What’s Silver, Purple, And Very Well-Traveled? The Codex Argenteus

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What’s Silver, Purple, and Very Well-Traveled?
The Codex Argenteus—a beautiful and mysterious bible from the sixth century—is now safely stowed in Sweden.
BY ERIKA HARLITZ-KERNJULY 31, 2019
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/silver-purple-bible-codex-mysterious-centuries?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e2b5e38b30-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-e2b5e38b30-69607997&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_08_02_2019)&mc_cid=e2b5e38b30&mc_eid=0c7850e0b4
TUCKED INTO A FAR CORNER of the annex to Carolina Rediviva, the main library at Sweden’s Uppsala University, a book sits alone behind bulletproof glass. You might think its remote placement indicates its minor significance. But look closer and you’ll see a work of visual splendor—a uniform script in silver and gold ink, written on purple parchment, as bright and vibrant as if it were brand-new

This is the Codex Argenteus, or Silver Bible. Created more than 1,500 years ago in northern Italy, it was commissioned by the ruler of a people long since vanished. But their lost language is preserved on the pages of the book before you.

Fittingly, the story of how this bible ended up on display at a Swedish university is as mysterious as the book is beautiful.


https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/silver-purple-bible-codex-mysterious-centuries
 
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