What humans couldn’t do, artificial intelligence: Find Plato’s tomb!

A team of Italian scientists led by papyri scholar Graziano Ranocchia of the University of Pisa has announced that artificial intelligence has determined the exact burial site of the Athenian philosopher Plato.

The website Arkeonews reported that the exact location of Plato’s burial site was calculated by analyzing ancient papyri discovered in the lost city of Herculaneum, near modern-day Naples.

The papyri were discovered in the 18th century and contain over 1,800 manuscripts. The manuscript was kept in a library belonging to a luxurious villa in Herculaneum. This city, like Pompeii, was destroyed in 79 AD. The result of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

For the first time, artificial intelligence technology was used to read papyrus. Artificial intelligence helped identify large parts of the text. This discovery was made while unraveling a papyrus code that tells the “History of the Academy of Philodemus Gadara.”

Graziano Ranocchia said the documents show that Plato was “buried in the academy that bears his name, in a garden near the Temple of the Muses in Athens.” Artificial intelligence has given a new interpretation to Epicurus’ Philodemus Papyrus, which details the history of the Academy, by pinpointing burial locations.

It is worth noting that Plato’s Academy was the most famous school in ancient Athens. It was founded in 387 BC outside the city walls in the northwest of the city.

There is still no scientific consensus regarding the circumstances of Plato’s death. Scholars rely on the writings of Cicero and Hermippus, who speak of Plato’s death in different ways. According to Cicero, Plato died while writing his scientific works, but Hermippus believes that this famous philosopher died at the age of 81 during his wedding and was buried in the Academy.

It is worth noting that Plato was the great philosopher of Athens during the classical period of ancient Greece and the founder of the Platonic School and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is considered one of the most important and influential figures in human history. He is also considered a fundamental figure in the history of ancient Greek philosophy, along with his teacher Socrates and his most famous pupil Aristotle.

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