Ancient Scroll Translations May Shed New Light On Plato’s Final Resting Place


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Details surrounding the final resting place of the great Greek philosopher Plato may have been revealed Tuesday thanks to a new translation of an ancient papyrus scroll.

The scrolls are part of the Pompeii collection, which were charred to almost total destruction when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., killing thousands throughout the city and neighboring Herculaneum. While researchers already knew Plato, who studied under Socrates, was buried at his Academy in Athens (founded in the 4th century B.C.), the newly translated scrolls appear to reveal so much more about his life.

The scrolls contained the writings of Epicurean philosopher Philodemus of Gadara (110 – 40 B.C.), which sounded like Philodemus’s personal review of all the classic philosophers and how Plato’s successors ran his university after his death, according to Italy’s National Research Council.

It turns out that Plato seems to have been buried in a garden specifically reserved for him, like a private area, at the Academy, after he died in either 348 or 347 B.C. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Joe Rogan Guest Jimmy Corsetti Shares Stunning New Evidence On Atlantis Theory)

The scrolls also allege that Plato was sold into slavery between 404 and 399 B.C., whereas it was previously believed this happened in 387 B.C., according to Live Science. It also turns out Plato wasn’t a fan of some barbarian musician from Thrace’s abilities for rhythm.