` Decipher the Notes in the Margin of 1504 Edition of Homer’s Odyssey and Earn $1,000 ‘

#AceHistory2Research – April 28 – Once upon a time, somebody read this 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey and, apparently taken by it, wrote in the margins of Book 11, describing the journey to the underworld of Hades.

The man who donated the book to the University of Chicago wants to solve the mystery of what was handwritten around the text, and is offering $1,000 to whomever can successfully decipher the notes.

The unidentified donor suspects the script is a kind of 19th-century shorthand, possibly French, but “he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date,” according to the University of Chicago.

The notes appear on only two pages.

It may be worth noting the University of Chicago is the same college where, in 2012, a mysterious package arrived, addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.,” better known as Indiana Jones.

It turns out that item was a replica from the 1989 film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The piece of memorabilia had apparently had been sold on-line and fell out of its outer packaging en route to its buyer.

This mystery is sure to be a lot tougher to crack. We broke out our secret decoder ring, but were immediately stymied when we realized the book’s text is written in Greek.

Perhaps there is somebody out there with the time and expertise to break the code. If so, there’s a $1,000 waiting, as well as an unprecedented amount of nerd cred.

So, what are you waiting for? Spread the word and let’s solve this thing.

Link to University of Chicago follow link and down the text and enjoy:
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/identify-mystery-text-win-1000/index.html

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