The Walters Art Museum reported through The New York Times that the Archimedes Palimpsest, the unique tenth century source for two treatises by Archimedes: The Method and Stomachion, and the unique source for the Greek text of On Floating Bodies, also contains ten pages of previously unknown speeches by Hyperides, "one of the foundational figures of Greek democracy," "illuminating some fascinating, time-shrouded insights into Athenian law and social history." The palimpsest includes parchment from seven texts, including two texts which remain to be identified.
This manuscript was purchased by a private collector at an auction at Christie's in New York on October 28, 1998. After a decade of scientific study all the Archimedes Palimpsest images were released to the public on Google Books on October 29, 2008. At the time this was the earliest text available on Google Books.
♦ Several videos, audio presentations and articles about the project are available at www.archimedespalimpsest.org