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The Villa of the Papyri, in Herculaneum
Archaeologists have resumed their search for a library of Greek and Latin masterpieces that is thought to lie under volcanic rock at the ancient Roman site of Herculaneum.
The scrolls, which have been called the holy grail of classical literature, are thought to have been lost when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, burying the wealthy Roman city of Herculaneum and neighbouring Pompeii.
Previous digs have unearthed classical works at a building now known as the Villa of the Papyri, thought to have belonged to Julius Caesar’s father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso, who was known to be a lover of poetry.
The carbonised scrolls recovered so far were deciphered by computer-enhanced multispectral imaging.
When was the Pompeii dig being done, and is it still a work in progress?
And a thank you to Hanslune for his comprehensive posts on the subject, it is easy to see where your interest and expertise lies.
Originally posted by livingtorch
Anyone know/heard any rumors of any scrolls/knowledge was ever saved/taken/recovered from the ruins of the Great Library of Alexandria?
Thanks for the mention Sherpa- oh is your picture of Tinzing? Nepal is my favorite foreign country.