[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 14 November, 2003, 09:47 GMT
Play revived using mummy extracts
Egyptian mummy
An Egyptian mummy contained the ancient text
A Greek play believed lost when the Library of Alexandria is said to have burnt down in 48 BC is to be revived after fragments of text were found in an Egyptian mummy.

Papyrus inscribed with excerpts of Aeschylus's Trojan War trilogy Achilles were found by archaeologists.

Cyprus's national theatre company, Thoc, is planning the world première in Cyprus and Greece next summer.

Although historians questions the existence of the Alexandria library, the play is very real.

The plays have been reworked using the original extracts and drawing on references in texts like Homer's Iliad.

The story revolves around Achilles, the supposedly invincible warrior who was killed by Paris with a poisoned arrow at his only vulnerable spot, the heel.

Achilles recounts the warrior's many brushes with death and the slaying of Hector, son of Priam, the King of Troy.

A Greek author, Elias Malandris, worked on the project for a decade.

"We do think it is a faithful adaptation to a large extent, but nobody can say 100%," said Thoc director Andy Bargilly.

Described as the Father of Tragedy, Aeschylus is said to have written 90 plays, although only a handful survive.

Greek PM in Elgin marbles upset
18 Oct 03  |  Europe
'No return' for Elgin Marbles
23 Feb 03  |  Entertainment
Greek museum plans 'thwarted'
19 May 03  |  Europe



News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific