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Roman-Era School Found in Egypt

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

(Photo by Eugene Ball)AMHEIDA, EGYPT—A school that eventually became part of a larger house has been identified in the ancient town of Trimithis, located in western Egypt’s Dakhla Oasis, according to a report in Live Science. Texts had been written on the 1,700-year-old school’s walls in Greek. One of the texts refers to The Odyssey, and tells of Helen of Troy giving her guests a drug. Another text advises the students to work hard to develop their rhetorical skills. The school’s rooms were furnished with benches that students could sit on to read, or stand on to write on the walls.