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Researchers use AI to read word on ancient scroll burned by Vesuvius
University of Kentucky challenged computer scientists to reveal contents of carbonised papyrus, a ‘potential treasure trove for historians’

Ian Sample Science editor

12, Oct, 2023 @4:38 PM

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Mary Beard: ‘The last thing I’d want is a world in which we all agreed’
The classicist on autocrats ancient and modern, free speech in universities and whether Twitter has been a force for good

Stephanie Merritt

25, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Colosseum review – a barnstorming spectacle of blood, guts and gladiators
This rollicking journey through the history of the Roman empire’s epic amphitheatre is as fascinating and gory as it is educational. Are you not entertained? I certainly am

Lucy Mangan

16, Aug, 2023 @9:35 PM

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‘Somehow I failed to clock her magnificence’: was the world’s first literary hero a woman?
For centuries, Gilgamesh has been thought of as the world’s oldest literary hero – but does that title rightfully belong to the ancient goddess Inanna?

Emily H Wilson

05, Aug, 2023 @10:00 AM

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For Boris Johnson, Homer is where the heart is | Brief letters
Brief letters: A naming odyssey | Frankly, Mr Johnson | Bird nest scoop | Vole in a hole | Odes to Northampton

12, Jul, 2023 @5:03 PM

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Champagne Charlie at the crematorium
Brief letters: Not Götterdämmerung | A final song from Ivor Cutler | Roman role reversal | Greek students’ fire escape | A costly Klimt

29, Jun, 2023 @5:14 PM

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Nice to teach you: Brucie can help boost children’s speech, says classics professor
Former teacher says learning classical rhetoric can help pupils become better communicators

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

04, Jun, 2023 @4:42 PM

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John Ellis Jones obituary
Other lives: Classical scholar and archaeologist whose studies revolutionised understanding of the rural economy of Greece

Angharad Ellis Jones

23, Apr, 2023 @4:28 PM

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Contest launched to decipher Herculaneum scrolls using 3D X-ray software
Global research teams who can improve AI and accelerate decoding could win $250,000 in prizes

Ian Sample Science editor

15, Mar, 2023 @4:01 PM

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Greek tragedies like Medea are an ethical nightmare. That’s why we need them | Charlotte Higgins
Ancient classics can reinforce patriarchal lies about women, but they also take us back to the origins of pernicious narratives, says Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer

Charlotte Higgins

11, Mar, 2023 @8:00 AM

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For once, Matt Hancock speaks for us all | Brief letters
Brief letters: WhatsApp betrayal | Johnson ploughs on | Marks and Engel | Another use for turnips | What’s in a name

06, Mar, 2023 @6:24 PM

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Philologist Irene Vallejo: ‘Alexander the Great’s library was the first step towards the internet’
The Spanish writer on how Papyrus, her bestselling history of literature in the ancient world, changed her life at a difficult moment, and why it’s a mistake to undervalue books

John Self

05, Nov, 2022 @6:00 PM

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