An ancient marble head of Nero, the infamous Roman Emperor. The newly deciphered poem, from Oxyrhynchus Egypt, shows his second wife, Poppaea Sabina, turning…Read More »
into a goddess, ascending into heaven. Curiously the poem was written nearly 200 years after Nero died leaving researchers with a mystery - why would someone in Egypt compose or copy a poem like this so long after Nero's death? Less «
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Credit: Image courtesy the Yorck Project, in public domain.
This 16th-century painting, now in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva, depicts Poppaea Sabina, the name of the artist is unknown. Poppaea was a controversial…Read More »
figure in the Roman world and very few ancient representations of her have survived. The newly deciphered 1,800 year-old poem shows her turning into a goddess. Why someone would compose or copy it nearly 200 years after her death is unknown. Less «
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Decoding a Poem
Credit: Image courtesy Egypt Exploration Society.
This papyrus leaf has 42 lines of Greek text on each side. It contains a poem deifying Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of Nero, the infamous Roman emperor.…Read More »
The papyrus was found at Oxyrhynchus in Upper Egypt. Less «
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Credit: Image courtesy Egypt Exploration Society
The back of the newly deciphered papyrus. It wasn't unusual in the ancient world for texts to be written on both sides.