- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago says a computer engineer from Italy has solved a mystery found in a rare edition of Homer’s “Odyssey” in the university library.

The university said in a news release Tuesday that the 1504 edition of the “odyssey” contains hand-written notes in its margins thought to date to the mid-19th Century. But no one knew just what they were.

The university sponsored a contest and offered a $1,000 prize.

Daniele Metilli (DAN’-yel-eh MEH’-tee-lee) worked with a colleague who was fluent in French and cracked the mystery. They discovered that the notes are French-language shorthand and most are translations of the Greek text of the book.

The university says Metilli and colleague Guila Accetta (GEE’-lah ah-CHET’-tah) continues to try to figure out who wrote the notes.