Earliest Known Extract from Homer’s Odyssey

A clay tablet with an engraved inscription discovered during excavations at the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia has been shown to preserve 13 verses of Homer’s Odyssey.

According to a Greek Culture Ministry announcement today, initial estimates date the tablet to the Roman era, possibly before the 3rd century AD.

If the tablet’s age is confirmed, the clay tablet would preserve perhaps the oldest extant written excerpt of the Homeric Epics that has been discovered to date.