Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Byzantine Document in the News

The manuscript in question is a 13th century prayerbook that is also, as a palimpsest, the oldest surviving manuscript of Archimedes.

I have to say that, as a Byzantinist, I find the dismissal of the Byzantine context of the manuscript somewhat annoying.

The manuscript is in the Walter's Art Museum in Baltimore (a truly wonderful place). It has its own website at

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