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15/01/1962 The Derveni papyrus is found


Herculaneum's Lost Library


Papyrus reconstruction ( Herculanum - PHerc.Paris 2 )

It is an ancient Greek papyrus. The text is a philosophical treatise that is an allegorical commentary on an Orphic poem, a theogony concerning the birth of the gods, produced in the circle of the philosopher Anaxagoras. It was composed near the end of the fifth century BC. The roll itself dates to around 340 BC.
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