Στομάχiον, Stomachion for real

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The remaining Greek fragments of Stomachion appear on the very last folio in the Archimedes Palimpsest. The evidence suggests the palimpsest originally contained more pages, but several are missing at the end. Following the prayer book page numbering, the essay begins on folio 177 recto - 172 verso and continues on the reverse side 177 verso - 172 recto. It is preceded by The Method of Mechanical Theorems. The text, which remains quite fragmentary, sets out to compare the various angles of the puzzle pieces. A diagram of a Stomachion square is visible in the righthand column on 177 verso. The images are in pseudo-colour with enhanced contrast to make the erased words come out in red behind the black prayer book text. The images and XML files containing the mapped undertext transcriptions have been borrowed from the Digital Archimedes Palimpsest.