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The silver bible : origins and history of the Codex Argenteus
  • Bandtyp: Inbunden
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20110525
  • Antal sidor: 197
  • Upplaga: 1, 
    Vikt i gram: 565
  • ISBN10:919796090X
  • ISBN13:9789197960908

The silver bible : origins and history of the Codex Argenteus


The Codex Argenteus, the ?Silver Bible? in

Uppsala University Library is the most

comprehensive extant text in the Gothic

language. Rumours, adventures and exciting

stories surround it. Gothic treasures, hidden

relics, magic libraries, war booty, shipwrecks

and robbery accompanied it through history.The Codex Argenteus contains what is left of

a splendid book of the four Gospels written in

the early 6th century, probably for the Ostro-

gothic King Theoderic the Great. The text is

part of Wulfila?s 4th century translation of the

Bible from Greek into Gothic. The Codex was

discovered in the Werden Monastery near the

Ruhr in the 16th century. When the Swedes

captured the city of Prague in 1648, it was

there. It followed a twisted road through

Europe to Uppsala University Library where it

arrived as a gift from the Swedish Chancellor

Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie in 1669. The fate

of the Codex in the years between its time in

Ravenna and Werden is shrouded in

oblivion. ?The Mystery of the Thousand Years?

produced several theories about the fate of

the Codex Argenteus during this millennium. In 2011 the Codex Argenteus was inscribed on UNESCO:s Memory of the World List.

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