The Codex Amiatinus is the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate. It is considered the most accurate copy of. The Codex Amiatinus is the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate version, and is considered the most accurate copy of St. “For centuries it [the Codex Amiatinus] was considered an Italo-Byzantine manuscript, and it was only recognized for its English production.

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Listen to this page. The Bibles were copied from the sixth-century Codex Grandiornow lost.

Codex Amiatinus

Of the three texts, only the exemplar that later came to be known as the Codex Amiatinus survives. Completed by seven different scribes, it was presented to Pope Gregory II by associates of Ceolfrid, who died on his way to Rome in The manuscript amiatijus kept for amiatins in the Abbey of the Holy Savior at Monte Amiata in Tuscany before it came to the Laurentian Library infollowing the suppression of the religious orders by Pietro Leopoldo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany ruled — The codex features two major illuminations, a portrait of the Codsx Testament prophet Ezra and a depiction of Christ in Majesty.


Ezra is shown writing a manuscript on his lap, seated before an open book cupboard containing a Bible in nine volumes.

The illumination is among the oldest images in the Western world to show a bookcase and the bindings of books. The codex also includes a two-page plan of the Tabernacle in the Temple at Jerusalem. The manuscript shows many Byzantine influences, particularly in the illuminations, and it was long thought to be of Italo-Byzantine, rather than of English, origin. A distinguishing feature of the codex is its large size.

It consists of 1, folios measuring around by millimeters. Each bifolium required an entire calfskin to produce.

Codex Amiatinus – Wikipedia

Patron Ceolfrid, of Wearmouth, Saint, Gregory II, Pope, died Date Created Around – Subject Date Around – Publication Information Wearmouth and Jarrow, England. Type of Item Manuscripts.

Physical Description folios, vellum: Institution Medicea Laurenziana Library, Florence. Robert Appleton Company, Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe.

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