Would Jennifer Lopez Really Have A First Edition Of ‘The Iliad’

  • Not only did Jennifer Lopez’s high budget Lifetime movie The Boy Next Door get MADE, but it’s actually getting TALKED ABOUT. Well, one scene in particular is.

    The titular character, in his apparent efforts to cozy up to Lopez’s character, a Classics professor, brings her a “first edition” of The Iliad, the Greek epic that’s somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, and wasn’t in any form of print until 1488. So, either he’s presenting Lopez with Demetrios Chalkokondyles’ original 15th century Greek translation, or that’s a bunch of dusty old papyrus he shoved into a cover, that he bought at a garage sale for one dollar.

    Here’s what that original 1488 book looks like, by the way:

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    The edition is not on sale, much less for $1, and it lives at the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) in Munich.