Skip to comments.Scientists use MRI at Kadlec to look at ancient Roman scrolls
Posted on 07/11/2008 9:39:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The director of MRI and radiology at Kadlec Medicl Center watched a TV documentary years ago about efforts to read the ancient scrolls and the story stuck with him. This week, Iuliano is using his expertise to scan fragments of the charred scrolls in hopes of discovering what they say... The papyrus scrolls were discovered more than 200 years ago in a villa in what was the Roman town of Herculaneum. The town was buried along with the more famous city of Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. The scrolls make up the only surviving library from antiquity, Iuliano said. Scholars have been able to unfold and read some of them, but others are like charcoal bricks. Iuliano had the idea of using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, to differentiate between the layers of those heavily damaged scrolls without having to handle them. He also hoped to distinguish the ink from the papyrus. He eventually connected with Brent Seales, a professor of computer science at the University of Kentucky, who's developing software and hardware to allow for that kind of virtual archeology. They agreed to work together... The fragments also were scanned Wednesday at Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, which is at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
(Excerpt) Read more at tri-cityherald.com ...
Dr. Edward Iuliano, right, a radiologist at Kadlec Medical Center, Brian Wilson, a radiologic technologist at Kadlec and Matt Field, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, look at the first MRI scan of a fragment of scroll recovered from Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city that was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. [Herald]
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Experts urge race against time to unearth
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The Scotsman | Wed 27 Mar 2002 | Tim Cornwell
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Herculean task for modern scholars
More on the Discovered Roman Literature being unearthed
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Battle for the books of Herculaneum
(1 of finest libraries of the ancient world, covered in Lava)
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Posted on 02/09/2006 11:16:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Thanks Blam. Blast from the Past. Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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So, I wonder what they say?
- “Keeping It In The Family” by Julia and Gius “Little Boots” Caesar?
- Claudius’s history?
- “Cooking With Mushrooms” by Agrippina Junior?
- “Lyrics from the Nerona”?
- “Tactics” by M. S. Otho?
- “Appealing To The Crowd” by Aulus Vitellius
We can only wonder.
It Takes a Village to Raze an Army .... a German acount of the welcome wagon that took care of Varus and his three legions?
No, no! “It Takes A Legion To Raze A village”.
If this works, it will be interesting to hear of what they have discovered.
Wouldn’t it be great if some archeologist in Herculaneum’s villa has a chance to repeat Howard Carter’s words on opening Tut’s tomb: I see wonderful things.
If they can recover some of those ancient lost works it will be a time for rejoicing for historians.
I think I remember that this villa was owned by Caesar’s father in law(Piso?). It would be fantastic if all these documents could eventually be read.
Well, cool now. At this moment. Not being cool earlier is sorta part of the problem.
Or is that our opportunity?
The handful of works known so far appear to be Epicurian texts.
Philodemus: The Villa of the Papyri
The Villa of the Papyri
[snip] Piso’s home had four levels disposed in a series of terraces on the sloping site and was one of the most luxurious houses in all of Herculaneum and Pompeii... There is still 2,800 [square meters] left to be excavated of this villa suburbana, the most luxurious in the resort of Herculaneum. Beneath the excavated area, new excavations in the 1990s revealed two previously undiscovered floors to the villa [end]
The search for the lost library of Rome
[snip] Once the villa had been stripped, 200 years ago, the tunnels were sealed. But last week a group of the world’s leading classical scholars gathered in Oxford to demand that the site be reopened. They believe that there is a better-than-evens chance — “quite likely”, is how Robert Fowler, professor of Greek at Bristol University, puts it — that the villa may have possessed at least one other library still to be uncovered. [end]
AND HERE’S A LAUGH, and maybe a good long cry:
Piso Theory by “Roman Piso”
also of interest:
New life given to ancient Egyptian texts stored at Stanford for decades
Stanford University | July 23, 2008 | Adam Gorlick
Posted on 07/24/2008 8:09:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Thanks for the update.
Also, as for: “AND HERES A LAUGH, and maybe a good long cry:”
Them people are NVTS....
There at least used to be some (more than one) forum over on Delphi Forums, run by Roman Piso. Another howler (related to that ridiculous hoax “theory”) was a short-lived (perhaps by the same joker, or perhaps concocted as an elaborate lampoon) “theory” that the Roman Empire was hoaxed ad hoc, as a way to justify the Venetian Empire of the late medieval and the Renaissance. Imagine, Hadrian’s Wall wasn’t built by Hadrian, because there never was a Hadrian. Of course, the wacky “New Chronology” out of Russia (not related to the New Chronology by David Rohl) claims that King Arthur was actually a Russian, that whole dynasties in England were really distorted versions of earlier Byzantine rulers, etc etc.
‘Those who have rewritten the past are doomed to actually forget it.’
I *like* that.
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