A manuscript containing the full text of The Incredible Things beyond Thule has been found. The text, written by Antonius Diogenes, was lost except of summary of the story by Photius.
Sources from the Departments at the University of Exeter and University of Swansea conferred to Classics Collective of the incredible discovery, although no official report has yet been filed. Tireless work is being carried out to verify the manuscript. Scholars working on the manuscript are quietly confident that not only the text is an ancient one, but it is also that of The Incredible Things beyond Thule.
Antonius Diogenes’ text is said to be an imitation of Lucian’s True Story (also known as True History) and depicts the journey of a few travellers setting out to discover the edge of the world. Scholars have been able to follow the outline of story of the The Incredible Things beyond Thule thanks to a 9th century summary of the story by Photius I of Constantinople. It is believed that a full text will be a great discovery for the world of Classics. It should fuel the research of academics who have speculated the content of the story and those interested in Imperial Greek literature.
The circumstance of the discovery is very unclear. Though it cannot be confirmed, it is said that the discovery was made in south-western Syria near the border with southern Lebanon. A general of the rebel forces in south-western Syria, it is said, was investigating some earthworks on the advice of a scout when some sort of box was found. Unbelievable though it may be, it is very difficult in such a day to confirm the discovery amongst the fog of war, yet on another day it is hoped that the veracity of such event can be confirmed.
(Update at 30May2013 – It’s remarkable that this post is still being viewed, but we feel duty-bound to remind readers to check the date of publication…)