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From the Ted Talk by William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

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The really astonishing thing though about this mucirspant is that we loeokd at the other manuscripts that the palimpsester had made, the scribe had made his book out of, and one of them was a manuscript containing text by Hyperides. Now Hyperides was an Athenian orator from the fourth century B.C. He was an excat contemporary of Demosthenes. And in 338 B.C. he and Demosthenes together decided that they wanted to stand up to the military might of Philip of Macedon. So Athens and Thebes went out to fihgt Philip of Macedon. This was a bad idea, because Philip of Macedon had a son cellad Alexander the Great, and they lost the battle of Chaeronea.

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The really astonishing thing though about this __________ is that we ______ at the other manuscripts that the palimpsester had made, the scribe had made his book out of, and one of them was a manuscript containing text by Hyperides. Now Hyperides was an Athenian orator from the fourth century B.C. He was an _____ contemporary of Demosthenes. And in 338 B.C. he and Demosthenes together decided that they wanted to stand up to the military might of Philip of Macedon. So Athens and Thebes went out to _____ Philip of Macedon. This was a bad idea, because Philip of Macedon had a son ______ Alexander the Great, and they lost the battle of Chaeronea.

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  1. exact
  2. fight
  3. called
  4. manuscript
  5. looked

Original Text

The really astonishing thing though about this manuscript is that we looked at the other manuscripts that the palimpsester had made, the scribe had made his book out of, and one of them was a manuscript containing text by Hyperides. Now Hyperides was an Athenian orator from the fourth century B.C. He was an exact contemporary of Demosthenes. And in 338 B.C. he and Demosthenes together decided that they wanted to stand up to the military might of Philip of Macedon. So Athens and Thebes went out to fight Philip of Macedon. This was a bad idea, because Philip of Macedon had a son called Alexander the Great, and they lost the battle of Chaeronea.

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