Plato’s grave – level 3

06-05-2024 07:00

For almost 2,000 years, ancient scrolls found in Herculaneum remained unreadable due to fire and volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD.

Italian scientists are now employing artificial intelligence and advanced infrared imaging to piece together the lost text. These techniques have revealed new insights into the final days of the Greek philosopher Plato, including details about his burial and activities before his death at 81.

Professor Graziano Ranocchia from the University of Pisa leads the team behind this breakthrough. It not only uncovers Plato’s burial site near the Academy but also promises to help decode other unread scrolls.

Difficult words: scroll (a roll of paper for writing on), breakthrough (a sudden and important discovery or development), decode (to figure out or understand).

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What new insights and revelations about Plato's life and death have been uncovered through the use of artificial intelligence and advanced infrared imaging? Who is leading this groundbreaking research and what other potential uses does this technology hold for deciphering ancient texts?


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