Most old towns are like palimpsests, parchments which have been scrawled over again and again by their successive owners.
The palimpsests are being noted, and their double readings transferred to their correct places in the revised history.
The rest has been lost on the way, turned into palimpsests, or burned in Byzance.
A larger, but still small, group of books of "classical" date are the palimpsests, the most famous of which are at Milan and Rome.
The rocks upon which Nature writes her own history are palimpsests, on which the later writing is ever the most easily deciphered.
The library of Bobbio, which owed its existence to Irish monks, was famous for its palimpsests.
The map of England, it has been strikingly said by Professor Maitland, is the most wonderful of all palimpsests.
When the latter method was used, the writing as in palimpsests can be made to reappear by warming.
The oldest evidence now existing for any works of Cicero is to be found in palimpsests written in the 4th or 5th century.
This was done for economy's sake, when writing material was costly, and parchments thus treated are known as palimpsests.