Ancient Manuscripts Digitally Preserved

A large number of manuscripts from an important archive at a Greek Orthodox monastery in Egypt are being digitally photographed so they can be preserved.

Consisting of 3,300 manuscripts in 11 languages — many of them richly illuminated in gold leaf and bright, jewel-like colors — the library’s collection is second in number and importance only to the trove at the Vatican. With manuscripts made as early as the 6th century, the Sinai cache consists mainly of scriptures, sermons and texts for religious services, but it includes classical Greek literature and a few medical texts with herbal remedies for various afflictions.


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