek Ministry of Culture)

The exact date of the tablet is not yet confirmed, according to the BBC.

Experts of the Hellenic Institute of Political Science, the German Archaeological Institute and the university of Darmstadt, Tübingen, and Frankfurt am Mainz, worked on the project.

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The tablet is the latest fascinating archaeological discovery in Greece. Experts, for example, recently revealed details of an ancient “pyramid” on the uninhabited Greek island of Keros.

Last year, DNA testing shed new light on the mysterious ancient Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and their counterparts on the Greek mainland, the Mycenaeans.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article.

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