Books in ancient library buried under ash near Pompeii are now readable again

Jan 26, 2015 1308

Another of classical philology's wildest dreams is on the verge of coming true. Every so often, something lost forever suddenly re-appears.

On the eve of humanism, Petrarch rediscovered the letters of Cicero and sections of Livy. A few decades later, Poggio Bracciolini resurrected Lucretius and Quintilian.

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